#03: WCA Exhibit Hall Do’s and Don’ts
With the announcement yesterday of our WonderCon Anaheim 2017 exhibitors and the Exhibit Hall map, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of some very important “do’s and don’ts” to follow while you’re visiting the Exhibit Hall at this year’s event.
WonderCon’s 2017 Exhibit Hall is bigger than ever before, with over 900 total exhibitors (including Artists’ Alley and the Small Press Area). This year’s WonderCon encompasses ALL of the Anaheim exhibit space on the ground floor (Halls A through D, with most of A and all of B and C dedicated to exhibits, with D and a portion of A used for registration and lines). With a space that size, you’re going to experience crowd issues. Here are some tips to help you better understand and navigate this massive space. Please keep in mind that SAFETY is our major priority. Following these tips will help us have a safe and fun convention.
There is absolutely no running anywhere at WonderCon. That includes the programming rooms, the lobbies, outside the Anaheim Convention Center, and in the Exhibit Hall at all times, but especially in the morning when we first open the hall. We understand that you want to get to your favorite booth (or program or anime screening or food truck) right away, but running is a safety hazard for EVERYONE, not just you. People caught running may have their badges taken away from them and may be ejected from the convention. Don’t run … it’s not worth it!
Please Keep to Your Right
A simple way to easily move through the Exhibit Hall is to follow one simple rule: please keep to your right. While this isn’t imperative in areas where there is no aisle congestion, in crowded areas of the hall having the traffic flowing easily on both sides of the aisle can prevent bottlenecks and potential safety hazards. If you hear a Floor Manager asking you to “Please keep to your right,” we would very much appreciate your cooperation!
Do Not Sit in the Aisles
You may notice some large open areas around the pillars in the Exhibit Hall. These areas have to remain clear by order of the fire marshal. Please don't sit or block these locations, or in any of the aisles in the Exhibit Hall. Only sit in designated lounge areas (check the Exhibit Hall map in the center of the WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Program Book or click here to see it online), near the food concession areas throughout the hall, by the Author Signing Are in Hall A, and by Games at the back of Hall C.
No Doublewide Strollers or Rolling Carts in the Exhibit Hall
We know you want to bring the wee ones with you to WonderCon Anaheim, but due to safety reasons, we cannot allow doublewide strollers in the Exhibit Hall. We will have stroller parking at the Anaheim Convention Center; location information will be available as we get closer to the event. We also don’t allow rolling carts in the Exhibit Hall. Please don’t bring them.
Snap That Photo Fast … and Keep the Aisles Clear so People Can Move
If you’re going to stop and have a Kodak moment, make it fast. There are hundreds of people around you, all of them trying to go somewhere, so stopping to take a photo and clogging up the aisles is a bad idea. Be aware of the people around you, especially behind you, when you stop to snap that photo and do it fast and step out of the way. There are 3 WonderCon Anaheim Photo Areas with backdrop featuring our logo … see the Exhibit Hall map for exact locations.
Pay Attention to the Aisle Signs
They’re above every aisle, hanging from the rafters. So when you spot that item you want to comparison shop, mark down the aisle marker number and whether it’s in the front, middle, or back of the hall. It makes it so much easier to find again. You can also compare the aisle signs to the Exhibit Hall map in your Program Book (and mark it with a pen) or on the official Comic-Con app, which will be updated before the show.
The Fastest Way to Anywhere Is the Lobby
In a hurry to get to the other end of the Exhibit Hall? Don’t go through the crowds inside the Exhibit Hall, walk out into the lobby and stroll on down to the other end’s doors and enter there. And if you get lost, it’s the best place to get your bearings.
No Retail Sales Unless Exhibit Space Has Been Purchased
No retail sales are allowed anywhere in WonderCon Anaheim unless you purchased or were allocated exhibit space. This includes the Exhibit Hall, common areas such as lobbies, program rooms, and outside venues, such as the Anaheim Convention Center grounds, our headquarters hotel, the Hilton Anaheim and any other convention sites. Retail sales are strictly limited to the exhibitors in the WonderCon Anaheim Exhibit Hall.
Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.