MegaCon returns to Orlando in May, and we have a first look at what to expect from this year’s show.

MegaCon returns to Orlando in May, and we have a first look at what to expect from this year's show.

By Nate Shelton

From May 24-27, MegaCon Orlando returns to the Orange County Convention Center, presenting the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event in the southeastern U.S.  This heavily attended extravaganza tends to sell out fast, so now is the time to start making plans — and here are the top four reasons why you'll want to attend!

 

1. Celebrity Autographs, Photos & Conversations

The Walking Dead Cosplayers at MegaCon Orlando
The Walking Dead Cosplayers at MegaCon Orlando

Each year, MegaCon draws scores of well-known actors, comic-book creators, animators, games developers and other persons of interest to Orlando, and 2018 looks to continue that tradition. At press time, confirmed celebrities included Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Thor: Ragnarok), Jason Momoa (Justice League, Game of Thrones), Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman), Catherine Tate (Doctor Who) and many others, with more to be announced in the months to come.

From Left: Jason Momoa, Catherine Tate and Jeff Goldblum Are Scheduled to Appear at MegaCon Orlando 2018
From Left: Jason Momoa, Catherine Tate and Jeff Goldblum Are Scheduled to Appear at MegaCon Orlando 2018

MegaCon won't just provide the opportunity to see your favorite stars, but will also give you the chance to have your photo taken with them, collect their autographs and even engage in a little one-on-one conversation. But if you wind up chatting with Joonas Suotamo, who plays Chewbacca in the new Star Wars movies and is scheduled to attend, remember: It's not wise to upset a Wookiee!

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2. Costumes, Cosplay & Replicas

Disney Princesses Cosplay at MegaCon Orlando
Disney Princesses Cosplay at MegaCon Orlando

If you enjoy dressing up like characters from comic books, movies, television, video games, books and other sources — aka cosplaying — then MegaCon is the place for you! Not only is the event costume-friendly, but you'll be in good company among hundreds of other fans who go to great lengths to perfect their favorite heroes' physical appearances. There's even a Cosplay Photo Park where you can get your picture taken in front of themed backdrops at no extra charge.

Back to the Future’s DeLorean at MegaCon Orlando
Back to the Future's DeLorean at MegaCon Orlando

If street clothes are more your thing, you can enjoy some rarified people-watching thanks to other show-goers' hard work. And speaking of eye candy, you'll be able to witness physical replicas of some of pop culture's most beloved vehicles, weapons and gear. Sure, amazing artifacts like Back to the Future's DeLorean and Ghostbusters' Proton Packs rarely work in real life, but they sure are cool to look at.

3. Comics, Toys & Collectibles

Deadpool Cosplayers Browse the Merchandise at MegaCon Orlando
Deadpool Cosplayers Browse the Merchandise at MegaCon Orlando

Featuring more than 400,000-square-feet of shopping from 500-plus retailers, MegaCon is a one-stop shop for all manner of comic books, toys, games, apparel, wall art, replicas and general one-of-a-kind merchandise. In the case of comics, you can even buy small-press titles directly from their creators!

Find Variant Comic-Book Covers and Other Exclusives at MegaCon Orlando
Find Variant Comic-Book Covers and Other Exclusives at MegaCon Orlando

Not only can you purchase a wealth of geek-friendly collectibles, but some of it will be available exclusively at this event, such as variant comic-book covers and one-off toys. Look for details on 2018's exclusives to be announced in the near future.

4. Panels, Workshops & Seminars

Informative Panels Are as Big a Draw as Cool Collectibles at MegaCon Orlando
Informative Panels Are as Big a Draw as Cool Collectibles at MegaCon Orlando

Last but not least, MegaCon will host a number of panels, Q&A sessions, workshops and seminars. They present a fantastic opportunity for getting the inside scoop on your favorite entertainment properties — and even the chance to pose questions directly to the stars and creators. A complete schedule of events will be made available closer to MegaCon's start date.

Fantasy Is Real in Orlando

Tickets for MegaCon Orlando 2018 are already on sale, including single-day, four-day and family-pack options. Want to get a jump on the celebration? Orlando is chock-full of unique comic-book and hobby shops where you can feed your favorite hobbies. Secure your tickets now, and start planning your costume for this year's MegaCon Orlando!

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Nate Shelton
Written by Nate Shelton, Consumer Content Writer at Visit Orlando. He’s a native Floridian who appreciates the entertainment, historical and culinary aspects of Orlando and Orange County.

 

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