The excitement of attending a fan expo is a science fiction, comic book or anime fan's greatest adventure. If you are attending one of the larger expos in the United States, it can be a bit overwhelming, even for an experienced visitor. If you have never attended a major event like this before, it's a good idea to plan ahead to make the experience less overwhelming and more enjoyable.
Buy and Print Tickets Ahead of Time
An excellent way to save time and possibly even some money is to buy and then print your tickets ahead of time. It is possible to purchase your tickets at the gate but sometimes you can get discounts and even limited special offers (VIP tickets etc.), only by buying online. If you are visiting from out of town, make sure you print your hotel reservations at the same time.
Plan What You Want to See and Do
There is plenty to see and do at large fan expos, including vendors selling merchandise, VIP guest speakers (such as stars of favorite TV shows or even anime artists). The majority of major events have their schedules online showcasing which stars are in attendance and what seminars they may have. You might not realize that many of the headline guests have an extra fee you must pay on top of your entrance fee in order to see them, so plan accordingly. It is possible at many events, you may purchase these extras at the same time as you buy your event ticket.
Have a Budget and Stick to It
Fan expos can be costly; with buying merchandise and souvenirs to take home with you. In addition to your entrance costs and any fees you need to pay to see your favorite star, you may have to budget for an autograph or picture if you want one and don't forget to factor food and drinks into the mix too. The majority of large expos do not allow outside food into the event.
Plan Your Outfit
If you are a cosplayer, (fan who dresses in their favorite character costume) plan your outfit ahead of time and get working on it early. You might not be happy with the results if you wait until the last minute to work on your costume. Check weather reports to see if your costume fits the weather or if it's a new city you are visiting, take a look at what to expect for temperatures and the likelihood of rain (or snow) in the area.
You should try out your costume before the event to ensure it's comfortable and will wear well for the entire weekend.
Even if you decide not to go in costume, plan your outfit or the clothes you are bringing with you carefully. It's a good idea to have comfortable clothes and shoes as you will be on your feet for the majority of the time you are there.