Another year of DragonCon is in the books and frankly… Things have got to change. I noticed last year that the crowds had swelled from the year before but this year was absolutely insane. There were times that the sky bridges between hotels we’re so packed that no one was moving. I saw escalators loaded with people just stop from the weight. Never mind even trying to get into a big panel, you couldn’t even get through the lobby of the hotel in some cases. There was a forced line to get into the vendor building even!!! That was one like I just waited for the security to turn their head and walked past. I am NOT going to wait in a line to go see the vendors. The fact that the vendors are once again all pushed into 4 floors in one building is already overwhelming. There is no excuse for this. It was much better 3 years ago and past when vendors were spread around the various hotels. At least then, when you were between panels you could browse for cool stuff. Of course now, it’s a matter of swimming through a crowd to stand in line for a panel. I only saw 1 major panel (The Battlestar Galactica one, which the line wasn’t big because the parade was going on at the same time), all other major panels were just to long to wait for. It’s time to limit the passes. Also, the city of Atlanta needs to close off Peachtree Street for the entire day. Something had to give.
As far as the cosplay, it was great. I felt like there was less this year but then again that was probably because there were more people in attendance, that did not dress up. Honestly though, I didn’t pay money just to get into the lobby of hotels and take pictures of the cosplay due to the fact that the lines were to Long for the panels.
I think next year, I’ll skip all of the big panels and limit myself to staying on the writers track. The years I just stayed on that track were infinity more enjoyable. Less people crowded those panels and the rooms were always nice and cool.