Hold on to your butts! Fan Expo Dallas is preparing to host one of the largest celebrations of Nerd culture in Texas. April 6-8, 2018 Fan Expo Dallas will be brining a slew of some of pop-cultures most iconic celebrities, movie car tributes, and an incredible selection of comic book artists and independent creators to the Dallas Convention Center.
When: April 6-8, 2018
Fri: 4:00PM – 9:00PM, Sat: 10:00AM – 7:00PM, Sun: 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Where: Dallas Convention Center
650 South Griffin Street
Dallas, TX 75202
How Much: Many ticket plans (including deluxe, and family plans available)
Basic day ticket prices:
Friday $25 Advance $30 Door
Saturday $50 Advance $60 Door
Sunday $40 Advance $45 Door
Fan Expo Dallas has a star-studded Guest line up including Michael J. Fox, Jason Momoa, Val Kilmer, and a personal favorite, Jeff Goldblum. Other guests include cast members from Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, and Star Wars. Additionally, the convention has an incredible line-up of movie cars and movie tribute cars including local Jurassic Park Motorpool member Dave McDonough with his Jurassic Park Jeep.
More local talent at the show includes cosplay guests and local artists. Stop by and be sure to let our local friends feel appreciated!
Convention floor map can be seen at the end of this article.
Planning for the Show:
Lines & Wait Times
When it comes to conventions, especially large shows like Fan Expo, it’s safe to plan for the long haul. As fantastic as the guests, events, and panels are that the convention offers, these unfortunately lead to long lines equally a lot of waiting time. Come comfy, and prepared to set aside some wait time. If there is a panel or autograph you are wanting from a popular guest, try to avoid waiting until the last minute. Typically, Sunday is the best day to grab autographs if the guest is still in attendance. Lines are shorter – giving you opportunity to talk a little bit longer and not feel so rushed.
Meeting Guests & Celebrities and Attending Panels
The most common question I get it how long to plan to wait to meet a celebrity or see a panel. This is a tough answer, as it can vary due to many different factors.
If there is a celebrity you want to meet or a panel that you are planning to attend that will make or break your convention experience, make this a top priority. I have seen in the past where celebrities wind up having to leave early, or a cap has been put on the attendance for a panel. Whatever the case, I would plan to arrive early and plan to dedicate your day to this one thing. Make everything else for that day be a secondary option.
Photos & Photographers
Celebrity photo ops are just the beginning of photos that are taken at the convention. Cosplay is exceptional at this convention, and most cosplays are happy to stop for photos. On the flip side, the convention is full of talented and professional photographers, who take time and attention to getting exciting and exceptional images! Whichever end you are on, the photographed or the photographer, please exercise all proper manners when asking for a photo, or when getting photos taken.
Asking for a cosplayer, or anyone, for a photo is easy! Make sure they are not in the middle of eating or interacting with another attendee. If they are in conversation and you really want a photo, be courteous. A simple, “Excuse me, can I take a photo? If now is a bad time, will you be free a little later?” is definitely acceptable. Do not, under any circumstances, take photos that you do not have consent to take. This includes interfering with photographers who are in the middle of a photoshoot. Always ask permission.
If someone asks to take a photo of you, great! That is a great compliment and usually, they are just excited about your costume, or work, as you are! It is important to be respectful, and if you do not feel comfortable having your photo taken, do not feel obligated to allow it to happen. If someone persists and takes a photo you did not consent of, or touches you inappropriately in any way, alert convention staff immediately.
Out of any advice I can give, my strongest piece is to be ready for your plans to change. Guests cancel, panels get pushed, and lines can get way longer than anticipated. Go into the convention with goals, but also go in with an open mind. At the end of the day, the point of the show is to celebrate our favorite fandoms with the people who make us love it.
Have fun and I hope to see you at the con!
More information will be added periodically
Show Map from FanExpoDallas.com: