We were in-and-out of registration on Friday afternoon in under five minutes. The longest part was me trying to dig my ID out of the pockets inside my costume, and then posing for a couple photos in the registration area. However, on Saturday morning there was a line out the door, down the block, around the corner... in the Atlanta heat.
On crowds: We went to two small panels, and got there about 45 minutes early for each one, so we had no problem getting in. I assumed ahead of time that the big giant panels and the celebrity areas wouldn't be a good investment of limited time, so we didn't even plan to go to those at all. I wanted to go to the parade, but we (read: she
) slept late - but after looking at the photos I'm not sad we missed it. Seems like there were some fantastic costumes, but the crowds along the parade route would have made it so hard to watch. We wanted to go to the burlesque show on Saturday night, but by the time we got back from the aquarium the line was already a mile long, and her feet were hurting, so we just went back to the hotel to sleep.
We walked to the aquarium and took the bus back. There was only one bus running at 11pm, and we got on the bus right in time to hit collegiate sportsball competition traffic, so we sat for a while. I feel bad for the people waiting for the bus after us.
1. Stay hydrated. I didn't do this on Friday and I felt it the whole weekend and on into Monday.
2. Start exercising for next year, TODAY. I don't need to lose weight, but I DO need to get in shape, both cardio and muscle tone - especially for carrying that heavy photo pack on Saturday.
3. Schedule my photo sessions better. It was my first time doing scheduled photoshoots at a con, and I spent a lot of time organizing/meeting/waiting/walking - and I missed a couple of other things because of it. Still, came away with a bunch of cool photos and met a lot of fantastic people, so I don't consider it a loss.
4. Stay closer to the con area. We stayed at the Airport Marriott, which was ten miles out. If we had stayed on site, we wouldn't have had to waste so much time doing the commute/park/walk. And, I could have kept going when she needed to rest. We got reservations for the Sheraton for next year already.