Today I donned my finest (and only) galaxy dress to go check out MegaCon, the 4-day behemoth of a convention that brings in over 100,000 attendees.
(After this I'll be in my "work clothes" [jeans, hat, & holster bag] so I like to pretty it up for the first day. :D)
Thursday is sort of a preview/shopping day: the convention floor doesn't open to the public until 4PM, and crowds are low.
One great perk of having a Press pass: John and I were able to tour the enormous hall a full 2 hours before everyone else in this staggering line:
(Still mystified as to why folks would queue up 2 hours early. Maybe there were some great exclusives?)
We bee-lined it for one of this year's newest - and arguably coolest - attractions: the Millennium Falcon cockpit:
Ok, so it doesn't look like much from here, but check out the view when you stick your camera through the front window:
This is with almost no editing, too; it photographs insanely well, with so many lights and details!
Of course that coolness comes at a price: you'll have to pay $20 to get your photo inside.
In fact most of the cool photo opps around the con are pay-to-play now, though with several exceptions. (Some give their profits to charity, if that helps.) I think all the pay ones have signage up to warn you, but always ask first, just to be safe. If you have to get on or inside a vehicle for the photo, count on there being a fee.
Most of the best ones are Star Wars, of course. This community never fails to bring out all the stops: