The doors opened to the general public at 4pm (while VIP’s package holders hit the show floors at 2pm), and it became clear very quickly, the crowds were lighter and there were more families at Fan Expo.
An event like Fan Expo is perfect for children. There are lots of things to see and do. But unfortunately it can get very crowded in the later days of the show. As a parent, I’ve been there before. I’ve tried to navigate the floors of Fan Expo with a stroller, while getting shoved aside by impatient convention attendees. With the lighter crowds on Thursday, it is perfect for families.
In addition to the lighter crowds, it is also a great opportunity to grab some free “swag”. At one location on the Fan Expo floor, Harry Potter Lego packages were given away. Also Hasbro had a Kre-O station set up, and a Beyblade Battle Arena. Lots of hands on stuff for kids to play with.
Having a day that is friendly to the family is very important. Kids love everything that is offered at Fan Expo. I was working at the Big B Comics booth and the kids who stopped by were mesmerized by the Halloween costumes that were being offered. I talked to several kids who knew all about comics and knew who their favourite heroes and villains were.
I know not everybody reading this have children, but you need to understand how difficult it can be sometimes taking the family to an event like Fan Expo. It is tough to get around with a stroller. It can be a real challenge keeping an eye on your kids in the crowds. But if the general public avoid the Thursday opening day of Fan Expo, it will be to the advantage of families. It is a nice day trip with the kids.
So keep in mind, on Saturday when it is insanely busy at Fan Expo, just have a little bit of patience with the family pushing a stroller. They just want to have fun at Fan Expo like everyone else. Someday you may be in that position too.