Sunday 31 August 2014

Fan Expo Canada 2014 - 4 Days in Toronto (Part 2 of 2)

I tried to keep it short but that's hard to do when I had so much fun over the entire experience.

Saturday was SOOOO jammed packed with panels, photo ops and people. We didn't end up making it over to the south building (the main exhibition floor) at all because they closed the bridge a few times due to the amount of people. Sarah and I both got giddy seeing Nathan Fillion and the Murdock Mysteries cast. In most cases we ended up waiting in line at least an hour prior to each panel (sitting along the walls). Sarah had two photo ops (Walking Dead and Nathan Fillion) so I went to the Lost Girl panel.  Then we hung around for the first half of the masquerade. I love Gord Rose (and that he loves his job) and Holly (and of course Rabbit Stew). Sarah treated me to dinner at LoneStar and then home to rest.

She made her costume out of chocolate
The war doctor

Blue screen of death

Sunday was the Walking Dead panel (for Sarah) and photo op with Patrick Stewart for me. Then we saw Elijah Wood.  The four days went by really quickly but I'm glad we did pre-planning, because let us get to more things in the time we had. I'm also really glad I changed by train ticket home from Sunday to Monday.  It meant that Sarah and I weren't rushed at the end of the convention and we got the change to wind down and reflect.

The trip home was an express, so no stops between Union Station and Kingston.
I ended up spending more on by tickets and transportation than last year but it was so worth it for the convenience and peace of mind.


Fan Expo Canada 2014 - 4 Days in Toronto (Part 1 of 2)

I'm going to try and just summarize my 2014 Fan Expo Canada experience because I ended up taking over 1,600 photos over the five day trip.

Thursday was my traveling day. I decided to take the train because I didn't want the hassle of driving in downtown Toronto traffic, especially because I would be traveling alone. My cousin Sarah, who I was staying with and would be going with me to the convention, met me at Union Station and we took the subway back to her apt in the Church Street/Wellesley area to drop off my stuff.  Then we headed to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to pick up our Premium passes and wander around to see where everything was and figure out a plan for the follow three days.

Lunch at a yummy Thai place around the corner

My amazing cousin just tossed together chicken alfredo for me for dinner - it was SO GOOD.
Friday started with Matt Smith (AWESOME) and then lots of wandering, shopping and taking photos of as many cosplayers as I could. Having access to the premium lounge to rest was awesome.  It was quiet and a nice break from the chaos of the expo floors. We brought our own food so didn't have to over spend or waste time in the really long food lines.

Continued in part two