The best part is Walker Stalker Con comes to multiple cities throughout the year! You can check the schedule here.
Even though this was our second WSC, we learned a few things this time around and we want to share our tips with you so you can have a rad Walker Stalker Con experience too!
1. Choosing the correct ticket option: There are several ticket options. (You can view the options by clicking on the city and then “Buy Tickets”.) The Premium Tickets, Platinum and Gold passes, are the most limited and most costly. They have some absolutely fabulous perks and they do include extras that the some VIP Passes and general admission tickets do not. General Admission Passes and One Day, Two Day or Weekend tickets are also available. It is important to note the General Admission options will only get you into the convention. You will need to purchase photo ops and autographs separately. Kids that are 10 and under are free with a paid adult (limit 2 kids per paid adult ticket). Platinum tickets require children to have paid ticket at same level as accompanying adult. It is important that you carefully read over each option to see what is included. If something is not listing, then it is more than likely a separately ticketed event.
There are also Volunteer Opportunities available. You can find those details and an application by going here then clicking on the your city of choice and then on “volunteer”.
2. Download the WSC app: The Walker Stalker Conference offers lots of options for fans and so to make the most of your experience you are going to benefit from a strategy whether you are going for just a day or have a Platinum ticket. We found the app to be super helpful. You can create a schedule based on photo ops, panels, and meet and greets. (The App is currently free! Please see app for details)
2. Wear comfortable shoes! Not only is the conference area very expansive, most lines are long and you may end up standing in the same place for an hour or more. According to our fitness app we averaged walking about 7 miles each day. You will want to choose shoes that are comfortable for standing on concrete for extended periods of time, as well as walking.
3. Patience is required: Let’s be realistic…. for every 50K fans there is only one Norman Reedus. While the cast is gracious and they really do their best to meet everyone, you will have to wait in line at some point. The good news is, this an opportunity to make some friends. We met two sweet ladies from Texas last year and we still keep in touch. We are all at the con for the same reason so settle in and have some fun! We recommend hitting the most popular lines first, if possible. This year we waited until the last day to go through Norman’s line and Sunday it was only open to VIPs only, no “meet and greets” were allowed.
4. Try to catch some panel discussions: This is a great time to delve into character studies and you may even get to ask some of your own questions (this is also a great chance to sit and relax). TDC had the pleasure of hosting the Closure Panel featuring David Morrissey and Scott Wilson. We were able to take several audience questions-all which were awesome!
5. Bring some extra cash with you: If you decide to get an autograph, those are cash only at the table. Also, most actors charge for “selfies” at the table. The fees are listed at each table and vary by actor. Fortunately, most actors do not charge for a meet and greet. ATM’s are available, but you can avoid fees by having some cash on you.
6. Snacks and water: A healthy snack and bottled water is great to have on hand when you don’t want to leave your place in line. If you prefer to purchase food at the con there were several food options this year. There were even adult beverage stations! We found the prices to be consistent with event pricing.
7. A portable phone charger: This is a very valuable tool. Some (not all) of the cast will allow selfies at their tables (usually for cash only). How sad would it be to finally get to Mr. Yeun’s table only to find your phone is dead? Yikes!! You can pick them up at your local store or on Amazon starting at around $10!
8. Hotels, Parking & Commuting: If accommodations are available at the event location we highly recommend looking into that option. You will need to book early…really early. We booked our hotel months in advance and it was not soon enough as the hotel at the convention center was completely booked. We were able to find a hotel a few blocks away that was very nice. Be prepared to pay event prices for event parking. We took one overpriced taxi ride to the con on the first day and found it to be both expensive and…um…less than clean. We decided to try out Uber and used it for the duration of our trip. We found it to be a quick, easy, clean and inexpensive option for us. (We do not recommend or endorse any transportation service.)
9. Photo Ops: You will need to purchase these in advance on the Walker Stalker site. In most cases, the photo ops will need to be purchased separately from your ticket. (Some options do include photo ops.) There will be standing in line if the ops get behind schedule, but once the line starts moving…it moves! It is important to understand a Photo Op is not a Meet and Greet. The goal is to get you in and out as soon as possible. You will not be able to chat up your favorite actor. If you want some quality time you will need to do that at the actor’s table. Also, be sure to print your photo tickets in case you have connectivity issues with your smart phone. (We also took screen shots on our phones so we could pull it up in our gallery.)
10. Parties and Special Events: The Atlanta convention offered up two special events- Dark Dealings Casino Night and Necrosis 2.0 Halloween Party. These were separately ticketed events. We recommend following Walker Stalker Con on Facebook and Twitter for the latest announcements. These events are super fun (please note: both events at WSCAtlanta were for folks 21 and older).
We found that a little planning went a long way. We had a fabulous time and made lots of wonderful memories! We can not wait to attend our next Walker Stalker Convention!
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