In summary, A-kon 27 was a big ol’ shit show. Like damn. It has been accurately labeled “drama con.”
Here is the day by day summary of Mission: A-kon 27.
Thursday, June 2, 2016 – Arrival
In essence, the Hilton Anatole Dallas is a hot mess and f’d up my reservation. Originally I booked two rooms with king-size beds for eight people, four people in each room. However, when I arrived my reservation was under “Ashly Lake” instead of “Ashly Blake” and I had two separate hotel reservations one of which had been cancelled prior without my consent. Throughout the week I called Hilton customer service and continually asked what the total amount for BOTH rooms would be. Each time I was told $714. When I actually made it to the hotel to check in it turned out that the $714 was for ONE room, because the customer service agent was only quoting the one reservation I had made instead of the two reservations created. Well, I pitched a fit and finally the attendant contacted management. Management advised that I would receive free parking for the weekend and she could find me a bigger room to fit eight people in. I was still mad but I was tired of arguing and satisfied with a room that could fit eight people. I paid and went up to said hotel room.
Surprise! The hotel room was NOT big enough for eight people. In fact, it was a double bed room meant for four people. I would like to point out that the hotel staff KNEW I had eight people and that eight people were going to be shoved in to this room (I’m about 90% sure that’s a fire hazard). I was too upset to go downstairs and argue more so one of my roommates took the lead. After a lot of arguing she managed to get us a suite that was still too small for eight people but was much better than the current room we were in. The catch? She had to pay 90 dollars for it even though the HOTEL messed up the reservation. Needless to say, the Hilton Anatole Dallas is an awful hotel to stay in. Don’t do it.
It was also a nightmare trying to get extra towels, blankets, pillows, etc. for eight people. The staff insisted that we couldn’t have extra yet crammed eight of us in to a room that could comfortably fit six people.
Good things? I went to get my badge on Thursday and the scan & go concept was awesome. I wasn’t in line for more than five minutes. I literally scanned my barcode and went. The convention is less packed on Thursday but I imagine it made the Friday/Saturday lines more bearable than past conventions.
Friday, June 3, 2016 – What ever happened to Cosplay and Chill?
I had a lot of fun on Friday walking around the convention floor! It was definitely packed because it was raining outside and the outside gardens were under construction so there weren’t a lot of places for people to go. It will be a lot better next year when people can go places outside and walk around.
The people at A-kon have never impressed me. There is simply a lot of unnecessary drama that goes on. I think it is important for people to know and understand their temperament. If you know you have a form of social anxiety, then you shouldn’t be out on the convention floor for hours at a time. Take breaks! Go upstairs to your hotel room and hide for a little while then come back down. Another thing that really gets me is the people that get angry that you have a good cosplay. Don’t turn your nose up at people because of jealousy. It is annoying. The whole point of cosplay is to enjoy your costume as well as appreciate other people’s art work. I think costume play is absolutely beautiful and I am amazed at what people’s imaginations can help them create.
Saturday, June 4. 2016 – Still a hot mess
I did not stay Saturday night because I ultimately could not handle the hotel’s shit and the drama anymore. I walked around the convention floor Saturday and that was fun for a bit. The scheduling was horrific and kept getting moved around so I wasn’t able to go to any of the panels. I am not sure if the scheduling was the hotel not allowing the convention to use the rooms or the convention as a whole. Either way it was awful. My biggest issue though was they closed the Dealer’s Room at 5PM… on a Saturday? What? I was going to buy something but I guess not…
That night someone apparently walked out of a fire exit and caused the fire alarm to sound. Seriously, not impressed. How old are we?
Ultimately, I will not be staying at the A-kon hotel until they switch venues. The Hilton Anatole Dallas is not a good place for the convention and only makes it worse. Plus, A-kon has been doing this for 27 years, you would think they would have figured it out by now.
2/10 would not do again.