Can't decide whether this years experience was better or worse than last year.
The queuing system outside... although it looked scarily daunting wasn't actually that bad. I think myself and friends were only queuing for approx. 45 minutes. Though I much preferred having the early bird option.
Most of the staff were very friendly. Special shout out to Luke at photo booth A who managed to get people queuing in a fairly orderly fashion among the chaos of the TINY area (for such huge guests) but please.. next time.. give the poor guy a megaphone or something, I'd be surprised if he hasn't done some serious damage to his throat the way he was having to shout above the noise.
Most of the staff seemed in good spirits from what I saw. Different story last year.
The cosplay stage area was an AWESOME go to area to sit down and take a breather (and have some lunch).
The cosplayers are upping their game every year. Props to you all (pun intended).
WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE. AGAIN. I appreciate you didn't sell above capacity but due to the layout, from what I noticed, hardly anyone needed to go to levels 2 and 3 (3 was being used as a chill out area for a bunch of people due to it being so empty) so the majority of the 1000's of people were hanging out on level 1 and ground. Can't tell you how long it took us to get from the cosplay stage to what seemed like the only UP stairwell on the whole floor at the complete opposite end.
Am I going mad but were there WAY more DOWN stairwells than UP? Halfway through the day, Olympia staff started opening the goods lifts to get people to the other floors as the lifts were packed and the stairwells had to be shut off for short periods of time due to too many people. I dread to think what would have happened if there had been a fire.
Although there was more space overall.. the staggered level flooring is really not ideal for this type of event and capacity
Staff were great but once again, most of them didn't have a clue where things were or how to help most people in general. I didn't need assistance myself but experienced so many people getting a blank reaction and some shrugged shoulders.
This one is out of showmasters control but my god... so many rude, obnoxious people. Cosplayers included. Maybe it was the stress and heat of the day but someone pretty much took a chunk out of my shoulder angrily pushing past me with (what looked like) their week long camping trip rucksack flying about. WE'RE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT. Chill out and have some respect. Also... I respect each and every cosplayer for the effort you go through before and during con, but if you insist on wearing the biggest costume ever... don't huff and puff and get pissy because there's not enough room to move about freely. The non-cosplayers have a right to move around too.
Autograph tables on level one were in a BAD spot. That particular part of the floor wasn't big enough for a few of the guests/queues there. The queues went right out into the tiny amount of walkway space there was anyway.
Photo queues: Apart from my Tom Savini bunch getting shouted at for forming an orderly queue along side the wall (because apparently not hoarding around the entrance was a bad thing), I didn't experience too much hassle with my photo queues but again... A... the main booth was in a really bad spot for the guests you had in there and the obvious amount of people having to queue up. GET QUEUE BARRIERS!!! Being told, people will abuse the detachable rope by one of the staff was laughable. No one pays attention to the tape on the floor as it is. I saw SOOOO many queue jumpers.
The only air con I experienced was on level 3 and it was lovely. Could have stayed up there all day. It was probably the sheer amount of body heat that prevented us from feeling any on the other floors (if it was on) but it's not safe. Saw a few people have panic attacks from the crowds they got caught up in.
I really love LFCC. It's the only con event I've ever been too but you're growing at a crazy pace now - it's time to put some real thought into looking after the people who are making it grow. It really is the smaller things that will help in a huge way. Long live LFCC.