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My Friday Experience (Completely Honest)

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I feel that I've been doing the completely wrong thing on this forum today by complaining about random things on random posts and having no order to my thoughts. So here is my full review.


I bought two 3-day standard passes for me and my other half. These were the highest proces we could afford due to things like travel and hotels but that was my choice. I was a little disgruntled, however, when I logged in to buy some extras (parties and photoshoot) to discover that the opening ceremony was a paid event. And a damn expensive one at that. I had thought originally that if I bought entrance to an event that I would be a party of the opening ceremony for that event. But alas, that was not the case. So I couldn't afford the Captain's talk so I bitterly missed it.


Moving on...


At 6am on the Friday morning I set off to London. We arrived at the hotel, waitied for check in, got ready and set off to the event. Took a while to get there because of the DLR but we made it in the end. We ended up not getting there until about 4pm. We went in and had a quick walk around to figure out what we wanted to do. (We didn't plan anything for Friday because we didn't know what time we would arrive)We decided to watch the stunt show. We headed on over to the entrance to the stunt area and asked how to get tickets, they told us to go to the ticket area outside. We did. They told us to go to the credit card sale area inside. We did. They sent us to the ticket collection area back outside again. And after queueing there for a while we were told to go back to the stunt area. This was about 17:15 and we gave up on seeing the stunt show.


We proceeded to go and get some autographs. We got our Virtual Tickets and walked around for a bit until our numbers came up. When they did we headed over to Sir Pat Stew. (as he was nicknamed by me.) The staff member at the front of his queue was really nice. Very informative, jolly and seemed really happy to be there. You know who you are, well done :)


We got our autographs from Patrick, Scott and Brent on the Friday evening which I thought was really good. After all this we went to get our goody bags. I really wishe we hadn't. We referred to it as the Advert Bag from then on. But it was handy for holding my autographs so far. i was hoping to get a good pre-signed autograph as I'd already decided that I would to to whoever it was and get them to personalise it (obviously I'd pay for it like a normal autograph). I thought it would be a great way to meet a guest I hadn't planned on meeting. but I somehow ended up with Neelix. After checking online and at the event, I couldn't find him and was a little bitter about another experience I was missing out on.


So. By this point me and my other half were tired from all the travelling so we went back to the hotel to get ready for the party.


We arrived and realised it was just a huge empty unit. But not ones to let it dampen the party mood, we went and got a drink and walked around. i was delighted to find the Laser Quest and Bungee Run were free events. They were so much fun! We drank some overly priced drinks and did a little dancing and then we noticed John De Lancie at the party having his photo taken with everyone that asked and I thought "That is amazing of him to do that!" I had my photo taken and had a genuinely good night. So well done for the Friday party!


As you can see it was a mixed bag from the start. I'm not going to go into my Saturday and Sunday experience because it's pretty much the same deaql. Some amazing things and some awful things but I hope this has helped people to realise that I did enjoy the con but a lot of things were very difficult to overlook.

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