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hey all

 

Just wanted to post about my experience yesterday

 

This years LFCC has been one of the best I've been to in years.

There's a few things I feel should be worked on for next year which I will start on first

I arrived at 820 to be placed in the holding area inside in the queue. I understand queueing systems I run them myself in a busy tourist attraction but what baffled me was no signage or staff. 9am hit and and I needed to be inside for Christopher Lloyds photo shoot at 930 - the queue didn't really move until 920 for us then to find we had to walk through a maze of barriers and security guards not really caring that we needed to be inside.

Once inside the panic subsided we found the photo area and having the old store tickets worked in my favour for not having to wait long. My only gripe was the feeling of military movement once inside. Don't get me wrong I get it for keeping a queue moving but for meeting a movie icon it was too rushed. The picture wasn't even checked before I was moved but as I wasn't happy the staff said go straight back n have another which was nice but woman on queue was super strict - as soon as flash goes you move to my response of I'm not walking into some ones picture.

 

After this was done we went exploring to see the upper floors before the mayhem of the afternoon set in. The upper floors were lovely and also super cool some how all the air had escaped up there.

When we came back we went to find Jason David frank who we discovered was running late so I got my virtual queue ticket so it was time to look at the stalls.

When we eventually came back he was there and the queue was moving. I decided to hang around as it was getting nearer to my number. It eventually stopped 4 away and the woman insisted to tell me I would be best to come back in an hour but I stayed. A guy arrived two numbers away n we stayed and after 20 minutes I spoke up and said we were so close in number she eventually allowed us to join the queue and changed the numbers.

What can I say Jason was so lovely and kept apologising for keeping us waiting but I was so happy to finally meet him he has been an idol since my childhood it was completely worth the wait.

 

After this we went in hunt of the queue for the bttf talk

Luckily this was very early and we were about 30 back in the queue which was fine. I totally get why we had to queue outside but all the guards outside were lovely so it was fine. Once inside the talk area we had great seats and I feel happy we were a part of it. The print they gave out after is lovely and will be added to my collection.

 

After some shopping my last stop was Jason David franks photo shoot. Although it was hot and I was super tired the queue line moved quick and when I got to the front I got a great hug and am so happy with the picture.

 

Show masters you guys have pushed the boat out this year and it was much better at Olympia as I don't think this would have worked at Earl's Court.

I still think live updates on Twitter of VQ ticket numbers would be great. So easy to turn notifications on and would save people standing round in the heat.

 

Have had a great time this year and can't wait to see what neat year brings

 

Holly

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hey all

 

Just wanted to post about my experience yesterday

 

This years LFCC has been one of the best I've been to in years.

There's a few things I feel should be worked on for next year which I will start on first

I arrived at 820 to be placed in the holding area inside in the queue. I understand queueing systems I run them myself in a busy tourist attraction but what baffled me was no signage or staff. 9am hit and and I needed to be inside for Christopher Lloyds photo shoot at 930 - the queue didn't really move until 920 for us then to find we had to walk through a maze of barriers and security guards not really caring that we needed to be inside.

Once inside the panic subsided we found the photo area and having the old store tickets worked in my favour for not having to wait long. My only gripe was the feeling of military movement once inside. Don't get me wrong I get it for keeping a queue moving but for meeting a movie icon it was too rushed. The picture wasn't even checked before I was moved but as I wasn't happy the staff said go straight back n have another which was nice but woman on queue was super strict - as soon as flash goes you move to my response of I'm not walking into some ones picture.

 

After this was done we went exploring to see the upper floors before the mayhem of the afternoon set in. The upper floors were lovely and also super cool some how all the air had escaped up there.

When we came back we went to find Jason David frank who we discovered was running late so I got my virtual queue ticket so it was time to look at the stalls.

When we eventually came back he was there and the queue was moving. I decided to hang around as it was getting nearer to my number. It eventually stopped 4 away and the woman insisted to tell me I would be best to come back in an hour but I stayed. A guy arrived two numbers away n we stayed and after 20 minutes I spoke up and said we were so close in number she eventually allowed us to join the queue and changed the numbers.

What can I say Jason was so lovely and kept apologising for keeping us waiting but I was so happy to finally meet him he has been an idol since my childhood it was completely worth the wait.

 

After this we went in hunt of the queue for the bttf talk

Luckily this was very early and we were about 30 back in the queue which was fine. I totally get why we had to queue outside but all the guards outside were lovely so it was fine. Once inside the talk area we had great seats and I feel happy we were a part of it. The print they gave out after is lovely and will be added to my collection.

 

After some shopping my last stop was Jason David franks photo shoot. Although it was hot and I was super tired the queue line moved quick and when I got to the front I got a great hug and am so happy with the picture.

 

Show masters you guys have pushed the boat out this year and it was much better at Olympia as I don't think this would have worked at Earl's Court.

I still think live updates on Twitter of VQ ticket numbers would be great. So easy to turn notifications on and would save people standing round in the heat.

 

Have had a great time this year and can't wait to see what neat year brings

 

Holly

 

 

And for those of us not on Twitter?

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It's just a suggestion to start with Facebook is also a thought and information can be communicated better

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It's just a suggestion to start with Facebook is also a thought and information can be communicated better

 

 

I'm not on Facebook or Twitter so neither is going to be of any use - better signage and information at the event would be great.

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To be honest, I was dreading going on Sunday after reading all the bad reports about the Saturday queues etc.

 

I arrived at 10-45 expecting the worst, but was amazed to get straight in!

 

Yes, it was very hot inside but found the stair queues moved along nicely, no gridlock as had been reported on Saturday. The only gripe I had was a few of the staff giving me conflicting info about where to go for photo shoots, but lucky managed to get there just in time!

 

And to top it off, even managed to get Sigourney Weavers autograph right at the end!! :dance:

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I arrived after sometime after 10am and joined the mass of people walking to the venue to get in. we got through pretty quick.

Once inside I wanted to find where to get Caseen Gaines book We don't need roads as I wanted to get a copy, we managed to find that.

 

Once we'd found the book my cousin and i made our way through the stalls to where the autographs were. I picked up a virtual queue ticket for Jason David Frank and my number was 162. We then wandered back through towards the stalls and on the way I got an autograph off Marnix Van Den Broeke, he was really nice and we had a little chat. We looked round the stalls both upstairs and downstairs and then went back upstairs to the autographs area, and the number was on 175 so I was able to join the queue. I got my autograph off Jason David Frank and I got one off Jason Faunt as well and they were both so nice and friendly.

We then continued to look round and bought a few things and then I had my photo shoots. Went to the photo shoot for Jason David Frank got through really quickly and then went down for Jason Faunt photo shoot.

 

Overall Really good day

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After reading all the posts from Friday and Saturday I was dreading Sunday as I was taking my 5 year old along. Having been last year with him and it not being too bad (honestly!) I couldn't believe it could be worse. Actually it wasn't, I actually thought it went well and we all had a great time, even if I did have to carry him on my shoulders most of the time. We arrived at about 10:30 and after some bizarre free-for-all crowd surge in the first hall prior to reaching the zig zag got in within 20 mins of arriving. I also though that the vast majority of attendees were very polite and courteous.

 

That said, I wasn't looking for lots of autographs or photo shoots, if I had I think it would have been very difficult. I saw no signs, no guides and I only knew where things were by exploring. I never even made it to a third level. But then when taking a child along I just accept that it's about soaking in the atmosphere and having a bit of fun, if I wanted to get serious I'd have to go alone.

 

In fact, saying that, the worst bit about the whole event was taking my wife along. OMFG. Sadly she is an event organiser and this was her first LF Comic Con........all she could do was tell me how she would do it better....how she had set up many shows at Olympia.......in great detail.....blah blah blah. :no:

 

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