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Top 5 | Reasons to Attend MegaCon 2015

Orlando recently received thousands of enthusiastic fans to the Orange County Convention Center for the annual event known as… MegaCon! MegaConvention is a Sci-Fi/Comic Convention that is held in Orlando, and is considered to be “The Southeast’s premier Comic book, Anime,Sci-fi/Fantsy and multimedia event.” This year’s three day event took place from April 10-12.

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Welcome To MegaCon

 

MegaCon offers a variety of options for guest to enjoy which includes a main exhibition hall where guest can look and shop for merchandise, artwork, and more. There are also a variety of panels to take in, photo opportunities, and autographs with guest celebs.

This years guest celebrities included the likes of Marvel icon Stan Lee, The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan, The Princess Bride’s Cary Elwes, and many more.

Megacon Indie Film Expo

Alongside the main attractions, MegaCon also is host to the Indie Film Expo hosted by program chairman 3 Boys Productions. Each year the MegaCon Indie Film Expo showcases short independent films in fan favorite genres of: action, animation, anime, comedy, horror, romance, super-hero, science fiction, suspense, and zombie. This year’s selected films included:

500 Miles to Taco Bell directed by Lear Bunda
Alfred directed by Den of Wolves Productions
Fur Real directed by Nicole Machon
It Waits directed by Robert Massetti
M-Theory directed by TL Westgate
Memory directed by Steven Shea featuring Summer Day Rescue
Losers directed by Carlos del Rosario
The Sky Ship Chronicles directed by Christian Christian Cashmir
Stronger directed by Steven Shea featuring Prita Chhabra
Tech Squad directed by TL Westgate

Along with the Expo there was also a Film panel held the following day which featured invited guest filmmakers, actors, and entertainers including Prita Chhabra (Stronger), TL Westgate (M Theory, Tech Squad), HorrorDirector Robert J. Massetti (It Waits), Frankie Paul Morrell (comedian), Brian Pulido (the Graves), Todd Thompson (The Highwaymen, Woman in Motion), our own Jen Vargas (TechSquad, Women in Film & Television Florida) and other surprise industry guests.

Overall MegaCon is a grand experience for those who enjoy these kind of events. The only draw back is the large number of crowds that occupy the venue making it hard sometimes to navigate around. This aside, MegaCon is an event that I thoroughly enjoy participating in each year and will continue to attend in the future.

MegaCon 2015

My Top 5 reasons to attend MegaCon:
1) Meet and Greets with some of your Favorite TV stars (past and present)

2) Merchandise! MegaCon is one of the best places to find exclusive merchandise that is sure to please the most loyalist of Geekdom (I mean that in the most positive way possible!)

3) Films and panels! Tired of shopping?! Then have a seat and check out a few short films or listen to some of the Media Guest about life on the set of a popular show.

4) The After Parties! The fun doesn’t end when the exhibition hall closes for the day! MegaCon offers some fun After hours events as well!

5) Cosplay! Love dressing up or watching others dress up? Then MegaCon is the place for you, with its hordes of costumed fans you will have hours of people watching checking out how creative some of them can be!

A group of Star War cosplayers gather for a group shot.

A group of Star War cosplayers gather for a group shot.

If you happen to be in the Central Florida area in early Spring, take moment and check out what all the hype is about for yourself and let us know what you think!

Tussauds Orlando Welcomes Selena Gomez to Florida

by: @jenvargas

Wait a minute. Was that…? SELENA GOMEZ… at Lake Eola?!

Photo: Courtesy of Madame Tussauds Orlando

Photo: Courtesy of Madame Tussauds Orlando

(Don’t worry, everyone at Top 5 did a triple take too!)

Great news for all Florida Selenators and Beliebers! Selena Gomez… ‘s wax counterpart was indeed at Lake Eola last week! It’s not as hot outside, so wax-Selena decided to take a stroll around Lake Eola as well as take a walk around the Convention Center and down International Drive.

DID YOU SEE HER? C’mon, we know SOMEONE out there must have taken a selfie…

Actress and pop songstress Selena Gomez will be the first wax-lebrity to call Orlando home when Florida’s first ever Madame Tussauds attraction opens next Spring at the new I-Drive 360 entertainment complex.

Guests at Madame Tussauds Orlando will experience the essence of America with this brand new, immersive and interactive wax experience, bursting with family fun and world-class entertainment, as they move through themed areas meeting all of their favorite stars from award-winning film actors, to historical and modern world leaders, sports stars, music legends as well as figures important to Florida. Visitors can shake hands with president, get on stage with rock stars and pop princesses, or get up close and personal with a Hollywood heartthrob and take the ultimate selfie!

Which A-list personality would you like to see come to Orlando next? Of all the important and historical figures in Florida’s history, who do YOU think deserves a place in OUR wax history? Tweet us @CentralFLTop5 and let us know! Follow @TussaudsOrlando to see who the next big name coming to Orlando may be!

Orlando Home Show 2012 Features Appearances by Mark Brunetz

ORLANDO HOME SHOW RETURNS OCTOBER 5-7, 2012

Get organized with valuable tips from Mark Brunetz of Style Network’s Clean House

Orlando’s original and largest consumer home show returns October 5-7 to Hall North B in the Orange County Convention Center’s North/South complex off Universal Boulevard, and features local, regional and national experts, instructional how-to seminars, contests, giveaways and much more. The home improvement extravaganza will spotlight Featured Products and Services and exhibitors who are participating in the fall show for the very first time.

Special features include appearances by Mark Brunetz of Style Network’s Clean House; a Design Showcase and free design consultations by AP Interiors; a tech gadget-filled Smart House constructed by Universal Contracting; and daily seminars by home improvement experts on the Fresh Ideas Home Stage.

According to Marketplace Events, the nation’s largest producer of home shows, including the Orlando Home Showconsumers continue to seek out home improvement projects to protect their investment as the economy slowly improves. “Hundreds of experts are standing by to help consumers, whether they have a specific project in mind or are seeking fresh ideas,” said Cristian Moore, Orlando show manager for Marketplace Events. We have everything you´re looking for here in our show , if you are ever looking for tools we have the best drills and electric chainsaw reviews to help you buy with confidence.“We offer a fun day out and there’s something for everyone at our show.”

Want to live clutter free in spectacularly designed, yet affordable rooms that convey your true sense of personal style? Mark Brunetz’s presentations on the Fresh Ideas Main Stage will empower guests to reclaim their living spaces. Tackling the emotional reasons why people unnecessarily hang on to possessions, Brunetz will offer valuable tips to help clear the clutter, get organized, and make way for a more efficient, nicer place in which to live during his presentations on Friday at 6:00 p.m., Saturday at 12 noon and 5:00 p.m., and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

According to the people at Think Home Improvement there’s no better place than at the Orlando Home Show to shop, compare and save on a wide variety of home improvement products and services in one location. Show producers have done all of the legwork to identify a variety of Featured Products and Services, from an aromatherapy system that uses air conditioning to distribute fragrances throughout the home, to easily-installed and interchangeable kitchen backsplashes, to versatile cookers that do it all: slow roasting, steaming, smoking and grilling. Guests can explore 300 exhibit booths, plus enter into contest and prize drawings.

Show hours are Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m, and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are available at the door, and are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+; this discount is ONLY valid at the door and no other discounts apply), $5 for students 13-18 (ID required, only valid at the door), and free for children 12 years and younger.  Advance tickets can be purchased online for a $3 discount off full-price $10 admission at www.OrlandoHomeShow.com.  Convenient on-site parking is available adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center off Universal Boulevard, and is $8 per car with valid Florida ID.