Dragon Disadvantage 2014 through the figures
If you’ve never attended Dragon Disadvantage, Atlanta’s annual convention of other nutritional foods sci-fi, gaming, anime, and general nerdom, you need to know one factor: It’s massive, and undertaking all times of the convention is definitely an incredible, exhausting task. But because Atlanta newcomers and self-announced geeks, we made the decision to tackle the whole weekend to determine precisely what these 60,000 mostly costumed fans were flocking to. While roaming the halls, we selected up some interesting stats:
(All figures are approximated, and costume statistics exclude the parade)
What we should did
40 hrs spent in the convention during the period of 4 days
8 occasions attended
3 occasions switched from, some after browsing extended lines
one time almost hit with a taxi while legally crossing the road
100,000 combined steps walked during the period of the convention
1,420 milligrams of caffeine consumed between us
What we should saw
15 Hunger Games outfits, including Katniss, Peeta, Effie, Finnick, and Johanna
20 Walking Dead outfits, mostly Ron and Daryl
7 Jesus Christs, which we couldn’t explain, including steampunk and zombie variants
14 Leeloos in the Fifth Element
22 Princess Leias within the gold bikini from Episode 6
10 Fully visible thongs (on men and women)
14 Ambulances and fire trucks spotted stopped in the hotels
63 Out-of-place football fans, vacationers, and non-disadvantage-attending locals, including several 10 KLM air travel crewmembers clearly stranded overnight in the Hyatt
Finally, a couple of tips we learned from your first Dragon Disadvantage:
- The lines are worse than Disney World and often wrap around multiple floors and even outside the building. Be prepared to wait for hours, and know that even if you’re in a line, you might not get into your event.
- Bring your own food unless you want fight the massive Peachtree Center crowds or survive on nothing but pizza stands and ice cream trucks
- Consider staying at one of the convention hotels, even if you’re a local. It’s nice to have a place to get away from the chaos, grab some midday zzz’s, and take advantage of the ongoing nightlife without worrying about having to catch the last MARTA train home.
- Patience is a virtue. The skywalks, lobbies, and sidewalks get extremely crowded, and you will be packed like a sardine while traveling between hotels.