So the 6th annual Vidcon has come and gone and it was so much fun! This was the third Vidcon I’ve attended and it was by far the least stressful. I couldn’t believe how many crazed tween fans there are out there that make events like this horrifying for the slightly more grown-up 20+ year olds. Last year people lined up as early as 4 am for signings that didn’t happen until after 9:30 am! This means that even if you got in line at 5 am, you would not have been able to meet your favorite YouTuber. Crazy, right?!
This year, to alleviate this problem, the put the signings on a lottery system so you chose your top 15 about a month and a half before Vidcon and by a random lottery, you were chosen for signing based on your list. Everyone who signed up got at least one but some got as many as three. It was great arriving at the event not having to worry about getting up at the crack of dawn and planning out every minute of my time at the convention.Once you checked in at the convention, they gave you wristbands for the signings you won. The color represented the day and time of the signing and the number represented the line (1-13) to stand in to meet a particular YouTuber.
I got two signings from the lottery, Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart. They are two of the sweetest people I met and couldn’t believe the luck I had with the lottery!
Although, only getting two signing passes from the lottery didn’t mean I couldn’t meet YouTubers in the expo halls. Vidcon was held in the Anaheim Convention Center and they rented out the whole building so the expo hall as spread across three giant rooms, one of which was set up like a theater so they could host interviews and performances for a large number of attendees. On the first day, the opening ceremony was held in this giant, theater-like room.
The ceremony began with a greeting from the Green brothers, John and Hank, who are the creators of this wonderful convention among other amazing projects they are a part of. Afterward, the hosts of the ceremony, Rhett and Link, started the show. I wasn’t able to get a seat close to the stage for most of the events held in this room, I was still able to see because they had four giant screens that broadcasted the event so everyone in the room could see.
This stage also held many panels to interview some of the most popular YouTubers on the internet. One panel I went to featured the comedic content creators and it was hilarious. This panel included Glozell, Wheezy Waiter, Jenna Marbles, Colleen Ballinger, Mamrie Hart, and Dan Howell. It was my favorite panel by far!
On day one, I visited the Trixin booth. This is the clothing line of the Butler family, which includes Shay Carl of The Shaytards channel. I’ve met Shay and his family a few times so I was excited to be able to meet his parents and younger brother at the booth!
Day two was more of a “lazy day” and I didn’t take many pictures of what I did. But day three was very eventful! I was able to meet the people of the Buzzfeed Videos, Jen of Cupcakes, Cookies, and Cardio, Tess and Stephanie of EleventhGorgeous, Nick and Amy of the band Karmin, and Zach King from Vine! I also saw one of the crew members of Good Mythical Morning (Rhett and Link’s weekday morning show) and she gave me a signed picture of Rhett and Link!
The best part was all the fun photo opportunities in the expo hall! I wore a teal dress on day three, clearly a different color from typical green screen material, but it still disappeared when the projection was set on the green screen! I turned out to be a floating head with arms! I had so much fun this year and look forward to the upcoming Vidcons!!
Until next time,