Preparing for WHOlanta 2017 (FAQs)

WHOlanta 2017 is right around the corner. Here are some helpful tips and some great information to know. *This may get updated if we missed anything*

  • The convention is not sold out! There are still plenty of weekend and 1 day badges available at the door.
  • Once you’ve parked and entered the hotel, head immediately to registration to pick up/buy your weekend/day membership.
  • Registration opens at 4PM on Friday. 2PM for Press. The convention officially kicks off at 6PM with Opening Ceremonies.
  • With that said, here’s what each day costs:
    • Weekend badges are $65
    • Friday badges are $25
    • Saturday badges are $40
    • Sunday badges are $30
  • If you pre-ordered a t-shirt, these will be available for pickup at the WHOlanta store.
  • IF YOU DIDN’T PRE-ORDER your t-shirt, autograph ticket, or photograph ticket. these will all be sold at the WHOlanta store, located right outside Main Programming.
  • If you pre-ordered your autograph or photographs, pick up your tickets at the WHOlanta store. When it’s time for your autograph or photograph session, head to the Centennial D.
    • There are no assigned times to choose from this year for autographs and photographs. You are free to choose whatever time works for you based on the schedule that’s posted (i.e. so if Colin Baker is signing at noon on both Saturday and Sunday, you can go to either one).
  • The photos from the photo session will be printed on site. Give a few hours after your session to pick up your photos. This should give you plenty of time to have the guest sign your photo.
  • Are you a WHOlanta Immortal Member or VIP member? Then you get front row (or priority) seating at all panels in Main Programming (must be seated within the first 5 minutes of the panel starting. After that, it’s fair game to anyone).
  • The Immortal & VIP reception will take place in Main Programming and allows you to rub elbows with this year’s guests. This takes place at 7 PM on Friday. We still have some tickets available, so if you want to attend, you can buy your ticket at the WHOlanta store.
    • No flash photography is allowed at the reception.
    • A group photo will be taken near the end of the reception and will be emailed to all attendees.
  • The Marriott Century Center is sold out of the WHOlanta room block. You can call the hotel to see if there are any rooms available at the full rate. There are also neighboring hotels. Visit the hotel page of the website for more information.
  • The hotel has quiet hours starting at 10 PM in the main lobby, so try and keep it down.
  • There is free onsite parking for the con. If the lot fills up, overflow parking is available across the street at the office complex.
  • There will be program books available at registration. There will also be a digital copy linked to the app.
  • There’s an app! It’s available in the Gather App in the Apple App Store and in Google Play. This is where the most up to date schedule will be. Updates will be available throughout the entire weekend.
  • The schedule will be printed out and on display at the Information Services desk. Any updates to the schedule will be posted there.
  • Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all weekend. Also share your photos with us during and after the con.
    • Use #WHOlanta2017 whenever you reference us on social media!
    • Use #BringingSixieBack when you post a photo with Colin!
    • Make sure you’re following us on Twitter because we may live stream some of the con!
  • We do have a Kids Track that has programming schedule throughout the weekend. Definitely go check them out. They’ve got some fun stuff planned!
  • WHOlanta has a ConSuite. What does that mean? If you are feeling peckish and don’t want to leave the hotel for a snack, visit room 1508 and the Magnolia room and grab a quick bite. Hotel Rules: The hotel does not want any food from the con suite on the first floor. They’re being extremely gracious by letting us have a con suite, so let’s not push our luck with the hotel.
  • The hotel restaurant will be selling Grab n Go lunches in case you don’t have time between panels to have a sit down meal. This is scheduled from 11:30-3:30 on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Have a question? Head to Information Services. They’re located right off the main hallway on your way to the two video rooms. Can’t miss ’em.
  • The Masquerade and Cabaret are both on Saturday this year and are one event.
    • Sign up sheets for the Masquerade are available at the Information Services desk.
    • The Cabaret & Masquerade is on Saturday night. Like always, admission to the cabaret is $5 and all proceeds go to charity. This event is rated PG but we can’t always control the actors so a bad word may slip out every once in a while. 
  • This year’s concert is a local David Bowie tribute band and that’s happening on Friday night!
  • Gallifrey Game Night on Saturday night is for the 21 and older crowd (sorry kiddos):
    • Gallifrey Game Night – Similar to Hollywood game night, but on Gallifrey – and with our celebrity guests.
  • Our dance this year is the “Dance on the Orient Express,” inspired by Jamie Mathieson’s episode “Mummy on the Orient Express.”
    • It starts at 10:30 ish on Saturday (ish depending on the hotel rearranging the room on time).
    • Open to all ages. Those under 12 need a parent or guardian.
    • We’re encouraging 1920’s dress but cosplay or regular clothes works too!
  • There is a wrap up panel on Sunday at 6. Tell us how we did. Shower me with praise. There will also be a few announcements that you’ll be the first to hear!
  • Remember to have fun. This is going to be a great con and we are so excited for everything planned this weekend!
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