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MegaCon 2022 brings stars from ‘The Mandalorian,’ ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Harry Potter’ and more to Orlando

by Chelsea Tatham Zukowski

If you’ve ever wanted to meet hobbits from “The Lord of the Rings,” Mandalorian princess Bo-Katan Kryze, and the loveable “Star Trek” android Data all in the same place, you’re in luck when MegaCon Orlando comes to town.

MegaCon Orlando
Photos courtesy of MegaCon

The biggest fan convention in the Southeast, and one of the most popular in Florida, returns on May 19-22 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

While the 2020 convention was canceled due to the pandemic, MegaCon returned in 2021 for a more subdued expo, which was pushed to August.

Luckily, this year’s convention is back to its usual spot, kicking off the summer convention season in May.

“We look forward to welcoming fans of all ages to MegaCon Orlando 2022 for a high-energy weekend filled with enhanced programming and exciting celebrity encounters,” Fan Expo HQ Vice President Andrew Moyes said. “From cosplay contests, gaming tournaments and themed meetups, MegaCon offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the fan community to come together.”

MegaCon cosplay contest
Besides celebrity guests, MegaCon boasts cosplay contests and community zones to meet up with fellow fans.

This year’s convention is back to being a star-studded affair, with celebrity guests, comic creators and artists, and voice actors from nearly every fandom you can think of.

Arguably the hottest meet-and-greet ticket is the reunion of the four hobbits from “The Lord of the Rings”: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, and Dominic Monaghan. This reunion was supposed to happen at last year’s event, but was canceled for scheduling reasons.

Here’s a taste of who else is coming to MegaCon Orlando 2022:

  • William Zabaka and Martin Kove (“The Karate Kid,” “Cobra Kai”)
  • Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (“Clerks”)
  • John Cleese (“Monty Python”)
  • Katee Sackhoff (“The Mandalorian”)
  • Giancarlo Esposito (“The Mandalorian,” “Breaking Bad”)
  • Matthew Lewis (“Harry Potter”)
  • James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)
  • Brent Spiner and Levar Burton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

The list of voice actors appearing at MegaCon Orlando is also stacked:

  • Kevin Conroy (“Batman: The Animated Series”)
  • Christopher Sabat (“Dragon Ball Z,” “My Hero Academia”)
  • Zach Aguilar (“Demon Slayer”)
  • Sean Schemmel (“Dragon Ball Z”)
  • Beau Billingslea and Steve Blum (“Cowboy Bebop”)
  • Maile Flanagan (“Naruto”)
Megacon Orlando 2021 Event at the Orange County Convention Center

Celebrity guests, voice actors, comic creators, and artists will be available for photo opportunities and autographs at various times throughout the four-day convention.

Besides the guest list, MegaCon also features cosplay contests, video game tournaments, immersive exhibits, family-friendly activities, fan community zones and meetups, panels with celebrities and creators, and more than 400,000-square-feet of shopping in the vendor and artist alleys.

MegaCon floor
MegaCon Orlando features more than 400,000-square-feet of shopping at the Orange County Convention Center.

Single-day adult tickets start at $22 with this advanced pricing running through May 4. Four-day passes are also available starting at $99. Premium packages start at $139.

MegaCon also offers live stream passes for the expo’s panels, starting at $39.99.

For tickets, schedules, full guest lists, and travel information visit FanExpoHQ.com/MegaConOrlando.

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