Wizard World Cleveland

Wizard World Cleveland 2019 – Thoughts & Review

Wizard World Cleveland just finished up last weekend, and thankfully I was able to attend with some friends just like we did last year. After a year of attending other conventions, getting a little farther into my cosplay journey, and just getting my toes a little more into the water of the convention world, I feel like I am well and able to form some.. opinions.

I always enjoy getting to go to conventions, and really, I am lucky that I get to go to as many as I do. Wizard World really isn’t an exception, but it does come with its pros and cons, just like any other convention.

Wizard World Cleveland – Pricing

One thing that the Wizard World family of conventions is known for is that sweet, sweet pricing. While I didn’t really notice it last year, the admission to the convention is EXPENSIVE. Like, beyond explanation expensive. I attended one day of the convention, on Sunday. In theory, on the last day of the convention, the last day should be the most affordable, right?

Not really for Wizard World I guess.

My single day ticket (after using a coupon) still was $50 for admission from 10-4. What. How. Why? I don’t really know.

I have attended large conventions where I paid less for the entire weekend (hey there Ohayocon) where there was mountains more to do. It seems that Wizard World really is a shopping based con, with little to nothing more to do other than a handful of panels, and some very high priced photo ops and some slightly less painfully priced autographs.

There wasn’t much that we wanted to do other than walk around the shops. I’m not going to pretend that I don’t adore shopping, but I really would like to see them bring more paneling and other entertainment options to Wizard World Cleveland. After spending so much to get it, I’d like to be able to do more than spend more money.

And god forbid that you are a fan of one of the attending celebrities…

Because that will cost you a small loan in addition to the admission, with prices going way up this year in comparison to last year. It would be a painful endeavor to do both attendance and photo ops or autographs. While I understand that they need to pay talent to appear.. the prices really, really hurt.

Wizard World Cleveland – Badges

Or, rather, the lack there of.

Okay, I admit, I am a complete sucker for a badge at conventions. Collecting them is fun, and when you pay the price of admission, it’s a good little souvenir from the day without spending anything more. I love them, okay.

For the price of admission, Wizard World should ABSOLUTELY be issuing attendees badges instead of cheap paper wristbands. They seem to only give their “VIP” (AKA obnoxiously priced admission) guests badges, which is silly. I have attended conventions with $5 admission that had custom badges that looked seriously great (looking at you Nyancon). So, really, all attendees should have badges so we can forgo those annoying wrist bands.

Plus, as a cosplayer, no one wants those wristbands in their photos of the day. No one. Sorry not really sorry.

Am I done complaining yet? Maybe for a little bit.

But as much as I love to complain, not everything was amiss this weekend. But, keep in mind the above things. I don’t really think the pros outweigh the cons here sadly. Yuck.

Obviously, my opinion should be taken with a grain of salt because its just my opinion, but, whatever. I’m always here to share.

Wizard World Cleveland – Shopping

One thing that Wizard World Cleveland does very, very well is bring in a really diverse set of vendors to shop with during the day. Whether you’re into anime or Star Wars, you’re going to find something that strikes your fancy.

Look at all the shopping to be had.

There really is a good balance of resell and artists, and I have discovered some really cool artists and small shops while wandering around the dealers room (which seems to be the entirety of the convention). Most art is pretty tame, with the few exceptions of some awkward offerings, and it really is cool to get to chat with the people who work so hard to make amazing prints, plushies, and other goodies. That really is one of my favorite things about conventions in general, not just Wizard World.

Just be careful when shopping resale, because in a lot of cases, you can find the same items online for cheaper, like on Amazon or other vendors. Just be sure to shop smart!

Prices of the items range pretty wildly, from vendor to vendor. Some vendors will give you a bunch of prints for a super low price, while others charge through the roof. It’s honestly expected though, and not a big deal to me; I can always skip the vendors that I can’t afford. Plus, you can always grab a card if you like their work and want to shop online later.

So.. in conclusion..

Did I enjoy going to Wizard World Cleveland? Yes, I had a lovely time catching up and shopping with some friends that I don’t get to see too often, and really came home with some cool new art (check my instagram to see some posted over the next week!). I got to talk to artists, and see some really cool cosplay.

Would it be worth it for me to go alone or for a weekend. Nope. Too much money for admission, with next to nothing in return other than the large shopping hall. I love to shop, but I need a little more from my con experience to ask that price tag. Like, a LOT more.

Will I be back at Wizard World next year? Honestly, probably. It’s the only con of the year a few of my friends go to, and I really like a fair share of the artists that they bring in every year. Will I still be cranky about the pricing and programming? It’s pretty likely.

Are you headed to any conventions this year? Let me know in the comment section, I would love to see what kinds of cons you go to and maybe what your favorite find at one has been!

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28 comments

  1. Sounds like a fun day! Is it really super expensive to get photos and autographs with celebs?

    1. The autographs and photos can be as much as $150 per person, in addition to $50+ in admission to the event itself. Pricey!

  2. The world of cosplay is really taking off and I see so many people who are able to express their creative side by doing it. As far as the wizard world convention, pretty much all of them are going this way now-a-days, regardless of the genre. Overpriced admission, a vendors heaven which translates into murder on an attendees wallet, and getting less out of the entire thing than you feel like you’ve paid for. I have to really reconsider going to a lot of conventions/workshops/conferences for these very reasons.

  3. Looking at the photo you took of all the vendors and such, I can see why it might have been a little pricey. You have a lot of vendors, renting of the immense amount of space can’t be cheap, and that may include security, cleanup, etc. While it sounds like I’m defending the pricing, I’m not. I can see where it would be difficult to put out $50 just to get in the door, for one day, and limited hours. Just giving some perspective on possibly why it was so high. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. That is a pretty steep price to pay for admission to a convention. I wonder if they lost some attendees because of that? I hope you had a good time and that they don’t raise prices next year too!

  5. Sounds like a pretty cool convention; I’ve never been to anything like that before. Maybe one day, I’ll be able to check it out!

  6. Catherine Santiago Jose

    Nice post. I have never been in this kind of event, it looks like a fun event to attend to and I am pretty sure that you’ve had a wonderful experience attending in that event.

  7. $50 does sound like a lot to spend just for a day … well really just for 6 hours. Thatโ€™s awesome that the shopping was great. I too would have loved to see all the artists and such.

  8. I’ve never heard of the convention before, but it sounds really expensive! I’m planning to go to a travel one this year, just haven’t decided which one ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Such an interesting convention. My sister loves this stuff right now she is at a comics convention.

  10. Its a pity that the Wizard World Cleveland Convention tickets were expensive and that you also need to pay extra to see celebrities attending the event. Badges are a must too so not sure why they gave out wristbands. Hopefully they learn from your post and better it next year.

  11. What a shame it was so expensive, especially if you wanted to see certain celebrities. It sounds like a fun time with friends but the cons outweighing the pros is not good at all.

  12. Wizard World Cleveland sounds amazing! Hope I could be there right now!

  13. Sounds like a great time! I do with the price was a little less. But I would go once, just for the experience.

  14. It seems like tons of fun but i i find it a bit expensive! $50 for admission! That is a lot. Thanks for sharing.

  15. I’ve never heard of Wizard World before. Sounds like a fun event.

  16. Sounds like an awesome day! I would love to share the experience with you, even though it is so expensive. Paying pretty penny for something you love isn’t that regretful

  17. I also made a recap of the comic with which I was recently in March and I always love to read the reports of others to find differences and details! How nice between nerd and cosplay to understand each other!

  18. This sounds like an expensive convention to attend but I bet you had fun. I would love to go to Comic-Con in San Diego but I hear tickets are HARD to get.

  19. What a lovely convention. It’s such a shame it so expensive but I would love to go.

  20. Sounds like a great convention. The cost is a little steep; but, some prior planning and budgeting should ease the anxiety of paying a high rate to enjoy an event and its vendors

  21. Do you think these are getting more expensive because these conventions are getting more popular? You’re such a positive person! I would have reacted differently since it seems like they charged $50 and didn’t give much in return. They should have at least given badges for the price!

    1. I think part of the problem is that there aren’t a ton of other comic based conventions around that bring in guests like they do. If there was more competition, they may be inclined to look at the problems, but since they’re essentially the only ones, there isn’t much cause to.

  22. Seems like a fun and interesting event! But, those prices are pretty high! I hope you got some good merch!

  23. Catherine Santiago Jose

    This is such an incredible convention where we get the latest and great innovation of our time. This is my kind of event that I’ll definitely will never miss. The event looks promising.

  24. Such a fun and great experience you had. I have never been to this kind of convention. Tough it was quite expensive but I would love o go here if there will be a chance.

  25. I haven’t attend yet in an event like that.. But that sounds really expensive.. In my opinion..?

  26. The convention sounds little pricey too me! On the top, you need to pay extra to meet celebrities is such a shame. I bet they would have lost many potential guests!

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