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What is Omni Fandom Expo?
Omni Fandom Expo (formerly OMNI EXPO) is a founded-by-fans multi-genre convention event which takes place over one weekend a year. We cater to all fandoms, from Scifi/Fantasy, Gaming (including Tabletop!), Comics, Anime, and Pop Culture! We're your Spring Destination for geekdom and nerdkind alike!

Our staff are all fans from across the genre spectrum, and we're also all veterans in the convention industry. With over 100 years combined experience behind-the-scenes in both running our own events as well as assisting in other events, we've got a passion for making sure everyone has a fun and memorable weekend.

How long is Omni Fandom Expo? Is it a 24-hour convention?
Omni Fandom Expo is a three (3) day convention taking place March 20-22, 2020. Convention space opens approximately at 9:00am and closes at 2:00am.

Where is Omni Fandom Expo located?
Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center Orlando
3011 Maingate Lane, Kissimmee, Florida 34747

Welcome
Stay in Kissimmee near Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks

With a location just a half mile from the main gate to the Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks, the Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center Orlando provides a magical stay for travelers. Our full-service resort-style hotel is just minutes from Orlando and parks like Epcot®, Disney's Animal Kingdom®, Disney Springs®, SeaWorld®, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Old Town.

After a busy day touring the area, relax in one of our spacious rooms, which feature amenities like Free Wi-Fi, mini refrigerators and cable TV. Some rooms also overlook Disney’s Animal Kingdom® park and boast a bird’s-eye view of the nightly fireworks. All-day dining at our on-site Savannah Bar and Grill provides a welcome place to have a meal, and our two pool areas have more than 3,500 square feet of pool deck, two outdoor heated swimming pools, a 10-person Jacuzzi hot tub and a seasonal poolside bar.

We also accommodate leisure and business groups with our state-of-the-art 30,000-square-foot conference center and catering services for events large or small. Our dedicated events team and a host of meeting amenities help to make each gathering a success.

  • Stay in Kissimmee only a half mile from the main gate to the Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks.
  • Enjoy the comforts of home in each room with a soothing garden tub, a mini refrigerator and Free Wi-Fi, or book one of our Magical View Rooms for views of the dazzling park fireworks at night.
  • Dine at our on-site restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or stay in for the night and order room service.
  • Our hotel makes getting around Orlando easy with on-site car rentals and a free shuttle to Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks.
  • Stay active with rousing games on our tennis and basketball courts.
  • Families love our kid-friendly amenities, including weekly children’s activities, a game room and a theater.
  • Plan and execute flawless events, including weddings, in our grand meeting venues, which can accommodate up to 1,300 guests.
  • “Happiness Guarantee” is our promise to you. If you’re not 100% happy with something, please let one of our staff know during your stay and we’ll make it right or you won’t pay.

How can I get a room at the official hotel? What are the rates?
Please see the Hotel page for information and rates.

At the Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center Orlando, our family-friendly atmosphere combines with spacious hotel rooms and suites to make our guests feel comfortable. Each of our accommodations comes equipped with thoughtful amenities like Free Wireless High-speed Internet, mini refrigerators and garden tubs. For a truly unforgettable experience, upgrade to a Magical View Room with a view of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® park and the nightly fireworks at Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks.

All rooms include:

  • Coffee facilities
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden tub
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Separate seating area
  • Sleeper sofa

One King or Two Queen Rooms
Choose from one king or two queen beds and all standard amenities in these comfortable rooms.

Magical View Rooms
If you want to experience the delight of the nightly fireworks show and views of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® park, then book one of our Magical View Rooms, which also comes with all standard amenities and a choice of a king bed or two queen beds.

Accessibility features
We understand that accessibility is important to our guests. Please contact the hotel to confirm if an accessible room will meet your needs or if you have other questions.

This hotel has accessible rooms and amenities that may include the following accessible features:

  • Amenities within accessible range to reach
  • Lever hardware
  • Grab bars alongside toilet
  • Grab bars by tub
  • Wider guest room and bathroom doorways
  • Braille exits
  • Wheelchair-accessible lobby
  • Wheelchair-accessible public entrance
  • Wheelchair-accessible public restrooms

What is there available to do at Omni Fandom Expo?
Explore the Exhibit Hall and Studio OMNI, meet & greet with special guests, plenty of photo opportunities throughout the hotel and convention center, game with friends on your favorite consoles, view the latest and greatest of animation and sci-fi from around the world, dance the night away Friday and Saturday evenings, see some amazing costumes, with the possibilities of much much more!

As always, check the Online Schedule for all the latest information!

How can I know where everything is? Is there a map of the convention?
All information will be posted on the site as it becomes available. Also, maps will be available at the event location.

Is there a limit to the number of people who can attend?
There is no limit on attending the convention itself and tickets are available at the door; however, specific events may have an attendance cap due to room capacities and fire marshall code.

What is a convention?
A convention is literally defined as a formal meeting of members, representatives, or delegates as part of a political party, fraternal society, profession, or industry. Today a convention tends to refer to an event which is based around a theme (ex: sci-fi, horror, bridal), practice (ex: lawyers, doctors, construction), or commonly appreciated medium (ex: movies, television shows, anime, video games), and in some cases an event can include more than one basis tied together (such as both a theme and medium - "Doctor Who", for example, is both sci-fi/fantasy and a television show). Conventions are also known as gatherings, assemblies, expos, conferences, meetings, and councils.

This is going to be my first convention, are there any tips you can give me?
Prepare to have lots of fun, meet new people, and create memorable new experiences! Also, keep an eye on the events and panels schedule, as sometimes volunteers put on "First Time at a Con" type panels with lots of tips and information!

I hear about people going that are cosplaying? What is that?
"Cosplay" comes from the combination of two individual terms: "costume" and "roleplay". The term was originally coined in Japan before taking hold over here and replacing "costuming". The key difference between "costuming" and "cosplaying" seems to be rooted in whether or not the person takes on the personality and traits of the character they are dressed as (hence the "role-playing" part of the word). Nowadays the two words are used interchangeably, and there seems little difference between "costumers" and "cosplayers". If you plan to wear a costume, be prepared to get photos taken, meet new people, and have lots of fun!
Is there going to be a costume competition?
Yes! The Masquerade Costume Contest is where you'll find cosplayers competing for the title of Best in Show! Please check out the contest page for more information!

Are there going to be Special Guests or Guests of Honor at Omni Fandom Expo?
Yes. All Guests are announced online on our website, but you can also find all the latest news on our Facebook and Twitter!

How can I get my favorite guest to come to Omni Fandom Expo?
Special Guests are chosen based on a variety of factors, such as: which sponsors are bringing them, availability, reputation, and popularity. As much as we'd love to get everyone's favorite Special Guest to join us, we have to work around their busy schedules. If a Guest is unable to come one year, that isn't to mean that we, or a sponsor, might not be able to have them come out the next year! Everyone has different requirements, and we will do our best to get someone to attend. Feel free to give us recommendations and we'll add them to the list to contact! Who knows, the next Guest we announce could be the one you asked for! Please keep in mind, though, that some Guests are extremely difficult, or even next to impossible with factors that are out of our hands, to bring out to our event.

What's the autograph policy for Special Guests?
This might vary depending on the Guest themselves. Some Guests might require payment for an autograph, while others do not. We do ask that all attendees please be courteous of others and request only one item to be autographed per attendee during autograph signing sessions.

Where can I get something to eat?
Didn't find something you like from one of our vendors in the Exhibit Hall? That's okay, we've got you covered!

Fuel up before your busy day of meetings or at the parks with a hearty breakfast at the Savannah Bar and Grill, located on site at the Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center Orlando. After returning from Disney’s Animal Kingdom® or other fun adventures, stop in for lunch or dinner, which features an array of delicious American favorites. Room service is available each evening, and a full bar is also in the restaurant. Our seasonal Poolside Sand Bar is open in the afternoon and serves creative specialty cocktails.

Savannah Bar and Grill menu available online!

Savannah Bar and Grill hours:
Breakfast: 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Daily)
Lunch: Noon – 2:00 p.m. (Daily)
Dinner: 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Daily)

Savannah Bar hours:
5:00 p.m. – Midnight (Daily)

Room service hours:
4:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Daily)

Poolside Sand Bar hours:
Noon – 7:00 p.m. (Daily)

Is there a prop & weapons policy?
But of course there is! The short version includes no live steel, no sharp blades, no real guns, no tipped arrows, and that all props and weapons must be checked in and okayed by Staff at the Weapons Check by Registration.

For more information, make sure you read the Prop / Weapon Policies FAQ.

Are there are specific costuming rules?
Unfortunately, we do have to place a small restriction on costuming. These restrictions are as follows: nothing vulgar, indecent, or designed specifically to encourage hate or fearmongering; no skates/rollerblades, skateboards, bicycles. Be careful of large and oversized costumes and costume parts, such as wings and stilt-walkers. If you plan to have an oversized costume, please make sure you have a handler with you that can watch your back and help you out.

Anything else I should be careful of having with me?
No signs or paddles. And be careful with leashes and collars. While you can wear a collar that has a leash attached, anyone caught allowing another person to hold the leash will be asked to remove it for safety reasons.

Are there any rules for photography/videography?
Yes and no. All attendees, by purchase of a convention ticket, have agreed to have their photo taken and/or likeness used in future promotional videos and graphics and/or images by Omni Fandom Expo when taken by Omni Fandom Expo Staff. Any photography by attendees is at the right and consent of the individual attendee, Artist, Exhibitor/Vendor, and Special Guest. Photography and videography may be denied in an individual room, event, or panel at the discretion of the organizers or Omni Fandom Expo Staff. Be aware that some Exhibitors may not allow photography at their booths inside the Exhibit Hall. If someone has asked you to not take their photo and/or cease a current photoshoot, you are expected to stop immediately. Complaints of harassment will be taken seriously by Omni Fandom Expo Staff and may result in removal from the convention.

Is smoking allowed inside?
Omni Fandom Expo is a smoke-free event, within a smoke-free facility, as required by Florida State Law via the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act (ss 386.201-386.2125). As the Official Hotel strictly follows this law and does not permit cigarettes or tobacco products inside the facility, Omni Fandom Expo can not allow them either. We ask all of our attendees to please remember that we are a family-oriented event, and want to make sure to not only appeal to but also respect all of our attendees, and know that there are no designated smoking areas inside the Official Hotel. If you are really feeling the need for a smoke, feel free to step outside and find the nearest designated smoking area. Attendees caught smoking inside are in violation of this policy and may be ejected from the Official Hotel. NOTE: The Official Hotel will place a fine of on any guest room requiring cleaning from smoking.

Regarding E-Cigarettes: Omni Fandom Expo regards that this policy also applies to electronic cigarettes or any alternative smoking product – they are not permitted and are considered the same as cigarettes.

March 20 - 22, 2020
Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center
3011 Maingate Lane Kissimmee, FL
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