Every year the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) holds a World Science Fiction Convention (or WorldCon). 2015 will be the year of the 73rd annual WorldCon. This convention has been going on since 1939, except for a brief hiatus during World War II, but that put a lot of things on hiatus as I recall. Every year since 1955 the membership of WorldCon have selected the winners of the Hugo Awards, which if you’re into Science Fiction you’ll recognize as the awards for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements during the year.
Every year at WorldCon the membership selects where the WorldCon will be in two years. As this is 2013 they will be choosing where the location will be in 2015 and we are backing the bid to bring WorldCon back to Orlando, Florida on Labor Day Weekend (September 2-6).
The choice is obvious when you consider the proposed venue is Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. With over 1,920 hotel rooms and more than 225,000 square feet of flexible function and exhibit space, it is one of the largest single-level facilities on the U.S. East Coast. With a facility this big it will allow Worldcon to be housed in one hotel and eliminate splitting up programming around multiple hotels and venues. Few locations can offer such a deal.
And speaking of deals, the contracted room rate is $139/night, single-quad. And since this is a Disney location, you know your going to be treated first class. They offer free ground transportation and luggage service from the Orlando airport to all of their resorts. Plus, there’s free parking at Coronado Springs Resort, whether you stay there or not. If you do stay there, mini-fridges in all the rooms means you can load up on the con-snacks. But my favorite service is the free wi-fi that’s available throughout the function space and sleeping rooms.
If Orlando wins the bid to host Worldcon in 2015 they will be working their programming around the theme, “Science Fiction is Bigger Than You Think!”, which will showcase how the breadth and scope of today’s science fiction has spread beyond its humble beginnings. Admittance to the exhibit hall will be FREE, thus increasing traffic for the Dealers, Artists, Artist Alley, fan groups and the wonderful Worldcon history exhibits.