Every single summer, I'm doing the same or similar; Travelling to a convention in Baltimore. I attended every Otakon from 2005-2013 and attended every single BronyCon in existence; from the early days in New York City to it's arrival in Baltimore in 2013 and 2014. I have so many fond memories meeting fellow friends and like minded individuals and so many spontaneously fun moments. I even wrote a little survival guide that managed to get the attention of the convention staff. I thought long and hard about this decision for days on end, but I felt it was time to have a change of scenery this year.
For the year of 2015, I decided that I will NOT be attending BronyCon in Baltimore, MD. Instead, I will travel to California. Why California? Well, first, I hear it's really nice out there, plus I've been longing forever to return to Disneyland. It's their 60th anniversary this year AND D23 Expo is taking place nearby. Plus, I always wanted to go to San Francisco (Yes, I know I should wait until BABSCon) Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge and other attractions are something I wanted to do forever.
So, does this mean I HATE BronyCon?
No grudges unlike Otakon. I wish the organizers the best in hosting this year's event. The Baltimore Convention Center is a good fit for them and they certainly have the room to grow. Plus, Baltimore will bend over backwards to keep them since Otakon is leaving after next year. If you're on the fence and have NEVER gone, consider going even if its just for one year. I'm sure the con will be fine without me.
My love runs deep for pastel colored horses of the 4th generation, however my love for Disney runs deeper. Disney is my "first fandom", and it has been that way for nearly 2 decades. As a former Walt Disney World Cast Member, I have an enormous level of respect for the company. I just can't "Let it Go" (There I go with the "Frozen" puns again.) It's just a small break from Baltimore. I'll return in 2016. Save some "Ice Cold Water" for me.