WonderCon, part of Comic-Con International, the same family of conventions that puts on the annual San Diego Comic-Con, confirmed today that the 2012 WonderCon show will be held in Anaheim, California, not its usual home in San Francisco.
The convention will take place March 16 – 18, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center, across from the Disneyland Resort. The Anaheim Convention Center just recently hosted the 2011 D23 Expo for three days, which brought an estimated 40,000 Disney fans to the already Disney-filled area. Nearly 50,000 packed San Francisco’s Moscone Center at the 2011 WonderCon.
The 25-year-old comics and popular arts convention is unable to take place at the Moscone Center in 2012 due to renovations of the venue. Out of courtesy to WonderCon, Wizard World Comic Con normally holds its show in Anaheim in April, but has announced it will postpone its 2012 show there.
“It certainly was not our wish to move,” commented David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for the nonprofit event. “However, when faced with the prospect of canceling the show for a year or moving locations, after careful consideration we decided to keep WonderCon on the 2012 calendar at a venue that could accommodate our needs.”
Popular conventions at the Anaheim Convention Center, such as the Wizard World Comic Con and BlizzCon, cause nearby Disneyland-area hotels to fill up quickly, months in advance, and prices drastically increase as the dates get closer, so anyone planning a Disneyland vacation from March 16 – 18 should take note and book early. And while WonderCon isn’t nearly as large as the San Diego Comic-Con, it does draw a hefty crowd and Disneyland guests are sure to notice the increased traffic, both by car and on foot – with plenty of costumed attendees walking nearby streets. Of course, this change of venue offers fans of pop culture, comics, movies, and television shows who are also Disney fans to take part in both activities when WonderCon rolls into Anaheim for the first time next year.