Horror wasn’t the biggest draw for Spooky Empire’s May-Hem event this year, branching out into the Disney fandom by showcasing some of the biggest stars from the ABC hit TV show “Once Upon a Time.”
Lana Parrilla (Regina Mills / Evil Queen), Rebecca Mader (Wicked Witch), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Freya Tingley (Wendy), Jason Burkart (Little John), and Lee Arenberg (Grumpy) were in attendance as hundreds of fans lined up early Sunday morning to see them discuss the show. Topics talked about during the 1-hour panel discussion included the addition of “Frozen” and the secrecy surrounding it, costuming, character relationships, and plenty of other interesting and funny stories.
You can see the full panel in the video below as well as just the “Frozen” bit in a separate video, but take note that a few of the cast members do swear during the discussion. Though there were some kids in attendance, Spooky Empire’s events are normally focused on the horror genre, aimed at a more mature audience, so there’s no shortage of cursing during any of their conventions.
(And yes, that’s Jim Doyle – one of the guys from Disney’s Mulch, Sweat and Shears band – moderating the panel.)
Video: Once Upon a Time panel at Spooky Empire May-Hem 2014 in Orlando, Florida
Video: Once Upon a Time stars talk Frozen at Spooky Empire May-Hem 2014
Huge crowds gathered throughout the weekend to line up for autographs and photo ops with the “Once Upon a Time” cast. Lana Parrilla was naturally the most popular, with her own queue wrapping outside the building. The other cast members were in a room together, allowing attendees to bounce between them, seeing all at once. Many of the cast members were eager to get up close with attendees, offering a warm hug and thanks for being a fan.
For the rest of our coverage of all things horror at Spooky Empire’s May-Hem, stay tuned to Outside the Magic throughout this week. On the way soon are a cast reunion from “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” a costume contest, Halloween museum, and much more.
More photos of “Once Upon a Time” stars at Spooky Empire May-Hem 2014: