Here it is roughly 7 AM on a Saturday and I am not completely certain of what exactly happened yesterday. Oh sure getting to the con is easy for me 1 bus and the subway and a short walk. But what happened after that is what I am unsure about.
Getting your vaccinated wristband was easy, they take a look at your card and your ID to make sure everything matches up. It took like 10 minutes or so no big deal
Then pass the volunteer then on to Registration
Registration was another matter, this is why I say if you can be a Sponsor it does has it advantage… short line. But the line for the regular badge went on and on and on. If you know that Hall it went as far back as anyone can go. But still despite furries still coming in, it was mostly cleared out by Noon.
The reason I know this is because of the infamous Corridor has a window that looks down upon it.
More on the Swag Bag and the Color badges later
I have been to every MFF since 2013 and have all the badges that proves this. Despite everything the crowd was up. According to members of the staff they are saying numbers I can’t and will not repeat. But safe to say crowds were up and they do expect numbers to be higher. How much only the Closing Ceremony will tell.
One reason I am a little confused is that I went to more Panels yesterday than any previous con, let alone on the 1st Day.
2 main things I need to says, was The Furry Variety Show was amazing. Longest show in years and the crowd was way up. I estimate at least 5 or 6 times the number they had back in 2019. What helps was nothing major like Floor Wars running against it. I really hope MFF keep FVS on Friday.
Based upon what I heard and seen more people were hitting the other options for food. I heard that there were fursuiters at the nearby McDonalds. As for the Hyatt there pop up restaurants scattered through the hotel served everything from hamburgers to pizza. All of which was excellent. As for the OH Grill something different since the last con. You paid $24 plus tax and it was serve yourself and all you can eat. Not too bad, I had meatloaf and it was the best I ever had.