Orlando in 2015 is a bid to bring the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention to Orlando, Florida. Our proposed dates for our Worldcon are September 2-6, 2015, which coincide with the American Labor Day holiday weekend.
We are excited by the opportunity of bringing the Worldcon back to Orlando for the first time since 1992. We are also excited for the chance to host the Worldcon at the world’s most visited entertainment resort, Walt Disney World. Orlando is known as “America’s Playground” because the largest concentration of theme and amusement parks are located in our region of the world, including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Legoland, Gatorland, the Holy Land Experience, and much more. Coupled with other attractions such as the Kennedy Space Center, Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Show, Cirque de Soleil, the Blue Man Group, and our decades of convention running experience, our bid brings everything needed to create a fun, lasting, and memorable convention for our members.
Our proposed venue, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, is a perfect fit for the Worldcon. Coronado Springs has over 1,920 hotel rooms, and has over 225,000 square feet (approximately 20,904 square meters) of flexible function and exhibit space. It is one of the largest single-level facilities of its kind on the east coast of America, which will eliminate the need for long elevator waits and multiple escalators. Coronado Springs also allows the Worldcon to be one convention at one hotel, eliminating the need to be split up into multiple hotels with multiple venues for Worldcon programming.
We are planning on working our Worldcon programming content around the theme, “Science Fiction is Bigger Than You Think!”, which will showcase the breadth and scope today’s science fiction has spread beyond its humble beginnings. Our committee has also released “The Orlando Manifesto”, a document detailing our philosophy behind our bid and ways to achieve our important goals of reducing the cost of attending the Worldcon, extensively using outreach to attract new members and appeal to a wider audience, creating an easier environment for dealers and vendors, and maintaining the traditions that make the Worldcon the most important event on the fannish calendar.
Orlando in 2015 also wishes to encourage voter participation in the Worldcon site selection process. To that end, when Orlando wins: Young Adults (those less than 25 years of age) and Adult Supporters who donated $75 or more to the bid who VOTE will pay $0 more to upgrade from Supporting to Attending Membership. Adult Supporters ($15 or more) who vote can discount the amount they donated toward upgrading their Supporting Memberships to Attending Memberships. These prices for upgrades will be in effect until December 31, 2013, assuming Orlando wins the bid.
If you would like to see the Worldcon come back to Orlando, we hope you will consider supporting our bid!