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Seems having a very large ferris wheel with cars that hold several people at once has become quite popular. I’ve not been on any of them but I’ve seen the one in London, Las Vegas and now this one in Atlanta, Georgia. While some who have issues with heights do not like these rides I have enjoyed them in the past… except for when riding one of the older styled ones that seated just two and it would stop and leave me far up in the air while they loaded and unloaded.
Is riding a ferris wheel a yes or no for you?
Marta is the bus and rail service in Atlanta, Georgia. While I did not take a bus (or the streetcars that traveled along some parts of downtown) I did use it to get from the airport to downtown round trip and what a bargain it is! Taxi service from the airport to downtown is a fixed fee, as in many other cities, of about $32.00. A ticket on Marta for two was $7.00. It takes about half an hour from the airport to downtown and once you climb out from the underground you find your way to where you need to be.
The one station we popped in and out of was underground but many stops are above ground platforms. It seemed especially daunting – and deep – going down so I whipped out my phone and took this photo. Mind you, this was after we were about a third of the way down!
According to Wikipedia: Dragon Con (previously Dragon*Con and sometimes DragonCon) is a North America multigenre convention, founded in 1987, which takes place annually over the Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. As of 2016, the convention draws attendance of over 77,000, features hundreds of guests, encompasses five hotels in the Peachtree Center neighborhood of downtown Atlanta near Centennial Olympic Park, and runs thousands of hours of programming for fans of science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and other elements of fan culture. It is operated by a private for-profit corporation, with the help of a 1,500-member volunteer staff. Dragon Con has hosted the 1990 Origins Game Fair and the 1995 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC).
Dragoncon, unlike some conventions with set hours each day, seemed to be pretty much 24hrs a day at all five of the host hotels. There was always something to do be it see a celebrity panel, watch robots battle, learn how to make your own foam armor, play games, go to themed dances and more. Of course part of that ‘more’ included thousands of people dressed as their favorite anime, cartoon, television, movie, and so forth character. The big highlight of Dragoncon – which brings in attendees as well as locals – is the parade which shuts down a big part of downtown Atlanta as people line up along the streets, parking garages and anywhere else they can find to get a good view.
The parade starts at 10am but many had staked their claim along the parade route since before dawn; get there early or be prepared to stand behind a lot of people. Fortunately I found a spot and wriggled my way to a place on the curb which was ideal for capturing all of the groups that were part of the parade. As previously described, Dragoncon is a multi-genre convention and so is the parade. Everyone cheered and waved at their favorite group and yelled for them to come closer for a picture. The parade participants were especially nice to the children there; those little faces beamed when Spiderman or a Disney character would walk over to them and give them a high five.
The arrival of the dragons signified the beginning of the parade and as the saying goes, the crowd went wild!
The Grand Marshall and more from the parade next…
I’ve been gone for awhile attending and covering another event that was 5 days of non-stop walking, talking, screaming, dancing, eating and more; I’m still trying to catch up on sleep. Just last night I was wondering why I was on the wrong side of the bed even though it was the side I always sleep on. I’ve been in Atlanta, Georgia attending my first (probably not my last) Dragoncon. What’s that? Oh it’s a lot of things which I will share with you as I get caught up with being home again.
Now since this weekend Stephen King’s It the remake comes out (not going to see it – too scary) I will share with you this photo of a cosplayer that was wonderfully creative but creepy as heck! Dragoncon isn’t just about cosplaying and cosplayers but I will share them with you first because there were some amazing works in attendance. Might even share my cosplay… then again maybe not 😉
The last time we were in Atlanta it was to see the then amazing 7 year old – who is now an old man of 10. The highlight of the trip (besides being with the little guy) was taking him to see the World of Coke. If you are ever in Atlanta this is a must see; it doesn’t matter if you drink their soda pop or not it is just an amazing place to visit. They show you how they bottle it, the history of Coca-Cola, a 3D movie, and you can get your picture taken with a very large and cuddly Coca-Cola polar bear – who is quite the ham.
Plus you get to drink many varieties of their products including some from around the world! There are some really tasty ones and then there are some that just have to be an acquired taste!