Are you going to WonderCon this weekend and wondering what the seating capacity is for each panel room at the Anaheim Convention Center? Well, look no further, as we have broken it down for you room by room below!
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* The website lists the Arena’s capacity at 7,500, but only about half of the Arena is used for WonderCon. At a past WonderCon, a staff member informed us that there were about 4,000 seats.
** Room 206B is only being used for portfolio reviews and the Comic Creator Connection, which will have their own special set-ups, so we did not list a seating capacity for this room.
Keep these numbers in mind when deciding how early you should get in line for a panel that you really want to go to. Also, remember that just like San Diego Comic-Con, WonderCon does not clear rooms between panels, so it is possible you might need to sit through a panel that you don’t really care about in order to make sure you get into your desired panel.
Something else that might help you decide when to get in line is the “Popular” feature on MySched, which ranks the panels by popularity based on how many people have RSVP’d that they are attending each panel. Of course, not everyone creates an account and RSVP’s on MySched, so the number of people who say they are attending is much smaller than the number of people who will actually attempt to attend each particular panel. However, at least it gives you a gauge to go by.
At the time of publication of this article, the #1 ranked panel in overall popularity is the Warner Bros. Pictures panel, which takes place in the Arena, which has a seating capacity of about 4,000. However, the #2 and #3 ranked panels, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and Rogue One: The Magic Behind the Mission, take place back to back in Room 300AB, which has a much smaller seating capacity of 1,519, so it’s likely that those are panels for which you’ll need to arrive early to make sure you get in.
Again, you can’t base your decisions solely on the amount of people who RSVP’d on MySched, but it does help you get an idea of how popular each panel is. If your desired panel is in one of the much smaller rooms, but doesn’t crack the Top 50 on the popularity list, then you most likely don’t have anything to worry about.
Just some things to consider as you plan out your WonderCon weekend. Remember, always have a backup plan!
What days are you going to WonderCon? Are there any panels that you’re worried about not getting into? Let us know in the comments below!