The last 3 days of our California vacation were spent taking the kiddos to VidCon. For those who don’t know, VidCon is the year’s largest convention for artists that publish videos and entertain on YouTube. YouTube has become a modern day phenomenon. My kids, for example, don’t hardly even watch regular TV anymore. They watch YouTube! Going to VidCon for them is like one of us going to the Academy Awards and mingling with the celebrities.
We really didn’t know what to expect on the first day so we just got up early and headed out. We were lucky enough to find a parking spot not too far into the convention center parking garage. When we walked up to the doors, the crowd was ridiculous. A line winded around the building and curved about 1 million times. Doors had not even opened yet and there were at least 3000 people in front of us. I got on Facebook from my phone and read tons of angry comments from fed up parents who had spent lots of time and money just to sit in line and have their kids cry because the disorganization led to them missing a signing or picture with their favorite YouTuber.
We really didn’t have a plan in place so when they opened the doors to the arena, we ran inside to watch the opening celebration.
It was actually pretty fun and really set the tone for the rest of the convention. Inside the convention hall, it was pure madness. Everyone trying to figure out how the process worked to line up for signings and autographs was pure hell. I felt as if I was in a teenage mosh pit.
Since we did this over a year ago, my memory is a little spotty on what exactly we did our first day so here are some pictures to help me remember:
The only YouTubers that my husband and I watch are the ShayTards. I’m amazed that one video of Shay Butler romping around like a dork in a unitard has turned his family into millionaires over the course of 5 years. They have over a million subscribers and their company Maker Studios – was just bought out last year by Disney for over 500 million dollars. Talk about success! I was bummed I wasn’t able to go to their signing on the first day because of the crowds. We did get to meet them but more on that later.
The next day my daughter wanted to meet one of her favorites, Joey Graceffa. This kid is a beautiful boy, no wonder the line we waited in was 6 hours long. Yes, SIX HOURS. At least the end result was worth it:
His was a traditional signing, so that meant no pictures. Just a high five and a handshake. We made up for that earlier this year when Joey came to our area to do a book signing. My daughter finally got her picture!
While we were standing in that 6 hour line, my husband texts me this picture:
Apparently Shay Butler was waking through the center and was nice enough to take a selfie with my husband. Ugh, I was jealous!
My son went on his own little adventure and attended a few YouTuber panels. During one, he was able to get a picture with Chris Hardwick aka. The Nerdist…aka…that guy who hosts the Talking Dead on AMC. Yep, that’s me being jealous again!
The last day we were there, I was able to get into the ShayTards family panel. That was a ton of fun. I was able to ask them a question over the mic – I think I asked Collette how she stays so calm, being the mother of 5 children and the wife of Shay!
While I was at the panel, my daughter got more pictures with a few of her faves:
Finally on our last afternoon the ShayTards called a pop up signing for those who didn’t get to see them on the first day due to the crowds. We waited about 1.5 hr and had a great meet.
Overall VidCon was certainly an experience. It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be and I know the kids enjoyed themselves. I’m not sure that we would do it again, but maybe….