His schedule and other logistics made this a nigh impossibility now, and we respect his - and our - decision on the matter.
We do intend to work with him at some point in the future and have some AWESOME ideas for a reschedule, but as it were circumstances did not allow for this to be the right time.
Fans attending primarily for Mr. Yamaoka are, of course, more than invited to still attend. We also plan to reward attendees with special accommodations if and when Mr. Yamaoka is rescheduled to visit.
Again, we regret to be in the position of now fully understanding the inevitability of the situation, and wanted to bring this news to the fans as soon as we learned this. This sort of thing happens, but it's unfortunate nonetheless. Thanks everyone for understanding. Mr. Yamaoka is a great man who our organizers have worked with in the past, and we look forward to any future possibilities.
The Fan World 2017 schedule is LIVE! Start planning your convention now with our schedule four here!
Fan World: 2017 pre-registration is now OPEN! It is only $30 USD for a full 3-day weekend of fun, guests, and memories for a LIMITED TIME ONLY! The first number of pre-registrants will also receive one of our limited edition FAN WORLD DICE. This makes not only a great souvenir, but will be constantly used throughout Fan World weekend for chances to win fun prizes and/or opportunities with events, guests, or maybe even concerts!
To apply now visit our REGISTRATION PAGE to join the adventure that is "Fandom's first multi-national convention!"
Also please keep in mind our hotel block is still open under our LOCATION page, and vendors tables and booths are also still open (but are filling fast)!
We continue to stay entirely devoted to the fan base, the community, and the future of fandom in the Greater Niagara Region and beyond!
We have been blessed with some great opportunities for next week, next month, etc. I will say this once - Our fans will be AMAZED at what we have in our hands for after this year's Fan World. Fandom in this region will never be the same again!
However, we have also been forced into a corner on a couple of issues, and tough decisions need to be made. The main one is regarding the Canadian venue. I will be writing about this very delicately and professionally.
Despite some issues in 2016 we needed to address this year, we had a great time at the Hard Rock Club and the Crowne Plaza on the Canadian side. Specifically with the Hard Rock Club, the stage and layout were fantastic, the fireworks and the view from the main events balcony were second to none, and having food served and a bar available while watching your favorite celebrity guests speak was a unique and convenient luxury for fans!
However, costs have significantly gone up over there and the Hard Rock Cafe now uses that Club venue as additional seating for the restaurant throughout the summer. It sounds like business is booming and they have packed houses each night! That's great for them!
We had negotiated several times in the past several months and had come to an arrangement we felt agreeable, albeit significantly more expensive than last year. We certainly do not want to leave our Canadian fans left out - especially for a proud "multinational" event! However, the costs and logistics have recently changed and made this a regrettably infeasible option for 2017. While we are certainly dedicated to revisiting Clifton Hill and our Ontario venues in 2018: Fan World: 2017 will not have any official space on the Canadian side for 2017.
We are still planning visits, picnics, and even have staff who are looking forward to escorting fans to Clifton Hill and the key cosplay photoshoot and recreational areas. Discounts on the Canadian side (The waterpark, aviary, Marineland, etc.) will STILL BE VALID.
This is a tough one for us. While this may make many fans' lives easier (and assuage some border and customs fears), we still preferred having options as we maximized the use of this unique multinational location, and the natural wonder of the Niagara Falls.
If this significantly affects your travel or attendance, please email us to discuss it at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, our apologies for the situation. We wish we had the ability, but it just wasn't meant to be for 2017. We will make sure to accommodate our Neighbors to the North in the future, including what MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT we may be making at Fan World's Closing Ceremonies for this Fall. (This major announcement would be bigger than anything we have ever brought to fans.)
Thank you everyone for understanding. For Canadian attendees, Fan World still offers free parking, inexpensive hotel accommodations, free wi-fi, myriad great restaurants, and much more for you on the U.S. side.
Let's go have a memorable time this year and work toward the future.
"Making Mochi with Professor Layton" with voice actor Christopher Robin Miller!
The special LIMITED SEATING event will be at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (across the street from the U.S. conference center) on Saturday, July 22nd from 1:00pm - 2:30pm.
REGISTER NOW because seats are VERY limited. Follow these steps:
Electronic music mastermind, MYSTERY SKULLS, will be performing LIVE at Fan World! Expect the chance to meet, get an autograph, and enjoy the official MYSTERY SKULLS panel! Learn more at THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE!
Fan World originally was founded to be hosted on BOTH sides of the international border, connecting the United States and Canada over the Rainbow Bridge overlooking the Bucket-list natural wonder which is the Niagara Falls! In 2016 fans enjoyed the CONFERENCE & EVENTS CENTER at NIAGARA FALLS (and local hotel venues) on the American side and the FALLS AVENUE RESORT on the Canadian side! For 2017, Fan World will be hosted only at the American venue - but there will still be many opportunities to walk or drive across the Rainbow Bridge to enjoy the many sights, tastes, sounds, and cosplay photography venues readily available to fans throughout the weekend! Fans may also continue to enjoy their Fan World discounts at several venues!
Each side has its perks! There are several free parking options around the American venue, but the Canadian venue also has the FALLS AVENUE WATERPARK inside and the aviary - BIRD KINGDOM - only a five minute walk away! Both sides have massive 24-hour casinos just seconds away from our venues, beautiful park areas for tourism or cosplay photography, MANY convenient food and shopping options, and - of course - myriad unparalleled viewing locations over, under, and around the Niagara Falls! If you've never seen the Niagara Falls and its amazing recent improvements, there is no better time to travel out to do so than during Fan World!
The U.S. HOTEL BLOCK is now available at the Red Maple Inn! From its locations to its conveniences to its price, there are many things to like about it:
$275.00 USD TOTAL (Taxes and fees included) for both nights (July 21 and July 22). There will be no single-night offers for those dates because of limited rooms available (~30). If anyone wishes to add Thursday or Sunday night, the cost for Fan World attendees will ONLY be $100/night for each night (only with the reservation of Fri+Sat).
Call now at: (716) 285-7316 to reserve! Fan World guests may call our hotel directly to book under the "Fan World Room Block." Guests may begin booking the rooms IMMEDIATELY. You will need a valid credit card to be placed on file to hold the reservation and it will not be charged until arrival. At such a low rate, strongly consider booking Thursday and Sunday nights to see the sights and enjoy our special Sunday programming! RESERVE NOW! These rooms WILL fill quickly.
Canadian side hotel options will be updated soon as we make our Canadian venue announcements! Coming from Canada? Maybe consider the American hotel block and also enjoy free parking and other conveniences!