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WF 2014

Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 2:51 am
by Lonewolf
I know it's early yet, but who is considering going this year?

Ken "Cydonia" Darden and I will be there, and Steve "Haunted Pen" Kundrat has also chimed in as a roomie. I've already booked our room over at the Howard Johnson's Express. They have a "Stay 3 Nights, Save 20%" special, so I was able to lock in from Thursday, May 29 to Monday, June 2 for $76 per night. If the Crowne is around $117 again, I'll be saving about $40 a night ($160 total) which just about covers the cost of fuel driving from Michigan and back.

Ken in flying in on the 28th, staying at our place overnight, and we'll be heading down on Thursday morning. In the past, we've always arrived on Friday, but last year we came down on Thursday and really enjoyed just being able to kick back and relax on Friday. It also gave us a day to check our model entries and make repairs or finish detailing. And it's a lot of fun to meet with folks as they are meandering in during the day on Friday.

So . . . . what say ye?

Re: WF 2014

Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 3:11 am
by Del
I'll be there, and I'll have a table this year. :D I'll also arrive on Thursday night so I can relax before setting things up on Friday night. Wasn't there a thread on this topic already, or was it over at SSM? I get so confused these days.

Re: WF 2014

Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 3:52 am
by Lonewolf
Somebody posted a "Is it that time yet?" thread over on SSM.

Re: WF 2014

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:17 pm
by el gato
I want to go. Haven't figured out if the financials will work out. Thanks for the head's up on the HoJo, Rich.

Re: WF 2014

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:25 pm
by Del
el gato wrote:Thanks for the head's up on the HoJo, Rich.

It's a great alternative for conserving cash, and it's diagonally located across the street (sort of), so it's convenient.

Re: WF 2014

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:59 am
by Lonewolf
They also offer free WiFi and a continental breakfast each morning. Rooms are good-sized (I think we're getting the standard non-smoking room with two Queen-sized beds) and have been very clean each time Cydonia and I had stayed there. It's about a five minute walk from the Crowne, which isn't bad at all.

I think that, of the years we've been to WonderFest, we've stayed at HoJo's for most of them. I know in 2007 we were at the Exec West/Crowne Plaza, and I think we were there again as part of the CoMMiES Suite in 2008 or 2009. But in 2010 we were back across the street, and we were there again when we returned in 2013.

We split the room cost four ways, which makes it great for folks. Three of us have confirmed for the room so far, and I have one additional roommate, but he might be coming down with some folks and staying with them. If he goes that route, I have an open spot at HoJo's if you're interested, El Gato. I'll know more once we get closer to May.

Re: WF 2014

Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:38 pm
by el gato
Hey, thanks for the offer, Rich! By then I should know if it pencils out

Re: WF 2014

Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:49 am
by el gato
I crunched the numbers and it's not going to happen. This year is our 20th anniversary and I promised Mrs. Gato I would take her on a big trip to celebrate. Sadly, WF wouldn't count. But 2015 is a go for sure.

Re: WF 2014

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:35 am
by Lonewolf
After this year, WonderFest is going to become an "every other year" event. We're already planning on celebrating our eldest daughter's 16th birthday in Florida in November 2015, so that rules out a trip to WonderFest. As much as I love attending, my daughters are getting older (ages 10 and 14 now) and I want to spend time with them before they're gone and out of the house.

So, it looks like 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020 . . . . and so on.

Re: WF 2014

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:06 am
by dkev
I only live a couple hours away so I was thinking about it. We have our yearly vacation at the beginning of May, so I don't know how I'll be set for cash. Well see though.