Anime Festival Orlando

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Anime Festival Orlando
Anime Festival Orlando 2010 logo.jpg
Logo for Anime Festival Orlando 11 (2010)
Status Active
Venue Wyndham Orlando Resort
Location(s) Orlando, Florida
Country United States
Inaugurated 2000
Website
http://www.animefestivalorlando.com/

Anime Festival Orlando (AFO) is an annual three-day anime convention held during August at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida. Anime Festival Orlando has been voted as one of the “Top 10 Things To Do In Orlando” by DK Publishing's Travel Guide.[1] Anime Festival Orlando has earned the title as being “Florida’s Favorite Anime Convention".[2]

Programming[edit]

Anime Festival Orlando holds many events that are typical of anime conventions, including cosplay, dances, panels, workshops, game shows, karaoke, video games, artist alley, dealers room, and trivia contests.[3][4]

History[edit]

Anime Festival Orlando was first held in the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Inn Gateway in Kissimmee, Florida with an attendance of 450 people. The following year the convention moved to the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs in Altamonte Springs, Florida with more than double the attendance at 1,000 people. In 2002 the convention again moved, this time to the Renaissance WorldGate in Kissimmee, Florida, and then to the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida in 2003 where the convention was been held until 2013. Due to hotel construction, the 2013 show was held in the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. The convention returned to the Wyndham Orlando Resort in 2014.

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
August 19–20, 2000 Ramada Plaza Hotel and Inn Gateway
Kissimmee, Florida
450 Steve Bennett, Marshall Hash, and Wendee Lee.[5]
July 27–29, 2001 Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
Altamonte Springs, Florida
1,000 Steve Bennett, Chynna Clugston-Major, Marshall Hash, Wendee Lee, Doug Smith, and Yoshiki Tokushu.[6]
August 16–18, 2002 Renaissance WorldGate
Kissimmee, Florida
Hiroshi Aro, Steve Bennett, Keith Burgess, Lindsay Cibos, Chynna Clugston-Major, Robert DeJesus, Ben Dunn, Marshall Hash, Jared Hodges, Wendee Lee, Jan Scott-Frazier, Doug Smith, Miyuki Sugimori, and Yoshiki Tokushu.[7]
August 1–3, 2003 Wyndham Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida
Steve Bennett, Lindsay Cibos, Robert DeJesus, Tiffany Grant, Jared Hodges, Wendee Lee, Chris Patton, and Jan Scott-Frazier.[8]
August 6–8, 2004 Wyndham Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida
Steve Bennett, Sandy Fox, Lex Lang, Trish Ledoux, Wendee Lee, Jan Scott-Frazier, Doug Smith, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[9]
August 5–7, 2005 Wyndham Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida
Tom Bateman, Steve Bennett, Bob Bergen, Michael Dobson, Sandy Fox, Lex Lang, Tony Oliver, Chris Sabat, Jan Scott-Frazier, Doug Smith, and Steve Yun.[10]
July 28–30, 2006 Wyndham Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida
Lindsay Cibos, Aaron Dismuke, Quinton Flynn, Marc Handler, Jared Hodges, Vic Mignogna, Jeff Nimoy, Chris Sabat, Doug Smith, Veronica Taylor, and Travis Willingham.[11]
August 3–5, 2007 Wyndham Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida
Lindsay Cibos, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Jason David Frank, Marc Handler, Jared Hodges, Chris Sabat, Doug Smith, Sonny Strait, and Travis Willingham.[12]
August 15–17, 2008 Wyndham Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida
Colleen Clinkenbeard, Aaron Dismuke, Jason David Frank, Reuben Langdon, Chris Patton, Monica Rial, Doug Smith, Travis Willingham, and Stephanie Yanez.[13]
July 31 – August 2, 2009 Wyndham Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida
Robert Axelrod, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Aaron Dismuke, Jason David Frank, Reuben Langdon, Vic Mignogna, Chris Sabat, Doug Smith, and Sonny Strait.[14][15]
August 5–8, 2010 Wyndham Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida
Jason David Frank, Reuben Langdon, Tony Oliver, Daniel Southworth, Sonny Strait, Jessica Straus, David Yost, and Tommy Yune.[16][17]
August 4–7, 2011 Wyndham Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida
Johnny Yong Bosch, Quinton Flynn, Blake Foster, Jason David Frank, Reuben Langdon, Wendee Lee, Dan Southworth, John Swasey, and Cristina Vee.[18][19][20]
August 3–5, 2012[21] Wyndham Orlando Resort[22]
Orlando, Florida
Grey DeLisle, D. C. Douglas, Richard Epcar, Jason David Frank, Kyle Hebert, Jason Narvy, Dan Southworth, Ellyn Stern, Sonny Strait, and Tara Strong.[23][24][25]
August 16-18, 2013 Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
Orlando, Florida
Debi Derryberry, D.C. Douglas, Final Weapon, Jennifer Hale, HDninja, Ali Hillis, Jason Narvy, Tony Oliver, Bryce Papenbrook, Random Encounter, Rino Romano, S.S. Hanami, Paul Schrier, Stephanie Sheh, and Mike Sinterniklaas.[26]
July 25–27, 2014[27] Wyndham Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida
Troy Baker, Kari Wahlgren[28]

Reception[edit]

Anime Festival Orlando 2011 was reviewed by Nerd Caliber Magazine that gave the convention a 6/10 rating saying that the convention had "good dealers" and a "very social atmosphere" but was "sweaty and crowded" and parking was an issue.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jim and Cynthia Tunstall. Top 10 Orlando. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  2. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando (Firstcoastnews)". firstcoastnews.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  3. ^ "LLNN Coverage of Anime Festival Orlando 4". Linus Lam News Network. Retrieved 2007-03-07. 
  4. ^ McCoy, William. "Anime Festival of Orlando". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  5. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 2000 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  6. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 2001 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  7. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 2002 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  8. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 2003 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  9. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 2004 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  10. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 2005 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  11. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  12. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  13. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  14. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  15. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 10 Completes RPG Trilogy (Plus guest info)". animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  16. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  17. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando Brings Summer Fun For The Family". animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  18. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  19. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 12 Announces Additional Guest". www.animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  20. ^ "Guest Updates for Anime Festival Orlando 12". www.animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  21. ^ Cutway, Adrienne. "From Star Wars to comics to gamers, Florida has events to satisfy your inner nerd". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  22. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando (Hotel)". destinations.hilton.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  23. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  24. ^ "Tara Strong to Join Guest List of Anime Festival Orlando 13". Animne News Network. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  25. ^ "Albert Wesker, Geth Legion and Transformer Chase (Actor and Voiceover Talent D.C. Douglas) Now On Tour". SF Gate. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  26. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  27. ^ "Anime Festival Orlando 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  28. ^ http://animefestivalorlando.com/guests
  29. ^ "Anime Festival 2011: Review and Pictorial". nerdcaliber.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 28°26′53.5″N 81°28′4″W / 28.448194°N 81.46778°W / 28.448194; -81.46778