Hours of Operation
Saturday, June 1st
Convention: 10AM - 12AM
Dealer Room: 12PM-7PM (11AM for VIPs)
Sunday, June 2nd
Convention: 11AM - 6PM
Dealer Room: 12PM to 5PM (11AM for VIPs)
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► Where did the name “Knightrokon” come from?
Great question! Knightroko is the name of Anime Spot’s mascot, and we’ve been stuck on the name “Knightrokon” ever since the convention was just a crazy idea in our minds.
► Why are you running a convention?
To provide a fun convention atmosphere for UCF students and the convention community alike by running quality anime-themed events and bringing everyone together, from vendors and artists to panelists and fans who just want to have fun.
There are many conventions in Florida, but we feel we can create a unique experience. This event is as much for UCF students as it is for the convention community. UCF is one of the largest universities in the United States, so it is only fair that a club at UCF gives back to the anime community.
► What can we do while we’re there?
Aside from visiting the beautiful UCF campus and admiring the facilities in the Student Union, there will be plenty to do at Knightrokon. There will be numerous events, panels, and contests, and we will have vendors and artists selling their goods. There will be gaming of all sorts — videogames, computer games and tabletop games.
We will also have anime viewing rooms for those who are new to anime or just want to see some great shows. One of our goals is to make it so that you never run out of things to do.
► Where can I stay if I’m not from Orlando?
If you do decide to stay at a hotel because of how late our event runs, there are numerous hotels in the UCF area. Once we get our schedule more solidified, we will seek out which hotels would be the best choices and post a list on this website.
► What if this is my first convention?
We are proud to be your first convention, and we will gladly give you advice if you ask us personally. However, here are a few basic tips:
1) Be wise with your spending.
Yes, the restaurants on campus are affordable. Yes, the convention itself will be affordable. However, those 20 wallscrolls you feel like you need despite the fact that your walls are already full? Not so affordable.
2) Read the schedule ahead of time.
We plan to have the schedule up on the website at least a month in advance, so you should have plenty of time to be able to plan your day. If you come in not knowing what’s going on, you may be overwhelmed and miss a panel or event you really wanted to go to.
3) If you plan on cosplaying, make or buy your costume early.
This isn’t exactly Convention 101, but conventions are much less stressful when you don’t spend the week beforehand worrying if you’ll finish your costume or if it’s going to come in on time. Also, starting early allows for error, whether in shipping or crafting. Working long hours on it the week before the con guarantees error, but not the time to
4) If you do need to get a hotel room, reserve it early on.
Chances are, the longer you wait, the less likely you will be to find other people to room with. While some of your friends are nice enough to say yes to you the week before the con, planning ahead will make your experience generally less hectic.
If there’s drama going on in your life, even if it’s with the people you are going to the convention with, it will ruin your experience. Just let everything go for a day, and have fun!
► Will I look weird if I don’t cosplay?
This may seem like an odd question, but I’ve had a lot of people ask me this. Of course you won’t look weird if you go to a college campus in normal clothes. Not only will there be people in the Student Union to hang out with their friends; there will also be plenty of convention attendees not in costume. Wearing that cool t-shirt you bought from that obscure website might win you some points if you decide cosplay isn’t for you.
► What will we do for food?
The UCF Student Union has several restaurants, and we plan on catering an event or two. There are several restaurants around UCF, and we will post a list of what will be open closer to the time of the convention. Most of the food on campus is affordable, so you won’t have to worry about convention center pricing.
► And what about weapons?
Please do not bring real metal swords or guns. Otherwise, fake weapons are
acceptable, as long as you are respectful with them. We will have a weapons check, and you will have some indication on your badge or wristband of whether or not your weapon has been checked.
We realize cosplayers put a ton of work and money into their props and therefore will not mark them or put anything on them.
► Be aware that not everybody who will be at the Student Union is an anime or manga fan, and some people may question if your costume is appropriate. There will be students passing by, as well as families with children.
► Nudity or underwear as a costume will not be tolerated, and you will be asked to leave if you are in violation.
► Real weapons are not allowed, even as part of a costume.
► Signs for soliciting are not allowed.
► This event is taking place at a college campus, and people may be studying, so we would prefer if you avoid shouting. If you need to call someone from across the room, that is fine, but please avoid continuous shouting.
► Do not show up to Knightrokon under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.
► Do not harass the guests. They will be busy throughout the day and will have designated times when you can meet them.
► Do not glomp anyone you don’t know, especially without their permission. This is an invasion of personal space and can cause injury to the person or his/her costume.
► There is a Pegasus seal in the middle of the first floor of the Student Union. Please be respectful of the UCF community, and do not step on it.
► There is a beautiful fountain next to the library that we at UCF call the Reflection Pond. Feel free to take pictures by it, but please don’t go into it.
► Please register, even if you are able to get into the convention for free, so we can keep a headcount. You will need your badge to enter the certain rooms in the convention.
► If a member of the our staff or the Student Union staff asks you to stop doing something, stop doing it.
► The Student Union only allows service animals, so please be respectful of this.
► The Student Union has a lost and found at the Information Desk, so please go there if you lose or find anything before coming to Knightrokon staff.
► If anything violates U.S. law, Florida law or university rules, don’t do it.