November 7th to the 9th saw the second incarnation of the Long Island Doctor Who Convention as LI Who 2 promised to be bigger and bolder. Well it sure was all that and it was a hell lot of fun also. Last year I had a wonderful time at the very first LI Who and was really looking forward to this year’s show. What really got me psyched for it was that it wasn’t crowded and it had an intimate feel to it as you could talk to people and still see them throughout the convention. To many shows will now try and get as many people as possible to attend their show and it is overcrowded and not that much fun at all. Take NYCC for instance they averaged 151,000 for a 4 day show. Good luck trying to talk to someone there and hope to see them again as that would be impossible especially with the size of the building they use. Now this year LI Who bumped the attendance cut off a tad higher than the first year and also got more guests. This did concern me that it would lose its feeling of being not too crowded and not as friendly.
That’s right the convention will be moving to a new hotel for LI Who 3. They will be moving to the Hyatt Regency Long Island at Wind Watch Golf Club. By looking at the hotel webpage it looks a lot bigger and a lot nicer. Now the Ronkonkoma Clarion was an old hotel and was a pretty small venue and referred to by Tony Lee as the Bates Hotel but I will have some good memories to take away from there. It was the place I conducted my first ever interview with a Doctor Who guest which was Paul McGann back in 2012 and it also was the place that my son and I went to our first Doctor Who convention and had tons of fun for the 2 years it hosted LI Who. Its downfall was the size. Because it was an older building the rooms used for panels were not big enough for the demand of people who wanted to attend a panel. There were a couple of times that I wanted to see a panel and got shut out because of the small rooms. Also the hallways are very small. When people were lining up for photo ops and autographs the hall way shrunk in size considerably. It was unfortunate that this happened and made walking around a bit difficult but if you knew what time they events were happening you could walk around to your room by the opposite direction. This won’t happen next year as the newer hotel will be big enough for the lines. For this show to grow it needs the newer bigger and modern hotel to thrive and to give the fans the show we want. Plus hopefully the new hotel will not smell funny like the Clarion and have heat and air conditioning that actually works properly. Already on the plus side for the new hotel is that they have an indoor heated swimming pool so that already is a win win.
Below is a few of the photos I took from LI Who 2. Hope you enjoy them.