COVID-19 Update: Megaplex 2020 Cancellation

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UPDATE

As of May 19th, 2020 all hotel rooms booked in the convention's official room block have been canceled and refunds have been issued. The hotel has advised us that the refunds will take 5-7 business days to process through the various banks. If after May 29th you still have not seen received your refund please contact the hotel who should be able to assist you.

When I took over as chairman, I never thought this would be a letter I would have to write. The last few months have been hard on everyone. Many in our fandom and around the world are dealing with the loss of their jobs and for some having to say goodbye to loved ones for the last time due to COVID-19. Furry Conventions have been rescheduled or outright canceled for this year one after another after another. It is with a very deep sadness that I must announce that Megaplex 2020 is to be added to the list of cons canceled for 2020.

In the spirit of transparency, this has been a long and difficult decision not just for me but for the entire board of directors. Questions like “Could we do enough to keep our attendees safe?”, “Could we still provide the experience our attendees have come to expect?”, and yes even “Could/Would enough people attend in order to be able to afford the event let alone future events?”. The board held an emergency meeting to discuss our options and determined that if we wanted to be able to offer full refunds to our attendees as well as continue operation to be able to hold future events, we could not put off the decision any further. We came to the conclusion that even if we could do enough to keep the virus at bay it would massively affect the convention experience and it would be very possible that only a third of our planned attendance would be willing or able to attend.

We love each and every one of our attendees and will be offering the ability to donate your registration fee to Megaplex, transfer your registration to next year, or to request a full refund for those whose credit/debit cards were charges this year. We hope you will at least consider donating your registration fee though we understand that may not be an option for many. We still have operating costs we need to cover for this year as well as fees associated with each registration that we do not feel would be right to deduct from everyone’s refunds.

All is not lost, we are looking into the possibility of hosting an online convention which those who donate or transfer their registration would have free access to. More details will be released on this if we are able to do it as they become available.

Additional information as well as the form to designate how we shall handle your registration can be found at https://megaplexcon.org/COVID19. We kindly ask that questions regarding the cancellation be directed at the resources listed on that page as opposed to reaching out to staff members. This cancellation is especially rough on our staff as they have put in countless hours to work through all of the issues to bring you this years convention.

Sincerely,

Scooby

Megaplex Chairman


2019 Numbers

2192 Three Day Attending
277 Sponsors
124 Super Sponsors
10 Mega Sponsors
1 Giga Sponsors
119 Staff
7 Board of Directors
85 Dealers
11 Guests
2 Guest of Honor
112 Friday Passes
489 Saturday Passes
90 Sunday Passes
98 Dance Passes

3617 Total

617 Fursuits in the Photo/Parade
$40,000.00 raised for C.A.R.E.

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Hotel Parking Update

Here is some important information for those that will be driving in but not staying in the hotel. In order to receive the $10 discounted parking rate (standard rate is currently $20 per day on exit) you MUST have your parking validated at one of the machines that will be found in either in Convention Operations or at the Information Desk. If you do not do this you will be charged the standard rate.

For those staying in our room block, Parking is free to those listed on the room. This is limited to 1 vehicle per person listed on the room.

We are testing a new App for android

We are testing out a New App this year. Unfortunately we only have it for android at the moment but if all goes well we will try to get an iPhone app for next year! Get our App at the Google Play store

Information for Dealers and Artist Alley Participants

REGISTRATION

Dealers arriving Thursday may pick up their badge in the Dealers room at Booth 1. Dealers assistants will still need to purchase / pick up their official badge at registration. Those arriving Friday will need to pick up their badge at registration.

SETUP

Dealers are welcome to start setting up on Thursday August 8th at 6 PM until 9 PM. The Dealers Den will reopen on Friday the 9th at 9 AM for dealers to setup. The Dealer's Den opens at 11 AM to attendees. The hotel requires that large carts/hand trucks be brought in through the loading dock area at the rear of the conference center. Please check in with the dealers room staff prior to going to the loading dock so that we can properly direct you to the correct location. Please be aware that there will be many dealers wanting to load in and we will do our best to get you in as quickly and safely as possible.

FLORIDA SALES TAX

All Dealers and Artist Alley participants are required to provide proof of either a Florida Annual Resale Certificate (Form DR-13) or Sales and Use Tax Return (Form DR-15) for temporary Business sales. For more information on how to register visit the Sales Tax section of our Vendor Policies page.

ARTIST ALLEY

Those wishing to enter the lottery must be present at the Artist Alley no later than 1 hour prior to the opening of the Dealer's Den. The lottery results for the day will be posted 30 minutes prior to Dealer's Den opening for that day. Those who have been awarded a spot or have pre-purchased a slot must be at the Artist Alley at the start of their slot time.

Slot Times Are:

  • Friday Morning: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Friday Afternoon: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday Morning: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Afternoon: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday Morning: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Afternoon: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Megaplex 2019 Dealer's Den Directory and Map

The Megaplex 2019 Dealer's Den Map is now live. Click "Read More" to see the Map and Directory.

Megaplex Escape Room Registration Open

Are you interested in participating in the Megaplex escape room this year. Click Read more to get the details.

Megaplex 2019 Schedule is Live!

The Megaplex 2019 schedule is live and ready for you to view. Check it at https://megaplexcon.org/fun/events/schedule/

Attention Dealers and Artist Alley Participants!

This is a reminder all all Dealers and Artist Alley participants!
Please do not forget to apply for your Sale Tax for Florida. Follow the directions here: https://megaplexcon.org/policies/vendor/#taxes

I LOVE MEGAPLEX PROMOTION is BACK

Do you love Megaplex? Megaplex loves its attendees, and we’ve got something special this month that we hope you’ll really enjoy. Click "Read more" to get the details.