VidCon 2014 did it big: Eighteen thousand people, ready to video blog (vlog), take selfies and meet their favorite YouTube stars, swarmed the fifth annual convention this weekend.
The gathering, held at the Anaheim Convention Center, was filled with panels, signings, Q+A’s, movie screenings and concerts. But aside from planned events, there were many other activities the three-day conference had to offer. Here's a roundup of what you may have missed:
A space was allocated just for the Harry Potter sport at VidCon, where participants could take a quick exercise break or just cheer on people playing. YouTube stars and fans may be Muggles, but they can still throw around a Quaffle just as well as a wizard can.
2. Silent Disco, Machinima Arcade and Party Park
Inside the Expo Hall, a carnival-esque area had Silent Disco (attendees could put on headphones and dance to their own grooves on a small dance floor), Machinima Arcade (equipped with "Dance Dance Revolution" and other video games) and Party Park (with inflatable moon bounces).
3. Jimmy Fallon Lipsync Booth and Instagram "Slomo" Booth
With long lines and a lot of buzz, the Jimmy Fallon and Instagram booths were hard to miss inside the Expo Hall.
As part of "The Tonight Show Random Lip Sync Challenge," NBC's Digital Entertainment team and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" teamed up to provide VidCon attendees an interactive space to record their own lip sync submissions for a chance to be part of a mash-up video that will air on "The Tonight Show." Song options included "Turn Down for What" by DJ Snake and Lil Jon, "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry, "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj, "All I Do Is Win" by DJ Khaled and "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea.
Meanwhile, Instagram's booth was also packed with selfie-taking lovers of the app. Attendees were given props (including confetti that they could throw or get thrown at them) and asked to do any action (jumping, spinning, etc.). Grandeur, a video production company, then created super-slow-motion videos of the action and emailed them to participants.
4. VidCon Prom
On Saturday, VidCon attendees get the opportunity to party like (and with) the YouTube stars.
5. Disney Day
Think the fun ended after prom? Think again. A planned VidCon meet-up at Disneyland, called “Disney Day 2014,” was slated for Sunday.
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