Away Mission: Orlando, hosted by Vulcan Events, has a reputation of one of the best science fiction conventions in Orlando, Florida. Centered on a sci-fi theme, the event hosts guests from various worlds including Star Trek, Dr. Who, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica and other favorites. This year celebrity guests include Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: Next Generation, Shakespearean actor), David Warner (Star Trek films and Star Trek: Next Generation television series), David Nykl (Stargate Atlantis), Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica) as well as many others. Most of the guests have special autograph and photo sessions scheduled throughout the weekend.
The event is family-friendly during the day with adult-themed entertainment scheduled in the evenings. Tickets start at $20 for an afternoon and can go as high as $299 for a reserved special weekend. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.
This year will mark the first year the Star Wars professional costuming group the 501st Legion will be in appearance. As a member of the 501st Legion, I will be there in full gear to report on their mission to bring Star Wars to the world of Star Trek. May the force be with me.