As I’m sure EVERYONE knows by now, Wizard World Philadelphia is having a ridiculously Marvel-filled line up in June.
Yeah. That’s happening. It’s real.
I’m Hiddles-trash. I’m not going to deny it. I utterly adore him and when I found out he was appearing, I almost lost it.
I found out about this line-up before it was officially announced. An online magazine for the Philadelphia area had an article about it the morning of the announcement. I waited patiently for the guests to be added to the website so I could act quickly and snag my badge.
Shortly past noon, all of the Captain America stars go live with their various VIP packages. A little bit later, Chris Hemsworth goes live. At this point, I am starting to panic. Did that article lie? WHERE IS TOM!? Truthfully, I was getting a little angry.
At Barb’s suggestion, I emailed the author of the article a nice professional note, asking if he happened to have any more information regarding Tom’s appearance. I honestly didn’t expect any results.
I was extremely surprised when he responded within a few minutes! I explained that I was a really big fan but concerned since all of the other Marvel guests he had written about were on the website but not Tom. He promised to make a few calls and get back to me. About 15 minutes later, he replied to let me know that Tom WAS confirmed and should be on the Wizard World website by 4 PM EST. VICTORY WAS MINE!
As I waited for the VIP packages to go on sale, Barb and I worked on getting our hotel situation sorted out. At one point, we had 3 different rooms booked as we gathered final counts on who was planning on attending and rooming with us. We ended up with a suite at the Home2 Suites, right across from the convention center! There will be 6 or 7 of us total, including some friends from England like Katy and Britt!
With the hotel sorted out, I began to click around the website. I stumbled across links for two VIP packages that had Tom included but were password protected. I kept refreshing the Ticket Leap page to see if he had been added there since it usually went there before the Wizard World page itself.
Finally, FINALLY at 2:08 PM on Tuesday, March 1st I, Deidre Renee, purchased the greatest thing I’ve ever dropped money on. I was the proud recipient of a Tom Hiddleston VIP badge.
There was some sobbing mixed with some maniacal cackling as the purchase was completed. After I came down from the adrenaline rush, I discovered that individual photo ops or autographs were not going to be available to those without the VIP badge and congratulated myself on a smart decision not to wait until my bonus in April to buy my badge.
My choice not to hesitate in purchasing a badge became even clearer yesterday morning when Tom HIddleston VIP badges sold out. Less than 24 hours and many a fangirl’s heart has now been broken.
I’m honestly not sure if I will survive the encounter with Tom. I’m usually on the chill side when it comes to meeting celebrities but this is TOM. TOM HIDDLESTON.
If I die, Barb, you can have my stuff.
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