Flying into the Ontario airport was the best choice. LAX is a good hour drive away and that would have meant a rental car or a very expensive Uber ride. The convention center was literally a block or two from the airport and surrounded by a number of hotels. They were all within walking distance and reasonably priced. I once again stayed with complete strangers I met on the ALA Facebook Group
. I think this was my third time and I have had no problems yet (fingers crossed 🤞). I stayed at the Holiday Inn, which was quiet and had a good, affordable $9 breakfast buffet.
It's safe to say that most of the attendees are locals, or at least are from the greater LA area. I met a number of photographers and cosplayers that I've seen online. There is definitely a California contingency that doesn't necessarily travel to the Midwest or East Coast cons. That's no insult. California is a massive state with enough conventions to hold its own. Why travel far from home when some of the biggest and best events are at your doorstep.
I didn't need to drive or rent a car, so I don't know how the parking situation was. There is definitely a parking lot for the convention center, but it looked like it filled up pretty quickly. I'm not sure how the overflow parking was either. I have a feeling it gets a little tricky trying to park, but it can't be any worse than it is for Anime Expo.