There’s no shortage of things to do at Comic-Con this year, but here’s one more that’s definitely worth adding to “must-see” list.
It’s a brand new off-site area debuting this year, courtesy of the FX network. It’s called the “Fearless Arena.,” and will be a pop-up theme park of sorts located at the Hilton Bayfront Park (where the Gotham zip-line was last year).
What can you do there?
The Arena will include “massive activations” for FX shows like The Strain, Fargo, The Bastard Executioner, American Horror Story, and a ton more.
Here’s what you’ll be able to check out:
Prove your fearlessness by entering a live-action virtual reality experience inspired by The Strain, the vampire thriller from Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro, based off the best-selling book trilogy by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Using the Samsung Gear VR – powered by the Galaxy Note 4, fans will be taken on a two-and-a-half-minute adventure created exclusively for Comic-Con and featuring series regular Kevin Durand (“Vasiliy Fet”). It’s the perfect preview for the second season of The Strain, which premieres on FX on Sunday, July 12th at 10 PM ET/PT.
American Horror Story: Hotel
Ryan Murphy’s hit anthology horror series American Horror Story is back this fall with its fifth installment, Hotel, and FX is building a two-story model hotel to give viewers a taste of the era. Then fans will be able to venture inside one of eight “gifting suites” in order to capture the most flying bills and earn prizes.
The Bastard Executioner
“Escape the Forest” is the ideal duel inspired by Kurt Sutter’s upcoming medieval drama The Bastard Executioner. Visitors don the mantle of “warriors” and square off against each other to prove their prowess with a high striker, a cross-bow, and a final puzzle challenge that will help them escape the “forest” and win a TBX-themed hooded t-shirt. The Bastard Executioner will debut on FX this fall.
Aw jeez, a blizzard in San Diego? Step inside a giant 20-foot inflatable snow globe featuring snow flurries and a façade of a Waffle Hut – a key location in the second installment of the award-winning limited series Fargo which returns to FX this fall.
Those are the big ones, but it sounds like the space will be absolutely packed with smaller activities including:
- A Kiwk-E-Mart truck giving away free Squishees (Saturday only).
- An Archer water fountain Pam Poovey’s Dolphin Puppet
- An It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia sunscreen station.
- Concert button giveaways for Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.
- Collect limited edition trading cards, which include codes for a free FXNOW trial.
- Swag including The Bastard Executioner t-shirts, American Horror Story key chains, and waffle-scented Fargo air fresheners.
- A sweepstakes for a vacation to a luxury hotel in Los Angeles or New York City.
That is an a ton of stuff to check out that week, and it sounds like the Fearless Arena could easily make up an entire day at Comic-Con. So plan accordingly if you want to attend!
Do I need tickets?
The Arena will be open to the public, and tickets are not required. To save time though, you can reserve your spot early on www.fxsdcc.com, beginning July 7.
The first 2,500 pre-registered fans who visit will also receive a free FX Fearless tote bag in the Welcome Area.
When and where is it again?
The Fearless Arena will be open Thursday through Sunday next week. You can find it at the Hilton Bayfront Park next to the convention center (although I think it will be pretty hard to miss).