Teens, tweens flock to VidCon to see YouTube, gaming, online personalities – Orange County Register

There’s the scene: Giggling tweens and teens, a Ferris Wheel, a large ball pit, and “awesomeness” plastered on several walls and booths.

Then there are the personalities: Markiplier, iJustine, DanTDM, LaurDIY, and Manny Mua.

From seminars on family video blogging, live gaming, do it yourself programs to teaching budding Influencers the ropes, VidCon, the annual convention for lovers of YouTube, gaming, online video services and the content creators, has arrived.

More than 30,000 people are expected to gather for the eighth annual VidCon that kicked off Wednesday and runs through Saturday at the Anaheim Convention Center. Tickets are still available from $150 to $750.

Elijah Carruthers, 20, flew from Jacksonville, Florida to “just be part of this.” A first-time convention attendee, he estimates he spends 80 hours a week watching programs on YouTube. He has wristbands to meet his favorite Influencers – Smosh games, a duo that produces sketch comedy, and Marcus Butler, an English comedian.

“This is the place to meet creators and connect with them,” Carruthers said.

Jewel Evans, 13, and her cousin, Jade Kisner, 14, came with a group from Granbury, Texas. The giggling teens’ eyes lit up walking around outside the convention center as YouTube personalities, not much older than them, passed them by.

“I just took a picture with Jimmy Here and my brother is so jealous right now,” said an ecstatic…

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