To kick off the first weekend in June, Creation Entertainment brought the highly anticipated Once Upon a Time Convention to the Garden State. Countless fans of the hit television series traveled out to the Marriott Hanover in Whippany on June 4-5 for a wonderful convention. Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that has aired on ABC since 2011. In its 5-season-and-counting run, Once Upon a Time has only increased in popularity.

The show’s very first convention was held in 2015, and since then, Creation Entertainment, an American entertainment company from California, has been continuously booking fan conventions for the series.

During the two-day event, fans were able to meet, take pictures with, and get autographs from a number of their favorite Once Upon a Time actors and actresses, including Lana Parrilla (Regina), Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), Emilie de Ravin (Belle), Sinqua Walls (Lancelot), Eion Bailey (August Booth/Pinocchio), Robbie Kay (Peter Pan), Rebecca Mader (Zelena), Michael Coleman (Happy), Beverly Elliott (Granny), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Tony Amendola (Gepetto), Chris Gauthier (Smee), and Gil McKinney (Prince Eric).

Arenberg was the convention’s Master of Ceremonies. He significantly helped develop fun entertainment events for the convention, and continued to make the convention fun and enjoyable throughout the weekend.

Special guests, like Bailey, Kay, Walls, and more, appeared on stage to give insight into the show, their acting careers, and their amusing personal lives. Every guest was engaging and entertaining, and had the audience constantly erupting into powerful bursts of laughter and cheer.


The convention also had a modest vendor area which offered a variety of memorabilia designed specifically for fans of Once Upon a Time. From posters to clothes, guests could choose from various items to get signed by their favorite cast members.

The convention provided the perfect opportunity for fans to get together, dress up as their favorite characters, meet their favorite stars, and have a ton of fun. Overall, it was another successful event from Creation Entertainment.

Following the immense popularity of this past Once Upon a Time Convention, next year’s event will be returning to the Marriott Hanover for three full days of festivities from Friday, October 20 to Sunday, October 22, 2017.

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