FAQ

Each year more than 15,000 people are drawn to Central Florida to attend this event, which was created to explore the effects of digital media, interactive entertainment, video games and simulation. Throughout the event Workshops and Speakers present a comprehensive offering of eye-opening experience and explore the art and technology behind game design.

Video-game competitions abound with prizes and fun for all ages. Guests will also receive a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience with real training simulators from the military and other industries. Standouts include the aircraft carrier and Black Hawk helicopter simulators from Lockheed Martin, and various other military, flight and driving simulators.

 

General

Where do I park?

Limited parking is available at the Science Center parking garage on a first come, first serve basis for $5 daily. Click here for alternative parking locations for Saturday and Sunday and be mindful that there may be a fee included. Consider biking, walking, or riding a scooter. Bicycle racks are located on the ground level in the garage next to the elevator, on the west side of the parking garage and on the northwest side of Orlando Science Center at the bus entrance.

Is this event suitable for younger kids?

Yes, we have a special spot for families and our littlest learners at Otronicon. In addition to KidsTown, pint-sized learning platforms from our partners, PlayMove and Polyblox Totems will be in the Kidstown Studio. Our permanent exhibits Nature Works and Jurassic Ridge are still open to enjoy. And don’t worry Mom & Dad, (T) Teen rated games are labeled as such.

I pre-purchased my Otronicon tickets online. Do I still have to wait in line?

Briefly – the good news is that you can check in through the shorter Member Express/Will Call ticketing line. Simply present your Confirmation number at the Member Express/Will-Call window and receive your wristbands at that time.

I’m an Orlando Science Center annual Member, do I need a separate ticket to attend Otronicon?

Yes, but members still get free admission! Just order your ticket in advance using the promo code that was included in your last MicroSCOPE e-newsletter. If you did not receive it, please send us an email at [email protected] or call during our normal business hours at 407-514-2158 and the member relations team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Is there a schedule of workshops, competitions, shows and events?

Click here or download the Otronicon event app for a full list of workshops, films competitions, live shows and speakers! Event times subject to change. Download the official Otronicon app for Android here.

What is Science Night Live featuring Otronicon?

Science Night Live featuring Otronicon is an evening for adults to enjoy Otronicon after hours with your friends or significant other. You’ll have the entire Science Center to yourself while enjoying adult beverages, small food bites and Otronicon presenters… all without kids! You must be 21 or older to attend. Science Night Live is Saturday, January 14 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m. *Separate ticket required. For more info. Click here.

 

Gaming Competitions

Can you tell me more about the gaming competitions at Otronicon?

Daily tournaments offer amateur and hardcore video gamers alike a chance to show their stuff. A complete list of competitions and rules is available here. Competitions are open to the Science Center Otronicon patrons only. In order to participate, each individual must have paid general admission for the date of each particular competition that they are interested in. Compete to win cash and prizes!

Who is eligible to play in gaming competitions?

Gaming competitions hosted by the Science Center are open to guest ages 13 and up, however for guests between the ages of 13 and 18, notarized parental consent forms are required to play “T” or Teen Rated games. These forms are available on the Otronicon website competitions page. The Science Center reserves the right to release competition slots for registered individuals who are not present 10 minutes prior to the competition start time.

How do you pre-register for a gaming competition?

Guests can pre-register for competitions online or by phone at 407.514.2112. Competitions require a non-refundable $5.00 fee per person, per space, payable by credit card only. Registration is subject to availability. The individual whose name is on the registration is the only person eligible to play in the competition, and a form of identification must be presented at competition check-in. Minors notarized consent forms must be received by fax at 407.514.2067 or by email to [email protected] prior to pre-registration.

Pre-registration closes at 9:00 pm on the day prior to each respective competition start date. We accept pre-registration for 50% of the total available slots for each competition, and we register the other 50% of the total available slots on the day of the competition, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Pre-registration for the gaming competition I want to play in is already full or closed. Now what?

We reserve 50% of the total available slots for each competition for day-of registration. If you cannot get in by pre-registration; arrive early on the day of the competition and then sign up. Competition sign-ups start at 10:00 a.m. on the respective date of the competition.

 

Workshops

How do I register for workshops?

Workshops are open to the Science Center Otronicon patrons only. In order to participate, each individual must have paid general admission for the date of each particular class or workshop that they are interested in. To get a guaranteed spot in a workshop, an individual can register online for $5.00. You will need to purchase a ticket for Otronicon for each day you attend a workshop or competition. See what workshops are still available and purchase your workshop and competition reservation online here.

Registration for workshops is $5.00 per person per class. This $5.00 fee is non-refundable and payable by credit card only. This fee guarantees a spot in the class that an individual registers for and cannot be transferred. If you need additional help registering for a workshop email [email protected]. The Science Center reserves the right to release class slots for registered individuals who are not present 10 minutes prior to the class start time.

I pre-registered for a workshop or competition. Do I still need to check in through the OSC box office on Level 2?

Yes! Once pre-registered, individuals still need to check into the box-office for their Otronicon event ticketing, and once you have your wristband you may then proceed to the workshop and competition Check-in Table located in the Education Hallway, Level 2.  Enter through the back of the Traveling Exhibit Hall.