Surveying the Land

LA in 2026 is thrilled to be once again working with the Anaheim Convention Center and the Anaheim Hilton Hotel, the sites of the 1984, 1996 and 2006 World Science Fiction Conventions (L.A. Con II, III and IV), to host our events, should we win our bid.

The Anaheim Convention Center is located at 800 W. Katella Avenue in Anaheim; the Anaheim Hilton Hotel is at 777 W. Convention Way.

At this time, the locations we will be using are as follows:

  • Anaheim Arena, part of the Anaheim Convention Center; our major functions including the Hugo Awards and the Masquerade, would be located here.  The arena is 28,140 square feet of space, and the theatre can seat up to 7500 attendees.
  • Anaheim Convention Center North (ACC North), with 200,000 square feet of function space (100,000 over two floors).  This location would feature our major programming rooms on the upper level, as well as our exhibitor hall, where our dealers, artists and other displays would be located, on the lower floor.  The foyer for the ACC North will be where convention registration is located.
  • Anaheim Hilton Hotelwith 1,574 sleeping rooms on the property, much of which would be at a negotiated convention rate.  Additional programming function space is available here.

The site has ample parking, at both the Convention Center and the Anaheim Hilton.

Why are we not using the main part of the Anaheim Convention Center?  The ACC North building was built after the last Worldcon held there (L.A. Con IV in 2006), and completely meets our function space requirements; we no longer need to use one of the large halls of the main convention center.

LA in 2026 has multiple facilities staff members with ample experience in hotel and property negotiations, including many Worldcons.  We will be working on the very best hotel room rates at the Anaheim Hilton.

“Exploration is the essence of the human spirit…” — LA in 2026

Additional Hotel Options

Additional hotel properties in the immediate vicinity of our function space (not part of this bid at this time, but included for reference), include the Anaheim Marriott (across the street from the Hilton); the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort; the Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort; the Anaheim Portofino Inn & Suites; the Residence Inn by Marriott at Anaheim Resort; the Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort; and many others… because of the close proximity to the Disneyland parks, there are dozens of hotels within a one block area.

Immediately across the street from the ACC North, across Katella Avenue and within very easy walking distance, is the Disneyland Resort, including both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure.

Transportation

Anaheim, California is very easy to get to.  The Greater Los Angeles area is home to no less than five commercial airports:

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 35 miles northwest of Anaheim, is the world-class air terminal serving all domestic carriers and all major international airlines; it is currently undergoing a major remodel and replanning in preparation for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and by the fall of 2026 most of that work will be complete.
  • John Wayne Airport (Santa Ana), 12 miles south of Anaheim, is the primary domestic airport serving Orange County.
  • Long Beach Airport, 21 miles northwest of Anaheim, is primarily a domestic commuter airport and minor hub for Southwest Airlines.
  • Ontario International Airport, 38 miles north of Anaheim, serves both domestic flights as well as limited international destinations.
  • Hollywood Burbank (Bob Hope) Airport, 39 miles northwest of Anaheim, is a busy domestic regional airport serving the northern part of the city of Los Angeles and its suburbs.

Additionally, Southern California and the Pacific Southwest are served by San Diego International Airport in San Diego, Palm Springs International Airport in the desert resort in the Coachella Valley; and Harry Reid Las Vegas International Airport, a four-hour drive from Anaheim in the heart of the Nevada desert and a major international airline destination.

There is ample taxi and rideshare service to all Los Angeles area airports, as well as many airport shuttle services; flat-rate shuttles from LAX to Anaheim are extremely common, given how popular Anaheim is as a tourist destination.  Additionally, Amtrak features train service to and from Anaheim, to many West Coast destinations.

More Questions? We’ve Got Answers

The LA in 2026 Bid Committee filed paperwork in 2021 to officially confirm that we were bidding for the 2026 World Science Fiction Convention.  A document with more detailed information about the bid, including some of our plans, that was updated for the SmofCon 2023 event can be found by clicking below:

LA in 2026’s Bid Questionnaire: SmofCon 2023

Please note that our official convention bid website is the gold source for any updates or clarifications developed in the meanwhile.

Photo Gallery

Below are a few photos from our last adventure, L.A. Con IV, the 2006 World Science Fiction Convention, held at the same properties, the Anaheim Convention Center and Anaheim Hilton.  (If you haven’t visited before, you may recognize the Anaheim Convention Center from television and film; for example, the exterior of the convention center served as Starfleet Headquarters on Star Trek: Picard.)

Anaheim Convention Center

Anaheim Hilton

Registration at L.A. Con IV

Exhibit Hall at L.A. Con IV

Anaheim Arena (this one isn’t from the 2006 Worldcon, though!)