Frequently Asked Questions

First time at Shore Leave? You may want to check out our Convention 101 page.

Convention Hours

What are the hours for registration?

At-the-door registration will open at 9:00 AM on July 6, 2018.

Registration hours are: Friday: 9:00am - 7:00pm, Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm, and Sunday: 9:00am - 1:00pm

What are the hours for the vendors room?

Vendors room hours are: Friday: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, and Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

What are the overall hours for programming?

General programming hours are: Friday: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM and Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

On Saturday morning, we host meetings for several fan organizations, these generally start at 9:00am, though details may vary. On Saturday evening, the Ten Forward party goes from approximately 11:00pm until 3:00am. The Game Room is open until the staff is too tired to stay awake.

Registration Questions

How can I upgrade my membership from a single day to the full-weekend?

The best approach is to print out a new registration form with the changes, add a note explaining that you wish to upgrade to the full weekend, and include a check for the difference between the two membership prices.

How do I register for Shore Leave?

You can register in advance by using the online registration form or via postal mail by printing a registration form. Advance registration (aka "pre-registration") ends on June 15, after that you'll be able to register at the door. Please note that all convention memberships are "will call", meaning that you'll actually pick up your convention materials when you arrive at the Hunt Valley Inn.

Can I still register for the convention?

Absolutely! Pre-registration is available online and by mail through June 15. After that, at-the-door registration opens at 9:00 AM on Friday, July 6. In addition to purchasing convention memberships, you will also be able to purchase tickets for photo ops.

Can I purchase tickets for the autograph line?

No autograph ticket is required. At Shore Leave, your convention membership allows you access to all of our guests' autograph tables. Please note however that our actor guests do charge for their autographs. This transaction is between you and the guest and you pay at the autograph table.

Shawn Ashmore and Allison Scagliotti will each sign one item for no additional charge during the official autograph sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Other than during the official autograph session, they will be charging for their autograph. Please see our Autograph Policy for more information about the official autograph sessions.

Will you mail my tickets or do I pick them up at the con?

All pre-registration memberships are "Will Call." When you arrive at the Hunt Valley Inn on July 6, you'll need to go to the downstairs portion of the convention area. Pick up your badge, program book, and other membership materials just around the corner from the foot of the escalator.

When will registration open?

Pre-registration opened in October. Advance registration will remain open until June 15, 2018, after which registration will only be available at the door.

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Guest Questions

I'd like to suggest a guest. What's the best way to do that?

Drop a line to the Guest Relations team. Along with the name of the guest you'd like to see, be sure to include the name of the TV shows or movies you know them from, just in case it's one we haven't see yet.

Guest suggestions can be a bit tricky though in that we really can't say anything whether we're going to invite a potential guest. Doing so would run the risk of setting incorrect expectations for the fans, the potential guest, or both. Unfortunately, this often means that the only time you're likely to hear anything about a suggested guest is if we happen to book them.

Autograph Questions

Please be sure to also read the Autograph Policy for additional information.

Can I purchase tickets for the autograph line?

No autograph ticket is required. Your Shore Leave convention membership allows you access to all of our guests' autograph tables. Please note however that many of our actor guests do charge for their autographs. This transaction is between you and the guest and you pay at the autograph table.

How much will the guests charge for their autograph?

Autograph prices are set by the individual guest. It is our current understanding however that these guests' prices will be as follows (subject to change):

  • William Shatner: $80
  • Ming Na Wen: $50
  • Shawn Ashmore: $40
  • Allison Scagliotti: $40
  • Aron Eisenberg: $30
  • Chase Masterson: $30

(Please note that autographs are not included in the price of photo op photos.)

Which guests will be participating in the official autograph session?

Shawn Ashmore and Allison Scagliotti will each sign one item for no additional charge during the official autograph sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Other than during the official autograph session, they will be charging for their autograph. All other guests will be charging a fee (amount to be determined by the actor) for their autographs, including Photo Ops photos. Please read the Autograph Policy for additional information about the official autograph sessions.

Will Shawn Ashmore and Allison Scagliotti be available for autographs outside the official autograph sessions?

Yes! Guests participating in the official autograph sessions are always given the opportunity to man a table outside the official session, and this year, both have accepted this extra opportunity to meet their fans.

How do I purchase advance tickets for William Shatner's autograph?

No special tickets are required for William Shatner's autograph line. At Shore Leave, your convention membership allows you access to all of our guests' autograph tables. Please note however that many of our actor guests, including Mr. Shatner, do charge for their autographs. This transaction is between you and Mr. Shatner and you pay at the autograph table.

Other Questions

What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

What do you mean, an African or European Swallow? Numbers for the Arican swallow are still a bit difficult to come by, but for the European swallow, it appears to be around 10 meters per second. (ref: Estimating the Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow)