When you’re a wrestling fan, there really are no words to describe the euphoria of WrestleMania season. Whilst everyone else is counting down the minutes until summer rolls around, we’re just waiting for the Royal Rumble so that the hype can truly begin.
Plus, a lucky handful of us, we’re able to travel to the showcase of the immortals – often from places around the world such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and beyond. It costs an absolute arm and a leg more often than not, but we do it because for some, going to Mania is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
A lot of us dream about it but never pull the trigger, but having attended the show in Orlando we can assure you that it’s one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. From start to finish you’ll have the time of your life, and that’s a promise.
So then, we’ve decided to draw out something of a ‘tips and tricks’ piece in order to properly guide you in the right direction.
Patience Is Key
In preparation for WrestleMania, one of the first things that people usually do is buy plane tickets the moment they go on sale. This is a mistake in its own right because you need to be patient and wait for them to drop – which they will. Set up a price alert with Skyscanner, and then just wait for it to drop. Hell, we didn’t book ours until January.
‘One Off’ Mentality
This could be your 1st Mania or your 8th, but whatever the case may be you need to stay grounded. Go into it with the mentality that you’ll never go again because that way you won’t start taking things for granted. If your mind is already drifting to next year, then you could be in for a massively disappointing weekend. Just think about it.
See The Sights
— David Murphy (@D1Smurphy) March 30, 2017
Whilst Mania weekend as a whole does welcome some great independent promotions from all around the globe, there’s much more to the weekend than just the squared circle. For most of us we’ll be travelling to an unknown and brand new location, so make sure that you jump onto TripAdvisor and check out some of the best tourist spots.
Get There Early
On WrestleMania Sunday itself, the stadium is going to be a nightmare to get into, as we saw last April in Dallas. So then, it makes sense to get there as early as you possibly can to ensure that you’re in your seats when the show gets underway. It sounds simple, but trust us, it’ll cause you much less hassle in the long run.
Interact With Others
You may be going to Mania on your own or with some of your pals, but whatever you do, make sure that you interact with the thousands of other fans in attendance. At the end of the day, you’re all there for the same reason, and it’s always fun to use these trips as a method of meeting new people and making friendships that’ll last a lifetime.
Know Your Limits
As we’ve alluded to already, there’s sometimes such a thing as ‘too much’ wrestling. The majority of people in Orlando just wanted to go home once SmackDown Live rolled around if only to get a break from watching so much of it. In that sense, just make sure you don’t overload on indie shows before Mania itself, or you could have a problem.
Less Is More
We’ll just come out and say it: we took WAY too much spending money with us to Orlando. Honestly, we didn’t need half of it, because it turns out that less does tend to be more when it comes to food, drink and wrestling merch. Of course, this isn’t the same for everyone, but we’d suggest going with a smaller amount then topping up if needs be as the days go by.
Sleep Is Vital
It doesn’t matter if it’s a quick five minutes here or there – just make sure you get a good nap in at different points throughout the week. Otherwise, you’ll get to Monday and end up crashing out during the main event of the Raw after Mania. Trust us, we’ve been there.
Enjoy The Spectacle
— Rohan Herbstreit (@rohanjh) April 3, 2017
The best advice that we can possibly give you when it comes to attending WrestleMania is this: don’t overthink it. Sure there may be booking decisions which you don’t agree with, and maybe even a few that outrage you, but just try to be a kid again and enjoy it as a spectacle.
After all, that’s what it’s intended to be.
So with the tickets set to be released on November 17th and the travel packages on October 30th, this one really is a no-brainer. Mortgage your house, dip into your savings – do whatever it takes to ensure that you’re sitting in that Superdome on April 8th.
Or, alternatively, save up as much as you possibly can in the next twelve months in preparation for WrestleMania 35. Either way, whenever you go, enjoy the experience: because as wrestling fans, there really is nothing quite like it.