As a hopeful writer, spending $150 for a WorldCon ticket was worth the networking and panels. But trying to explain to friends who are just thinking of the fan experience, they thought that was crazy.
This year will be a high point for WorldCon with 7,000 registered participants. Usually it's closer to 5k, I think. I have a local for-profit con that does 5K a year and tickets are half that. DragonCon is $100 and draws like 10 times more people.
So how can WC compete as a fan experience, should you really look at it as a fan con anymore?