I've been at WM 17, 20(New York) and 28. I would gladly help you with any advice. First of all, it depends on how a big wrestling fan you are. Since you are traveling from England I suppose you are a big fan, on the other hand NYC is such an amazing place I would suggest to visit the typical stuff. Whatever your decision is I think you should to try to have every purchase in advance, trying to get tickets at the very moment could be a little stressful and unecessary.
Speaking about Axxess for some reason I loved it when I went to WM17, but didn't think it was that cool at WM28...maybe because I'm older, I don't know. It all depends on how interested you are in trying to meet a certain WWE superstar and take a look at some memorability, etc. I think you should give it a try...not sure about Wrestlecon, never been there.
As a personal opinion, WrestleMania, the event itself, is the only thing I need to feel satisfied from a wrestling point of view. The WM experience is so amazing that everything else is overshadowed. Usually next RAW is great, but I preffer to have that live WM moments as the last fresh thing in my memory. And being in NY I would preffer to do an itinerary based on what the city has to offer. I like almost all kind of sports and have many hobbies, so I would try to do different stuff than just wrestling. As I told you that's my very personal point of view.
Oh and definitely I think should stay a little more than just a weekend if posible. Especially being such a long trip.
Hey man, thanks so much to you and CokaCoola for responding with such in- depth answers, it was really helpful!
I'm actually in the incredibly lucky position of having already been to New York for my 18th (would strongly advise any teen to do it for their 18th/21st)and as a result have done a lot of the tousirty stuff. That trip left me wanting to come back, and this felt like a great way to go back AND see Mania. The whole 2 birds, 1 stone thing. I think if I came this time I would focus more on the wrestling than going to stuff like the Empire State Building. I'm still a student (on a gap year) so money is going to be a little tighter for me than most, and as a result i'm not sure if a long trip would be viable.
Thanks for the advice on axxess as well. To be honest I think I'd rather see more action than queue for hours to shake Randy Orton's hand, plus I'm aiming to stay In New York rather than New Jersey, so I think I'd be more inclined to go see stuff like ROH and Dragon Gate, as i've never seen stuff like that live. If i did Axxess I'd probably head up early on Sunday and see what it has to offer before going in.
I totally get the feeling of Mania wanting to be the last thing you do, I could probably daydream about it for the whole plane journey home! Like I said before, if money allows me to, I'll spend a bit more time in NYC and catch some other stuff. Just wish they'd announce the venue for WM 30, if it was in MSG I'd happily save up for a year and go then!
Thanks again for reponding, is there a way I can post directly to you if I have any other Qu's to ask you about Mania? Sorry, I'm new to the site and don't really know what I'm doing!