I am the VIPR manager for Handlers and the Autographs room.
With that being said. Our Handlers probably have the Longest shift of any other staffer besides con chairs and management. They are working from the second the Guest arrives at the convention center to when they leave. Even if the VIP guest is no longer working ...if they are on site the Handler is still working. When the guest leaves the Handler is constantly on call and can be called in to work at any hour.
So would you be able to enjoy the con as a Handler. I would have to say no.
My Handlers Staff are Super Heroes, working anywhere from 8+ hours each day Thursday - Sunday. They are priceless and selfless to work for free and to give up their entire Con to work. This is Also However one of our most coveted positions. Being a Handler for a Guest is best if you have previous experience Handling at other Cons or have worked within the VIPR department previously.
Being a Diamond Sponsor, if you would like to see about volunteering, maybe check out a department that has shifts so you can enjoy the con too.
Thanks so much for being a Sponsor! We super appreciate you and wanting to volunteer on top of it, shows you have a super caring heart! <3