Alabaster, on 23 April 2011 - 06:02 PM, said:
Hello All! I'd like to attend my first anime con, before I get sent away to BMT. In order to hopefully attend though I have some basic questions.
I have registered on the site/forums currently so far. In order to attend ACen at this point in time though will I need to purchase a badge on-site?
My next question is, Due to the size of this event... When would/should someone arrive to get in line at the opening of the event?
My hopes are to attend early and get some possibly neat freebies before it becomes to crowded. I see this event being an absolute blast and cannot wait to attend! =)
Registering on the forums is separate from registering for the convention itself. Online registration is now closed, so you will have to register on site.
There isn't really an "opening" per se, opening ceremonies are Friday morning, and there's an opening time for the Exhibit Hall each morning, but really there's stuff going on starting Friday morning and going non-stop until Sunday afternoon. So thus there isn't a line for the event itself, though there is a line for Registration. To get through Registration quickly, you're best off arriving one or two hours after they open, that's when the bulk of the line will be gone and it will take almost no time at all to get your badge
Acen is an absolute blast and since there's so many different things to do there often are not crowds, unless you're going to some of the super popular events like the Soap Bubble or Masquerade or occasionally a really popular panel. Acen is a 24 hour con and there is literally something to do all day long, and for much of the day there's over a dozen different panels or videos or other events to choose from
When you register there will be a table where you can get a program book that will tell you about all the great things going on.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask! Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you at con!