Registration Info


Full Weekend Membership
Toddler (Age 0-5) Free* *max of 2 per paying adult
Child (Ages 6-12) $15
Adult (Ages 13+) $70
Service Discount**
(more info below)
$35 – only available for purchase onsite
Single Day Passes
Adult Friday-only^ $45 ^ Single day passes not available for children or toddlers
Adult Saturday-only^ $45
Adult Sunday-only^ $30

**The Service Discount is only available to be purchased at the convention (no Pre-Registration) and only applies to memberships. This discount only applies to the serving member and not to any other Membership badges or pass being purchased. The attendee must present an ID showing an actively serving or veteran status with the military or emergency services (law enforcement, fire, EMT).

Membership & Pass Details

When you purchase a Membership Badge (full weekend) or a Membership Pass (single day), you are purchasing a non-refundable, non-transferable yearly membership for Midwest Animation Promotions Society (MAPS) that allows you to attend Anime Central. Membership is required for all ages. A photo ID is REQUIRED for At-Convention badge/pass purchases and pickup for attendees age 16 and older.

Friday and Saturday Passes can be picked up/purchased onsite the day of their use or after 4pm the day before their use. Sunday Passes can only be picked up/purchased onsite on Sunday. Passes are valid on the day of stated use until the following day at 8am (e.g. A Friday Pass can be purchased after 4pm on Thursday and stays valid until 8am on Saturday).

Children’s Day

This year we are pleased to announce Children’s Day is returning to ACen. On Sunday May 21st ONLY, all children 12 & under accompanied by an adult are FREE!!! Maximum of 2 children per paying adult.

At-Convention Registration Information

A photo ID is REQUIRED for at-con membership/pass purchases or Will Call pick up for attendees age 16 and older.

At Convention payments accepted are:
Cash – US Currency only. We do not accept coins.
Credit – Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card
Debit – With a Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card logo on the card
Check – Business only. We do not accept personal checks at the convention.
Money Order

Onsite Registration Hours of Operation

Donald E Stephens Convention Center Hyatt Satellite
Thursday, May 18: 4pm – 10pm Thursday: Closed
Friday, May 19: 8am – 8pm Friday, May 19: 8pm – 12am
Saturday, May 20: 8am – 7pm Saturday, May 20: 7pm – 12am
Sunday, May 21: 8am – 2pm Sunday, May 21: Closed

The satellite registration in the Hyatt is open for membership/pass purchases and will call after the Convention Center closes until 12:00am. Hours for both areas of Registration are subject to change without notice. Registrations are finished for those in line when the doors close.


What is a membership badge?

A membership badge is your ticket into Anime Central. It is normally held on a lanyard which is supplied by the convention. Your membership badge must be visible to staff while inside of convention grounds at all times. You may remove your membership badge from view only during photographs.

How much are non-member badges?

The price is the same as above. By purchasing a badge, you are purchasing a membership to the Midwest Animation Promotion Society, the parent organization that runs Anime Central. Your membership allows you entrance into the convention.

What do I need to bring to the convention for registration?

You need:

  • Photo ID if you are over 16
  • A way to pay

How can I speed up my registration?

Register and pay online now and pick up your membership badge in Will Call.

What is Will Call Pickup?

Will-call is the term we use for people that have already paid for their membership and just need to pick up the membership badge at the convention. To register for ACen you have to go through the online registration process, pre-register at a road show event, or through registration at the convention. The registration process cannot be completed over the phone.

What do I need to bring to the convention for Will Call Pickup?

You need:

  • Photo ID if you are 16 or older
  • Confirmation email

What forms of ID are acceptable?

For Registration, a photo ID is required. This can be government-issued, school-issued, from another country, etc. NOTE: This only applies to Registration. Please refer to other departments for their ID policies.

Can I purchase a membership or pass at the convention or pick up a membership or pass for someone who isn’t with me?

We require the membership/pass holder to be present when their membership/pass is being purchased or picked up. You will not be able to purchase a membership/pass for someone not present.

I lost my membership badge/pass. What do I do?

You can get one replacement from the Service Desk booth (Help Desk) for a $30 fee. Any additional replacements will be at full membership price.

I have a question about badge mailing

Please review our Membership Badge Mailing 2017 information page.