Registration Info

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2018 At-Con Membership Pricing

Full Weekend Memberships
Adults (13+) $70
Service Members ** $35
Children (6 – 12) $15
Toddler (0 – 5) Free (Max 2/Paying Adult)
Single Day Passes *
Friday (Adult) $45
Saturday (Adult) $45
Sunday (Adult) $30

* Single day passes not available for children or toddlers. Must purchase a membership for children and toddlers.

** The Service Discount is only available to be purchased at the convention (no Pre-Registration or shipping) 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, etc.).

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 Promotion Society (MAPS) that allows you to attend Anime Central. Membership is required for all ages. A photo ID is REQUIRED for At-Convention membership/pass purchases for attendees age 16 and older.

Friday and Saturday Passes can be purchased the day of their use or after 4pm the day before their use. Sunday Passes can only be purchased 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). Passes are not eligible for Pre-Registration or shipping.

Children’s Day

This year we are pleased to announce Children’s Day is returning to ACen. On Sunday May 20th ONLY, all children 12 & under accompanied by an adult are FREE!!! Maximum of 2 children per paying adult.

Payment Details

At-Convention payments accepted:

    • Cash – US currency only. We do not accept coins.
    • Credit – Visa, MasterCard, Discover card
    • Debit – Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card logo
    • Business Check (we do not accept personal check At-Convention)
    • Money Order

Onsite Registration Hours of Operation

Donald E Stephens Convention Center
Thursday, May 17: 4:00p – 10:00p
Friday, May 18: 8:00a – 12:00a
Saturday, May 19: 8:00a – 12:00a
Sunday, May 20: 8:00a – 2:00p

Hours for 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 purchased mailing for my membership badge but did not receive it in the mail. What do I do?

Print out a copy of your confirmation email, confirm that it has membership badge mailing listed as purchased on it (it will be listed with a $2 fee) and go to the Membership Services Desk in Registration.

I have other questions about my mailed badge.

Please review our Membership Badge Mailing 2018 Announcement