Attendee Membership, Pass and Ticket Details

In order to attend Anime Central, you will need to purchase a membership.  Convention memberships are your ticket to Anime Central and will allow you to access events, programming, artist alley and the exhibitor hall.  Anime Central memberships can either be purchased before the convention or at the convention; however, only Full Weekend access memberships are sold before the convention.  Single day memberships will be available, but can only be purchased at the convention.

When you purchase a membership (full weekend access) or a membership pass (single day access), you are purchasing a non-refundable, non-transferable membership for the 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.

Attendee Registration for Anime Central 2023 will open Fall 2022.

Face masks are strongly recommended for Anime Central 2022.

Registration Frequently Asked Questions

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 is a non-membership badge?

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 is will-call pick-up?

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 Registration?

You need:

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

I registered in 2020/2021, is my registration valid for the 2022 convention?

Attendees who purchased a membership for Anime Central 2020 & 2021 and decided not to have their membership refunded due to the cancellation, will automatically have their membership rolled over to the 2022 event. Confirmation emails have been sent out to attendees with rollover badges for 2022.

If you did not receive your confirmation email or need to update your mailing address, you can do so by logging into the registration service center.  If you’ve forgotten your password, you can retrieve it through the system by following the instructions under forgot your password.

If you need further assistance, you can reach out to us by emailing registration@acen.org.

What if I didn't get or lost my confirmation email?

If you did not receive your confirmation email or need to update your mailing address, you can do so by logging into the attendee registration system.  If you’ve forgotten your password, you can retrieve it through the system by following the instructions under forgot your password.

If you need further assistance, you can reach out to us by emailing registration@acen.org.

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 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.