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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.

Register for the 2023 Convention

If you have not registered for Anime Central yet and are ready to do so, follow the register now button below to get started.

View/Update your 2023 Registration

For attendees that have already registered, you can confirm that your registration is in the system, get a copy of your confirmation and update your mailing address through the registration service center.

Attendee Registration Pricing

10/2/22 – 11/1/22

$65.00 / Adult

  • $20.00 / Child (under 12)
  • Children under 2 are free
    (limit 2 per adult)

11/2/22 – 1/1/23

$70.00 / Adult

  • $20.00 / Child (under 12)
  • Children under 2 are free
    (limit 2 per adult)

1/2/23 – 4/1/23

$75.00 / Adult

  • $25.00 / Child (under 12)
  • Children under 2 are free
    (limit 2 per adult)

4/2/23 – 5/21/23

$85.00 / Adult

  • $20.00 / Child (under 12)
  • Children under 2 are free
    (limit 2 per adult)

Membership Badge Mailing

Attendee memberships that are fully paid by April 1 are eligible for badge mailing at an additional $5 per membership badge.  Mailing is only available for purchase until April 1.  All other membership purchases will be available for pickup with photo ID during the convention at a will call station in the registration hall. Membership badges will be mailed in April and we will make an announcement when badges have been mailed.

Single Day Passes

Single day passes are only sold at the convention.  Friday and Saturday passes can be purchases the day of their use or after 4pm the day before their use.  Sunday passes can only be purchases on Sunday.  Passes are valid on the day of stated use until the following day at 8am (e.g. a Friday pass can be purchases after 4pm on Thursday and stays calid until 8am on Saturday).

Friday Only Badge


Saturday Only Badge


Sunday Only Badge


Accepted Payment Types

Online Registration Payment Types

  • Credit: Visa, MasterCard of Discover cards.  American Express cards are not accepted.
  • Debit: cards with the Visa, MasterCard or Discover logos on them are accepted.

At-Convention Payment Types

  • Cash: we accept only US currency and will not accept coins.
  • Credit: Visa, MasterCard of Discover cards.  American Express cards are not accepted.
  • Debit: cards with the Visa, MasterCard or Discover logos on them are accepted.
  • Business checks: personal checks will not be accepted.
  • Money Orders.

Available Discounts on Memberships

Register as a Group

A group discount applies to online purchases of full weekend adult membership only.  There is no group discount offered at the convention and it does not apply on top of any other discounts.  Complimentary memberships cannot be part of a group.

20 of more People

$5 Discount per Person

If you are purchasing memberships as a group, make sure that ALL of your group members are added before checking out.  Additional group members cannot be added after the group has checked out.  Any additional memberships needed will need to be purchased separately from the main group at the normal rate.

Register at a Convention Road Show

Road Show is our term for an ACen registration team appearance at another convention, where memberships can be purchased at a special rate. We run games and contests, recruit staff, answer questions, and have a great time doing our very best to get the word out about our show.  The Road Show pre-registration rate is $55 for an Adult Full Weekend Access membership, and this includes badge mailing. Whenever we appear—that’s the best rate you’ll find anywhere, lower than the earliest early-bird price. To qualify for the special rate, you must be in attendance at the convention we are roadshowing at and must have a badge to that event.

Badge mailing can also be purchased at the road show for an additional $5.

Roadshow: Full Weekend Membership


Upcoming Roadshows

Colossalcon North

November 18-20, 2022

Anime Milwaukee

February 3-5, 2023

Anime Crossroads

February 24-26, 2023


March 31- April 2, 2023

Anime Detour

April 7-9, 2023

Register as a Professional

Anime Central is pleased to offer professional discounts on memberships for those who fall under one or more of the following categories: Librarian, Teacher or School Club Sponsor, Convention Runner, Industry Professional.

Professional/Industry Membership


Registration for Public Service Members

Service Memberships are for our attendees who are actively serving or have veteran status with the military or emergency services (law enforcement, fire, EMT, etc.). Service members can purchase memberships either at the convention or through the service member registration portal. The attendee must present an ID showing an actively serving or veteran status with the military or emergency services.

Public Service Members


Children's Day Registration

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