Attendee Membership & Pass Details
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.
Pre-Convention Registration (Full Weekend Access)
|Sep 1 – |
|Oct 2 – |
|Jan 2 – |
|Apr 2 – |
|May 14 – |
|Service Members||Not Available||Not Available||Not Available||Not Available||$40|
- * A maximum of 2 toddlers per paying adult will be admitted for free.
- 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 Memberships are only available at the convention (no online registration). The attendee must present an ID showing an actively serving or veteran status with the military or emergency services.
Membership Badge Mailing
Attendee memberships that are fully paid by April 1, 2020 are eligible for badge mailing at an additional $2 per membership badge. Mailing is only available for purchase until April 1, 2020. 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 early April, so keep an eye on the website for announcements.
Single Day Passes
Single day passes are only sold at the convention. 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).
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|Adult Friday Only||$50|
|Adult Saturday Only||$50|
|Adult Sunday Only||$40|
Registration Hours at the Convention
Hall A of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
|Thursday, May 14||4:00p – 10:00p|
|Friday, May 15||8:00a – 11:59p|
|Saturday, May 16||8:00a – 11:59p|
|Sunday, May 17||8:00a – 2:00p|
Road Show Discount
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 $53 for an Adult Full Weekend Access membership, 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.
|KIZUKI Chicago Japanese Matsuri|
September 20 – September 22
October 31 – November 3
| Daisho Con|
Wisconsin Dells, WI
November 22 – November 24
January 10 – January 12
February 14 – February 16
April 3 – April 5
A group discount applies to online purchases of Full Weekend Adult Memberships 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.
|10-19 People||$2 Discount per Member|
|20+||$5 Discount per Member|
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 and at the normal rate.
Anime Central is pleased to offer professional discounts on memberships for those who fall under one or more of the following categories:
- Teacher or School Club Sponsor
- Convention Runner
The application form, as well as the policies for professional memberships, will be available September 1.
This year we are pleased to announce Children’s Day is returning to ACen. On Sunday, May 17 ONLY, all children 12 & under accompanied by an adult are FREE!!! Maximum of 2 children per paying adult. All children must be registered.
Pre-Convention payment types:
- Credit – Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card
- Debit – With a Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card logo on the card
- Cash – US currency only, and ONLY at our ROADSHOW LOCATIONS (Repeat – We do not accept paper or coin money in the mail!)
At-Convention payment types:
- 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 checks)
- Money Order
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Questions about attendee registration? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.