Registration Info

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 Badge (full weekend) or a Membership Pass (single day), you are purchasing a non-refundable, non-transferable membership for Midwest Animation Promotion Society (MAPS) that allows you to attend Anime Central. Membership is required for all attendees regardless of age.  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).

Pre-Convention Registration (Full Weekend Access)

Sep. 1 – Oct. 1Oct. 2 – Jan. 1Jan. 2 – Apr. 1Apr. 2 – At-Con
Toddler (Ages 0-5)Free*Free*Free*Free*
Child (Ages 6-12)$10$10$10$15
Adult (Ages 13+)$48$53$58$70

[*] A maximum of 2 free toddler memberships can be provided for each paying adult.

Membership Badge Mailing

Thanks to the hard work of our staff, we are happy to announce that we mailed out all eligible membership badges on Saturday, April 6! All other membership purchases will be available for pickup with a photo ID during the convention at a Will Call station in the Registration Hall.

Attendee memberships that were fully paid by April 1, 2019 were eligible for badge shipping at an additional $2 per membership badge.

Registration at the Convention

Full Weekend AccessPrice
Toddler (Ages 0-5)Free*
Child (Ages 6-12)$15
Adult (Ages 13+)$70
Service Members$35**
Single Day AccessPrice
Adult Friday Only$45
Adult Saturday Only$45
Adult Sunday Only$30

[*] A maximum of 2 free toddler memberships can be provided for each paying adult.

[**] The Service Discount is only available to be purchased at the convention (no preregistration or shipping) and only applies to memberships. This discount only applies to the serving member and not to any other membership badges or passes 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.).

Onsite Registration Hours of Operation

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Thursday, May 164:00p – 10:00p
Friday, May 178:00a – 12:00a
Saturday, May 188:00a – 12:00a
Sunday, May 198:00a – 2:00p


A group discount applies to online purchase 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. Groups are not eligible to pay at the convention.

Group SizeDiscount
10 – 19 People$2 Discount per Member
20+ People$5 Discount per Member

If you are purchasing memberships as a group, please 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.

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 $43 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.

August 10th-12th, 2018
Baltimore, MD
November 2nd-4th, 2018
Detroit, MI
January 11th-13th, 2019
Columbus, OH
Anime Milwaukee
February 15th-17th, 2019
Milwaukee, WI
Anime Detour
March 29th-31st, 2019
Minneapolis, MN 

Professional Discount

Professional Registration deadline has passed and was due by May 1st.

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

Children’s Day

This year we are pleased to announce Children’s Day is returning to ACen. On Sunday May 19th ONLY, all children 12 & under accompanied by an adult are FREE!!! Maximum of 2 children per paying adult.

Payment Details

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 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 checks)
  • Money Order


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 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 registration?

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.

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