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Anime Expo 2016 Registration is up
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Hi Guys ,

The tweet is out .Registration is up .

As of July 2015 , its 55.00+ 2.98 for regular attendee

and the Premier Fan is ....350 !!!! thats almost 90 dollars a day then 375 in September 30 . That hurts becuase I am a Premier badge holder for the past 3 years.I think I might have to rethink this if it is worth it anymore.


http://www.anime-expo.org/registration/
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I wish they opened registrations for press this early, haha. We were just talking about the price hike in the premiere badge in the 2015 thread, it's pretty insane.
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I had to think really hard on whether i should get the premier badge one more time or not. Almost allowed the timer to expire. I finally decided to get it, even though i do believe it to be incredibly overpriced was because it essentially saves me a hotel night.

I have to fly out from out of town, if I dont get the premier badge, i would want to get there on day Zero, which would mean I would have to take an extra day of vacation and would have to pay an extra night of a hotel, which is from $180-200 depending on what hotel i decide to stay at. So I figured it was still barely worth it.
I miss the days when they used to give premier ticket fans a discount for being a returning premier member.
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I swallowed hard but got the premier badge again. This year's show was the first time I'd bought one, and I have to say it was worth it without a doubt. What you save in cash with a standard badge, you pay for twice over with your time, and at the show, time is the one thing you can't get more of - there is only three and a half days' worth. The way I figure it, if you're going to spend 4 whole days to go do this, it's your major vacation event of the summer and you might as well do it right.

Having said that, $350 is REALLY pushing it. Even if you are fortunate enough to have the cash to spare, at that price you start questioning whether it's worth it period.
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I am local and I dont use any of the other benefits ie shuttles, hotels, etc etc and I am partial ADA as well so the premiere badge didnt help me at all this past convention.

The autograph ticket is first come first serve at the ticket counter and people at camping out for it.
I didnt even get to be in the exhibit hall Day 1 this year becuase of ticketing issues.

The swag was just nothing special, I dont need it.

Everybody got their badges quickly this year too., The premier line on day 1 was longer and a waste of time. I was there to get my ticket taken care of only to refered down at ticketing which took forever .

The free main event would only cost about 50 dollars. The premier lounge , just water and soda and indoor resting area that I didnt have time to go during the convention day 2-3 and there was nothing in day 4.

My back and hip are getting worse every year , so every year I will be ADA .

Right now I can not get myself to justify buying the premier badge at all.

Three hours later....

And its already sold out at 1500 W Pacific standard time






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The Premier badge is only worth it if you attend a lot of panels. If you don't, it's not worth it.

I've had the Premier since 2011. The price has increased while benefits have decreased. It used to be that Premier members would be offered a 10% on the following year's registration as well as priority when purchasing the following year's badge. You also were let into the exhibit hall early all four days.

I go to cons solely for autographs. I was gettin up at 4 am this year and waited in line until 8 am just to get autographs. Premier badge used to be worth it when autographs were held inside the Exhibit Hall, but now, no.
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iashakezula wrote:


The autograph ticket is first come first serve at the ticket counter and people at camping out for it.


I had a feeling that was going to happen when I first heard of that. The autograph lines are the Hall H of Anime Expo.

My advice for autographs is to go to the industry sponsored signings instead of the signings run by the convention. I was able to get an autograph ticket for the Friday 5 pm Kodaka session easily from the NISAmerica booth. All I did was that I showed them my receipt of my DRAE pre-order and that was it. No camping out was needed at all and I didn't wait in a massive line at the booth. In my experience, obtaining tickets for the industry sponsored autograph sessions is a lot easier (and less of a hassle) than getting the tickets for the sessions done by AX.


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The Premier badge is only worth it if you attend a lot of panels. If you don't, it's not worth it.



That's the main reason I got it. There were a lot of times when without a premier badge, it simply wouldn't have been possible to go to the events I wanted because I would've had to be in line for something else. I'd say it helped not only for panels, but also when some other kind of event was back-to-back with a panel and you would've missed one or the other because of the line.

They also don't let the premier badge holders into the exhibit hall early on days 2-4, but they do let you in first, which helps for two things: Being first in line for the annual voice acting auditions at the Bang Zoom booth (without which you may well wait around for 2 hours and not get to go at all), and getting into the Good Smile booth without a 30-minute wait.

But I would agree, if you are there mainly for the autographs and celebrity guests, there's not much benefit to it.

On a side note, I was fairly disappointed in the exhibit hall this year. Half of it was filled with stuff unrelated to anime or even Japan in any way, and unless you were looking for wall scrolls, plush dolls or figurines, there was not much there for you. Lots of DVDs and video games that were no different from what you could easily find anywhere else. Artists' Alley was the most enjoyable part, but unfortunately I don't need any more buttons, or any more prints to hang on my wall, no matter how good they are.
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That's the main reason I got it. There were a lot of times when without a premier badge, it simply wouldn't have been possible to go to the events I wanted because I would've had to be in line for something else. I'd say it helped not only for panels, but also when some other kind of event was back-to-back with a panel and you would've missed one or the other because of the line.

They also don't let the premier badge holders into the exhibit hall early on days 2-4, but they do let you in first, which helps for two things: Being first in line for the annual voice acting auditions at the Bang Zoom booth (without which you may well wait around for 2 hours and not get to go at all), and getting into the Good Smile booth without a 30-minute wait.

But I would agree, if you are there mainly for the autographs and celebrity guests, there's not much benefit to it.

On a side note, I was fairly disappointed in the exhibit hall this year. Half of it was filled with stuff unrelated to anime or even Japan in any way, and unless you were looking for wall scrolls, plush dolls or figurines, there was not much there for you. Lots of DVDs and video games that were no different from what you could easily find anywhere else. Artists' Alley was the most enjoyable part, but unfortunately I don't need any more buttons, or any more prints to hang on my wall, no matter how good they are.


The panels are one of the reasons I got a premier badge and the exhibit hall entry. I usually don't do autographs unless if its for someone I really like. I also agree that the premier badge is useless if your main priority for attending is autographs. It would be neat if one of the perks is getting one complimentary ticket to use for one signing of your choice. Similar to the free main event ticket perk.

The exhibit hall selection was pretty weak this year. I looked at the exhibitor list and I saw exhibitors that don't fit the anime and Japan theme. A couple of exhibitors on the list were T-Mobile and a Minion booth. Yeah, there was a booth selling artwork of Minions wearing random outfits. I also saw some booths selling steampunk gear. I usually spend a lot of money in the exhibit hall but not this year. I hope AX doesn't jump the shark and become another generic geek con.
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oz100 wrote:

The panels are one of the reasons I got a premier badge and the exhibit hall entry. I usually don't do autographs unless if its for someone I really like. I also agree that the premier badge is useless if your main priority for attending is autographs. It would be neat if one of the perks is getting one complimentary ticket to use for one signing of your choice. Similar to the free main event ticket perk.

The exhibit hall selection was pretty weak this year. I looked at the exhibitor list and I saw exhibitors that don't fit the anime and Japan theme. A couple of exhibitors on the list were T-Mobile and a Minion booth. Yeah, there was a booth selling artwork of Minions wearing random outfits. I also saw some booths selling steampunk gear. I usually spend a lot of money in the exhibit hall but not this year. I hope AX doesn't jump the shark and become another generic geek con.



Yeah, and I forgot to mention, one of the other reasons I was excited about the premier pass was that they mailed your badge to you instead of having to wait in that god-awful line to pick them up. But they fixed the pickup line - and don't get me wrong, I'm happy for that no matter what. HOLY CRAP, THEY FINALLY FIXED THE BADGE PICKUP.

The two things I really think would help the experience for the average con-goer *A LOT* are better directions - like, a big board when you walk into the main areas that tells you what's happening where, similar to the arrival/departure screens at the airport, and then a clearly posted sign at each event room about where the line is. I can't tell you how many times I heard staff say "The line is downstairs, then to the right and outside." Uh, OK, if I was waiting in the regular line, that would be no help at all.

Also, if they used a system of numbers or tickets for regular badge holders at the panels and workshops, similar to what Disneyland does for their Fast Pass, then that would let people see their event and in the meantime enjoy the con for three hours instead of sitting in a line. It wouldn't mean you get the same status as premier badges - Disneyland only lets you have one Fast Pass at a time, so you can't just cherry-pick all the good ones or jump from one to the next - but it would save a hell of a lot of frustration and sweating in the sun for tens of thousands of people. And also you could roughly tell whether the room was going to be full or not, and help people plan accordingly.
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As someone who went to AX(first con I've ever gone to as well) for the first time this year, it was a big pain in the ass to figure out where to wait in line for pretty much everything, and as someone who only had a 1 day badge(because of other things I had to attend that weekend) I didn't get to go to any events at all except karaoke when my feet were killing me, and one of the events I was hoping to go to was misprinted so I arrived too late to get there. I feel like AX needs a bigger place or the LA convention center needs to get bigger; sometimes you could only drift with people when going in between places, and the entertainment area was completely filled. The staff was nice and their directions helpful in general except for when waiting for a regular line, then like the above poster said they'd simply give you very vague descriptions. I hope to come again but I don't know how AX is going to deal with new people all the time....>.>
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Jolty_febe wrote:

As someone who went to AX(first con I've ever gone to as well) for the first time this year, it was a big pain in the ass to figure out where to wait in line for pretty much everything, and as someone who only had a 1 day badge(because of other things I had to attend that weekend) I didn't get to go to any events at all except karaoke when my feet were killing me, and one of the events I was hoping to go to was misprinted so I arrived too late to get there. I feel like AX needs a bigger place or the LA convention center needs to get bigger; sometimes you could only drift with people when going in between places, and the entertainment area was completely filled. The staff was nice and their directions helpful in general except for when waiting for a regular line, then like the above poster said they'd simply give you very vague descriptions. I hope to come again but I don't know how AX is going to deal with new people all the time....>.>



No doubt about that - the convention center is filled to bursting. But I don't know where they're going to find a bigger place for it, unless they move it to Las Vegas. And Las Vegas in July would be a disaster with all the heavy cosplayers; it would be 115 degrees and people would die. For some reason, I get the sense that they're not making the most efficient use of space at the LA Convention Center that they could, though. Maybe they can squeeze another year or two out of it that way and by moving certain events into the nearby areas like they did with some of the anime screening rooms. But if it keeps growing at this rate, either they'll have to put a cap on tickets or raise the price so high that fewer people want to go.
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capt_taco wrote:
Yeah, and I forgot to mention, one of the other reasons I was excited about the premier pass was that they mailed your badge to you instead of having to wait in that god-awful line to pick them up. But they fixed the pickup line - and don't get me wrong, I'm happy for that no matter what. HOLY CRAP, THEY FINALLY FIXED THE BADGE PICKUP.

The two things I really think would help the experience for the average con-goer *A LOT* are better directions - like, a big board when you walk into the main areas that tells you what's happening where, similar to the arrival/departure screens at the airport, and then a clearly posted sign at each event room about where the line is. I can't tell you how many times I heard staff say "The line is downstairs, then to the right and outside." Uh, OK, if I was waiting in the regular line, that would be no help at all.

Also, if they used a system of numbers or tickets for regular badge holders at the panels and workshops, similar to what Disneyland does for their Fast Pass, then that would let people see their event and in the meantime enjoy the con for three hours instead of sitting in a line. It wouldn't mean you get the same status as premier badges - Disneyland only lets you have one Fast Pass at a time, so you can't just cherry-pick all the good ones or jump from one to the next - but it would save a hell of a lot of frustration and sweating in the sun for tens of thousands of people. And also you could roughly tell whether the room was going to be full or not, and help people plan accordingly.


I like the big board and signs idea. There were actually some electronic boards that displayed the schedules and the room locations. However, some of them were hard to find (I saw one board hidden in a corner). On another AX thread, I wrote about how one staff member gave me wrong directions to a panel. Fortunately, I found the right room.

I never been to D23 Expo but they have this stagepass system which gives you priority access to some of the presentations and they are also doing a storepass system. You can check it out here.

https://d23.com/d23-expo/things-to-know/
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The premier pass is getting to be harder and harder to justify every year, i am not going to deny that. It also depends greatly on what you want to do at AX. I dont really care much about autographs and i can understand why they would not want them to apply to those. Realistically, if i dont buy i premier badge, i am not traveling all the way to LA for a convention where i will spend most of my time in a line.
The line in the premier fan lounge on the first day is a line skipped completely, i simply got my bag some other day. If you just wanted to sit down, get something to drink and relax you could skip the line.

I mostly go to the convention for 3 things, Panels, events and seeing the awesome cosplay. For these three categories, it comes in very handy. I dont have to be in line for any panel with more than 30 minutes before it starts. (Premier line can be capped 15-30 minutes before panel if it is too crowded) That frees a ton of time to walk around meeting people, taking pictures of cosplay and doing other stuff. Things like having time to eat lunch for example. There were even a few times when events were running late, and i was able to get out of one panel and get into another i did not think i would be able to attend thanks to my premier badge.

Having the badge for events is also very useful, it allows you to buy seats early and makes it far easier to get a seat you like for a big event and it also allows you to enter the event early, which means less time standing in line. Take for example the Wagakki band concert a few days ago. I was standing in line for maybe 30 minutes before we were let in and was allowed to wait inside while sitting down while regular attendees were probably standing outside for over 2 hours. Not only that but the concert did not have assigned seats, so people that got in first were able to grab the best seats in their section, which was great for me. Even though i bought my ticket kind of late, i still got pretty much the best seats my section had to offer.

Looking at the line that forms every year at the Good Smile Company booth when those doors open at 11 for premier pass members, I would not be surprised if by the time regular attendees manage to make it to the front of the line, things have already sold out.

Ill be honest, the benefits of the Premier fan lounge, and the "swag" bag are not really a reason to get the badge, they are benefits that are fairly inconsequential. Even the early hotel block can be ignored if you are on the ball on when they become available as a general attendance holder. But the skipping the lines and not having to wait outside for hours wasting time is very valuable to me. This year it was not that hot so it was not a big deal, but in previous years, it has been very different.
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I really didnt care for the bag really,I was there to fix the ticket but only to be told to do it at ticketing...also there was hardly a line to badges this year for regular attendee.

Well next year I will get my badge on day 0 ince I am no longer premier ,,,,like always did and then show up early on day 1 for the autograph ticket but day one next year is a friday .So next year I will just pick the main guests that I am excited for, I guess 2014 was the last best day for autograph for me.

A lot of japanese guest leave on Saturday night becuase Sunday is monday. So I wonder how that would affect the schedule nexy year.

This year I did get 2 of my autograph at the vendors though , one from the seiyuu of Sound Euphonium and Junko san of Naruto.
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