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A step by step guide on what to do if you want to attend Anime Expo

Anime Expo can be overwhelming for first-timer’s. We’ve created this video and written guide as a brief overview to help you prepare for the wonderful adventure and memorable experience that is Anime Expo.

STEP ONE: BUY A BADGE

  • Also called, “registration,” a badge/pass is the first thing you’ll need to get in order to attend Anime Expo. There are a few different types of badges.

Badge Types & Descriptions

 

  • 4-Day: Best value! Use all four days to explore everything AX has to offer
  • 1-Day: Ideal for anyone who can’t make it the whole weekend or only want to attend a specific event on a certain day
  • 4-Day Child: Child badges for ages 6 – 13 are $25, while kids 5 and under are free. There are no 1-Day badges for children.
  • Premier Fan: The Ultimate Fan experience, this badge has extra perks like entering the Exhibit Hall early. Click here to learn more.
  • Press: Complimentary badges are provided as a courtesy to those intending to do press coverage of Anime Expo.  An application is required for this badge. Click here to learn more.
  • Industry: Discounted badge options for people who work in the industry. An application is required for this badge.
  • Exhibitor: This badge is only available to confirmed Exhibitors at Anime Expo.
  • Artist Alley: This badge is only available to confirmed Artist Alley participants at Anime Expo.

 

  • TIP: Buy early! Badge prices increase as the date for Anime Expo draws near, so be sure to get your badge early!
  • Buying a badge onsite or day-of: Onsite purchases are cash-only and pricing will be higher than purchasing a badge online. If you still wish to purchase onsite, you may do so during registration hours on Days -1-4 (June 29 – July 4).

Click here to register and secure your badge to Anime Expo Badge vs. Ticket: Some events at Anime Expo require an additional ticket. Click to read more.

What is the difference between a badge and a ticket?

  • Badge: The first thing you need to attend Anime Expo.
  • Ticket: Some events during Anime Expo may also require a ticket, in addition to a badge. These are called, “Ticketed Events.”
    • Ticketed Events include, but may not be limited to:
    • If you’re interested in attending these events, you can buy your tickets online ahead of time or you can purchase them onsite at the Ticketing Booth, based on availability.

For more information, please check out the Ticketing FAQ.

 

STEP TWO: PLANNING AHEAD

  • Find out how you’re getting to Anime Expo: Anime Expo will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Depending on if you’re local or from out of state, you’ll want to book a hotel and/or figure out your transportation situation. For your convenience, we’ve compiled helpful information below:
    1. Hotels: The official Anime Expo Hotel Block consists of partner hotels in the Downtown Los Angeles area that offer a special rate for AX attendees, as well as complimentary shuttle service between the hotel and convention center.
    2. Transportation Options: Compare options with the GoLA app (also available on web).
  • Come prepared. Check our website for information and the schedule. Also, get the mobile app for all the latest information. Know the schedule and have alternate choices for things to do in case you can’t get into your first-choice event. There’s over 600 hours of programming, nearly 400 exhibitor booths, and much more, so there’e plenty to do and see.
  • Remember, there’s only so much time in a day (or weekend). We work very hard to bring a wide variety of events, panels, and more to Anime Expo. As much as we’d love to share them all with all of attendees, it’s likely that you won’t be able to do or see everything. With multiple events and panels running at the same time, you may have to make some hard choices. Also, due to the large number of people who attend Anime Expo, be mindful of the fact that you will likely have to wait in lines for panels, autograph sessions, and more.

STEP THREE: ANIME EXPO HAS ARRIVED! TIME TO PICK UP YOUR BADGE

  • Picking up your badge is the very first thing you need to do to once you arrive at Anime Expo.
  • How to pick up your badge:
    1. Bring the following with you:
      • QR Code Confirmation (email printout OR download Eventbrite mobile app)
      • Valid photo ID (i.e. Drivers License, School ID, Passport, Military ID, etc.)
      • If you are under 18, please bring your parent or legal guardian with you to pick up your badge.
        • If you’re 13 and under, the adult present when you pick up your badge must also have purchased a badge and accompany you throughout the duration of the event.
      • NOTE: With the exception of Child badges, each registered attendee must pick up his/her own badge.
    2. Go to the appropriate badge pick up area:
      • 4-Day/1-Day/Child South Hall Lobby
      • Premier Fan → This badge will be mailed. Pickup location for lanyard, program guide, goodie bag, and badge (if applicable) Room 503
      • Press/Industry → Foyer 309 (South Hall, top floor)
      • Exhibitor/Artist Alley → Hall K Entrance
  • TIP: Be careful not to lose your badge! If you do, getting a replacement will cost $45 for 1-Day/4-Day badges and $125 for Premier Fan badges.
  • Need more help? Go to the Customer Service Counters in the Registration Area for assistance with transferring your 1-Day badge to a different day or upgrading 1-Day to 4-Day. If you have trouble locating your registration info/QR code prior to AX, Customer Service can help you out with that too.

Badge Pick Up Hours

For 4-Day / 1-Day / Child Badge Pick up:

Date Hours
*Thursday, June 29, 2017 (Day -1) 12 PM – 11 PM
Friday, June 30, 2017 (Day 0) 8 AM – 11 PM
Saturday, July 1, 2017 (Day 1) 8 AM – 8 PM
Sunday, July 2, 2017 (Day 2) 8 AM – 8 PM
Monday, July 3, 2017 (Day 3) 8 AM – 8 PM
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 (Day 4) 8 AM – 12 PM

*At-Con Registration is not available Day -1, June 29. Only pre-registered badge pick-up allowed. There will be no onsite badge sales.


For Exhibitor / Artist Alley / Press / Industry Badges:

Date Hours
Thursday, June 29, 2017 (Day -1) 2 PM – 9 PM
Friday, June 30, 2017 (Day 0) 8 AM – 9 PM
Saturday, July 1, 2017 (Day 1) 8 AM – 6 PM
Sunday, July 2, 2017 (Day 2) 8 AM – 6 PM
Monday, July 3, 2017 (Day 3) 8 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 (Day 4) 8 AM – 1 PM
Picking up an Event ticket:

STEP FOUR: ENJOY ANIME EXPO!

Now that you’ve picked up your badge and done all the pre-planning and preparation, it’s time to enjoy Anime Expo! Check out the tips below for some info and resources to help make sure you have a good experience at AX:

  • Check the Schedule: Chances are, you’ve already checked the schedule beforehand, but if you haven’t be sure to check it out to see what AX has to offer. Also, be sure to download the mobile app once it’s available for all the latest information!
  • Wear comfy shoes! You’ll likely be doing a lot of walking and standing around (in lines), so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. (Or, be sure to have insoles if you have to wear specific shoes for cosplay.)
  • Hydrate. Be sure to drink lots of water (it’s going to be July in Southern California!) and get ample rest each night.
    • TIP: Bring a refillable water bottle – there are drinking fountains available near the bathrooms.
  • Show Your Badge Discount Program: Use you AX badge to get discounts at over 25 restaurants, AMTRAK, Super Shuttle, and local attractions. For more info, click here.
  • Eating is good. We know there’s a lot of things you want to see and do, but don’t forget to take the time to eat. Feel free to bring snacks too! There are food trucks, as well as food vendors within the convention center and restaurants nearby, but it doesn’t hurt to have snacks handy for when you’re unable to get food right away due to being in line for an event or panel.
  • Don’t forget, we’re here to help! Visit an Information Services booth if you have any questions. We also have a number of services available for your convenience:
    • Bag Check: Bought a lot of goods in the Exhibit Hall and don’t want to head back home/to the hotel just yet? Feel free to drop them off in our bag check!
    • Quiet Room: If you need a break from the crowds, feel free to drop by the Quiet Room or maybe even the Manga Lounge. (Note: The Manga Lounge can get crowded, so it’s not uncommon to have to wait in a line to enter.)

We hope you’ve found this page helpful! We’ll update this list and add more as AX draws near. Think something is missing? Feel free to email us!

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