Thursday, January 30, 2014

San Diego ComicCon: Adventure awaits.

Just got a little research done, and wow! So much planning will be needed. I've been to smaller Comic Cons around Pittsburgh and Philly, but I would really like to get out to San Diego's Comic Con.



So here is the deal, I really just want to enjoy the atmosphere and see a lot of the Cosplay. I am a short little girl so stuffing into a place to see a panel isn't the top on my list. From what I gathered and figured there are very LONG lines, which is fine, so...

I still have a few questions:
How many days should I stay if I am just there to enjoy the surroundings?
How much do you usually spend once you're inside?
Are there other "side" attractions lesser known then the panels?
How far ahead did you plan and book a place to stay?

Thank you guys for all the amazing input! It is greatly appreciated! I'd also like to mention "comicsandcookies.com" for suggesting "thenerdygirlie.com." There is a very well done survival guide and info for the SDCC.

One last mention goes out to "jezebel.com" for all their info and help.


8 comments:

  1. If you haven't already, check out thenerdygirlie.com. She has a lot of SDCC guides that are super helpful. She also lives in SD, which is a huge plus! I went to SDCC for the first time last year and it was so overwhelming. There is a lot to do outside of the convention. There is Nerd HQ at Petco Park and a little side area set up around the convention center. I didn't book my hotel until I bought my badges, and I ended up staying in a town that was about a 40 minute drive from San Diego. My husband and I just didn't want to book for a vacation we weren't sure we'd be taking lol. I would stay at least three days. I'm not sure how many days you plan on buying badges for, but last year we spend one day inside the convention and one day doing all the stuff outside of it (and we still didn't get to do it all!). I hope this helps!

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    1. Thank you!! Mine did that too when I tried commenting. I did check out NerdyGirlie, it's great! When did you buy your badges? I figured I'd stay outside of San Diego. That's great to know there is so many other things going on. I will keep looking up stuff. thank you!

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    2. I bought my badges during the open sale, so that was April (I think). We looked for checked for rooms right after we bought our badges and a lot of places in SD were booked solid. And the places that weren't booked were super expensive. That's why we ended up staying in Oceanside. It was a longer drive but the rate was lower and the hotel wasn't crowded at all.

      Also, I didn't even think I was going to get badges in the first place. When I clicked the link to get into the waiting room, my screen went blank, and stayed that way for like half an hour. The same thing happened to my husband and he gave up after fifteen minutes, but I held out hope lol. It didn't load until it was time for me to chose my badges. So if that happens to you, don't leave the page. And don't refresh it either, or you'll lose your spot in line.

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  2. I am having phone issues like crazy lol. I tried to reply to my comment, but I don't see it. Anyway, my phone spazzed and I didn't see the part where you mentioned The Nerdy Girlie. I was feeling dumb before, but even more so now that my reply isn't showing. I think I'll just stop writing now *sheesh*

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  3. I have been so many times and it gets crazier every year. Sign up for a Comic Con id if you haven't. It's the only way you will be able to buy a badge. I have always gone for four day so I can do everything... but even then, it doesn't feel like enough time. Decide in advance what you want to see... especially if it's in HALL H. People camp out for Hall H panels for days in advance. Oh god, I can keep going with all that I have experienced in that con. I'm trying to volunteer this year since I can't afford the 200 dollar price tag. I may go for the weekend to do everything else outside that isn't SDCC.

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  4. "I really just want to enjoy the atmosphere and see a lot of the Cosplay. I am a short little girl so stuffing into a place to see a panel isn't the top on my list. From what I gathered and figured there are very LONG lines, which is fine, so..."

    You know, I think that maybe getting a Thursday & Friday ticket: That way, if you like it, you can go in 2015, but if you get anxious or there's too many people (soooo many people) you won't feel like you wasted your money. Also, thet-re the least crazy days.
    BUT, Stay for at least four days and enjoy some of the outside con-related activities. I'm assuming you're not from San Diego, so, be sure to also visit the beach.

    The Nerdy Girlie has some AWESOME "Outside of Comic Con" activities so I would start on her blog.
    Next, look at Downtown San Diego businesses as they will have some fun things happening.

    How much do you usually spend once you're inside?" Around April many brands will be posting their exclusives. But, TBH they're primarily CON exclusives for the year, so you could probably even get them at another con. (Not saying there aren't SDCC-only exclusives...there are, but I would check there). Basically, start setting aside funds now.
    Are there other "side" attractions lesser known then the panels? Many! But I think most DON'T require a badge, and if they do, by Sunday, they won't. I like walking around the hotels.
    How far ahead did you plan and book a place to stay? N/A cause I'm from here...but I'm thinking about doing the hotel thing one day just for fun, so let me know too eh ;)

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    1. Awesome! Thank you so much for the info!!!

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