We’re taking a turn from our usual Disney posts today. Since moving to San Diego in 2014 it has been a goal of ours to get tickets (or badges as they are known in the convention world) to THE comic convention of the year, Comic Con International: San Diego AKA San Diego Comic Con.
The San Diego Comic Con was started almost 50 years ago, in 1970, when fans of comics, science fiction, and movie came together to start the first Southern California comic convention. It started as a one (1) day minicon and has grown into a four (4) day nerd extravaganza that takes over downtown San Diego each year. Over 100,000 people attend the convention, but that doesn’t include the thousands that ascend on the downtown area for all the free events that happen outside the convention.
5 Tips for Scoring San Diego Comic Con Badges
We didn’t know that it takes work and is extremely hard to score badges! I tried, unsuccessfully I might add, to get badges to the 2015 Comic Con, but I learned a few things. First of all, it is all random on who gets badges and who doesn’t. You could try for 10 years and never get them or you could be one of the lucky ones and get in every year. Here are a few things that are MUST DOs when trying to get badges.
Sign up for a member ID
- You MUST sign up for a member ID IN ADVANCE! If you are ever planning on trying for tickets sign up now for a member ID, so you don’t forget. Even if you’re friend has a member ID and gets in to purchase tickets they will NOT be able to purchase your ticket unless you have that pesky member ID. Run over HERE to sign up for your’s now as ID sign up will close without notification before any badge sale event!
- Now, kids 12 and under are free with adults, so there is no need for them to have a member ID, but remember to sign them up as soon as they turn 13! If your child is turning 13 before comic con that year there is a cut off date of when they need a badge. For the 2016 comic con the cut off date was August 1, 2015. Any child turning 13 before that date does not need a badge, but if they turn 13 on or after that they will need one which means they will need a member ID.
- Each person needs to sign up for a member ID with their own unique email address. So, if you share your email with your spouse or child one of you will need to create a new one.
Keep a look out for the open registration announcement!
- Once you sign up for your member ID you’ll get an email about 48 hours in advance of open registration, but it will be announced sooner than that on social media. Make sure you’re following San Diego Comic Con on Twitter, Facebook, and frequently check their official blog Toucan.
- Also, make sure you opt in for email notifications!
Everyone signed up for a Member ID will get a link to the waiting room.
- There will be specific instructions along with this link. FOLLOW them! You won’t be able to get into the waiting room early, but make sure you’re ready early as thousands of others will be trying to get in at the same time.
Open registration day is upon us! (Usually late winter or early spring)
- Get your set up ready early and be prepared! You can follow the hashtag #SDCC on Twitter and will see some with 3-5 computers set up. It’s insane!
- It is not recommended to use your cell phone! I tried using ours in 2015 and ran into a few server issues.
- Since each person gets their own registration link it is recommended that everyone has their own computer ready to go or if there is only one person available that person uses multiple computers, hence why you’ll see those crazy computer set ups.
- Once you get into the virtual waiting room it’s just that a waiting game… Randomly they will start pulling people out of the virtual waiting room into the registration room.
- Each person is able to register up to three (3) people including themselves, but everyone MUST have their OWN member ID!
- They will update what days (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) are sold out as time goes on. This part can be nerve racking as you watch days disappear from the available days. I suggest being open to what days you’re willing to purchase. Thursdays seem to be the last day to sell out.
Like I said before, you can get lucky or not. It doesn’t matter if you are in the virtual waiting room first or last, it doesn’t matter if your first or last name is at the beginning of the alphabet, getting into purchase tickets is completely random. Perfect example is last year my husband got into the waiting room after I did and obviously, we have the same last name, and he got into purchase tickets and I never did. But honestly, it didn’t matter. At least one of us got in!
Have you ever attended the San Diego Comic Con? Is it something that is on your bucket list? Share it all in the comments below!