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Kinsako
08-17-2005, 03:34 PM
Hi,

Just wondering what people's opinions on this are. I usually pre-register for cons, since a few years ago when I waited in line at anime north outside for almost 2 hours (in the rain!), but this year, none of my group has pre-registered yet, we were kinda disracted by other things. We were thinking, are the lines really that long if you don't pre-register? I was at CNAnime last year, but we pre-registered, and I honestly can't remeber. Also, last year we went only for Saturday, but this year we'll be there on Friday right when it opens. Any idea how long the wait is in line? I think it's too late to pre-register now, since last year my tickets took almost a week to arrive anyway, and we leave in 8 days.

Thanks! :dance:

mokulen22
08-17-2005, 03:45 PM
Last year I remember the line was pretty darn long (to be kind) but still this year I'm not pre-reggin' why? you ask..well I'm too damn cheap to spend three extra bucks to do it (I know!! I'm like the cheapest person alive!) Plus waiting in the line can be fun!

Otaking97
08-17-2005, 04:42 PM
I don't know about Friday. But if you show up around noon on Sat get ready for at least a 2 hour line. It's been like that for the last 3 or 4 years.

Katsuyuki_Shiro
08-17-2005, 05:11 PM
Last year the line was so long my friends and I ended up waiting for an hour just to get our passes. This year I'm going earlier to buy my pass at the door just because I don't have a credit card to buy my pass online.

TribalButterfly
08-17-2005, 05:21 PM
Last year the line was unbelievably long. I remember it was like, through the whole building in the begining! I'm talking 2 hours before the con started on the FRIDAY!!!
So, in an effort to avoid that mess, I've preregisterd this year - now im just worried that the pre-reg line is gunna b huge! haha!

MaiSheri
08-17-2005, 05:54 PM
I seems to me that we are going to have to wait in a long line whether pre-registered or not, so I'm going to be saving myself the service charge and buy my pass at the door.

piinku
08-17-2005, 07:46 PM
How long does it take you to get your tickets in the mail, generally? I'm just worried that by some chance I won't get my ticket before I leave next Thursday, and that would suck...

davey-kun
08-17-2005, 08:24 PM
When I got my tickets online, I just had to print the out. Last year I went on Friday, having pre-reg'd, and I got almost right in. My brother had to wait in line for almost an hour. It's worth the three dollars folks!

TribalButterfly
08-17-2005, 08:58 PM
they dont send u the tickets in the mail :p u get a print out which u use to pick up ur tickets when u get there! :) haha

piinku
08-17-2005, 09:21 PM
they dont send u the tickets in the mail :p u get a print out which u use to pick up ur tickets when u get there! :) haha

Really??? Last year when we booked them they got sent in the mail... maybe we will do that then, I dunno, there was a big hassle with booking my hotel online (my credit card got charged but I didn't get my hotel O.O) so I'm kind of scared of online booking now, but I cna be brave :P

TribalButterfly
08-18-2005, 06:37 AM
You got it in the mail??? Really?

Hmm... Well, Last year i got an exibitors pass as soon as i got there, so i dun really know about how the pre-reg tickets came last year, but i did pre reg this year, n I got a print out that im supposed to show when i get there :p Haha!
Maybe the times are changing! :)

lainey
08-18-2005, 07:07 AM
There was another thread about it....
http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=62738

I posted this:

"heki to be safe...people watching the masq should have a delux pass & wait in line early, exactly what justin suggested. CN really has their visitors confused with their masquerade policy..each year they've been changing it!! lol

for anyone who's NEVER been to CNA before or those debating on getting pre-reg or not...

A) If you are coming EARLY to the con on Friday, that is before registration opens...
You should probably line up rather than getting pre-reg. As you'd have to line up for the "pre-reg" line anyway...and nothing is opened for awhile. No point in paying for that extra service fee when everyone is lining up and waiting anyhow!

B) If you are coming LATE...after registration opens
Buy pre-reg..unless you want to wait in line for hours
I've experienced being in the line for two hours around registration time (I think about 5)...NEVER AGAIN O_O

I hope that helps everyone ^_^ ^_^
"

kuko-chan
08-18-2005, 03:02 PM
Well, from my experience, waiting in line isn't that bad, unless you're by yourself and shy. I remember waiting in line for the first couple times I went to CNX and it wasn't half bad. We hung around, were in awe staring at all the cosplayers (at this point, cosplay was relatively new to me), talked to the people in line with us, played games, etc. If you get bored easily or have somewhere to be Friday/Saturday, then pre-regging is much more preferred. Since I really have no problem waiting around, I'll be in the huge line.

mokulen22
08-18-2005, 03:48 PM
Well, from my experience, waiting in line isn't that bad, unless you're by yourself and shy. I remember waiting in line for the first couple times I went to CNX and it wasn't half bad. We hung around, were in awe staring at all the cosplayers (at this point, cosplay was relatively new to me), talked to the people in line with us, played games, etc. If you get bored easily or have somewhere to be Friday/Saturday, then pre-regging is much more preferred. Since I really have no problem waiting around, I'll be in the huge line.

I concur *just wanted to use concur in a sentence* : :chatah: :schitzo: :thumbsup:

TribalButterfly
08-18-2005, 04:39 PM
HAHA!

I waited in line about 2 years ago. It wasn't the end of the world. You get to see a lot of great costumes, and the line does seem to move quickly - however, i'm too impatient a person to stand in a line that goes around the entier building! Haha! I'd much rather b running around like a mad woman, getting my pictures taken, and taking other peoples pictures, than to stand in line, n loose myspot from my impatience :)

This year is my first year pre registering! :) After this year, i will know how i wanna do it next year :)

Anyare
08-22-2005, 09:05 PM
Hm. I never got to Pre-Register my ticket. Because the people at ticketmaster are stupid. -.- We phoned, they said the tickets wouldnt get to the house in time, and to go to a ticketmaster center and buy them there. Well, we get there after a while (the locations are far from my house, too) And they tells us there they don't sell them and you have to order them. Well, I dont know who to belive or wahtever, bacause both said different things. Now, im probablly going to get stuck waiting the gawd damned 2 hour line up for tickets. Im so angry. But i'd probablyl say definately pre-regi. But then again, last year there was a line up to get into the dealers room..so, even if I had the pregistered ticket, its not like you get in the dealers room right away and probablyl have to wait another line, unless your planning on getting into a screening room or something.

piinku
08-23-2005, 05:39 AM
I booked our group's tickets Sunday online using a credit card, and the whole thing went smoothly... I just printed them off the Internet, hopefully that's all we have to do. The online booking wouldn't work for you?

Although it was probably so easy because of some well-deserved good kharma, after having to sort out a mess with out hotel. Don't *ever* use downtownhoteguide.com, we tried to book through that site to get a better rate, but apparently there was "bad connection" or something between that site and the hotel reservation system, so my credit card got charged (twice) but they wouldn't believe me when I told them we had a reservation. Thankfully, my sis helped me get that got sorted out... Would anyone else happen to be staying in the Toronto TravelLodge Downtown, on 621 King Street West? Or would anyone from Toronto be able to tell me about how far this is from the convention, walking distance? Thanks ^^