View Full Version : Idea for the Ultimate Anime Expo After Party.

12-12-2002, 02:26 AM
They say that the best ideas come to you late at night, when everyone is sleeping, and you're awake and thinking.

As everyone knows, Anime Expo is the ultimate Otaku party for a lot of people, and with every good party, there is always an after party. However...What's a good after party for this event?

How about Las Vegas?

That's right, why don't we all get on a Bus after Anime Expo is all said and done, and head down to the city of sin for a 2-3 day after party like none other?

Reply if you like the idea.

12-12-2002, 02:30 AM
hehe I love the idea! I will definitely have to watch my spending at AX, but I think it's a great way to continue the party and get to know each other outside of the cons.

yay stud!!

Spooky Brew
12-12-2002, 02:31 AM
I know I won't be able to go, that's a cool idea though!!

12-12-2002, 02:34 AM
I usually go to Vegas/Reno BEFORE Anime Expo or any con. It's how I generate enough funds for the con itself (gotta love a good streak of blackjack and slots).

But I'd love to go to Vegas after AX. I will definitely set up some funds and time for it.

12-12-2002, 02:57 AM
Yea, won't all your money be gone by the time the con is over?

12-12-2002, 10:41 AM
Traveling is too expensive... I love Vegas, but there's just no way that would be practical for me. ;_;

12-12-2002, 10:49 AM
Traveling there aside, the rooms should be incredibly cheap because a) it's a sunday - weekday stay and b) it's after a holiday weekend. I remember seeing the luxor for like $40/night during the week. Split amongst friends that will be seriously cheap!!!

12-12-2002, 10:53 AM
That's true. Most of the main Vegas hotels offer lots of summer deals as long as you go during the week. Last year, I stayed on the strip for $60 a night, and it was great. ^_^

12-12-2002, 11:02 AM
I like it...so, in other words if I want to go to this....hmm..I guess I need to start saving up now...I guess at least $600-800 should be sufficient enough...

Kamui Motoaki
12-12-2002, 11:05 AM
How about going to Disneyland after AX? ^_^

12-12-2002, 11:37 AM
Yeah, Disneyland would be cool! ^_^

12-12-2002, 11:39 AM
Yay disneyland....wonder if they'd let me in as Sora?

12-12-2002, 11:41 AM
Disneyland? Yeah. let's scare all the little children in ouyr costumes... that should be fun and do one big up yours at Dinsyey for delaying Hayao Miyazaki-sensei films!
That should be fun! :D-fa, fa, fa, fa!

12-12-2002, 11:48 AM
Sadly, like a few people have mentioned before, Disneyland is anti-costume and won't let you in... ^^ You'd either need to be in normal clothing or a costume so stealthy that they don't recognize it as a costume.

12-12-2002, 12:02 PM
either way...but I would love to go to vegas still. hehe ^_^

vegas baby vegas...

12-12-2002, 12:18 PM
I like Vegas, better than Disney, but I would be up for both.

It may end up being a week-long vacation for me at this rate.

12-12-2002, 12:53 PM
For those of you interested:

Disneyland is like a block away from the convention center.
Knott's Berry Farm is about 10 minutes away (Buena Park).
And Magic Mountain (the best out of the three IMO) is about an hour away in Valencia.

12-12-2002, 01:03 PM
eeeeeeeee That's where i live (valencia). But they aren't open during the week

12-12-2002, 01:07 PM
well in the summer, they are...I think...cause Great America is open here on the weekdays :bigtu:

12-12-2002, 01:09 PM
*smacks on forehead* lol...yeah they are. They are closed right now. doh...

*way to tired, but I enjoyed the company last night*

Ranma Saotome
12-12-2002, 01:11 PM
Originally posted by MargauxZ
Yea, won't all your money be gone by the time the con is over?

Isn't this how the Blair Witch Project started? XD

I can see it now... "The Cosplay Witch Project!" :thumbsup:

12-12-2002, 01:12 PM
Well, this is forming up nicely. Right now we have.

Anime Expo (Thursday - Sunday)
Disneyland/Knott's Berry or Magic Mountain (Sunday)
Las Vegas (Monday - Wedensday)?

This is shaping up to be a week long vacation.

12-12-2002, 01:13 PM
oh wow, that's an awesome schedule! I'm game!

although we could go to vegas sunday night. You know they never sleep there. Might be cheaper than staying in aneheim another night.

12-12-2002, 01:16 PM
Excellent point.

We have plenty of time to get this all organized though.

12-12-2002, 01:18 PM
which is good because I have a lot of outfits to make before then. ^_^

But i wish i could meet you all sooner.

12-12-2002, 01:32 PM
yeah...I'll see if I can take my whole 4 week vacation or half of it in june-july. :D

12-12-2002, 01:46 PM
*laughs* Studmaster you are the craziest!! :bigtu:

I'm not sure I can make this jaunt as I am showing up in CA earlier than the expo so my vacation extends the OTHER way, but you all have a blast and win lots of money!!

12-12-2002, 02:44 PM
If New York is the city that never sleeps, then Las Vegas is the city that never blinks.

Just a note of caution though, do keep in mind that in Las Vegas, come early-mid July, temperatures being around 110-117 are pretty much the norm. (But honestly, once it gets past 110, it dosn't really MATTER anymore...) Poor Nietsche when he came to visit was like... dying ^^;;

But hey. That's what 3 am is for, right? :3 Still, I just want to take this time out to say 'Damn you all.' for waiting until a time when I'll no longer BE in Las Vegas... to have such a fun idea, LOL!!

On the bright side, yes, hotels are laughably affordable here pretty much year round :3 When it gets REALLY good, you can stay at a nice hotel for like $30, and it's just TOO sweet :3 But it does make me upset when I see like "$125/night convention rate" for a con (*coughcough*EASTCOASTCONS especially.) because living in Las Vegas, I know how ridiculous that price is, and it's insulting that they'd call it 'convention rate.' Ah well. The Magic of Vegas and all, I guess.

Edit: '...What was that, Branky? Did you just accuse me of not being able to spell?!? You did! *begins whapping the puppet on her hand against the wall violently*'

12-12-2002, 03:51 PM
Originally posted by Ranma Saotome
Isn't this how the Blair Witch Project started? XD

I can see it now... "The Cosplay Witch Project!" :thumbsup: So someone dresses as Witch Hunter Robin! Except that might cause them to pass out in the heat... ^^;

I don't know if I'd be up for Vegas, but I definitely want to hang around the west coast for a few days after since it's my first time out there. ;)

12-12-2002, 04:06 PM
Thanks for posing that information Lilli, it'll be needed for first timers like me. I hope I win lots of money too.

12-12-2002, 04:12 PM
i expect to probably lose all my money, (that I bring), but have a good time while playing! Someone will have to teach me to play cards...

12-12-2002, 04:19 PM
Lilli- the weather may be hot, but it is WONDERFUL. I was there the last week of June this year, in the 110 degree weather, and I was soooo happy. It's not humid at all! So the heat is just happy, instead of unpleasant. ^_^ (yes, all this is coming from a Texan, so what do I know)

Here's a thought for people who want to go to Vegas directly after AX- if you bring your costumes, the photo opportunities are AMAZING. So much of Vegas is very interesting to look at and would make super awesome locations to get pics in costume. And Vegas is so strange that nobody really seems to care what you are wearing, no matter how weird it is.

12-12-2002, 04:24 PM
Originally posted by katchoo24
i expect to probably lose all my money, (that I bring), but have a good time while playing! Someone will have to teach me to play cards...

I'll teach ya how to play Blackjack. ^_^

Celine: Thanks for the advice, I forgot about that.

12-12-2002, 04:27 PM
Celine: great advice! Especially by that volcano like thing...

Also we can hang out by the pool!

Stud: YAY!!! *hugs* But while I'm learning no betting money! hehe

12-12-2002, 04:30 PM
I don't mind this idea at all, LOL ^_^.

12-12-2002, 04:31 PM
Katchoo: Don't worry. I usually play for no cash anyway, so that's cool.

12-12-2002, 04:33 PM
stud: awesome. then you're on. Are there a lot more rules to blackjack than just trying to get close to or get 21?

12-12-2002, 04:46 PM
Well the basis of the game is to get to 21, but there is a LOT more invovled in Casino blackjack, like 'Insurance' and 'pushing', so there is a whole psychlogy to the game.

I'll be going to Atlantic City for a "refresher course" of sorts

12-12-2002, 05:03 PM
BTW, they give you free drinks when you gamble -- they're trying to alter your sense of judgment so don't have too much alcohol.

And I know a little bit about blackjack as well. There's 'Doubling Down' and 'Splitting' but I guess I can explain that later. It's mostly based on luck though.

12-12-2002, 05:06 PM
Very good for reminding me about DD'ing Enishi. IIRC It's when you put all your cash on the line after a victory for game of "higher card" between you and the house. If you win then you get double, if you lose...you lose.

12-12-2002, 05:11 PM
Vegas too? Ororo, I dunno if I can vacation THAT long, but it sounds heavenly....*chuckles* I'd prob hafta get a fake ID, and only a couple month away from my 21st, too

12-12-2002, 05:28 PM
I hope you can come with us Alaria. It would rock if me, you and Ryu went together.

12-12-2002, 05:30 PM
Studmaster: yeah, that would kick ass...
seeing Sin City all 3 of us... :D

12-12-2002, 05:31 PM
okay so tutorial card games in the hotel nights after AX? hehe

12-12-2002, 05:52 PM
Sure. I'll give you early lessons if you room with us, Katchoo.

12-12-2002, 05:56 PM
and someone better teach me also...I kinda forgot how to play cards. :p-fa, fa, fa, fa!

vegas is cool. I went there like 4 years ago...and it was amazing. specially Hoover Dam..that was breath-taking.

12-12-2002, 06:05 PM
Celine, please!!! I love it when the weather gets like that *-* OMG it's so awesome. It makes me warm all the way to inside my bones, it's like being surrounded in sunlight :3 *loses her trail of thought and purrs*

Eeeh. Anyway ._.; Ah... Oh! Yes ^^; For those who'd be UNDER 21, and so wouldn't want to drink/gamble their time away, there are still fun things to do! There are some clubs you can get into, they'll just stamp your hand or something. Also, the arcade at the Riviera is open 24 hours, and they've got DDR 2'nd/3'rd mix, and then some other version of DDR that's got like... just about every song on it ._.;

Things to do are in abundance :3 Especially in the summer time, hehe...

12-12-2002, 06:14 PM
Someone teach me CRAPS! One time I placed $10 on a random part of the table and several rolls later I got $30. I was glad but I'd like to know what to do so I can actually play and maybe win some more.

12-12-2002, 06:47 PM
Studmaster: Doubling Down is when you double your wager and take one extra hit. So if you have a 5 and a 6 (11 total) and you bet $25, you add another $25 and take one hit. You may end up getting a face card which gives you 21.

12-12-2002, 06:51 PM
Thus I will need to go to Atlantic City ASAP. ^_^; Thanks for the correction.

12-12-2002, 07:08 PM
I like the sound of this... :)

I could probably do this...if we just have a total of 4 or so people, we could all room together :)

12-12-2002, 07:10 PM
Rooming together...fun and cheap! Plus...who sleeps in vegas?

12-12-2002, 07:13 PM
"Collapsing with exhaustion" sounds like a better term...

12-12-2002, 07:38 PM
Yes, there is plenty to do for the not-yet-21 person... If all else fails, there are lots of pools. However, to be honest, Vegas is much more exciting when you can walk around going from casino to casino! And drinking! Wild and crazy mayhem for all!!! ...I so want to go back... gambling isn't for me, but everything else just rocks!

If a group goes, I highly recommend the Excalibur show. I've been twice, and although it's pricy, it's soooo fun. It's just like Medieval Times, if you've ever been there.

12-12-2002, 09:33 PM
I've seen both, and I agree ^_^ Luxor's new show isn't that good, and the other shows are really pricey, although I really, really want to see "O" at one pt

12-12-2002, 09:39 PM
Wow, all this information. There is so much to do in Vegas. ^_^
For all of those who been to the Casinos, which ones are the best?

12-12-2002, 09:48 PM
I went to Vegas a few months ago and they had some new casinos. Bellagio is nice, and so is the Venetian -- they have a lot of nice ones. But it doesn't really matter which one you stay at since most of them are pretty much within walking distance of each other.

12-12-2002, 10:00 PM
well, I dunno about that, that's alot of walking O_o depends on what end of the strip ur at. If u stay somewhere like excalibur, walking to MGM, Luxor, Bellagio, Monte Carlo, is feasible, but stuff like Mirage, Treasure Island, Ballys, Circus Circus, in 110+ weather?? Prob not a good idea

12-12-2002, 10:05 PM
enishi is right, they all are really close. And there is tons to do other than gamble because I don't really gamble

12-12-2002, 10:14 PM
I'm going to also have to buy a new suit for one of the nights. I want to go dressed as a smooth operator at Vegas.

Ranma Saotome
12-12-2002, 10:46 PM
Why goto Atlantic City Studmaster? Ask one of you uncles... ;)

12-12-2002, 11:10 PM
Saaa ._. Well, if you like walking, then sure, you can walk from one end of the strip to the other :3 I forget how far from one end to the other it is, if anyone really cares I can go measure it tomorrow on my odometer. But, for people who havn't been, it sounds like the casinos would all be close to each other, which I guess technically they are, it's just that some of the casinos are like a mile long. Literally ^^; And that's just the physical casino, not counting the lands around it. (Hehe, the Bellagio's water... oi...) So even if you stay in the heavily populated area of the strip, it's still got to be -at least- 5, 6 miles from one end to the other. Mrrr, now I'm curious.

It's a nice walk :3 And at this time of the year, I'd say go for it XD But in July I know that personally I wouldn't do it during the day, just because I'd get a helluva sunburn. An ya, because it's hot and all, I wouldn't recommend it to people who weren't in very good physical condition, either.

Eurobeat King
12-12-2002, 11:25 PM
I've booked my room for AX, and then for a few days afterwards because my bro & I plan to go to Dland on the Monday after AX. (I'll be staying 6 nights at the closest motel next to the convention center) This year, 2k2, a few of my friends (Nadeshiko, Michi, Van) and others went to Dland the next day, and we had fun :) (There's a few pics at the end of AX2002-Sunday if you want to check them out.) For 2003, I will stay at AX until the ending (since it's IN Anaheim like it was back in 2000) I'll be there for closing ceremonies, and then cruising the streets of Anaheim Sunday night (if I'm still alive..) and then Dland on Monday. :)

For those members who plan to go to Dland on Monday after AX, we should meet up for a cosplay.com photoshoot INSIDE the park, so we can get members together when they're NOT in costume.. ;)

Costumes in D-land? I think I could get away with Shinji or Trowa, although i'll boil in those come noon-time.. :thumbsup: But it would be a challenge to take pics next to Dland landmarks on on the rides, so we'll see. :)

Dark Vision
12-12-2002, 11:30 PM
Cosplay.com gathering..... after the con.

Remembers what people said after comic con at the mall posing for more pics. "Kids, the con is over already."

12-12-2002, 11:55 PM
Wellllll . . . personally, I like the idea a lot. Whether I can swing it with my folks is another question entirely. Though I think I deserve some 21st birthday fun, even if it will be six months late. :D

Of course, Stud, you already know I'm tentatively "in" for this trip, since we talked about it in chat. ^^

12-13-2002, 12:37 AM
Originally posted by Lilli
But in July I know that personally I wouldn't do it during the day, just because I'd get a helluva sunburn. An ya, because it's hot and all, I wouldn't recommend it to people who weren't in very good physical condition, either.

That's why I said 'most' hotels. :P

12-13-2002, 12:53 AM
I have not been to Vegas in a long time. The last time I've went was back in 1995. There's hotels I want to see, and if I was even legaler, I'd try my hand at poker. ^_^; Yup, I've played poker a few times during residential community casino nights. I've got lucky. I'll think about the after party scheme. Although I plan taking summer school courses. (must graduate in 4 years! damn GE's, can't I just take major classes all four years?) Yup, I was there for the Disneyland madness! Hm...cosplay at Disneyland...I would go as my Lolita Persocom, but it's really frilly on the inside. I think I can get away with Pepper, since the peasant get up is in style. Only problem is, I'll be pulling a Marilyn Monroe each time a breeze comes in.

So yeah, I'll be living in SoCal this summer. Plans can change. I'll think about it. Everything is too early for me to plan. I still have to book a flight for ACen!

12-13-2002, 01:02 AM
Oooh the last time I was in Vegas it was a ton of fun. :D I was actually there for a CoCo Lee concert at the Mandalay Bay... my that's a lovely hotel. It was *so* luxurious. XO

Though I did go a bit overboard, since it was my real chance to gamble I lost almost $200 a day at the Blackjack table... yah I suck, but I had fun doing it. ;) Only place on earth where you can lose tons of money and not feel ripped off. :> Oh yah, this was before my cosplay obsession... and I had actual money to spend...

<sigh> I'm afraid I probably won't go to Vegas after the con, though Disney Land may be a better option for me. :)

katchoo24: Hmm, well no better way to learn blackjack then playing "Strip Blackjack!" ;)

oh wait... my Zack costume only has 3 parts... oh I'm screwed...

12-13-2002, 12:49 PM
lol...damn all my planned costumes...not a lot of layers. hehe

12-13-2002, 12:59 PM
I'd like to play a nice game of Strip Blackjack. With like 10 pieces to my Cosplays I'm sure to win! ^_^

12-13-2002, 01:07 PM
Remind me not to wear a plugsuit, LOL!

Seriously, Vegas would be fun. I however, wouldnt be going to Disneyland after the convention. I'd run back home here to San Diego for the night and get some sleep for a night, cause I don't feel much like driving 9 hours straight to get to sin city after a 4 day con :)

So I'd be going Monday and meeting up with you guys in the late morning or afternoon...or worst case scenario, the hotel that night ^_^

12-13-2002, 01:16 PM
I am also probably going to skip on the Disneyland trip also and meet up with everyone at the hotel on monday. Maybe we can start seriously planning this in Feb ?

good morning Kusanagi *hugs*

12-13-2002, 01:28 PM
Feburary is fine by me as well. We can make some solid plans by them.

As for Disneyland, I may have to skip it too if no one going to Vegas will go to it after. I'll be on the opposite coast, and I can't get lost.

12-13-2002, 09:31 PM
hey, would they kick u out if u sneak a costume in the park and wear it once inside? :D

12-14-2002, 06:48 PM
Originally posted by Studmaster
I'd like to play a nice game of Strip Blackjack. With like 10 pieces to my Cosplays I'm sure to win! ^_^

Poker is better. With blackjack, no matter how many people are at the table, its bottom line you against the dealer.

In Strip Poker, the person with the lowest hand loses...so make sure you dont fold ^_^

Draw poker, Holdem, or Ohama are the best types of poker to gamble with clothes, IMO...

Ranma Saotome
12-15-2002, 12:51 AM
*prefers Strip Monopoly*

12-15-2002, 12:57 AM
strip monopoly...would have to be the slowest game ever....

Ranma Saotome
12-15-2002, 01:08 AM
Not if you played by quick rules. ;)

12-15-2002, 01:19 AM
Hehheh. Next we're going to be having games of Cosplay Strip whatever.

Ranma Saotome
12-15-2002, 11:20 AM
If you guys do that, I may show up. :D

12-17-2002, 02:01 AM
I think my cosplay group is going to try to convince me that d-land is a great idea....so for those of us who are youngin's prehaps d-land on monday is a great way to party...Im with the king....I think we should have a cosplay group photo OUTSIDE of our costumes...lol that would be great....but you all know that even if you werent in costume, you'd be wearing all the cool merchandice you got at the con that you could fit on your body! I know I will be wearing like....an anime t-shirt, my kagome skirt, my boyfriends inuyasha necklace ect....Oh now Im excited about that!!!!!

Eurobeat King
12-17-2002, 02:18 AM
Mink: Yeah, that sounds good. Dland staff can't throw us out for wearing our anime t-shirts, pins, keychains, plushies, etc. heehee This year I wore my Initial D t-shirt, and took Pen-Pen out occasionally to get some air, and nobody said anything. :skidude2: I believe a lot of people who attend AX will go to Dland on that Monday, so if they see a large group of people wearing anime shtuff, they'll know their fellow Otaku when they seem them! :) Perhaps we might even see some Guest of Honor's in the park as well. :D

12-17-2002, 10:42 AM
well...vegas is still on for all those that want to attend. I think it will end up being Monday - Wednesday. In Jan. we'll start creating an interest list, and I can call around hotels to get the best price. *will probably be really cheap* Then we can start the paypal thing to confirm in Feb. All ages are invited, cause there are plenty of arcades and stuff to do. ^_^

*back to listening to Tori* Can't wait until the concert...

12-21-2002, 12:12 PM
Just giving this the most riteous bump of all time. ^_^

12-23-2002, 09:29 PM
I live across the street from Knott's!! (prays no one stalks me) Anyway, I'm underaged so Vegas is out of the picture for me, but the theme parks would be a good idea.. though vegas is so much fun.. *day dreams about the Manhatten Express as New York New York*

12-23-2002, 09:56 PM
Exactly what days are we talking here?? I've really gotta plan out a sced. for all this..

12-23-2002, 10:14 PM
We were talking about, and this is pretty much final. Monday - Wedensday at this point, so that's 3 days, 2 nights in Vegas. (July 7 - 9)

12-23-2002, 10:36 PM
grr that's pretty close to san deigo comic con... I'll have to see what fate begging and hard work can do ; )

12-23-2002, 10:48 PM
*nods* I hope that you, Alaria, and everyone else that is tenative can make it down to this trip. The more, the merrier.

Lil Dreamer
12-24-2002, 11:43 AM
wow... so u guys don't have work huh??

Nipple. :)

12-24-2002, 11:59 AM
BWA HA HA HA The power of ( hopefully) vacation pay and savings, dreamer.. ; )

Lil Dreamer
12-24-2002, 12:05 PM
yeah... damn me for using my vacation to visit my girlfriend **snap**

Nipple. :)

12-24-2002, 12:46 PM
Well I am up for anything, but I am doing what no cosplayer has done before.....8 cons all the way through the year, starting with fanime ending at Yaoi, in anycase, thats if I can pull the funding, stats say its a good idea but also I am looking at this, I wouldn't mind this one bit, I mean, who here is willing to dress KH style for disney land and FF for knotts if we pull those off? I would love to join in on that, and vegas....I would go but, I"m only 20 and my b-day is not till the 21 of july and I am trying to hide from about four people that want to celebrate it....wish I dont want to do. But in anycase, studmaster count me in on the other events I guess. I think I will have to go over funding and do some more work now but hell I am giong to love this.

12-24-2002, 01:08 PM
ha ha dreamer that's what you get ehrn you choose love over fun LOL with near strangers....LOL Have fun in (NJ)???

12-24-2002, 03:42 PM
I know Im worried about funds too....thankfully my cosplay club is going to be doing a number of fundraisers....yipee!

01-13-2003, 04:59 PM
Wow this sounds awesome, I would definently be down for a Vegas trip. Blackjack is my game too, last time I went I came back $100 up just from Blackjack, just dont play at the Orleans, the rules there really favor the dealer.

As far as the Amusement Park thing Goes, I vote for Magic Mountaiin cause I am a rollercoaster freak, Let me know what is happening whin details start to get hammered down.

01-13-2003, 09:46 PM
8 cons?! O_O (faints) I wish I could do that...I'm struggling to get to one. >_O

01-24-2003, 12:53 AM
So any plans cemented yet for this whole after party thing? If not when should we start planning it all for sure?