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Unread 11-06-2013, 01:09 PM   #2716
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Disney is just disney, the truth is the area around Disneyland and Anaheim Convention Center is so overbuilt with hotels that it keeps the prices down, even among the tier 1 hotels (those within throwing distance to the convention center).

Most fans don't want or expect luxury, they just want a place to sleep for the night.

And while the hotels may not have as much in terms of ballroom or other space to offer, things are much closer together so space is ultimately more useful (and no need for shuttle services). The ACC does cost significantly less to run a convention in, especially when all the actual costs are considered. We know this from looking at the financial statements from years when the con was held in Anaheim versus Downtown Los Angeles. They can say what they want on the forums or wherever, but ultimately the SPJA is not a privately held business so their finances are at somewhat transparent to us.

No one is saying Anaheim is perfect, but if one has to choose between running a convention in Los Angeles or Anaheim, it's clearly the better of the two for a number of reasons.

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Unread 11-06-2013, 05:13 PM   #2717
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Attention everyone. Rooms for JW and Westin for AX 2014 are now up. $194 per night with JW and $170 for Westin.
http://www.anime-expo.org/accommodations/
Holy smokes...The date for Sunday, July 6, 2014 for the J.W. Marriott is already sold out. (July 6 is the last day of AX 2014.)



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Funny you should say that. There are people on the AX forums who have been trying to convince me (and others of course) that Anaheim is more expensive, and perpetuating the myth that Disney jacks up prices in the area. They totally ignored me when I pointed out that chain restaurants in the area, like CPK, Denny's, and IHOP have prices that are comparable with other Orange County restaurants in those chains. Also, the area's hotels cater to tourists and families, and are not ultra high luxury hotels like the Ritz-Carlton, so the room rates are lower. You can find budget hotels within walking distance of the Anaheim Convention Center; you're not going to find them around the Los Angeles Convention Center though. Disney can only control prices within its theme parks, where it owns and operates the restaurants. In Downtown Disney, they can no more control the prices than Simon Property Group can control prices at Westminster Mall. Off of Disney property, they don't even have that leverage.

I saw your posts when I was reading the AX forums, and I couldn't help shaking my head. The thing is that, no matter how much facts that you would present them, some of the people at that forum would continue to support ANY actions by the SPJA. (No matter how bad the decisions are.) Some of these people back then, had even openly spouted their support for Lattanzio, and made some personal attacks at the people who had questioned Lattanzio's actions. (Even Marc Perez himself, had admitted in this very forum here, that Lattanzio was a mistake.)

After the huge X-Games debacle, some of them were going off about how it was a good thing that the X-Games was at the same time as AX. (Some of them were even putting down people & making personal attacks toward people who had trouble with the drunken X-Gamers.)


Some of them would also get mad at anyone, who would question any bad decisions from the SPJA. For some of these people, you aren't supposed to think on your own. You are supposed to just blindly follow, be blindly loyal, and cheerfully accept whatever the SPJA throws at you, without question. (Personally, my loyalty is to the fans, rather than to the SPJA. Without the fans, the SPJA wouldn't even exist.)

You could relocate AX right in the middle of a hostile gang territory, and some of these people will still proclaim that it was best decision & location ever, since the invention of sliced bread. (And the people who would dare to question the decision, would be told by some of these people to just shut up, and that they are either disloyal to the SPJA or are anti-AX.)

This is one of the reasons that I have stopped posting there for some time now.

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Unread 11-06-2013, 10:07 PM   #2718
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People on the AX FB page seem to have forgotten that AX posted about rooming being open for JW and Bonaventure right after AX ended, thus likely why certain nights at the JW Marriott are not available. I also find it hilarious that while the reservation system has been up for awhile that AX didn't see fit to post about it on Twitter until last night...lol, fail
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Unread 11-07-2013, 12:17 AM   #2719
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Sorry. I have been dealing with personal issues and work.

Firstly, here's my Comikaze report, including a few AX comparisons:

http://www.missionstartpodcast.com/3...ght-track.html

Next, you guys have discussed some things that I will not comment on simply because it would just go over the same points and it's not worth shaking the same trees again.

And, I used the reservation system WAAAAAAY back when it first opened. The shoulder dates at the J.W. weren't available then, either. There almost seems to be no rhyme or reason to it, but I went ahead and made my reservations today anyway. It was frustrating. The system sent me confirmations for every 2 or 3 attempts for a room. I eventually had the number I needed, but when I made a request of the Housing Bureau, they informed me I had 2 more reservations than I had confirmations for. I'm waiting for an e-mail from them with a list of my reservation numbers.

Seems that things are already off to a rocky start.
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Unread 11-07-2013, 01:09 AM   #2720
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Firstly, here's my Comikaze report, including a few AX comparisons:

http://www.missionstartpodcast.com/3...ght-track.html

Great blog, Freight!


I hope you don't mind, but I have to comment on some of your posts in your blog.

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REGISTRATION

This is another situation where I want to seriously know why Anime Expo registration can be such an arduous affair when other conventions in the same building can be so slick. I lined up at 9:00 a.m., two hours before registration. Their registration opened on time at 11:00 a.m., I was about 15 people back in line, and my total wait time during active registration was… 6 minutes. That’s quite a feat when there appears to only be 12 to 18 people with scanners. They scan your confirmation, and immediately hand you a badge. You walk to another table where they give you a lanyard and a badge holder, and you’re done.

Same here. I was in line for no more 6 minutes. (Whereas both you and I were in line in the hot July sun for hours at AX.)



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STAFF/ORGANIZATION

Comic-Con still has the best, friendliest staff I have ever encountered… but now, I have a close second-favorite.

Comikaze’s people were more than helpful a lot of the time. They actually seemed to care what kind of time the attendees were having. Early on Day 1, I ran into two staffers who held up paddles and were looking warily at the attendees. I thought it was some kind of line control until I came close. The paddles said, “Ask Me!” I’ve seen conventions answer questions as they came, but this was the first time I’ve seen people with clipboards of information actually solicit questions before they are asked.

The thing I wasn’t prepared for was how well the Los Angeles Convention Center staff worked with the Comikaze staff. After personal experiences from this July hitting a new low, the staff the LACC assigned to Comikaze were helpful and offered suggestions. If their suggestions didn’t work, they wanted to know so they had the correct answers.

Where were these people for AX?!
I have to agree 100%. I did not encounter a single rude staff at Comikaze. None. They were all very professional, and very courteous & polite. On the other hand, the rude staffers & rude volunteers have pretty much become routine for me at AX. (It's getting to the point that I would be very surprised & would be a bit disappointed if I don't see the routine rudeness at AX.)

Also, more than half the time when I would ask the AX personnel about a panel, concerts, last minute program changes, etc., they would either shrug, because they don't the answers, or they would get real snippy about it.

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I said it last year, but someone from the SPJA should contact Comikaze and ask how they can match their process.
Unfortunately, it's not likely to happen. Some of the SPJA people are too arrogant to listen to anyone else. In the past, some of them get very defensive and hostile when people try to give them feedback on how to improve their convention. (However, there are SPJA people like Hcoregamer, who do really care & would listen to the concerns of the fans. Unfortunately he was voted out of the SPJA.)

You can have Stan Lee, Steven Spielberg & George Lucas come to their SPJA office, and give them pointers on how to improve their con, and some of them will still be too stubborn & arrogant to really listen to them. ( I can already see Allison McKnight cussing & swearing at George Lucas, Stan Lee & Steven Spielberg, and threatening to escort them out of the office with security. Heck...If the ghost of Walt Disney shows up, she'll swear at him & kick him out too. Some people are just too arrogant & stubborn to listen to anything, and they have to learn things the hard way.)

I remember when you recounted the story a few years ago, when had tried to call the SPJA office directly, and you gave them some suggestions. A person on the other side of the phone was writing it down on paper, and I remember when you said after the conversation had ended, you could clearly hear him crumpling up the paper.


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And, I used the reservation system WAAAAAAY back when it first opened. The shoulder dates at the J.W. weren't available then, either. There almost seems to be no rhyme or reason to it, but I went ahead and made my reservations today anyway. It was frustrating. The system sent me confirmations for every 2 or 3 attempts for a room. I eventually had the number I needed, but when I made a request of the Housing Bureau, they informed me I had 2 more reservations than I had confirmations for. I'm waiting for an e-mail from them with a list of my reservation numbers.

Seems that things are already off to a rocky start.
A rocky start? That seems to be the case with AX every year ever since 2010. It would seem that for the last 3 years, AX would always give me a big headache compared to Wondercon, Comikaze Expo or DragonCon. I would come out smiling from ear to ear after those three cons would end, but I always get this big headache after AX ends. Prior to 2010, I would come "hungry", and leave happy after AX. (I know, I know, I sound like a bad IHOP commercial.)

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Unread 11-07-2013, 11:46 PM   #2721
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A rocky start? That seems to be the case with AX every year ever since 2010. It would seem that for the last 3 years, AX would always give me a big headache compared to Wondercon, Comikaze Expo or DragonCon. I would come out smiling from ear to ear after those three cons would end, but I always get this big headache after AX ends. Prior to 2010, I would come "hungry", and leave happy after AX. (I know, I know, I sound like a bad IHOP commercial.)
It's worse than I've usually had. Usually, I don't have a question of what I have or what I need. This year, I got the e-mail back. I have a number of e-mails in my account of confirmations. According to the Housing Bureau, I have TWENTY-FIVE RESERVATIONS! I know I NEVER received 25 e-mails. I have to straighten this out.
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Unread 11-22-2013, 07:22 PM   #2722
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Good news (?),

I checked their FB page and saw their Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal, it's to be announced.

DIS BETTER BE GOOD AX.
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Unread 11-23-2013, 08:05 PM   #2723
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could I bring a plastic katana to Anime Expo? :T
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Unread 11-23-2013, 10:32 PM   #2724
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Should be okay after peacebonding based on previous years, though the rules seem to change mid-stream sometimes.
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Unread 11-24-2013, 06:04 PM   #2725
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Should be okay after peacebonding based on previous years, though the rules seem to change mid-stream sometimes.
yea im afraid of buying it and being turned down >_<,
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Unread 11-24-2013, 06:57 PM   #2726
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Good news (?),

I checked their FB page and saw their Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal, it's to be announced.

DIS BETTER BE GOOD AX.
It better be.
I haven't brought my badge yet due to 'rising the price' on them.
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Unread 11-24-2013, 07:28 PM   #2727
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yea im afraid of buying it and being turned down >_<,
Could you link the sword so we could see what you're talking about?
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Could you link the sword so we could see what you're talking about?
ooh it's actually wooden >_<
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The link is leading to eBay's main page. Is it gone?
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The link is leading to eBay's main page. Is it gone?
does this link work? http://www.ebay.com/itm/321002460956?redirect=mobile
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