Saturday, March 21, 2009

San Diego Comic-Con 2009

Ahhh, the nerd mecca of the US, if not the world. ;) I am planning on attending this year, for the First Time Ever, and I'm really excited!

There seems to be a little bit of pre-planning 'drama' around this convention, as the hotels in the area cannot accommodate the massive influx of fans (and each year it attracts more), as well as the limit that the con places on attendee passes, so that the convention center isn't TOO stuffed. In fact, the 4-day passes sold out a little over a week before hotel registration even opened!

Fortunately for me, I qualify for a professional pass, although those are extremely limited as well. I sent my paperwork off the day after pro-reg opened up, so here's to hoping that it gets there in time.

My friends and I also booked hotel rooms ahead of time, and at a really good rate. Which is lucky, because when we tried to book closer rooms, the system was so slow that by the time I got through, everything we'd wanted was gone... which is sort of amazing.

I have never been to San Diego before... any recommendations for restaurants, or stuff to do/see in the downtown area? After the exhibition hall closes in the evening, I can't imagine there's too much to do at the convention itself...


Pop-Monkey said...

Boy, are you in for a shock. I went to SDCC in 07, and I had a great time, but it was incredibly overwhelming. The place is just crammed full of people, and it's a HUGE place! There are so many exhibitors and artists in attendance -- I'm still convinced I didn't see everything on the convention floor. It's sort of like Christmas for pop-culture nerds. I blew a lot of money on stuff I really didn't need, but I had a great time.

The hotel we stayed at was a good ways away, so we had to take the train back and forth, but we didn't really have much time (or energy) to do other things around the city. We stuck to eating at restaurants that were in the downtown convention center area or near our hotel.

Just make sure you bring plenty of money, have your camera ready at all times and plan your schedule carefully. If there's any programs or panels you want to attend, make sure you arrive a bit early to get a good seat. Work your way from one end of the convention center to the other, going up and down each aisle to mae sure you don't miss anything - which should take a couple of days.

Anyway, hope you have fun. Be sure to post pictures when you get back.

Parka said...

booking hotel is really hard. Next year round definitely must do everything in advance.

info said...

I went to Comic con last year. It was awesome. I really liked it.I am going this year also. But I heard Most of hotel are already full. The Hotel I stayed last year was really great.It is in Hillcrest.The location is great.The property was clean and reasonable. I made a reservation yesterday. They still have rooms available. So If you still look for hotels, I think this hotel is good.

Here is information

Studio 819
819 University Ave, San Diego 92103

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