Is it possible to set up hotel reservations for Anime Expo yet? I allegedly got put on a waiting list back in August, but I haven't heard anything from them since. I don't even know which hotel(s) are attached to/within walking distance of the convention center.
The hotel block doesn't seem open yet anon. But keep in mind if you're going with friends that the hotels will apparently now be doing wristbands. http://www.anime-expo.org/hotel-booking-policies/
None of the hotels are connected or really even super close to the con, but it shouldn't really matter because AX provides a shuttle service you can take back and forth from the con as long as you have a badge.
The Double Tree that's like twenty minutes away (walking) is taking revervations* but I do not know about the main hotels.
*I'm doing a family rate/employee discount with them for a friend but I'm assuming non-employees can still book rooms until they do the con rate deal.
they're a little more selective now and you can't just waltz up and get a pass at-con. have to apply online. you can get rejected if they decide you're not "legit" enough. if you are approved you have a separate pickup line (not like it matters since the AX reg line got fixed last year).
there's a press room and some interview rooms. you apply for interviews which may or may not be approved depending on the press reps for companies and how many people apply for interviews for that person. they did them all on wednesday last year which kind of sucked. anyone with press can show up to the press junkets which is group q&a. for things like panels you can shoot pretty much the whole time even if the general attendees cannot. for things like special events you might be able to get a ticket or two, depending on availability, and will be able to shoot/record for usually the first three songs of the show. occasionally you get to shoot the whole thing (ie momoclo for photos. video was only a couple of songs). you may be near the stage or may be stuck somewhere in the press zone (usually the sound board area or somewhere in the back).
interviews are pretty much whatever you want to do but at the end of the day it's you asking questions. they can provide a translator. if there's time you can ask for an autograph or two but if there isn't you get denied. sometimes selfies if that's your thing.
you only get a room if you are staff and that means a lot of work so your plus one isn't going to see you much unless they are hanging out with you during your shifts
you're also probably going to be roomed with a few other staffers so it's up to them if your plus one is cool (also your plus one has to be okay with rooming with random others)
if you're grunt volunteer you have much less power, responsibility, and freedom to think
if you're staff you have much more responsibility and work and slightly more power and freedom to think
only if they actually enforce it which they didn't last year except for day 1. aren't there stairs too? take stairs to first floor of rooms, take elevator rest of the way? i'm sure there's ways around it if you take the time much like everything else at AX
I can't imagine they'll actually enforce it. Especially late at night.
The JW tried it last year and gave up within the first day.
I wouldn't be surprised if the whole wristband thing is just to scare people out of over-crowding rooms.
Thank you. Im well aware of the amount of work. Do you know how easy/hard it is to land the staffing postion?
I was also wondering about the buttler cafe. How hard is it get chosen for it? What criteria do they look for? I'm aware that you have to be there for some training and meetings.
if you show up to all of the various meetings/training they have in the months leading up to the con, have useful skills, experience, and/or interview well, you should have no problem getting staff.
what are you aiming for and do you have experience? or just trying to get your foot in the door?
and in general treat it like a job app because, well, it is. try to figure out what the jobs actually entail, see if they'd be willing to put you in contact with ex/current staff who might be okay with telling you about the position, etc.
Anime Expo Meeting and Open House Saturday – Feb 6 1 – 2PM SPJA Office
Interview Class Saturday – Feb 6 2:30 – 3:30 PM SPJA Office
Anime Expo Meeting and Open House Saturday – Mar 5 1 – 2PM SPJA Office
Anime Expo Meeting and Open House Saturday – Apr 2 1 – 2PM SPJA Office
suppose those might be of interest to you. if you're serious about being staff then showing up to those would show it
Thank you again for the reply!
Ill show up for sure to at least one of those. My biggest problem is i work weekends. I can get the occasinal day off of course.
I plan to email them regarding the dates for the training/ reherseal. Hopefully they arent mostly during the weekends.
And i really hope i have some chance at getting the buttler postion. It sounds like a blast. Id settle for any staff postion of course.
if you want butler you'll apply separate to the maid cafe and not through the normal volunteer/staff route.
i guess you'll have to decide on whether you want fun public interaction stuff or if you want to get into the nuts and bolts of a convention. that's not to say you can't have fun in the background of a convention too. depends on the kind of person you are.
we knew they were all on wednesday ahead of time. you submit your requests in advance and eventually the press liason tells you what you actually ended up with and when. it sucks because you have to stack all your interviews back to back basically and pray none of them are late. i prefer having them spread amongst the convention days like on other years but maybe the guests like it more being on the first day and then they can have fun the rest of time/not have to juggle on the convention days. if you can talk separately with the guest's management you may be able to arrange other things though.
half of the interviews on wednesday it felt like they just wanted to get out of there. so rushed.
Yeah it's annoying when cons stack them one after the other like that. You feel drained afterwards. It also sucks that it's on Wednesday because if I end up getting approved I'll have to travel quite a distance and I don't like the idea of spending more money on the hotel room because the interviews happen two days before the con. If that's the case I might do as you suggested and see if I can arrange something with guest management.
wednesday was day 0 last year (con started thursday) so if they do it again with all the interviews on day 0 it'll be thursday. to clarify, by guest management i mean the japanese management (or whoever they have playing handler)
Just booked a room at the JW. Was hoping to get a 2 queen bedroom so could share with an anon but looks like out.
This will be my first con out of state, not expecting much but it should be fun.
See, this is why I love Anaheim. Disneyland Hotel undercuts all the other hotel prices in the area to ensure people can afford to show up and spend money in their parks, so even in high tourist visit or convention times, the prices of rooms never goes up very much.
This, although if you're used to Texas heat you should be fine.
If I recall correctly the lines for admission got way better after they outsourced it to Ticketmaster. But, waiting in line for panels is fucking miserable and terrible. There's also weird screwups where the staff has no goddamn clue what they're doing and will make you wait in the wrong line, lead you into the wrong room, etc.
I learned my lesson about not going on day 0 to get my badge
>ln line from 4pm until 8pm
>Printers break a couple hours into working and delays everything by a couple of hours. Didn't leave until 9pm
>Show up at 8am on Day 1 and pick up badge in 5 minutes
>Friends who "cosplays" talk to me about booking a hotel room for AX and asks if I would want to stay with them.
>Use money being iffy as an excuse,so I can try to chill with people I met at ALA.
>Messages me a price saying they already factored me in and plan on me staying with them.
>Agreed because it is roughly the price I was hoping to spend on a room.
>Just got the name of the hotel
>America's Best Value Inn a mile away
>They''ll probably want to walk back and forth each day
Has anyone ever stayed at these shitty motels for AX? Is it even worth it? Really tempted to ditch them and get in contact with someone staying in the main hotels
It's early enough that ditching them is acceptable. They have plenty of time to recover.
Cheap motels are usually okay as long as you aren't spending a lot of time in them. Drop your stuff off, sleep and that's it.
Thank You Agian.
Do any of you all know what i should expect from the dance audition?
I have no idea how to dance. I'm very resourceful and i think i can learn before march, if i have a good idea what to expect for a dance audition.
I'm going to study last years dance videos and practice those over and over, but i'm not to sure what i should do for the audition.
not a clue. dance is out of my jurisdiction. i'd assume they have you do a dance of your choice. try to see if you can find someone who was in maid cafe last year and ask what is needed
The Biltmore is my favorite hotel not within walking distance. It's chill, with pretty nice rooms. The shuttle can get nasty at night, though, so be prepared to Uber at least once a day (mornings are usually okay, especially if you're an early riser).
Ah well I was gonna try and get someone to confirm before I put money down for the room.
Except that I asked a few friends and long story short I have six people who want to book with me.
So, to 100% confirm, if I book at Courtyard LA Live, they won't bill me for the rooms until I check out?
marriott usually has a day of cancellation policy, and they can't charge you until you check out in case the bill is wrong/you check out early/ you have to pay for damages. They do run your card through for the day when you check in so they know you have money.
Remember when Anime Expo brought in A-list tier guests from Japan, all of their main events were free, the hotel rooms were affordable, and not some giant clusterfuck? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
>MFW I actually spent American currency on that Evangelion event last year
>mfw I waited 2.5 hours in line at the Good Smile booth for an item that ended up not being in danger of selling out at all the entire con
Good grief, they want to be like SDCC, only worst. I'm surprised they want to open an office in Tokyo, for what purpose? Just so they can be within arms length of the industry.
No one from the anime industry wants to be involved with AX unless they get paid big time. AX gets left out of all the industry parties and events.
Industry seems content to pay their own way to AX though. Notice how a ton of the guests were industry guests last year? That's code for "AX didn't foot our bill and we want to be featured anyway"
I think you should need a badge to enter the convention center itself. I'm sick of how overcrowded it is each year.
especially when AX can't get their shit together with scheduling panels so you're running around half the time anyways.
Marriott wil put a hold on your cc for about 75% of the tital cost, then charge you the full price olus this hold at the end. 2 biz days later they release the hold. If you are close to yoyr limit this hurts