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August 8 - August 10, 2014
Baltimore Convention Center
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Vitals: Registration

Otakon 2014 pre-registration is closed!

However, there are still memberships available for Otakon 2014, and we will be making those available at the con!

At-con registration will be available all three days of the convention until we hit the cap of 35,000. The price of a membership is $80 if purchased at the convention. A membership allows you to attend all convention functions from the time of purchase till the end of the convention.

The forms of payment we will accept for at-con registration include cash, credit cards (Visa and MasterCard only), money orders, and travelers checks. Please be aware that we will NOT be accepting personal checks for at-con registration

Thursday Night Pre-Reg Pickup

Once again, we'll have our doors open for pre-registered members to pick up their badges on Thursday.

Thursday Pre-Registration pickup will begin at 3:00PM and end around 10:00PM.

Thursday Pre-Reg pickup instructions

Every year some of you gather early Thursday to be the very first to get your membership badges. While we encourage you to go and visit the Otakon Matsuri, as lines do disperse over the course of the day, we understand that for some of you it is a point of pride. This year, to help combat the heat and weather, Otakon will be queuing people in a separate indoor area before they go to the main registration lines.

On Thursday, Pre-reg line starts at the Otterbein Lobby, located on Sharp Street. We will be bringing the line in the Oterbein lobby entrance under the skybridge.

Pre-Reg pickup does not begin until 3PM. However, at roughly noon (or closest time available) we will open the doors and line people up in the pre-queueing line. This will alleviate some of the crowding we typically get on the street. It also gives people in the pre-queue line access to restrooms and Centerplate food services.

The Thursday pre-reg line goes south to Howard St. and wraps clockwise around the BCC onto Conway St. and then Howard St.

If you are a member with special needs, or are an individual with an infant or stroller please enter through the Pratt Street Lobby entrance. If you have instructions to use another entrance because you are an artist, dealer, panelist, etc, please continue to use the entrance as instructed.

Please note that this only takes affect Thursday, and regular lining at the Pratt Street Lobby entrance will resume on Friday.

18+ Wristband pickup on Thursday

18+ wrist bands will be available for pickup Thursday evening, if the queue is full or a member exists the building they may not re-enter to pick up a wristband Thursday.

A further note on Thursday Night Pre-Reg Pickup from your friendly Staff:

From our comfortably air conditioned vantage points in various hotels overlooking the BCC, we have watched in awe as Otaku line up as early as Wednesday night for Thursday night Pre-Reg Pickup. While we appreciate your enthusiasm, lining up that early is really not necessary!

Thursday night pre-reg pickup is just that, line up, get badge, go home. There are NO Otakon activities on Thursday, so there is no need to show up extra early, or hang around once you have your badge. As a matter of fact, you will speed the process along for those behind you if you go back to your home, hotel, boat, car, or yurt once you are done. It takes very little time whether you arrive at the back of the line, or camp out.

So, unless you are one of the types who has to have the distinction of being the first person in line, we recommend you show up between the hours listed for pre-reg pickup. If you simply must be one of the die hard(heads), then PLEASE, we beseech you to BRING WATER. Summer temperatures in Baltimore are nothing to be trifled with. If you expect to survive a full day camping out in 90 degree plus heat, then you must, repeat MUST HYDRATE. While there will be Otakon Staffers monitoring the line for Pre-Reg Pickup (during the normal pre-reg pickup hours), the water they are carrying is intended to keep themselves alive, not you. So please, bring water.

DRINK the water. Absorb, belt, chug, consume, down, drain, gargle, gulp, guzzle, imbibe, indulge, irrigate, lap, nip, partake of, put away, quaff, sip, slake, slosh, slurp, soak up, sop, sponge, suck, sup, swallow, swig, swill, tank up, thirst, toast, wash down, wet your whistle. Just drink. See the water....BE the water.

At-Con Registration (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)

The Pratt Street Lobby will open for all pre-registration and at-con registration on:

Friday and Saturday: ~8:30 AM to ~10:00 PM
Sunday:8:30 AM to noon.

The at-door price for a full weekend registration is $80. Full weekend memberships are available for purchase at this price during all three days of the convention.

The forms of payment we will accept for at-con registration include cash, credit cards (Visa and MasterCard only), money orders, and travelers checks. Please be aware that we will NOT be accepting personal checks for at-con registration

The purchase of a membership grants you access to Otakon for the entire convention. For example if you pay for a membership for yourself on Friday, it is good till we close the doors on Sunday. One does not need to buy a membership every day of the convention.

Friday Pre-Reg pickup instructions / Reg instructions

Our Friday registration instructions have not changed. These maps along will staff will be available to assist members during lineup.

Advice about Registration

  • Members who have picked up their badges are encouraged to use the Charles Street entrance during peak registration hours (Friday and Saturday mornings). You'll avoid the masses that way.
  • People who pre-register are reminded that a government-issued photo ID is required to pick up a badge; bringing your printed registration confirmation will help speed badge pickup.
  • Lines in the mornings are often very long, and late July in Baltimore is generally muggy (90 degrees and high humidity). To avoid health issues, we remind you to dress appropriately for the weather and drink plenty of water. (You may want to wait to don your heavy cosplay outfit until after you get your badges.)
  • On that note, make sure you've read our line etiquette policy. It'll be enforced to the best of our ability.

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