This is our first time attending FanimeCon at the San Jose Convention Center. We usually stick to our four main conventions (Comic-con, AM2, Anime expo and Dragon con), but this time around we had more freedom of movement and we decided to give it a try.
Their list of events has several of the classic attractions like masquerade, anime music videos, guest of honor panels, signings and so on. Their panels are really heavy on cosplay and steampunk related topics and I am curious on several of them.
There are plenty on attendees for this convention, we started making a line to pick up our badges at 6pm, by 9pm, we were half way down the line (still outside the hotel) and the line behind us kept on growing.
We entered the hotel at 10:30pm, went upstairs just make another line inside a ballroom with at least 600 other people.
There was no bar code on our confirmation email, that could explain the slow line movement we are experiencing.
This reminds me of Dragon Con, two years ago we waited for about 6 hours to pick up our badges, that year they didn't have bar codes either, you had to line up in front of a desk based on the first letter of your last name and they looked up your registration inside binders... terrible system.
Last year at the same Dragon Con convention they used bar codes and the whole process only took 5 minutes from beginning to end. Technology is a wonderful thing.
Is midnight, and we just left one ballroom to enter another one. Fortunately this one has the registration desks at the end of them.
We got our badges at 12:20am. Total waiting time: 6 hours 20 minutes.
Next stop, Denny's. See you in a couple of hours.