FOOD AND DRINKS: Target is going to be your best bet for food, drinks, trail mix, chips, etc before the big weekend. From the convention center, turn right on Harbor and head south [about 1 block] to Chapman and Harbor- Target on your left. Pick up your 12-packs of soda, trail mix, etc..
MONEY: ATMs are somewhat here and there, but they are around. The closest one is across the street at the hotel lobby and the 7-11 (Harbour and Katella).
STARBUCKS: Yes, the big hotels have em- get your coffee fix before getting in the morning lines.
Here is a good list of apps for your phone to have AT the show/on the road; I will not link websites nor prefer iOS vs Android - just ones that are good to have: If you have one you want to share, post here or send me a note.
* BLIZZCON APP: Last con they had an APP - gave the layout, times, schedule, etc. I see no reason why they would not do it again: http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/blog/11451561/blizzcon%C2%AE-2013-mobile-app-now-live-stay-connected-and-experience-the-second-screen-10-31-2013
* AIRLINE APP: Once you get your ticket, get the app for the airline - you can now scan your boarding pass via a smartphone and go ticketless. PLUS: Get updates on gate changes and notices on delays, etc.
* GATEGURU: Shows you where stuff is at in the airport you are traveling thru. Landing in Chicago for a layover and hungery?? Check the gate and search for places to eat before you land.. done :D
* FLIGHTAWARE: You can track flights - make sure your connector isnt late or moved gates before you need to do the airport marathon.
* SEATGURU: Get a better seat on the plane. Dont know where that seat with the in-arm table is?? Seatguru does...
* WIFI FINDER: helps you find WIFI hotspots and which are free, part of a subscription, etc
* WAZE: this is a cool Live GPS Navigation app that takes in live reports from other WAZERs; see a cop? accident on the 405? Make a post and everyone knows. Very cool app.
* ZAGAT TO GO: gives ratings on restaurants, etc.
* YELP: Has restaurant reviews, etc. Good for finding numbers and menus
WHAT TO PACK/BRING TO ANAHEIM
* Bathroom stuff: Toothbrush, deodorant, soap...did I mention deoderant?
* Sweater or light jacket for indoor AC & evening temps/lite rain
* Room for your goodie bag for the trip home, plus the loot you buy there - consider packing an empty gym bag just in case.
* Sneakers for walking; slippers/crocs for room/hotel.
* Pack jeans and shorts - The normal Anaheim weather in November: 74F/ 24°C to 60 F/ 15°C; light chances of rain – check weather.com for Anaheim, CA
THE DAY BEFORE BLIZZCON: Some things to do after you check into your hotel:
1- PICK UP GOODIE BAG & TICKETS: (details below) Get your tickets and goodie bag before the show starts: You will have everything you need when you get in the morning line to go in armed and ready to go. Make your shopping list that night as to which items you want from the store. (see store below)
** HALL E is where the ticket line is at: Face the main doors, look left and down the stairs is the line.Bring the printed Bar-code for each badge you purchase and a Valid ID/ Credit card. Get ready to stand for a bit in line here.
2- GET SUPPLIES: See above, but pack your backpack/ satchel bag with Camera, snacks and a water bottle, extra batteries and a few pens.
3- PACK YOUR BAG: water, snacks, camera, batteries, and a sweater;
4- TRADE CELL NUMBERS: If you are meeting up with guildees, trade your cell numbers before going in; Don’t have a cell? Get a pre-paid one for $20 for the weekend.
5- GO OUT: It’s a nice southern cal evening in Anaheim - go to downtown Disney, gardenwalk.. You might be surprised who you might run into...CHOC Charity Event:
The last few cons there was a CHOC Charity event; the tickets went on sale after the main ticket sale; they are $750 for the ticket. I had a blast in 2010; I missed out on the sale in 2011. They did sell out just as fast, so stand by. You got:
* Dinner, drinks and the meet-&-greet Thursday night. I learned I had a lot in common with Mike M (we are both EEs), talked with the awesome CMs and lost my voice (I have no idea how..)
* Ticket to the main show
* Goodie bag ON SITE, which means you leave the dinner with everything you get.
* No line ride for general admission- go straight to the line ride for the dinner; they check you in there and verify your email/bar code.
* Knowing that your $$$ went to a great cause - helping CHOC rocks.TICKET PICKUP INFO - 2014:http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/event-info/tickets/badge-information
To pick up your badges, please bring the printed bar code that will be emailed to you prior to the show, along with valid photo ID that matches the name on the confirmation email, to the Anaheim Convention Center at the location and times listed below:
General Attendee Pickup, Hall E, Anaheim Convention Center
Thursday, November 6 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, November 7 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, November 8 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Please note: Once a bar code is scanned and the associated badge is printed, the bar code becomes invalid. We will *not* be able to reprint lost badges.
After you purchase tickets, you will have until June 6 at 8 p.m. Pacific Time to edit the following information for each attendee through your Eventbrite account:
First and last name of attendee (to be printed on the badge)
Email address of attendee
If you do not know who you are purchasing tickets for, please enter your own full name and email address for all of the tickets. In this case, the ticket purchaser must bring *all* of the printed bar code emails, along with matching photo ID, to BlizzCon® to pick up badges and distribute them to his or her guests. (Note that while all of the badges will show the ticket purchaser’s name, photo ID will only be checked at the time of badge pick-up.)
Minors Attending BlizzCon Without Their Own Photo ID: Bring your bar code email directly to the Solutions Desk (located in Hall E) at BlizzCon, along with the original credit card used to purchase the ticket and the purchaser’s original photo ID (digital copies will be accepted; front and back of credit card required). You will be required to answer a series of security questions, and may be required to call the ticket purchaser if he or she is not already on-site with you.
Adult Attending With a Minor: If you wish to avoid having to make a special trip to the Solutions Desk, as an alternative to the above you can enter your own name in place of the minor’s attendee information. This will allow you to pick up the badge with your own photo ID, after which you can give the badge to the minor accompanying you.
Attendee Name Changes After June 6: If a guest is no longer able to attend the show and you would like to bring a different guest, you and/or the replacement guest will need to bring *all* of the following items to the Name Change Desk for assistance:
The original attendee’s bar code email
The credit card used to make the purchase (or a physical or digital copy of the front and back of the credit card)
The purchaser’s photo ID (or a physical or digital copy of the photo ID)
IMPORTANT NOTE: You must present a legible copy of the front and back of the purchaser's credit card and ID to make any changes to the badges.
Need further assistance? Visit the Solutions Desk located in Hall E for further assistance on ticket- or badge-related issues at the show.
This info was found here http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/event-info/tickets/badge-information
Last year's con was excellent as they all have been - Lots to do and partake in.
FLOOR MAP: http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/event-info/schedule/floor-map
WHAT TO EXPECT INSIDE:
* Game zones: Go play some Starcraft 2, Diablo3 or WOW - the lines were going fast and you got about 15 min of game play. Something to note: Some of the games had a give-a-way in the game itself. I know Diablo3 had a drop that if you got it in your inventory when time was up, you went home with a cool poster signed by the Devs. Check out the panels in the lines.
* Tournament: Go see the showdown on the large screens for Starcraft 2 & WoW PVP- these will be done thru the day and are lots of fun to watch a few matches. GSL finals, WOW Invitational, SC2 global invitational and the Live raid. (see below)
* Store: [ http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/blog/11178357/blizzcon%C2%AE-merchandise-sale-coming-oct-11-get-a-sneak-peek-now-10-9-2013
] Get in line..wait...order loot. There will be a form with your goodie bag- fill it out and have your cash ready when you get to the front. The store folks will take your order only using this form, so fill it out and bring your pen :)
This year’s BlizzCon online sale will begin October 11 at 10 a.m. PT and will be exclusive to BlizzCon attendees* and Virtual Ticket buyers until the end of the show on November 9. Supplies will be limited, so if you’re not going to the show in person or haven’t yet purchased a Virtual Ticket, you might want to order now to get your chance at some cool BlizzCon merchandise.
To access the sale on these dates, log in to the Blizzard Store with the Battle.net® account associated with your BlizzCon ticket or Virtual Ticket (physical ticket buyers can view this info in their Order History).
* Art: They offered all of the art for auction - start saving, because some of those pieces were going for good coin; talking in the 100s’ to 1000s.
* Sponsors/ Booths: The booths were located central area and were constantly busy. Try and make one trip thru here during your adventure. [ link in post #4]
* Dev Panels: The real reason we are all going. Last year, two room were used for panels - The big room had the large screens all over, so if you cannot get to the front, no problem. Panels ran every 90 minutes, so plan your panels the night before as to which ones you want to attend. PLEASE - write your questions down before getting into the QnA lines once the panel is done -makes that moment you are on Satellite TV go a bit better.
* LIVE RAID: Each year 2 guilds go head to head on the latest content in WOW and see who is king. Love it when the Devs drop in Hogger and wipe the raid with him :D Don’t miss the action.
* Arcade: Go play The Lost Viking, etc in the retro arcade :D
** Evening events: Make sure you get a good seat for the evening events; the costume contest is a one-of-a-kind event you will NOT want to miss; The 2nd night events are also excellent (Concert, comedy,etc). Get your cameras ready and enjoy.
* There will be a quest or two for you to complete too - check your goodie bags for the items. Last year was a book mark and each part of the quest gave another cool bookmark.
* Meet the CS Reps
Between Hall C & D at the doors is the CS Rep booth - Meet up with the likes of Bashiok Lylirra Nethaera & everyone else to say hi, trade pins and hang out.
My advice: A great effort goes a long way & DONT BE LATE - plan ahead and go in early. Saw lots of Cosplayers/costumes walking in at 5pm after the doors were closed.
2014 contest due dates are below, but closed now.
Official link: http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/blog/13924284/blizzcon%C2%AE-2014-contests-prepare-yourself-for-greatness-4-25-2014
BlizzCon® 2014 Costume Contest
The Costume Contest makes a triumphant return. Every year we see more and more spectacular costume creations, and we’re sure that this year will be no exception. It’s important to keep safety in mind as you’re planning your creation—that means you must be able to easily and safely see out of and maneuver in your costume without assistance. As with prior years, there will be online sign up for the contest in the coming weeks, followed by registration and attendance confirmation on Friday morning at BlizzCon, so please be prepared to purchase a BlizzCon ticket, secure your place in the contest during the online sign-up, and have your costume finished well in advance. Spread the word!
Remember: Make sure your costume allows you to see clearly and move easily. No real weapons, dangerous materials, or large motorized costumes will be allowed.
BlizzCon® 2014 Talent Contest
The Talent Contest will also be returning to the stage at BlizzCon 2014! Last year’s inaugural competition featured the performances of some truly talented musicians. This year, we’re looking forward to seeing performances of all sorts—so even if you can’t carry a tune, your other talents might carry you to the stage.
If you’ve got serious performance chops—dramatic, comedic, musical, or otherwise—you could have a chance to showcase your Blizzard-themed talent live on stage at BlizzCon in front of a massive audience . . . and win great prizes (including a trip to BlizzCon and lodging) to boot. We’ll be accepting YouTube videos of your talent performance in the near future, so start rehearsing!
Whatever you choose to show us, please make sure your video is 2 minutes or less in length, choose a good (higher is better) resolution, and keep it simple. We want to see you just as you would be performing live. Since your audition video could be shown on stage at the show, please make sure that there are no non-Blizzard brand logos present in your shoot.
BlizzCon® 2014 Art Contest
* Rules: http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/community/contests/blizzcon14-fanart/rules.html
* Dates: Contest Period. The Contest shall commence on 12:01 PM PDT June 5, 2014, and shall continue in duration until 11:59 PM PDT July 7, 2014 (the "Deadline"). All entries must be received by the Deadline to be eligible to win a prize
The Art Contest will offer talented artists the chance to show off their work at BlizzCon once again. As you prepare to craft your masterpiece, please keep in mind that you’ll need to submit high-quality jpegs no larger than 5MB. Also, the entire content of your work needs to be your own original creation, so no PhotoShop manipulations of existing work will be accepted
BlizzCon® 2014 Movie Contest
Date: July 7th is the deadline.
We look forward to screening the work of aspiring auteurs in animation, machinima, live-action filmmaking, and more! Start those storyboards now, but keep in mind that the length of your film should be 3 minutes or less and the size of your file no larger than 100MB. If you’re shooting a live-action piece, please make sure that there are no non-Blizzard brand logos in your video.
Complete rules and more information on all of the upcoming contests will be available soon.
Signups begin in the near future, so start preparing in advance!
Got BlizzCon contest-related questions? Email BlizzConContest@Blizzard.com.GIFTS/Goodie Bag: 2014http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/blog/15977182/blizzcon%C2%AE-2014-in-game-goodies-sneak-peek-9-23-2014
Diablo III – Warlords of Draenor Weapon Transmog
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – Blizzard 2014 Card Back
StarCraft II – Portraits & Decal
World of Warcraft – Grommloc Pet
Heroes of the Storm – Nexus Mount and Portrait
Q: Hey Lagz, I just won a cool large poster from playing Diablo 3 and have no room in my bag whatsoever! how do I get this home?
A: FEDEX: - There is a FEDEX shipping store inside the Hilton by the bathrooms behind the checkin counter. Buy a box/tube/container at the shipping store or staples to ship home anything you don't want to damage or cannot take back home, insure it and see it in a few days after you get back.
FedEx Office Print & Ship Center (Hilton Lobby area)
700 W Convention Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
THINGS NOT BLIZZCON TO DO ON SUNDAY:
If you are heading back on Monday, make the most of you trip and do something else fun.
Check out the promotions page for updates and info on HOW TO get the deals:http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/event-info/travel-information/promotions
Nov. 5 - NYI @ ANA
Nov. 6 - NYI @ LA
Nov. 7 - PHX @ ANA
Nov. 8 - VAN @ LA
Nov. 9 - VAN @ ANA
Nov. 12 - LA @ ANA
Check the teams websites for ticket info.
DISNEYLAND: Is right across the street; be ready to drop $80 at the door and another $50+ inside for food, drinks and stuff. If you’ve never been – go check it out; it’s a true once-in-a-lifetime place and not just for kids - Matterhorn, Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones ride and lots more. Plan for an all day outing into the evening and watch the fireworks at night over the castle. http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/home/home?name=HomePage
KNOTTS BERRY FARM: Probably a trip to cab with friends, but lots of fun too. Lots of good rollercoasters, shows and slightly cheaper than Disney ($30-$40). It’s about a 20 minute ride from Disney without traffic. Take the 5 north to the 91, then head west into Buena park. Get off at Beach Blvd. www.knotts.com
MAGIC MOUNTAIN: For those that are renting a car and feel like a 1-2 hr ride, head up harbor and take the 5 freeway north and drive for a few hours. Suggested times to leave are after 9am on a weekday. Look for the signs after you leave LA county. This place is the mecca for rollercoasters in the Southern Cal region. Over 15 rollercoasters and lots of good ones:
check out the website- http://www.sixflags.com/magicMountain/index.aspx
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS: Go check out the famous studios and take the bus tour, see some shows and the mummy roller coaster. Lots to do and see for the all movie fans. Fall time, the evenings turn the park into Universal Studios Halloween Horror nights = movie creeps everywhere! http://
CITYPASS: For those that are going to make a small vacation around the convention, check out CityPass - the pass is an admission card that gives you access to the top 4 theme parks, at a discount and includes the Disneyland Resort. There is a San Diego Addon for those that want to go there as well. www.citypass.com/southern-california
1 hour north is the big city. Consider renting a car and head to Hollywood for the sites. The Kodak Theater and Chinese theater, Hollywood wax museum, walk of stars and a lot more. Take I5 north to the 101, and get off at Santa Monica Blvd. Head west to Vine and turn right. Expect to pay for parking, but it’s an experience to not forget. All can be done in a day. http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/calahollywood/ss/Things-To-Do-In-Hollywood.htm
Lots to do down in San Diego - must have a rental car to get to these, but can be worth it if you are taking the family and have some extra time. Consider going there on Wednesday or Sunday if you get in early/leave late.
SEA WORLD: Go see the famous Shamu and sit in the front row - head down the 405 to San Diego; take the 5/805 split south and look for the signs on your right. Bring suntan lotion and have fun with the sea animals. http://www.seaworld.com/
LEGO LAND: More for kids, but Legoland is a fun time for the youngsters of all ages and who doesn’t like legos... Head down I-405 to Carlsbad and have some fun: http://www.legoland.com/