Everything you need to know to attend WasabiCon 2015. (Read this before coming to the convention!)

WasabiCon 2015 upon us – and to make your convention experience as easy as possible, we’ve put together this handy dandy guide for attending the event.  Please read the entire page before emailing/calling with questions… because the answer is probably here!

CAN I BRING MY KIDS TO THE EVENT?
Yes!  WasabiCon is an all ages comic con style experience for fans of anime, comics, cosplay, costumes, fantasy, gaming, paranormal, science fiction, steampunk, theme parks, video games, and pop culture et al.  There are some later events that are recommended for older attendees.  Please refer to the convention guide for viewing room content ratings and event details.

WHERE IS WASABICON
WasabiCon 2015 will take place at the Jacksonville Marriott.  The address for the hotel is 4670 Salisbury Rd, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.  It is situated at the south end of town right off of Interstate 95.  Here’s a map:

HOW DO I GET TO WASABICON?
If you don’t have transportation (car, friend with a car, dimensional wormhole, etc.) – you can catch a ride using Uber!  You can download the app on Android or iPhone (check Google Play/the App Store).  If you sign up as a new user for Uber – your first ride is FREE (up to $20) from WasabiCon!  Just use code WASABI when signing up.

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WHERE DO I PARK?
There is plenty of parking at the Marriott Jacksonville and (just as important) PARKING IS FREE!  If the lot does fill up, there is a parking lot across the street (a very short walk) where you can also park.  Please do NOT park in the other hotel parking lots (unless you are staying there as a guest.)

I ALREADY BOUGHT MY TICKET.  WHERE DO I GET IT?
Once you walk into the front door of the Marriott Jacksonville, keep heading straight.  You will see a table set up on your left just past the elevators.  Have your photo I.D. and your ticket (printed or on your cell phone) when you get there.  Here’s a map.  Note the location of “REGISTRATION (PRE-REG)”

WasabiCon 2015 Map

That desk will close around 2:00 PM on Saturday and move to the main Registration room.  (See above map.)

PARENTS: If your child is under the age of 18, he/she can not pick up their ticket without an adult present.  Please refer to our policies: www.wasabicon.com/policies

I NEED TO BUY MY TICKET.  WHERE DO I GET ONE?
Tickets will be for sale at the convention.  You can purchase them in Registration located down the hallway on your right immediately after you walk into the front entrance of the Marriott Jacksonville.  (See map above.)

Tickets are $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, and $35 for the weekend.  Children under 3 get in for free.  Visa and Mastercard are accepted, but there is a processing fee.

CHEAT CODE: HOW TO GET INTO THE PRE-REG LINE (SHORTER) WHEN YOU ARE BUYING YOUR TICKET AT THE CON.
So… you want to find a way to get into the shorter line, do you?  Well, there IS a way to do it (as long as you’re paying by credit card.)  Here’s what to do:

  1. Download the convention guide to your cell phone: guidebook.com/g/wasabicon2015/
  2. Look for the “Buy Tickets” button in the con guide…
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  3. Click it – and you will see the Eventbrite On-Site ticket page.  This will be active after 9:30 AM on Saturday morning and (AND!) – if you use it to buy your Weekend Pass, it’s $5 cheaper than going to main Registration!
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  4. You will get an email confirmation (or you can install Eventbrite on your phone and pull up your ticket there.)  EITHER WAY – walk over to the Pre-Reg Desk, tell them you just bought your ticket on your phone, show them the QR code on your ticket with your I.D., and they will scan you in.

Pretty easy, right?

NOTE: You can buy your Weekend, Saturday, or Sunday pass this way!

WHAT DO I DO AT THE CONVENTION?
Plenty!  There is a complete schedule posted on our website here: www.wasabicon.com/schedule.  There will be printed copies of the schedule (basic) at the convention.  You can download the convention guide on your phone or tablet (more detailed) via Guidebook: guidebook.com/g/wasabicon2015/

I’M HUNGRY! WHERE CAN I GET FOOD?
You have a number of great options!  The hotel has a restaurant on site (Bistro 202) you can order from.  Here’s the info: www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/jaxfl-jacksonville-marriott/

PLUS: One of our sponsors, Jimmy John’s Subs, will be on property giving away free samples all weekend and helping attendees order subs for delivery!

I WANT TO ENTER THE COSTUME CONTEST.  WHAT SHOULD I DO?
You will need to be in full costume at Panels A (San Marco) at 5:30 PM to sign up and be pre-judged on Saturday.  Call time for the contest is 7:00 PM in Events A (Ortega) that same day.  For complete rules and details, click this link: www.wasabicon.com/archives/2770

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WHERE SHOULD I FOLLOW YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Good question.  This depends on what you’re looking for…

BEHIND THE SCENES

Snapchat
Add us on Snapchat.  (User name “wasabicon”)

PHOTOS
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EVENT UPDATES
Twitter Facebook
Add us on Twitter (twitter.com/wasabicon) or Facebook (facebook.com/wasabicon).  Please note that Facebook doesn’t show all posts due to their algorithm, but Twitter does.

OTHER
We *may* add Periscope… so follow up on Twitter to find out.

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS.
Please refer to our FAQ: www.wasabicon.com/faq

I STILL STILL HAVE QUESTIONS.
Email us at contact@wasabicon.com.  If you have a question during the convention, odds are we won’t be able to answer – so try calling the office number.  It fowards to an on site cell phone: (407) 536-9272