7 JULY 2014
CCI has posted information on
picking up your badge, and it's a little more informative than the grid we all
got with our confirmation email. Most importantly, they cleared up a mystery
that was a source of some contention last summer, but also introduced a
First, here's where and when
you can pick up your badges. This is posted on my 2014 page, and I'll remind
everyone as we get closer.
There are two locations
doing badge pick-up: the convention center and the Town & Country
hotel at 500 Hotel Circle
North. Anyone can pick up their badge at the convention
center but only some people can get their badges at Town & Country.
Four Day Badges with Preview Night: No Town & Country for you. You can pick these up at the
convention center at any point in the Con, during normal Con hours, beginning
at 3:00 pm on Wednesday. That's the official time, anyway, but usually you
can show up around 1:30-2:00 on Wednesday and get badged, no line. If
you intend to get in the exclusives line, that's a critical difference.
"Consolidated" Four Single Day
Badges without Preview Night: You
can pick these up in advance on Wednesday at the Town & Country
Hotel from 3 pm - 8:30 pm; or you can pick these up at the convention
center at any point in the Con, during normal Con hours, beginning at 8:30 am
Thursday Single Day Badge: You can pick these up in advance on Wednesday at the
Town & Country Hotel from 3 pm - 8:30 pm; or you can pick these up at the
convention center on Thursday, beginning at 8:30 am.
Friday Single Day Badge: You can pick these up at the convention center
on Friday, beginning at 8:30 am.
Saturday Single Day Badge: You can pick these up at the convention center
on Saturday, beginning at 8:30 am.
Sunday Single Day Badge: You can pick these up at the convention center
on Sunday, beginning at 8:30 am.
Multiple Single Day Badges:
You can pick these up at the convention center, beginning at 8:30 am, on
your earliest badge day. You can pick all of your badges up at that time.
This does not
apply at the Town & Country. Say you have Thursday, Friday and Sunday
badges, you can only pick up Thursday at the
T&C. Everyone argued over this last year, but CCI has clearly confirmed it
for this year: "The only badge holders available at the Town & Country
Hotel are 4-day consolidated and Thursday holders. For all other daily badge
holders, you will need to visit the Attendee Badge Holder Pick-up Desk."
the part I didn't know. I thought if you bought all four single day badges, you
automatically converted into a 4-day badge on arrival. That's how it went in
the past. Then I read this: "If you opted out of consolidation during
online registration, you will receive all four of your single day badges when
you arrive, however, you must visit the Attendee Help Desk (a separate
Opted out? I
didn't know that was an option during registration, possibly because I have a
Preview Night badge. In any case, I can't
imagine why someone would have opted out of consolidation - but if this is you,
know that you can't go upstairs and get badged like the rest of us. You
have to go to the Attendee Help Desk and enjoy your own special line.
Hopefully this clears up all questions on where to get your badge.