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I do not speak for Dragon Con officially so nothing that I say can be assumed to be official Dragon Con policy in any way shape or form.

If you are doing ON-SITE REGISTRATION at DragonCon and want to make getting your badge as fast as possible do the following:

Do NOT show up early before opening to stand in line. I MEAN IT. The longer the line is before they start processing the badges, the WORST the wait is. Here is why: Lets say there are 1000 people in line at start. Lets say they can process 1000 people an hour. Lets say 1000 an hour also show up and join the line. That means that the line will ALWAYS have 1000 people in it. It also means there will always be a full room and things will get absurdly hot because that room is designed to have that many people in it all the time.

While you are standing in line, you fill out a white form with all your contact info. Make sure you PRINT LEGIBLY. Do NOT write in cursive. This is hard to read. PRINT LARGE so that its easy to READ. Do NOT leave sections of the form blank. It slows them down as they usually ask you if that was intentional.

Bring CASH. Do not use a credit card because you have to wait for the machine to process it and you have to sign. If you bring cash its really really fast.

Bring your old badge from a previous DragonCon. Why? Because your membership number is on it. Your membership number (also called your badge number) doesn't change from year to year. If your info hasn't changed and you give them your membership number then from the point where you actual get to the Data Entry section of the process, it can be as fast as 10 seconds. instead of a full minute. And the reason you bring the badge rather than memorize the number is that the badge won't be wrong. :)

Bring a picture ID from the following list only: Drivers License, Military ID, Passport, Official State issued ID. Anything else will SLOW THINGS DOWN. You might even be refused.
Also, once you take out your ID at Data Entry, do NOT put it back up as you will need to show it again at badge pickup.

Spread the news folks.

Date: 2010-07-12 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arasirsul.livejournal.com
Any recommendations for folks who pre-registered? Aside from "give up and try again next year"? :)

Date: 2010-07-13 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vernard.livejournal.com
1) If you can get your postcard to me, I can get your badge to you. Then you just have to find me. Which is probably easier :-)

2) Make sure you pay close to attention to the horrible signage. Its hard to see but its correct. Being in the wrong line can really make things horrible for you and all the folks around you.

3) Find me early and have me get your badge. Seriously :-)

Date: 2010-07-13 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arasirsul.livejournal.com
I may take you up on that this year. Flight doesn't get in 'til fairly late Thursday.

Date: 2010-08-30 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonewolf545.livejournal.com
I'll take you up on that for Katie and my badges... Call you when I get down there Thursday?

Date: 2010-08-30 12:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vernard.livejournal.com
That works. I shoudl be there all day on Thursday.

Date: 2010-07-13 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dr-nebula.livejournal.com
Thankfully, I'm a guest once again.

Of course, I have to bust my ass prepping and doing a 1/2 dozen panels. hmm..I wonder if its really worth it?

Date: 2010-07-13 04:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bozini.livejournal.com
OK what do you know about Kids at the con? 7 year old boy? Should I take him? Will he have stuff to do and enjoy?

I called and am told "yes bring kids its fun" and I ask "what do kids do?" and the answer I keep getting is "stuff"

which does NOT help to decide to spend nearly $100 on a 7 year old for a weekend.

Help!

kids are people too

Date: 2010-07-13 04:24 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Drago. Con has a young adult literature track. Its wildly popular with the harry potter, twilight, and other tween dtuff. I think 7 is A bit young for that stuff though. Its not gonna be worth the $100 in my opinion. Better to bring him to the free parade on Saturday morning.

Re: kids are people too

Date: 2010-07-13 02:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bozini.livejournal.com
We go to the parade every year. I suppose it would really depend on what books they do but they are not announcing for a while yet.

Date: 2010-07-13 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] walkinlikecain.livejournal.com
or like I did back in the day when it was 250.00 get a eternal membership...line is like 30 seconds.

Date: 2010-07-14 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vernard.livejournal.com
They actualyl don't sell Eternal badges every year strangely enough. They are done as a benefit to the hard core attendees. They lose money on it.

Date: 2010-07-14 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wiggyfish.livejournal.com
Forwarded this to [livejournal.com profile] stalia and [livejournal.com profile] nikkomega. The latter says, "My suggestion for DragonCon line shortening: if you get to the front of the line without filling out your little form completely, you are escorted by security to the back of the line, all the way back outside and around three blocks."

Date: 2010-07-14 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vernard.livejournal.com
The signage was horrible last year. They are hoping to work on that a lot. They are also going to have people doing nothing but hearding folks in line and making sure that they have the forms filled out BEFORE they get to payment booth.

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