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#29: Are You Ready for WonderCon Anaheim 2017? Let’s Review!

We’re already onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center, building the WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Exhibit Hall and programming rooms, so now the only question to ask is: Are YOU ready? Here are some helpful tips to get you ready for actually being at the big show!

Remember to Bring Your Badge or Your Info to Pick Up Your Badge!

If you purchased your badge BEFORE Feb. 27, you should have gotten it in the mail. Make sure you bring it with you, and stop in Hall D to get your lanyard, WCA 2017 Program Book, and bag.  If you purchased it after that date, you can pick up your badge in Hall D, too, along with everything else mentioned in the previous sentence! 3-Day and Friday badgeholders can begin to pick up their badges on Thursday, March 30, from 12:00–7:00 PM. Visit our Badge Purchase FAQ page for hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Wear Your RFID Badge at All Times and Remember to Scan In and Out!

To help prevent scalping and counterfeit badges, WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges are enabled with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags! At various access points in and around the Anaheim Convention Center, you will encounter gates with a large “SCAN HERE” indicator. All you need to do is tap your badge briefly to the indicator. When you do, you’ll get a green light that indicated that you’ve been validated and are okay to enter. When you leave, you must also tap your badge out so you may re-enter when you return. 

It is extremely important you remember to tap your badge when you leave, or you could be denied re-entry and sent to the customer service desk in a different location of the Convention Center. If you are sent to customer service to resolve a badging issue, you will need a photo ID to validate that you are the badge holder of record.

Your WonderCon Anaheim badge must be worn at all times in an easily visible place on your person, so our security people can see it. This badge is what gets you into the building, not to mention the massive Exhibit Hall, panel rooms (while space is available), and even the nighttime events and areas—Anime, Games, our Hospitality Suite, and our new programming room in the Avalon Ballroom—at our Headquarters Hotel, the Hilton Anaheim, right next door to the Convention Center. So keep that badge prominently displayed at all times, and wear it proudly!

Review Toucan Tips and Convention Policies

Review our complete set of Toucan Tips by clicking here or on the link of the same name in our Categories box in the upper right corner of this page. There’s a wealth of info in there (we’ve been doing this for almost a month now!). Also review our Conventions Policy page for information on certain guidelines and rules that will help you have a better time at WonderCon Anaheim 2017!

Plan Ahead!

Going to WonderCon Anaheim with a group of friends? Be sure to designate a place and time to meet in case you get split up. With all the great photos you’ll be taking, your phone battery may run out a lot faster than you anticipated and you’ll want to know how to reunite with your group. There are many spots to regroup, including the lobbies outside of Halls A B, C, and D and the plaza and walkways outside of the Anaheim Convention Center; even the hotel lobbies of the Marriott and the Hilton, right next door to the Center, and they come with handy food and beverage choices. Think ahead and plan a place to meet!

Exhibit Hall

While the Exhibit Hall is larger than it’s ever been this year, making it an extremely busy place. Please be aware of the people around you and try not to stop and clog the aisles by taking photos. Do not sit in the aisles, and remember there’s no doublewide strollers or rolling carts allowed in the Exhibit Hall. Click here for some more "do's and don'ts" for the WonderCon Exhibit Hall.


Remember your collector essentials: Want lists, bags and boards, sketchbooks, pens, poster tubes, etc.

Remember your personal essentials: Phone charger, camera, batteries, water bottle, backpack, snacks, comfortable shoes and a jacket or hoodie for the air-conditioning in the Convention Center. No rolling luggage or carts in the Exhibit Hall; no strollers in the programming rooms, including the Arena. The maps in the Quick Guide will show you where stroller parking areas near the programming rooms are located … click here to view or download the Quick Guide.

Portfolio Review

If you’re showing your portfolio, remember to bring printed copies of your work (never give out original art!), business cards, and resumes. Click here for more info on our Portfolio Review schedule!

Prepare Your Own Personal Programming Schedule

Review our complete Programming Schedule to see what you want to see. Remember you probably won't get in to see everything you want to see, so having some alternate plans is always a good thing! Use our My Schedule function to highlight and keep track of the panels and events you want to attend. It’s easy and it’s free, and it syncs with our App. Speaking of which, don't forget our Official Comic-Con App, which includes updated WonderCon info! Click here to get it from the App Store for iOS, or here for Google Play for Android!

The 2017 Quick Guide

Read online or download our 2017 Quick Guide. It contains maps of the Exhibit Hall, Anaheim Convention Center, and our headquarters hotel, the Hilton Anaheim. The Quick Guide also features the complete 3-day Program Schedule grids, plus listings of all the exhibitors at the show. The Quick Guide comes bound into the center of the WCA 2017 Program Book, which all attendees will receive (while supplies last) when they pick up their badges (or pick up their lanyard, book and bag if they already have their badges) in Hall D.

Social Media #WCA

If you’re posting photos or Tweeting about all the great things you’re seeing and doing at WonderCon Anaheim 2017, please share the love and use our official hashtag: #WCA … share your experiences with the whole wide world!

Anaheim Convention Center Wi-Fi

There is FREE Wi-Fi in the Anaheim Convention Center. Look for “Anaheim Free Wi-Fi.” Please note that this is not high-capacity Wi-Fi … it’s best used just for checking email, Tweeting, and the like, not for uploading or downloading large files, such as videos.

Please be Kind and Courteous

Treat people the same way you’d like to be treated. That includes fellow attendees, exhibitors, cosplayers, staff and volunteers. Remember, we’re all here to have a good time!

Remember to Have Fun!

Actually, we sincerely hope you don’t have to remember that one …every comic convention should be fun! Go with the flow and enjoy everything WonderCon Anaheim 2017 has to offer!

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center. 3-Day and Saturday badges are sold out.