Are There Lines and How Do I Avoid Them?
Waiting in line is no one’s idea of a great time, but we all know that when you go to a large event, theme park, or sporting event, they are inevitable. While Denver Comic Con (DCC) does its best to move people as efficiently as possible, some strategic planning ahead on your part can dramatically decrease your stress on con days. Here are some things you need to know before you go.
Know Where You’re Going and How You’ll Get There
We provide maps and support personnel outside the convention center to direct people to the proper entrance, but locating that entrance for yourself ahead of time can save you a lot of walking, which leads to the next point: Consider how you’ll get to the convention center.
Depending on your mobility, the mobility of those in your party and whether you have children in tow, you can choose a range of options. Know that driving and parking is going to be the most expensive and frustrating option, given that there is another citywide event happening during the con in 2018.
If it’s possible, parking at a light rail station and riding in to the stop at the convention center is a good option, as is using a service like Lyft (iOS or Android) or even a taxi, which can drop you wherever you want to be and pick you up at your whim.
Lines Happen – Have a Plan to Wait in Them
Bring a snack and/or drink, wear comfortable shoes, and chat up the people around you – maybe make some new friends.
The fastest line to get into the convention center is the one for folks who don’t have bags or props. So, if you can, leave those things at home and you’ll get inside the building faster.
We do know, however, that lots of people require bags and many choose to bring props. You can still do yourself a favor by checking our prop and cosplay policies ahead of time (once they are posted), which make it clear what’s allowed in and what is not.
Have those bags open and ready for inspection as you approach the security check, and be prepared to have your prop inspected if you have one.
PRO TIP: if you plan to buy things at the con, come in without a bag, buy a great $5 DCC tote inside the con, or score one of those free giant bags from Stylin’ and carry out all your great swag.
Saturday is Going to Be Packed – It’s the Busiest of the Three Days
If you plan to attend on Saturday, and you want to be among the first to enter the convention center, plan to wait longer. The number of people who arrive from 8-10 a.m. is typically the most at one time all weekend.
We can only process thousands of people so fast, so if waiting an hour or more in a long line is not something you’re prepared to do, we strongly recommend one of two potential courses:
1: Attend Friday or Sunday
2: Arrive a bit later to the con for the day, especially if you don’t have a pressing need to be there right at 10:00 am.
Of course, it’s always our goal to get everyone in the door as quickly as possible, but being prepared to wait can save stress and allow you to be pleasantly surprised if it all happens faster than you planned.
The Bottom Line
So, the sum is that yes, there will be lines to get into the convention center, but your stress associated with them can be greatly mitigated by some good planning ahead.
Know that we’re always happy to answer your questions and be of assistance in that planning, so don’t hesitate to ask us! You can do this by messaging us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the con.