Are There Lines and How Do I Avoid Them?

by | Nov 29, 2017

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 FacebookTwitter or Instagram, or by sending an email to Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the con.



  1. Kayna

    These are good tips, but the biggest problem that I saw with the lines on Saturday in ’17 was that people getting off public transit didn’t know where to go. The majority didn’t go to the end of the line for entry, but skipped to the entrance and skipped the line. The good kids that went to end of line then had to wait HOURS to get in. If there is clear direction to help with those crowds (large signs & people, not just the maps or ‘planning ahead’), the lines for entry will move along much better.

    • Tara

      Kayna, we are definitely working to improve both the signage and the number of people directing traffic.

  2. Andrew Peters

    Are backpacks aloud?

    • Tara

      Andrew, yes, backpacks are allowed. However, you will be required to go through bag check upon entry.

  3. Terre

    What is the least crowded day to attend? And is there a way to find out when a certain celebrity will be there?

    • Tara

      Terre, the least crowded day is Friday, followed by Sunday. Saturday is always the busiest day and will have the longest lines. Regarding days appearing for celebrity guests, we’ll have that information on our website very soon.


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