How to do Comic-Con like a pro
Jul 18, 2018 - Bernadine Locsin
How to Comic-Con
It’s almost here! One of the few times of year when you can dress up as anyone and anything you want to be. Chewbacca, Pikachu, future San Diegan, zombie Disney princess, – nothing is too much or too weird during Comic-Con. Whether you’re one the lucky attendees that’s been waiting all year for this glorious event to commence or you’re just heading downtown for the best people-watching of the year, Comic-Con is truly one of the greatest San Diego experiences of all time – if you do it right.
Live your best Comic-Con life.
- Don’t be afraid to walk. All of downtown San Diego will be jam-PACKED with cool activations on buildings, buses, trolleys, street corners, our sunny skies, and bars/restaurants galore. Parking far away might not be such a bad thing.
- Download Ace Parking app. If you’re one of the many people who weren’t quick enough to get the sold-out Comic-Con parking spaces, you can download the free Ace Parking app to see where all of the available public parking spots are at. Thursday morning is usually the most challenging time for parking, since many people will be trying to navigate around downtown for the first time. Just be patient and embrace it.
- Or take the Trolley. The SDCCU Stadium (Formerly Qualcomm Stadium) is an easy and convenient alternative to braving downtown in a car. For the small price of a trolley ticket, you can park and enjoy a leisurely ride to and from downtown, most likely seated next to your favorite superhero and villain.
- Wear comfortable close-toed shoes and socks. We get it. It’s San Diego, and people wear flip-flops here. But Comic-Con draws thousands of people into downtown San Diego. That means the streets, sidewalks, and any other surface will be taken up by people walking every which way. You are most likely to get stomped on and/or will be walking a couple miles. Wear your comfy shoes and you’ll be thankful later.
- Embrace the lines. Lines are everywhere. For the panels, the crazy cool photo ops, and especially at all of the nearby restaurants and bars. It’s okay, just hop in and know that whatever you’re waiting for will be worth it. The people-watching alone will surely set your spirits back up.
- Know your way around. A lot of time can be wasted by trying to navigate around the crowds. Don’t be that lost soul, desperately in need of an iced coffee but can’t figure out where to get it. Do your homework to know where you’d want to get food/drinks from and where they are located in downtown. Also note that Harbor Drive will be closed for the first time this year. The Convention Center put together some helpful maps, so you don’t drive around like a newb.
- Have fun! This is a time for you to explore everything nerdy with people all around who share that same passion. From comics to tabletop games to movies to books, it has everything. Talk to people in lines, make friends. Who knows, you could meet your new BFF...or roommate for when you finally take the San Diego plunge.
For more convention-related tips, we sourced this list for you: http://collider.com/sdcc-tips-and-tricks
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Good luck, and don't forget your sunscreen.