Considering going for the first time

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#1 PandaTeddy on 3 years ago

I've never been to Anime USA just because it usually falls during a very busy time of year for me, but after seeing the guest list this year I'm strongly considering checking it out for the first time.

How is the con overall and what's the atmosphere like? Is it big and crowded and crazy, small and laid-back, or somewhere in between?

Also, how is it walking to and from the convention if you're not staying in the hotel? I'm honestly very apprehensive about walking through DC in cosplay, (and especially if I were to have a prop weapon), from my car to the con space. I'd be willing to change at the con, but then I'd have to carry a bag of my clothes around with me all day. Is there some sort of bag check or alternative to having to change at the con center?

Is there anything else about this con a first time attendee should know?

#2 micro-babe on 3 years ago

I haven't been to AUSA either so I don't know about bag checks or the atmosphere but I'm very familiar with the area. It's pretty nice and I think the city likes to keep it that way because families won't want to take their kids to the zoo if it's super sketchy. I always metro in so I don't exactly know how far parking would be other than street parking but the one year Katsucon was there, no one cared about prop weapons and the only person to bother me about cosplay was a guy asking why there were so many people dressed up. And I took the metro each day of the con.

#3 PandaTeddy on 3 years ago

Thanks for your response!

I ended up finding a bunch of friends interested in going as well so we can afford to get a room for the weekend now instead of just driving down for one day.

That's really good to know, thank you!
I'm excited now, I hope it's good. =)

#4 Dragneel2040 on 3 years ago

It's really great, I've gone acouple years. Do u still need people to fill the room and get the cost down? I'm a great roommate I'm just still looking for someone to room with. If it wud help I could show you around the con. I have the hotel memorized by now. Send me a message with your answer.

#5 DespairedPheonix on 3 years ago

I love Anime USA. It's my second favorite convention, Katsucon being the first. It's not a huge convention, but it's not too small, either. The hotel is really pretty, and the outside of the hotel is gorgeous as well. I've never had a problem with staff or registration, which are two big things for me.

#6 belligerent on 3 years ago

[QUOTE]Is there anything else about this con a first time attendee should know?[/QUOTE]

Yes. If you don't get there early, parking is really stupid. The parking for the hotel fills up pretty fast and the other options are kind of a hike.

#7 loz64 on 3 years ago

Anime USA was my first con and the con I've almost always returned to year after year. Every time I go the staff are pleasant, I never have to wait too long in registration, and I always have a good time at panels or hanging out in the dealer's room or wherever. It's big enough where there's always something going on, but small enough where you don't get lost in crowds or spend half your time waiting in line. And the hotel where it is hosted now is very nice, although a little expensive.

#8 Gassy4 on 3 years ago

Also my first time going to Anime USA I'm traveling by Megabus With 2 friends I just hope that I won't have any trouble taking my wooden keyblade on the bus from Philly or on the Metro in DC I'm not as worried about Metro as I am about Megabus since I don't have any trouble on Septa in Philly

#9 micro-babe on 3 years ago

[QUOTE=Gassy4;4999559]Also my first time going to Anime USA I'm traveling by Megabus With 2 friends I just hope that I won't have any trouble taking my wooden keyblade on the bus from Philly or on the Metro in DC I'm not as worried about Metro as I am about Megabus since I don't have any trouble on Septa in Philly[/QUOTE]

Literally no one gives a damn about the metro haha. Maybe if someone did, it would actually work once in a while. I ride the red line all the time, which is where Woodley Park is (this is the stop you need to take) and it's kind awful. And that's one of our nicest lines.

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