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  1. The same temperature will be great for some, horrid for others and just a hodge-podge for everyone. If your cosplaying Lum, 70 can be freezing. If you're cosplaying Priss (in a hardsuit) 70 is potentially heaven. Having done the latter (but not the former) I was very happy with the AC in the WEWCC.
  2. Number of attendees?

    I'd insert an Amen gif if the rules allowed . . . I'll guess 27,594. We have a TON of room to expand and it's great to have everything *all in one place again.*
  3. Otakon 2017 Hotel Feedback

    YUP! If I have the opportunity, I'll stay there again - even if it's not for Otakon. They've earned my business!
  4. Can everyone please read this? The above statement (IMHO) perfectly captures the facts of the situation as well as the back and forth in the discussion on this subject. This would have been an issue anywhere and I (and many others) feel Otakon deserves major props for 1) taking this step and 2) improving the situation on the fly.
  5. Thanks - I remember that review now (I did a quick search - the "Let it Go" comment brought the whole thing back. Hopefully they'll raise their game next year.
  6. Interesting, because my experience was the opposite. Granted I never went to the Panera Bread but the other food places I went to were eager to have us. Of course, that's space allowing and that's going to vary. I especially was surprised the hotel wasn't ready for you. Our hotel was *AWESOME* and definitely wanted us. You said you liked staying at the Marriott (citing the tunnel) but was it the general noise/crowd of the hotel or was it something else? Did you leave a review in the hotel thread? I'm going to check that place next. The people in the area seemed to fall under two categories from what I noticed: 1) HeyLemmeTaekYurPicture and 2) IgnoreCrowdWhileListeningToHeadphones. But that's only my experience.
  7. Otakon 2017 Hotel Feedback

    Very welcoming! Loved that! The mini-fridge was in the dresser. Neat touch, but it took us about 30 minutes to find it. ~_^
  8. I have been waiting for this thread!!! Given my history w/ Otakon - my second longest annual pilgrimage - I feel I have some views to offer. The Good. Room at the convention. Room to breathe, room to walk, room to take pictures without jamming up the place, room to check your map, just . . . room. Otakon felt like there were a ton of people but not crowded. Hard to strike that balance. Digital signage. This was one of the most useful and – perhaps – underappreciated aspects of moving to a modern convention center. From the big digital board by the main entrance to the smaller boards which had the schedule – and a marker showing the current time – digital signage was a major plus. Information Abundance. Between the Ota-staff with the “Information” flags walking about the WEWCC and the Center staff at the information desks, all the ones we dealt with were very helpful. When I couldn’t find a room (for the BGC 30th Anniversary panel) it was very easy to find a staff member and get general directions. Dealer’s Room. OMGWTFBBQ. Best. Dealers. Room. EVAR. Well, not quite. There were selections I hadn’t seen before at Otakon, but that will vary greatly from attendee to attendee as to what they like. But why I rate this so highly is because of the following: Tons of room. I could spin in a circle and not hit anyone. And I have long arms. Food Options. Several, and they were busy without huge lines (when we went) and the options somewhat varied. Places to sit. I cannot overstate this. The value of being able to sit down and eat while in the dealers room made it a much better experience. Video Screens. More crisp than I remember from last year. The chairs were more comfortable as well. Light. Another underappreciated aspect of many conventions. Natural light. While it was brightest in the area outside the video game room, natural light was everywhere that wasn’t the dealers room or artist alley. Guidebook Updates. I really appreciated getting a “ping” from my phone with updates for time changes and (sadly) cancelled events. The Hey feature I thought was great and I loved the fact you could tag a location on the artist alley map with the artist you wanted to see. Ease of movement between hotel and WEWCC. Once past bag check I never had an issue moving between the two. The Otamuseum was a priority for me on Sunday and there was a panel in the WEWCC I wanted to attend as well, and moving between the two was no problem. It wasn’t a problem at any time during the convention. The layout of the hotel is different from the CC so it wasn’t as roomy, but bouncing between Ota-Chan and the Matsuri fairly often was not a problem at all. Bathrooms. Either we got cleaner or they were cleaned fairly often. I’m not suggesting they were spotless or anything, but they were better than the ones I’ve used at the MCI/Verizon/Capital One SportsBox. THURSDAY PRE REG PICKUP. ALL CAPS NEEDED. I have never, nor will ever have a shorter line than what I had Thursday night. Mailing badges made a HUGE difference; needing a child badge for our collective a mail in option won’t work for me. But that was AMAZEBALLS!!! Improvement of the Bag Check. As the convention went along it seemed the lines got shorter. Otakon posted the bag checks were going to be cursory – this was not a TSA check to be sure – but after the first morning whatever adjustments Otakon/WEWCC staff made began to pay off. I also suspect part of that was registration/pickup was reduced after that time as well, and that likely contributed to the shorter bag check line. Photo suite. Used it for the second time personally, and it was the first group shot I was a part of. Well organized, relaxing and a good area. Photographer was nice and worked with us . . . but I do have a bit later on about that. Action Figure Box. I don’t recall seeing this before, but it was both a great idea and a great location! Big props for this. Hotels and Area Restaurants. Won’t get into detail here, but I loved both of these things. My Hotel feedback is in the appropriate thread and the businesses in the area were good with us! The Bad. Cancellations. It felt to a few in our group there were more cancellations this year. Granted, that’s likely just a perception. In the past there were no digital signs to post this information and Guidebook felt like it was updated more frequently than before, so perhaps the cancellations were the same as previous years. A few empty spots in the dealers room. I felt bad for the vendors who were shoved all the way to the right – especially Crimson Chain – because there were tons of empty booths. On Sunday there were vendors who moved to where the others were to increase foot traffic. Does the option exist for vendors who show up to have the option to move Friday night before Saturday if other vendors haven’t shown up or there are other empty booths available? Fuzzy pictures are fuzzy. We got hi-res pictures and they looked ok on the screen when the group was choosing what pictures to get – we wound up getting them all – but when I looked at them on a computer and selected “actual size” I saw the pictures were actually out of focus on several of the pictures. There was one of our group who didn’t wear any black, and those pictures were fine. However the others, including the group shots, were out of focus when viewed actual size. This wasn’t pixilation, this was out of focus. And we can’ go back and re-pose. In hindsight it makes me question if *for my group* the hi-res photos are even worth it. If Otakon would like to reach out to me directly I can provide the information needed if you want to do any follow up. The Ugly. Bag Check Line on Friday Morning. Ok, you knew this was coming. I referenced it before but had to acknowledge it here. But it did improve and Otakon only had 2 weeks to prepare. Perhaps a change in entry times vs. when the first panel begins will be one of the solutions for next year. TL;DR version: More Newer is Better, More Room is More Better, More info is More Gooder; Long lines is Much Bad, Fuzzy Photos = Sad Panda. Otakon has moved a total of four times. The move from Penn State to Hunt Valley I missed; I’ve been part of every other venue change. As a result, I feel those of us who’ve been through a move have a different perspective than those who haven’t . . . and specifically with Otakon moving. This is the best move of the three I’ve experienced, but it’s been a looooong time since the last move. Well done, Otakon.
  9. Hotels 2018?

    I'm all for taking the time to make adjustments. I'm still riding my natural high from Otakon and have already marked the dates in my calendar for next year.
  10. Otakon 2017 Hotel Feedback

    Parking was $35.00 per day which is *relatively* good for a downtown D.C. hotel, and you get in/out privileges to boot.
  11. Otakon 2017 Hotel Feedback

    I'm glad to read this. I was especially looking for your feedback for a couple reasons. One, you've been to Otakon more often than I have and, as a result, you have more experience that I do with this (and I started in '97!) Two, you had expressed reservations about the move to DC and the hotel options. There was the basic $12.95 Wi-Fi and the more expensive "high speed" Wi-Fi. Which option did you go with? My bad. Reading is fundamental.
  12. Still a day to go, but...

    thank you for explaining this! We were in Otachan at the time and a few of us wondered where the earthquake was coming from. Creepfactor: 5.6/10.
  13. Bag check line - bravo *slow clap*

    This. I had a similar experience. Getting in Friday morning was pretty bad. We were told we had to go in via the hotel even though we had our badges. Would have saved us time and we would have gotten to our 9:00AM panel . . . but this was the first time for everyone with this. Later it was much better and I felt it got better as the convention went on. The combined time between pre-reg pickup on Thursday + the bag line on Friday was 45 minutes. All of that time was the bag check line. Even were it not, I suspect many on this forum would have sacrificed small animals for a combined 45 minute wait during the last few years. I did have friends/family who were caught in lines again Saturday morning, but they moved much faster and were handled better. I give props to Otakon for adjusting on the fly and expect a better overall experience next year. This would have been an issue anywhere. It takes practice to get it right.
  14. Otakon 2017 Hotel Feedback

    I stayed at the Renaissance Thursday through Sunday. Here’s my take Pros: Check in was smooth. The young lady who checked us in was wonderful! I had requested either double beds or a king w/ a pull out couch or roll away bed. When we got to our room and found a King w/o a rollaway, I went down and spoke to her. She called right away to make sure it was on the way and – while I was getting luggage from the car – the extra bed arrived. She also explained Wi-Fi was included and how to access it. The actual room was wonderful and had a great view of Otakon. While more expensive than the Days Inn (and what isn’t?) this wasn’t as “cheap” as the Days Inn either. The fridge was very well hidden, as was the safe. Bathroom was top notch and I wish I had that sink at home! Parking. The in/out option is a plus for those who care. I do, even though the car didn’t move the entire time. Staff and Presentation. Not only were the staff friendly and welcoming – especially important if you have little ones – I was very pleased to see wall scrolls on the walls and anime-themed t-shirts commonly around the hotel. When they rang a gong Thursday evening and offered samples to con-goers in the lobby I about did back flips. I *never* recall witnessing something like that in Baltimore. Internal smoking space. The small patio inside the hotel – in a Japanese garden motif – made for some great photo opportunities. I don’t smoke but a family member does, and she was able to use that space. Bar/Restaurants. Our group made good use of both. I never felt bad getting food at the hotel. Cons: No microwave. Would have made the doggie bags more of an option. No pool. Granted with all we were doing the whole con I doubt we would have used it, but it’s a reason we didn’t pack our bathing suits. (really a quibble) food was a bit more expensive. We did the breakfast bar and it was certainly more than the Days Inn. However it’s comparable to other places of the same level and you can’t really argue with custom omelets on demand. Also fresh waffles or pancakes. Also, also . . . sample “smoothies” from the chef! You notice not too many cons. I will happily stay here next year! Parking was less than the Marquis, the rooms were comfy and well appointed, and the price was very good considering what you get with the hotel. My biggest takeaway: I felt the hotel *wanted* us there. That’s a great start to a relationship with DC.
  15. Dealers room map

    Hmm. Feeling like a dork, but I can't find the "Members Only" from the main site. I wanted to check the dealer's room list. I've been able to log in with my membership, so that's fine. However I can't find either a members only section nor the dealer room list. Any help? Plllleeeeeease?