1) What is a Animate! Miami?
Animate! Miami is a three day festival and convention meant to celebrate Anime, Animation, Cosplay and other cool stuff that we love! The event takes place at the Miami Airport Convention Center and Doubletree Miami Convention Center Hotel and will include celebrity guests, industry guests, vendors, exhibitors, artists and hundreds of events. Events will include Celebrity and Industry Q&A's / Panels, Costume Competitions, Concerts, Cosplay Contests, Gameshows, Video Game Tournaments, Gaming, Screening Rooms, Workshops and more!
2) When is Animate! Miami?
October 23-25, 2015 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Convention Event Hours / Exhibition Room Hours
Friday, 12:00PM - 2:00AM / 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Saturday, 10:30AM - 2:00AM / 10:30AM - 8:00PM
Sunday, 10:30AM - 12:00AM / 10:30AM - 6:30PM
3) Where is Animate! Miami?
Animate! Miami takes place at the Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC) and Doubletree Miami Airport Convention Center Hotel, 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami FL 33126. The show takes place in both the convention center and hotel, which are attached to each other. If you are coming to the show from out of town, or want to stay with us the entire weekend, there are several options on where to stay, including the Doubletree Hotel, as well as the Springhill Suites and Cambria Suites across the street from the convention center. Each hotel has a special rate for Supercon attendees if you reserve your room early. All the hotel information may be found on the main page of this website. The Convention Center is less than 3 miles away from the Miami Airport, and all our official hotels provide free shuttle service to and from the airport.
4) How do I get to Animate! Miami?
From North: I 95 South, to 836 (west) to exit on 57th Ave. going south. Make a right on NW 7th Street and continue straight until you see the hotel on your right.
From South: I 95 North, to 836 (west) to exit on 57th Ave. going south. Make a right on NW 7th Street and continue straight until you see the hotel on your right.
From East: Take Hwy 836 East to exit on 57th Ave. going south. Make a right on NW 7th Street and continue straight until you see the hotel on your right.
From West: aka Hwy 836 West to exit on 57th Ave. going south. Make a right on NW 7th Street and continue straight until you see the hotel on your right.
As well, you can take the Florida Turnpike to Hwy 836 and exit on NW 72nd Ave or NW 57th Ave.
There are several other ways of getting to the hotel. Feel free to check out Google Maps or Mapquest for more options.
5) How much does it cost to get in?
You can attend the show for one day, two days or all three days. There are different prices for different ticketing options. You can save a considerable amount of money by pre-registering early online via our Buy Tickets page on this website. A 3 day weekend pass starts at $45. Tickets are available as follows:
3 Day Event (Fri/Sat/Sun) Tickets:
SPECIAL EARLY PRICE $45 if purchased before 3/22
$55 if purchased between 3/22 and 6/1
$60 if purchased between 6/1 and 10/1
$70 if purchased after 10/1 and at the show
2 Day (Sat/Sun) Event Tickets:
$50 if purchased before 10/1
$60 after 10/1 & at the show
Friday - Single Day Tickets: $35
Saturday - Single Day Tickets: $35
Sunday - Single Day Tickets: $35
Children nine years of age and under are FREE with a paid parent or guardian. You do not have to purchase a ticket for a child nine years old and under. Just let us know that your child is with you when you check in at the show. Your child MUST be with you at the show when you check in so that they can get an admission bracelet.
There are Group Discounts for Groups of 20 or more
V.I.P. Admission Passes: $150 if purchased before 10/1, $199 if purchased after 10/1
6) Where can I get tickets to the show?
Tickets are available in advance on our website on the tickets page. Tickets will also be available at the convention. When you purchase your tickets online, you will get a ticket confirmation emailed to you. We do not mail individual tickets. Bring the confirmation with you to the show and that's your ticket. If you lose it, don't worry.... we'll have your name on the registration list, just bring your ID.
7) What's there to do at the show?
A lot! There will be over 150,000 sq. feet of events, vendors, artists etc.. making this one of the largest events of its kind in the state! With your paid registration, you get a copy of our program guide, containing a list of all the scheduled events and a show map. You can also see the schedule in advance on our website events page. To get the most enjoyment from the convention, we encourage you to review the scheduled events ahead of time and sort out your plan of attack. This will ensure that you don't miss anything you want to do in the rush of the moment. Some serious con goers plan out their entire weekend weeks in advance; the convention staff have organized their lives around it, so you can well imagine that a little forethought would be handy for everyone. Highlight the can't-miss events, realizing of course that your plans could change in an instant during the flow of events, depending on what your friends (old ones or new-found) have in mind. Count on having previously unknown interests piqued at least once during the convention. Also, please keep in mind that last-minute schedule changes can and will happen with little notice...but by the time we've printed the program guide, things are pretty much set in stone.
8) What's the deal with parking?
There are several parking lots at the convention center, however the lots have been known to get full at certain times. We suggest you get to the show early, so as not to have any parking issues... and to get the most out of the show. Parking rates are $5 for Single entry, $7 for hotel guest overnight parking and includes unlimited in and out and $8 for Unlimited in and out for non hotel guests. The hotel attached to the convention center provides valet parking services as well. We will have shuttle service to offsite parking. That information will be posted on the homepage of this website.
9) Is there food at the show?
Yes... the convention center has a set up for burgers, hot dogs and other traditional convention center food. If you'd like something else, there's an Au Bon Pain in the hotel as well as a regular hotel restaurant. And for those on a Pocky / Ramune diet, we'll have Japanese Snacks at the show too. There are dozens of restaurants of all types within minutes of the convention center. We suggest you check out Yelp and UrbanSpoon online for local suggestions.
10) Can I take pictures and video at the show?
Yes, you can...however there are some rules. Please use common sense. If someone doesn't want their picture taken... or put on video, please respect their wishes. The same holds true for our guests. They are our guests, and have a right to their privacy... so be nice. Many of our Vendors in the Dealer’s Room don’t like to have people take pictures of their set ups, so be sure to ask first. Basically, the answer is, Ask First! Remember, trying to take a pic of one of our guests from a distance may seem harmless to you, but they may not want you to do it. Also, when taking pictures of people in costume, or your friends, please be sure to angle yourselves so that you are not taking a picture across an aisle. When you do that, everyone has to stop and wait for you to take the picture. If you move so that you are both on the same side of the aisle and take the picture in the direction of traffic flow, then people can move past you and you don’t stop the flow of traffic.Filming is prohibited during any film screenings... but all other events are generally good to fi lm. We do reserve the right to limit filming of an event based on a specific guests wishes. Information on taking pictures with our guests is under our next subject, questions about our guests. If you do take some great pictures and video, let us know... send us a copy and we'll put it on our website for the world to see.
11. How can I meet the guests at Animate! Miami?
You have several opportunities all weekend to meet our guests. Every guest will have a table or booth in the main exhibition area where you can go up to speak with them all weekend and get autographs. In addition, all of our guests will take part in Q&A's and panels. To find out when, just check out the events page on our website.
12. How much are autographs?
Well, that depends. Most of the Anime Voice Actors do not charge for autographs and will have scheduled autograph sessions posted on the events schedule. Non Anime voice actors usually charge for autographs, usually in the $20-$30 range. We do not have control over what our guests charge, however we do try to work with them to keep the costs as low as possible. Be sure to ask before you commit to buy one. We do post autograph information on the guest pages as we have them.
13. Can I get my picture taken with the guests?
Again, that depends on the guest. It's up to them. Generally speaking most guests at Animate! Miami will be ok with taking a picture with you, but please ask first. Courtesy will go a long way.
14. What times do your guests sign autographs?
The Anime voice acting guests will have scheduled autograph sessions that will be able to be found on the events page or in the program guide. Each Anime VA usually takes part in one session on Friday, two on Saturday and one on Sunday. Other guests will have tables in the Exhibition Room and will be signing for the majority of each day unless otherwise noted. Be aware that our guests take part in several events at the show and take breaks for lunch, and therefore may be away from their booth or table for extended periods of time. In most of these cases there will be signs on their tables letting you know when they will return.
15. Do the actors have their own items to sign, or do I have to bring things for them?
Well, both! There will be photos for sale at the show, but you can always bring your own items to get signed if you want.
16. Will So and So be there all three days?
Be sure to take a look at the Guest Page. Most guests will be at the show for at least 2 days. We try to put a notation on their guest bio with a notation under their picture telling you what days they will be there.
17. Can you get (Famous Person’s Name) to come to the show again?
It depends on a number of situations. Some people don’t like attending the same show too many times in a row and others are working on new projects. We also try very hard to bring in new and interesting guests each year. But if there is someone you would like to see again, feel free to ask.
18. Can you get (So and So) to come to the show?
We can try. Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions. But remember, work deadlines, family obligations and other time constraints can keep many people from coming to conventions.
19. I’m an agent or rep for an actor who would like to attend your show as a guest, who do I contact?
Contact Mike Broder at email@example.com with details
20. I'm interested in an Artist Alley table. Are there any available?
Head over to the vendors page. If the Artist Alley forms are still listed there, then there are still tables left. Once the tables are sold out, the forms will come down!
21. What vendors will be at the show?
Check our vendors page. We try to list all the attending vendors. If there's a vendor you'd like to see at the show, let them know about us... tell them you'd like to see them come to Animate! Miami.
22. I want to set up a table and sell at the show, who do I contact?
You can reserve your booth(s) on our vendors page. All the information for vendors can be found there.
23) Is there a Costume Contest?
There is! Check the events Page to see when and where.
24) Are there any panels going on at the Convention?
Of course! Without panels, it’s just not a Convention! Check the events page for the Specific show for a list of panels and panel times.
25) Is there an extra charge to attend a panel?
Most events (99%) of the events at Animate! Miami are included with your general admission ticket. There are a very few workshops that require an additional fee.
26) I’m a guest, or Artist in Artist Alley, or Publisher, and I would like to host my own panel. Is that possible?
Absolutely! Go to http://www.animatemiami.com/2012/10/panelist-performer-info-for-animate.html and send the information requested.
27) Can I volunteer to work at the show?
Sure! We always need people! Check out our Volunteer page.
28) Can you watch my kids?
No, we do not provide Child Care services.
29) What are your policies concerning minors?
We encourage people of all ages to come enjoy Animate! Miami, however, in order to make the show a safe and enjoyable environment for all, we do have a requirement that all attendees under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is a registered attendee of Animate! Miami at all times. Please direct all specific inquiries to the Registration staff at the convention.
30) Is the show safe for minors?
Yes, absolutely. We strive to be a family friendly show, however there are a few things you should know. Our show floor is always safe for all ages during exhibition room hours. Panels and events are generally all ages, however certain panels and events will be for older audiences. These events are noted on the website and in the program guide with age recommendations. Events that are 18+ will have security at the door to prohibit minors from entering. After hours events start when the main exhibition area closes and tend to be PG-13. Again, any events that are not appropriate for minors will be marked as such.
31) Is there a dress code for the show?
Since many of our attendees come in costume, we only have a few rules. Keep it PG during the regular exhibition room hours. After hours keep it PG-13. We are a family friendly show. Use common sense. You must wear shoes at all times (no bare feet).
32) Are bags and backpacks permitted into the show?
Yes they are. We do ask that you use common sense when toting them around, as some backpacks are large, bulky and unwieldy and can block aisles or knock into things when you turn around. Also, bags may be subject to search, so be sure you don’t have anything in there that you shouldn’t!
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