1) What is a Animate Florida?
Animate Florida 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 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, Game Shows, Video Game Tournaments, Gaming, Screening Rooms, Workshops and more!
2) When is Animate Florida?
October 6, 7, & 8, 2017 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Convention Event Hours / Exhibition Room Hours:
Friday, 1:30PM – 1:00AM / 1:30PM – 8:00PM
Saturday, 10:30AM – 2:00AM / 10:30AM – 8:00PM
Sunday, 10:30AM – 8:00PM / 10:30AM – 6:30PM
3) Where is Animate Florida ?
Animate Florida takes place at The Miami Airport Convention Center at 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami FL. 33126. The Convention Center is directly attached to the Doubletree Miami Airport.
4) How do I get to Animate Florida?
Animate Florida takes place at the
From North Via Interstate 95
Take I-95 South to 836 West (Dolphin Expressway)
Follow 836 West to Milam Dairy Rd (NW 72nd Ave.) and exit
Turn left on Milam Dairy Rd
Turn left at the third light then immediate left and follow the sign to the hotel5)
Take Hwy 826 North (Palmetto Expressway) to 836 East (Dolphin Expressway)
Exit on Milam Dairy Rd (NW 72nd Ave)
Turn right on Milam Dairy Rd
Turn left at the second light then immediate left & follow the sign to the hotel
Take Hwy 836 West (Dolphin Expressway) to Milam Dairy Road (NW 72nd Ave) and exit
Turn left on Milam Dairy Rd
Turn left at the third light then immediate left and follow the sign to the hotel
Take Hwy 836 East (Dolphin Expressway) to Milam Dairy Road (NW 72nd Ave) and exit
Turn right on Milam Dairy Rd
Turn left at the second light then take an immediate left and follow the sign to the hotel
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 purchase tickets at https://register.growtix.com/e/animate_florida_2017
Tickets are priced as follows
3 DAY FULL WEEKEND PASSES (FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY)
$65 at the door
2 DAY SATURDAY – SUNDAY PASSES
$55 at the door
SINGLE DAY TICKETS
FRIDAY: $15 at the door
SATURDAY: $35 at the door
SUNDAY: $30 at the door
There are group discounts for 20 or more tickets purchased by a group. Email email@example.com for more details.
Children 9 years of age and under are FREE with a paid parent or guardian. You do not have to purchase a ticket for a child 9 years or younger, 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 or buy your ticket so that they can get the admission bracelet.
V.I.P. PASSES (EXTREMELY LIMITED)
These passes will sell out in advance. They will not be available at the event.
$125 for pre-sale only
V.I.P. Admission benefits include:
(A) Special registration table to avoid the registration lines.
(B) Laminated V.I.P. Badge, unique to V.I.P. badge holders.
(C) Full Admission to the festival for all 3 days.
(D) Entry to the Friday Night V.I.P. Cocktail party: Featuring celebrity and professional guests, music and more! This is a 2 hour OPEN BAR event.
(E) Animate Florida 2017 Mini-Poster.
(F) Animate Florida Tote Bag.
(G) 20% Discount on all Animate Florida merchandise at the official Animate Florida / Florida Supercon store booth.
(H) Fast Pass for Autographs with celebrities. V.I.P.’s will have Fast Pass privileges, and will not need to wait on Autograph line. Guests with big lines for autographs will have a separate line for Fast Pass holders. If you do not see a Fast Pass line, please check in at the V.I.P. Concierge Booth for assistance with the guest you want to meet.
(I) More benefits may be announced at any time.
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 your confirmation or QR code with you to the event. 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 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 MACC. 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.
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 a Shepard Coffee Stand in the hotel mart 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/Zomato 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. And some of our guests charge for photos, 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 film. We do reserve the right to limit filming of an event based on a specific guest’s 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.
Filming is prohibited during any film screenings, but all other events are generally alright to film. 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 Florida?
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.
13) 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 receive it.
12) Can I get my picture taken with the guests?
Again, that depends on the guest. Some will gladly do it for free, others charge a nominal fee (sometimes donated to charity), and others won’t do it at all. We don’t tell our guests what to do or how to do it when they get to the show. It’s their call on what to charge, how much to charge, or even if they will charge. Remember, when you step behind the table to take a picture with the guest, it holds up the line, and for a very popular guest, that can really cause problems. That being said, we do encourage our guests to take photos with fans. We now have a professional photographer at the show to do private photo ops. So now you can have a professional photographer take a photo of you and your favorite Celeb! There is a charge for this, but after the picture is taken, it is printed out in a glossy 8×10 that you can take home with you, or even go and get signed! Note that some guests charge to sign photos or items you bring.
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 (Guest X) 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 exhibitors 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 Florida.
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 exhibitors 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 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 Florida are included with your general admission ticket. There are a few, select workshops that require an additional fee. This fee will be noted in the panel guide.
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 here and submit an application!
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 Florida, 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 Florida 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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