CCI still has not made an announcement about exactly when Comic-Con 2014 Badge Preregistration will be, but it has announced what the prices will be! Interestingly, there has been a surprising change in what types of badges are available for purchase. Read on to find out more!
As you will see below, an exact date for 2014 Badge Preregistration has not yet been set, although it will occur “sometime in early 2014.” The most significant piece of information found here is the fact that there is no longer an option to buy a 4-day badge, much less a 4-day with Preview Night badge. Only single day badges are available. However, if you do happen to succeed in purchasing all 4 days, you will have the option to add Preview Night, and be able to consolidate your 4 single day badges into one 4-day badge onsite, as has been an available option in the past.
Also as was the case last year, during preregistration you will only be able to buy badges for up to three people, including yourself, provided they are all eligible for preregistration (meaning that they purchased a 2013 SDCC badge). If what was mentioned in the preregistration update from December works out, you will have a shopping cart that should hold available badge inventory for all members of your party during your registration session, and you will be able to buy everything in one single purchase, rather than having to start all over again for each person for whom you are buying a badge.
The total price for all 4 days plus Preview Night? $200, which is a $25 increase from the $175 price last year.
The below information comes directly from the CCI website:
“Comic-Con is working hard to improve the online registration system and will launch Comic-Con 2014 badge preregistration sometime in early 2014. Only those that have purchased a Comic-Con 2013 4-Day attendee or 1-Day attendee badge, have a valid Member ID, and retain their actual Comic-Con 2013 badge* will be eligible to participate in 2014 badge preregistration. Professionals, guests of professionals, exhibitors, exhibitor purchased attendee badges, volunteers, staff, and press will not be allowed to participate in badge preregistration. Open online registration for the general public and all categories listed above will occur at a later date. If you did not attend Comic-Con 2013, you may participate in open online registration later this year.
- Eligible attendees will be notified via email with badge preregistration instructions and information at least 48 hours prior to the sale. The notification will be sent to the email associated with your Member ID account.
- Please be sure to “opt-in” to e-mail correspondence to receive the badge preregistration announcement. To check your Member ID notification “opt-outs,” log in to your account here and select the option “Change my preferences/unsubscribe.”
COMIC-CON 2014 PRICES
|BADGE TYPE||Adult||Junior**||U.S. Military /
**Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Juniors 13 -17 pay junior prices. Seniors 60 years or older pay the Military/Senior reduced price. Active Military with ID pay the Military/Senior price. This deal does not extend to dependents.
We strongly suggest that you log in to your Member ID account and check your current “Membership Type.” If you are a senior or member of the military, please be sure to update your Membership Type before preregistration to be eligible for the reduced badge price.
New for 2014! Only single day badges will be sold. The Preview Night badge option may only be purchased if you buy a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday badge. Preview Night is not a stand alone badge option. As in 2013, anyone who purchases a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday badge will have the option of consolidating them into one 4-Day badge onsite.
During preregistration you may purchase badges for up to three people total, yourself included.
- Your guest(s) must be eligible for preregistration and they must have their own unique Comic-Con Member ID.
- You will need the Member ID and last name for all individuals you are purchasing for.
You can read all of the details on CCI’s website.
CCI further explained the changes in an additional update, found here, where it also included an example of what the badge selection screen will look like if you’re buying for three people:
“If you make it to the front of the line in the EPIC Registration waiting room, you will begin your badge registration session by entering your Member ID and last name. You will also select the number of people you are purchasing badges for (up to 3 maximum, yourself included). On the following page, you will see the badge grid above. Here you will enter the Member ID and last name of each individual you are purchasing for, and then “validate” their information. Once a member is validated (ie: they are eligible to purchase), you will select the desired and available badge categories for each person by using the simple checkboxes.
For those who want to attend the entire show, simply check the Preview Night box, and all other badges (Thursday through Sunday) will be automatically checked for you. Just one click to get your 4-day with Preview Night option! However, if you do not want to attend Preview Night, you can select the days you wish to attend as individual items. Keep in mind that you may not purchase Preview Night as a stand alone option. If any one of the four single day badges are sold out (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday), the Preview Night checkbox will not be available for purchase.
The decision to move from a 4-Day badge option to single day badge options was to give each attendee more flexibility when purchasing. Since we no longer offer a discount for purchasing all four days, the 4-Day option was repetitive and often lead to people purchasing a 4-Day badge despite not needing to attend every day. We hope this change will allow attendees to purchase only the days they truly need and maximize the number of people who can get a badge to attend Comic-Con.”
What do you think of the elimination of the 4-day badge option? Share your thoughts in the comments below!