Tomorrow morning tens of thousands of people are going to be logging online to participate in the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International pre-registration event. If you think that sounds like an exaggeration there were more than 130,000 people at SDCC last year and every single one of those attendees who attended on a general attendee badge is eligible to participate tomorrow morning.


That’s a lot of competition.

Luckily one of the perks of attending SDCC the year before is this pre-registration event. A limited number of badges will be available and those attendees hoping to return from last year get the first shot at them. But if you don’t get tickets this time around – don’t panic! (Okay, panic a little.) Open registration will happen sometime in the spring.

But let’s think positively!

Here’s what you need to know for tomorrow.

  • Pre-registration starts at 8 AM PST.
  • Eligible members can enter the waiting room at that time.
  • The code can be found by logging in to your Member ID account under ‘Registration Info.’
  • All eligible members hoping to participate must enter the waiting room before 9 AM PST.
  • Badge sales will begin at 9 AM PST.
  • Four-Day badges with Preview Night will cost $245.
  • You can buy badges for up to three members – but only those eligible for pre-registration themselves.

There is no way to really give yourself any sort of leg up when it comes to buying tickets any more. The waiting room assigns people randomly to a queue regardless of when they enter. Someone entering at 8 AM theoretically has the same chance of getting tickets as someone who logs in at 8:59 AM.

The best things you can do are be informed about the process and coordinate with friends.

If there are several of you trying for tickets, help each other out! As long as you are all eligible for pre-registration you can buy tickets for one another. You will need the other attendees’ Member IDs and last names to register for them. Make sure to have your credit card numbers ready. You have a limited time to complete your purchase before you’re booted from the registration page.

We’ll be online with you all in the morning keeping you up-to-date on all the pre-registration shenanigans on our Twitter account. (We’ll be buying tickets for our friends, too, so we feel your pain).

Some other accounts to follow on Twitter including @comic_con@SDCCnerdsattack, and @SD_Comic_Con. You should also keep an eye on the #SDCC hashtag. People will share their joy and frustration with you and you can comiserate with everyone else who is trying to beat the odds and score tickets!

So, with all this in mind, get your Member IDs together and consult the Toucan Blog and official SDCC website for more information.

And may the Force be with you!

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