1) What is a Paradise City Comic Con?
Paradise City Comic Con is a three day festival and convention to be held each year meant to celebrate Comic Books, Animation, Cartoons, Anime, Video Games, Cosplay, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Pop Culture and other cool stuff that we love! It is a truly unique celebration and has more programming than any other show of its kind in Florida, with over 500 unique events!
The event takes place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale 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 Paradise City Comic Con?
December 9-10-11, 2016 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Convention Event Hours / Exhibition Room Hours:
Friday, 12:30PM – 1:00AM / 12:00PM (VIP Entrance), 12:30PM (Regular Entry) – 8:00PM
Saturday, 10:30AM – 2:00AM / 10:00AM (VIP Entrance), 10:30AM (Regular Entry) – 8:00PM
Sunday, 10:30AM – 8:00PM / 10:00AM (VIP Entrance), 10:30AM (Regular Entry) – 6:30PM
3) Where is Paradise City Comic Con?
Paradise City Comic Con takes place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale at 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina is a 2-minute stroll from the Convention Center. 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 Hilton Hotel and The Embassy Suites. Each hotel has a special rate for PCCC attendees if you reserve your room early. All the hotel information may be found on the main page of this website.
4) How do I get to Paradise City Comic Con?
Paradise City Comic Con will take place at The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center,
ADDRESS: 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
CONVENTION CENTER PHONE: 954.765.5900
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center is located directly east of US1 off of SE 17th Street Causeway on Eisenhower Blvd. It is attached to the northern end of Port Everglades, the world’s largest cruise port.
From Interstate North or South: Florida Turnpike or I-95. Exit I-595 East to US-1 North (Federal Highway). US-1 (Federal Highway) to SE 17th Street (East). Follow SE 17th Street to Eisenhower Boulevard – (South). The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center main entrance is SE 20th Street.
From Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood Airport: US-1 North (Federal Highway) to SE 17th Street (East). Follow SE 17th Street to Eisenhower Boulevard – (South). The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center main entrance is SE 20th Street.
FROM US-1 (FEDERAL HIGHWAY) NORTH OR SOUTH: US-1 (Federal Highway) to SE 17th Street (East). Follow SE 17th Street to Eisenhower Boulevard – (South). The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center main entrance is SE 20th Street.
From A1A Highway North: A1A South turns into to SE 17th Street. Follow SE 17th Street to Eisenhower Boulevard – (South). The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center main entrance is SE 20th Street.
From A1A Highway South: A1A North to East Dania Beach Boulevard. East Dania Beach Boulevard US-1 North (Federal Highway). US-1 North to SE 17th Street (East). Follow SE 17th Street to Eisenhower Boulevard – (South). The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center main entrance is SE 20th Street.
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 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 $55 if purchased before 4/1
$65 if purchased between 4/2 and 8/1
$70 if purchased between 8/2 and 11/1
$75 purchased after 11/2 and at the show
2 Day (Sat/Sun) Event Tickets:
$55 if purchased before 11/1
$65 after 11/2 & at the show
Single Day Event Tickets:
$30 purchased before 8/15
$35 after 8/15 and at the show
Saturday Single Day:
$35 purchased before 8/15
$40 after 8/15 and at the show
Sunday Single Day:
$30 purchased before 8/15
$35 after 8/15 and at the show
V.I.P. Admission Passes: $250 if purchased before 11/1, $275 if purchased after 11/2
Children under four years of age and under are FREE with a paid parent or guardian. You do not have to purchase a ticket for a child four 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 present at check in to receive an admission bracelet.
There are Group Discounts for Groups of 20 or more.
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 200,000 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?
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center parking is conveniently connected to the Northport Parking Garage with covered, air conditioned skywalks. Northport Parking Garage is well-illuminated and security patrolled. 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 $3 0-1 hour, $6 Up to 5 hours, ($1 per hour thereafter up to daily maximum), $15 Daily maximum, $19 Daily maximum for oversized vehicles. Fees are per entry, based on each 24-hour period. 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 full line of concessions, presented by Savor with wraps, burgers, salads, hot dogs and other traditional convention center food. As well, 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 Paradise City Comic Con?
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?
Most guests sign autographs for the majority of the time that the Exhibition Room and Celebrity Hall of Fame are open. The exceptions to this are anime voice actors, guests who have a limited schedule at the show and celebrities that have specific scheduled autograph times. Be sure to check their bio and the Guest page to see what days they are attending the show and to see if there is any specific notes about their autograph schedules. As well, scheduled autograph sessions are always posted on the event schedule. 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 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 Paradise City Comic Con.
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 Paradise City Comic Con 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 Panelist Application and send the information requested.
27) Can I volunteer to work at the show?
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 Paradise City Comic Con, 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 Paradise City Comic Con 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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