AniMinneapolis 2017

May 26-28, 2017
Minneapolis, MN

Review of AniMinneapolis 2016

AniMinneapolis is a very fun convention held annually at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in a very nice part of downtown Minneapolis, next to a pedestrian mall street. The convention itself ran smoothly with everything on time, and had a great guest list for its size. All staff were friendly, and the biggest events, particularly as the main concerts, were impressive. The only thing they could improve is getting even more major events and guests. Overall, a very enjoyable convention.

About AniMinneapolis 2017

Genres
AniMinneapolis 2017 is a multi-genre convention with a focus on anime happening in 2017. It will take place at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN. AniMinneapolis is an epic anime convention held annually in Minnesota. This three-day extravaganza of Japanese culture brings together thousands of anime fans for a fun-filled weekend of cosplay, guests, anime screenings, music, concerts, social events, and beyond.

People attend AniMinneapolis to have fun and make new friends while cosplaying. It's one of the best organized, most fun conventions any person could possibly attend. Staff are friendly and fellow congoers are always awesome. It's a family-oriented event with events for people of all ages. There are some events for adults as well (18+), which are age-restricted from minors.

Every year AniMinneapolis gets bigger and better with more guests and more special events than ever before. Recurring highlights include huge collectible card game tournaments (Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh), a formal dance called the Fantasy Ball that comes with dance lessons, a date auction to get dates for said dance, and more.
Map to AniMinneapolis

AniMinneapolis is categorized as a large anime convention. Generally larger anime conventions, with attendance approximately from 5,000 to 20,000 people, have a wide variety of different events incorporated into the convention's programming. While the convention may be primarily focused on anime, elements of popular culture are likely to be big as well. At anime conventions of this size most people cosplay, which is a defining difference between anime cons and comic cons where fewer than a quarter of all participants cosplay. Attendees can generall expect a convention of this size to have several huge main events, which may be concerts, fashion shows, or sessions with famous special guests, in addition to hundreds of smaller events.

Going to a large anime convention gets to be a bit different than attending medium-size and small anime conventions, as events are typically a lot more spread out to accomodate the number of attendees. Hotel rooms may be further away from convention events, and parking may be difficult or expensive. There may be a larger variety of activities but some of them may have lines that form hours in advance. Attendees generally want to come prepared for occasionally long lines, depending on how well the convention is organized, possibly more expensive parking, and a bit more walking.

Attendee tips for going to AniMinneapolis 2017

Attendees should research hotel and registration information as early as possible, as tickets for the convention and cheap hotel rooms may sellout several months prior to the convention. When packing, it is always advisable to bring extra supplies including a sewing kit, asprin, socks, and anything else that may be needed during the convention. Granola bars and other healthy snacks may end up being a cheaper alternative than the available food nearby.

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN
Con Statistics
Large (5-15K)
15K Attendees
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