Please see here for common questions and answers around Anime NYC’s 2023 badge launch. If you have any questions not answered here, please email us at [email protected]. This is the best and fastest way to get answers for your Anime NYC questions.
Anime NYC will cap Anime NYC+ and 3-Day badges at two (2) per order given their limited number. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday badges will all be capped at six (6) per order, the same number as previous years.
Anime NYC launched badges at 12 noon in previous years but heard from fans wanting a later launch time based on work and school schedules. There’s unfortunately no day or time that will be a match for everyone, but we hope this later launch is a match for more fans.
Yes, in case of high traffic, there will be a virtual queue system set up to assure our registration website remains online. When you visit our registration website, you will be automatically placed into a virtual queue in the order you arrive.
Our customer service, registration, and website teams will all be monitoring our badge launch live, and based on our preparations, we believe it will be highly unlikely. This said, we will be posting a direct link to the registration website through Anime NYC’s Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook channels. Even if AnimeNYC.com is offline, you will be able to directly enter our virtual queue from this link.
We cannot promise there will be additional 3-Day badges later in 2023. We would encourage you to either get a 3-Day or 1-Day badge now and if you wish to purchase a sold out badge type to visit Lyte to request the badge.
If you want to guarantee a badge to Anime NYC, we encourage you to get a fan badge at launch. When Professional / Panelist / Crew / Artist Alley acceptances are sent, just let us know about your fan badge. We will cancel and refund your fan badge and make it available for another fan.
Yes, cosplayers performing in the Masquerade will receive complimentary badges. If you want to guarantee a badge to Anime NYC, we encourage you to get a fan badge at launch. When Masquerade acceptances are sent, just let us know about your fan badge. We will cancel and refund your fan badge and make it available for another fan.
Anime NYC offers Accessibility wristbands. They are free to fans with mobility, vision, hearing, ASL, and other medical or accessibility needs. Accessibility wristbands are picked up onsite at Anime NYC. Accessibility wristbands do not mail in advance. Please note, Accessibility wristbands do not provide admission to Anime NYC. Accessibility wristbands only indicate to staff that you have accessibility needs. You must purchase a 3-Day or 1-Day badge to attend the convention. Companions must also purchase 3-Day or 1-Day badges.
Anime NYC’s 3-Day badges have sold out every year since we began, and every year after they’ve sold out, we’ve seen both scalpers and badge scams. No matter what we do, when we sell out, we’ll see bad actors try to prey on anime fans. Anime NYC is doing two things to try to minimize this. First, Anime NYC will police suspicious sales on various online platforms as best we can. Second, we will again create an official badge exchange for fans legitimately looking to resell badges. This official exchange will be regulated to assure all badges offered are official, and prices will be controlled to prevent high price scalping. Our combined goal is a safe, structured, and secure solution which will counteract criminals.
Anime NYC will be open from 2 PM to 8 PM on Friday and 10 AM to 7 PM on Saturday, with select events going on until 10 PM each night, the same as 2022. On Sunday, Anime NYC will open at 10 AM and end at 4 PM this year. This one hour early close will provide more time for fans to safely leave the building before exhibitors and the convention center staff start to pack up.
In six years, Anime NYC has grown into one of the largest conventions in the US. Despite this growth, we’d tried to keep increases to our badge prices limited previously. But, given the costs to run the current size of the show and increased costs from partners, Anime NYC needed to adjust our badge prices. New York City is the most expensive city in the US, and we had to increase our prices to manage the current expenses to create the event. And while Anime NYC is more expensive, we are very aware of the pricing of other comic cons and anime cons in other major cities, and Anime NYC’s 2023 pricing is comparable to these similar events. We will always try to keep Anime NYC as affordable as possible.
All fan badges will be mailed to eliminate lines at registration. There will be no onsite pickup. To accomplish this, Anime NYC will have multiple mailing deadlines in 2023. Please see the following chart for mailing deadlines:
BADGES PURCAHSED BETWEEN:
April 19 – July 31
August 1 – September 15
September 16 – October 15
October 16 – November 6 *Final Deadline for Shipping
Unfortunately not. All fan badges will be mailed this year to avoid crowding and provide more time to enjoy Anime NYC. In general, there will be no onsite pick up option. The only onsite pick up allowed for fan badges will be for international travelers.
Unfortunately not. There will be zero onsite sales of badges at Anime NYC. The event fully sold out in 2022 before the convention began, and we expect to fully sell out again before the convention begins in 2023.
Please buy your badge online, and then email [email protected] for additional information. International orders will be the only orders held for pick up onsite, and details will be shared directly with you.
Anime NYC is offering the option to pick up from one of our retailer partners later this year. This option is for pick up only, and all badges must still be purchased online.
1073 6th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Times Square: 200 W. 40th Street (corner of 7th Ave) · New York, NY 10018
Grand Central: 459 Lexington Avenue (corner of 45th St.) · New York, NY 10017
Downtown: 64 Fulton Street (corner of Gold St.) · New York, NY 10038
These pick up options have a limited quantity of badges available and can only be picked up from one of our retail partners after purchasing your badge on AnimeNYC.com. Retailer badges include a processing fee. Please see the fee chart below. Badges can be picked up beginning in the fall. Check back here for more information in the coming months!
We don’t want anyone waiting five hours in line, and we will be instating a reservation or lottery system for major events this year. The full details of all this will be coming later in 2023, but to attend any of the events in Anime NYC’s biggest rooms, please plan ahead. This does mean some prep work for fans who want to go premiere screenings or guest of honor panels, but it will also spare everyone the frustration of waiting in lengthy lines and the even greater frustration of waiting in lengthy lines and not getting in.
Lyte prices are based on fair market value and may be higher than original prices if there are significantly more requests than tickets. However, Lyte’s prices are always lower than third-party websites. Lyte technology drives prices back to the original value. Also, by using the official exchange, you are helping us in our fight against scalping.