This will be released in various installments leading up to next year’s Sakuracon, while Day 0 will be released ahead of time while memories are still relatively fresh and the floodgates for next year’s Pre-registration have just been unleashed.
Day 0 (Thursday)
So I got my Special Pre-Con smoothie and hopped the express bus (see route to the convention center in videos below). I call it a Pre-Con Smoothie because of 3 factors. 1) it’s relatively quick to prepare and fast/handy to consume in large quantities which is very important if you’re running to catch the last express bus to downtown. Which I did, and I’ve attached a video from my Seattle stop to the convention center below. 2) It’s got plenty of blueberries and blueberry yogurt, as well as a good meal’s worth of protein. I don’t get to eat again for awhile, so this keeps me functional, plus blueberries contain antioxidants of a type that serves brain cells in the memory department, so I make this each morning in the week leading to con. 3) It’s purple and contrasts with my green cup. That’s a very popular color scheme. Megatron, Joker, Lex Luthor, and of course, the Hulk. With Morrigan Aensland and Eva Unit 01 not far behind. It seemed fitting.
The express bus I mentioned only runs so late in the morning. Hence why I was greeted by the shortest line for pre-registration I have ever seen. And to think, I only had to stand in that line in the cold for two whole hours. Time well spent…
So in preparation for this article I’ve filmed the area surrounding the convention center to show first-time guests/attendees to events held within various routes to help navigate to and around the convention center. Also to show returning visitors areas they may not have seen before. I know it’s a little bit late for convention goers this year, but conferences and other congregations of the huddled masses take place here all year round. I hope someone gets some mileage out of it. And before you mention it in the comments section, yes I need to reshoot these. I was experimenting with strapping a camera to my body as I moved around. Holding it in my hand would have been much worse. Youtube had a feature it offered to stabilize the footage. I am not going to lie, that did make it much worse. I honestly expect much more traffic on these videos during National Cannibis Day.
From the express bus past to Juicy Café/International Meeting Place on the second floor of the Center. For the first one, I’d like to deal with the express bus. Specifically, what’s around the stop where you get off, and as you head to the convention center. For this one, we’re going to the Juicy Café and International Meeting Place inside the convention center on the second floor. Now it’s important to note that there are two different ways to get to our destination from this express stop. As you can see in the video, one of these cuts through the Freeway Park, built around the eponymous freeway. That’s a semi-direct path to the convention center, but it misses more along the way. I point these out in the video.
Now that the most direct route is out of the way, how about I show you a back way I rarely see other people use? Depending on your accommodations, this might actually be a direct way. First start by Virginia Mason Hospital, as seen below, then run into the Freeway Park to the convention center, take the exterior stairwell to street level, then run uphill 2 blocks and you get to Plymouth Pillars Park. That’s really how chock full of green space the “Emerald City” is. Even downtown you can’t go a couple blocks without crossing from one park to another. As seen below.
While we’re bringing up Plymouth Pillars Park, we should mention some treats to be had nearby it. The Park is right up against the Rumba Café and that’s a stone’s throw from Starbucks’s Roastery Reserve, constructed to better educate patrons about the coffee-making process. Just a block or two downhill, you hit the Starbuck’s that offers specialty drinks for the changing of the seasons and the events currently happening at the convention center. Every year for the past several years now, they’ve had the Sakuracino. It’s a white Mocha with Green Tea that I reviewed years ago on my old YouTube. Seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZYgY1YEpAY. They have been modified over the years, though. This year there was a new Caramel drizzle.
The handiest place for attendees to eat is not what is once was. Last year and in years past, I would walk two blocks from the front entrance of the Convention Center along 9th avenue to a Subway. Well, there are 2 subways in the convention center itself, plus another across the adjacent Freeway Park. So what’s so special about this one? Good question. This one accepted coupons. This one also had plenty of seating and is closer to the convention center than the one across the Freeway Park. So I figured I’d show you how to get to the Convention Center from there too. As the following video shows, I did my best to seek it out for you, not trusting a hazy memory regarding the surrounding landmarks. The landmarks themselves having also seen change in years past. So, not sure it was where I thought it would be (though I should have trusted my instincts) I kept walking. Finding myself lost I finally asked around for directions, getting some useful pointers from a food truck vendor who operates 10-2 Mondays and Fridays. Well, what followed was certainly a sojourn and a half. And here’s what gets me. The Subways in the Convention Center do not honor Coupons. The Subway by the Express stop does not honor coupons. This far away from the convention center is a Subway who’s staff need to call management to confirm that they can accept coupons related to cookies… and no coupons beside that. Which was frustrating. But to really sum up my feelings on this… just look at the video below.
And now to share with you something I experienced for the first time this year, the overpass built into the park itself. I’ve never before actually explored this thing. Care to experience it with me?
So please keep both eyes peeled for preregistration to open again for next year. So soon as that’s up, I’ll let you know how Friday went.