Hey guys! If you are signed up for the right emails (and I hope you are), you should have gotten an email about the infamous SDCC Hotel Lottery today! It’s going to be on April 26th this year (on a weekday as usual–Wed, my birthday!) at 9am PST, 12pm EST. As usual, though, the waiting room opens at 8am.
Interested in the hotel list? It can be found here!
The form will not open until 9:00 AM PDT on April 26, 2017 and until then, the link will only grant you access to the waiting room one hour prior to the opening.
Opening the link prior to opening day will only take you to a page indicating you are in the right place and to check back on opening day.
The Waiting Room (April 26 | 8:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time)
Beginning at 8:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), you may access the waiting room via the link in your email. The time you enter the waiting room has no impact on your position in line. At 9:00 AM PDT, all users in the waiting room will be granted access to the form in random order. If you enter the waiting room after 9:00 AM PDT, you will be placed at the end of the line.
From within the waiting room, you will have an opportunity to view a sample version of the form to review hotel options, rates and form instructions, in advance of the opening. You will also have access to a browser check form which allow you to perform a simple check for any browser issues that may impact the performance of the form. Both resources have also been made available for you on this page (below).
Placing Your Requests (April 26 | 9:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time)
The hotel request form officially opens on Wednesday, April 26 at 9:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time. On this date, you will need to submit your request via the online form or over the phone. Once the maximum number of requests have been received the form will shut down and callers will no longer be able to submit a request.
At 9:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), everyone in the waiting room will be assigned a random place in line. Guests will then be moved from the waiting room to the request form based on this order. Randomization will not take place until 9:00 AM PDT and is not based on the time in which you enter the waiting room. No further randomization will take place throughout the process. Anyone accessing the link after 9:00 AM PDT will be placed at the end of the line. Forms will be processed based on the time at which a user was granted access to the form — NOT the time at which the form was submitted.
To allow attendees to prepare for opening day — we are providing a sample version of the form for review in advance of the opening. The form remains similar to previous years, but some processing options have been updated and the hotel list has been updated to reflect 2017 availability.
The sample form is available for review here: https://cci.onpeak.info/browsercheck
Note: New this year you will be given the option to select up to six (6) downtown hotels and six (6) non-downtown hotels, for a maximum request of 12 unique different hotels. Only one (1) hotel selection is required to submit the form.
To submit your request online, click on the link in your email or copy and paste the URL to your browser.
Request by Phone
To submit your request over the phone, please call 1-877-55-COMIC (1-877-552-6642) or 212-468-5283
*Calls will not be accepted prior to this date and time.
New this Year: Confirmations of hotel placements will be sent out in two groups. The first will be sent on May 1, 2017 and the second on May 8. Those who cannot be placed will be notified no later than May 15 if the request cannot be accommodated.
If you have been placed at a hotel, you will have 72 hours from the date and time the email is sent to confirm your reservation with a deposit. If you do not confirm within 72 hours, your reservation will be cancelled.
Once confirmations are sent, you will be required to provide a deposit equal to two (2) night’s room rate plus tax.
- For reservations confirmed on May 1 the required deposit must be provided by Friday, May 5 at 12:00 AM PDT
- For reservations confirmed on May 8 the required deposit must be provided by Friday, May 12 at 12:00 AM PDT
- Reservations without deposit will be cancelled and will not be re-instated for any reason.
You can read more over here!
Not sure what hotel you want to stay at? Check out our hotel reviews over here! You can always submit one to us as well!
Not wanting to worry about the hassle of the lottery and don’t mind staying in hotel circle? The Early Bird Hotel sale is still going on! You can find information over here!