Wow, what a crazy morning! The final big hurdle on our journey to Comic-Con. Tensions were high minutes leading up to 9:00a pst as nervous tweets flooded the Twitterverse. It was only a few years ago when the hotel sale was relatively unknown and only the ‘hardcore’ would use it. Fast forward to today and now it is affectionately knowns as #Hotelpocalypse. With the exception of the aforementioned early years, I have not had good luck getting a hotel in the past year tries. Well, this morning didn’t prove to be any different :(. Once the page finally opened after the first minute, the hotel window didn’t properly load. I was left with a list of hotels that wouldn’t respond to clicking. Confused, I reloaded a few more times to no avail. Finally after about 5 minutes, it loaded in normally and I could make my selections in order. I didn’t submit till about 9:09. Not good. I then checked on Twitter and it sounds like a number of people had similar issues- and it doesn’t seem to be localized to a certain browser type. Needless to say, I don’t think I got a hotel this time but I’m hoping someone in our party did.
I know all this is so stressful leading some to think, is this worth it? Getting a hotel downtown really does make for a special experience. While not necessary, it is more conducive for the overall immersive experience that is San Diego Comic-Con. Plus, the collective gauntlet that we all have to run creates an unparalleled relief for all the fans once we are there. Being at Comic-Con is like the celebration at the end of a marathon (so I am told). It’s grueling and painful, but the hugs and high fives make it so worth it for our weird little tribe.
If you had issues, don’t freak out. Wait for your e-mail in 48 hours then respond or call Travel Planners. They have been very responsive in the past- and given time, I believe they will work to resolve any issues.
I hope you fared better than I did today. Leave a comment with your time, mistakes, issues, and questions. 105 days and counting!
**Update Tuesday, 3:30 pm**
Travel Planners is sending up a follow up e-mail to those that submitted the form without hotels chosen because of the faulty form. If that is you, you should receive an e-mail to resubmit your 6 choices. I waited till I got the right form which was not the right thing since it delayed my time stamp significantly. Special thanks to Travel Planners for doing everything they can to make it right.