Naka-Kon 2016: Don't Miss Out! Register Today!

Register early! Prices will increase on Oct. 1, 2015

Check out the information in this section of the website to find out everything you need to know about buying a membership badge for Naka-Kon 2016.

  • Weekend Adult (age 18+) or Weekend Teen (ages 13-17)  $35
  • Weekend Child* (ages 7-12)  $10
  • VIP Weekend   $150

*An adult (18 years or older) with a convention badge must accompany children 12 and younger at all times.

Before you register, you should check out the information in the tabs below:

Register Here!

In order to attend Naka-Kon 2016, you must purchase a membership online or by mail during pre-registration, or at the convention.

Register Online or By Mail

  • During pre-registration, you may register online or by mail.
  • Registrations are not final until payment is confirmed. When you register online, you may pay by credit card, debit card or PayPal account. You will receive a confirmation of the online transaction by e-mail.
  • To register by mail, complete the online registration form and download a PDF file of your completed form. Mail the form, along with a check or money order to:
    Naka-Kon Anime Convention
    Attn: Registration
    11184 Antioch Rd. #344
    Overland Park, KS 66210
  • When your payment is confirmed, you will receive a registration confirmation from Naka-Kon Registration. You will need this confirmation message when you pick-up your ticket at the convention.
  • Registration confirmation messages are usually sent within 72 hours of your online transaction. If you have not received an e-mail from Naka-Kon Registration after 72 hours, contact us at registration@naka-kon.com

Register Here

Please remember your registration can not be finalized until payment is received.

Registration Deadlines

No mail-in registrations will be accepted after midnight January 30, 2016. No online registrations will be accepted after midnight on March 5, 2016.

Your E-mail Address and Ours

Please make sure the e-mail address you use when registering is accurate, active and accessible. Our only way to communicate with registrants is e-mail, so make sure the address you give us is a good one.

It would be advisable to add registration@naka-kon.com and confirmation@naka-kon.com to your address list to prevent important messages we send about your registration from winding up in your spam or junk mail folder.

Acceptable ID

ID for attendees ages 18 and older must be an acceptable form of photo identification, which can include: driver's license, passport, or state photo ID. If you plan to pick up or buy a badge for someone else, you must provide a photo copy (front and back) of their identification.

Lost Badges

Your badge is valuable and it is your responsibility to keep it secure. Naka-Kon will not refund or replace badges that are lost or stolen. Attendees who lose their badges must purchase a replacement badge to re-enter the convention.

Badge Types & Prices

VIP Sponsor Badges

The price of a VIP Sponsor Membership badge is $150 with 100 passes available for Naka-Kon 2016.

A VIP Sponsor Membership includes all of the benefits of a regular attendee badge to attend all events. In addition, for their generous support of Naka-Kon, VIP members will get the following benefits:

  • Express registration badge pick-up.
  • First in line for most panels/events including concerts.
  • A special badge and lanyard to show your support for Naka-Kon.
  • Exclusive early access to the dealer’s room 30 minutes before regular attendees for Friday & Saturday.
  • Free Convention T-Shirt.
  • A special gift bag with assorted goodies and swag.
  • Access to the Kon Suite.
  • Admission to one of the convention’s ticketed events (charity ball, maid café, or sake tasting*) of their choice.

*Age restrictions apply to the sake tasting event.

VIP Badges will be available until supplies run out or the close of pre-registration on Jan. 30, 2016.

Weekend Badge

Enjoy all three days of activities at Naka-Kon 2016. The Weekend Badge includes access to the panels, concerts, the exhibit hall, screenings, game room, dance party and more.

Day Badges

Day badges may be purchased at the door at the convention. Day badges include one-day access to panels, concerts, the exhibit hall, anime screenings, game room, dance party and more.

Extended Online Registration

If you miss early pre-registration, which ends at midnight on January 30, but would still like to register online, you can register at full "at-convention" rates until March 5, 2016. After that date, all further membership badges must be purchased at the door at the convention. Purchasing your badge during Extended Online Registration will guarantee that you will get a badge. At door purchases will be subject to availability, and may not be available if we reach our attendance cap on a given day. Another advantage with pre-registration and extended online registration purchases is that you will be able to pick up your badge at the Registration Will Call desk, which is usually takes less time than going through on-site sales sales line.

Military Discount

Naka-Kon offers a special military discount for active, reserve, retired or disabled veterans on the purchase of weekend badges. The discount is NOT applicable to dependents or other family. The discount is only available on the day of purchase. Attendees cannot apply the discount for a previous purchase

Attendees must present one of the valid IDs listed below to receive the discount:

  • Active Duty Military ID card with a picture.
  • A Retired Military ID card with a picture.
  • VA Card (Department of Veterans Affairs) — MUST have the words SERVICE CONNECTED under picture.
  • Disabled Veterans should have a Veteran’s Identification Card (VIC) that is given to them from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The VIC and their Driver’s License should be sufficient identification to get the Military Discount.

Because of legal restrictions on making copies of military id badges, this discount is only available at the door.

Badge Prices

Weekend Badge Prices

The best way to insure you will be able to purchase a badge for Naka-Kon 2016 is to register in advance online. Prices do increase the closer we get to the convention dates.

Pre-Registration
TIER 1
Ends October 1, 2015
Special VIP Membership $150
Adult (18+) or Teen (13-17) $35
Child (7-12) $10
Group Rate $35 each (7 members minimum)
 
TIER 2
Ends November 21, 2015
Special VIP Membership $150
Adult or Teen $40
Child (7-12) $10
Group Rate $35 each (7 members minimum)
 
TIER 3
Ends January 30, 2016
Special VIP Membership $150
Adult or Teen $45
Child $15
Group Rate $40 each (7 members minimum)
 
Extended Online Registration
Ends March 5, 2016
Adult or Teen $55
Child $15
Group Rate is not available
VIP Rate is not available.
 
At Door
Sales Begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10
Adult or Teen $55
Child $15
Group Rate is not available at door.
Military Discount Full Weekend
Adult Badge (18+) $40

Single Day Badges

Please note: Single day badges are not available in advance and must be purchased at the convention on the day the badge will be used. Day badges will also be subject to availability.

Child (12 and under), any single day: $10
Adult or Teen Friday Only $30
Adult or Teen Saturday Only $35
Adult or Teen Sunday Only $25

Badge Upgrades

Single day badges may be upgraded to a full weekend badge by visiting the Registration desk and paying the difference.

How to Pay at the Convention

When buying a badge at the convention, you may pay for your badge by cash or credit card. No personal checks can be accepted. We accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Credit card transactions at the convention will be charged a $2 convenience fee.

Refunds

All sales are final and we do not offer refunds no matter the reason. Although purchasing pre-registration badges does save you money, we recommend that you wait to purchase the badge until you are sure that your schedule and finances will work out for that weekend.

Lost Badges

Your badge is valuable and it is your responsibility to keep it secure. Naka-Kon will not refund or replace badges that are lost or stolen. Attendees who lose their badges must purchase a replacement badge to re-enter the convention.

Ticketed Events

Some activities such as the Maid Cafe and Formal Gala are not included in the price of convention badges, and tickets for these events must be purchased separately.

How to Pick Up Your Badge

Confirmation Messages Required

All attendees must present their confirmation message when picking up pre-registration badges at the Registration Will Call table, which will be located in Exhibit Hall A of the Overland Park Convention Center. Confirmations printed on paper are preferred. Please take care to not fold your confirmation print out in a way that will damage the barcode.

Proof of Age and ID

All attendees ages 18 and older must present an acceptable form of photo identification, which can include: driver's license, passport, or state photo ID. Please be aware that photo ID will be required to enter panels or other events that require participants to be age 18 or older. A name badge will not serve as proof of age for those events.

Leaders of groups who register under the Group Discount program must provide proper ID for all 18+ members when they collect the group's badges. A photocopy or scan of the group member's ID (front and back) can be used.

If you are picking up a badge for someone else, you must present a photocopy or scan of that person's ID (front and back).

Registration Schedule

Pre-registration name badges can be picked up at the Registration Will Call table starting at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 10. Badge pick up will also be available daily March 11–13. We will announce the exact hours in the near future.

Individual Name Badges

  • Watch for signs indicating which pick up lane you should use to collect your badge.
  • As a courtesy to others in line, be sure to have your confirmation message and ID ready when you pick up your badge.
  • Attendees age 18 and older, must present an acceptable form of photo identification, which can include: driver's license, passport, or state photo ID.
  • Attendees 17 years of age and younger need only bring a copy of their confirmation e-mail message.
  • Attendees age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or older) badge holder at all times while at the convention.

Group Pre-Registrations

  • Group badges can be picked up at the Registration Will Call table in Exhibit Hall A starting at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 10, and daily during the convention.
  • Group leaders must pick up badges for their entire group. If the group leader can not be present to pick their group's badges, the leader must designate an alternate to collect that group's badges. The group leader must inform Naka-Kon Registration in writing by letter or e-mail before noon of March 5, 2016 if they will be designating an alternate.
  • Group members may NOT pick up badges individually. It is the responsibility of the group leader and group members to coordinate distribution of the badges among the group.
  • Group leaders, or the designated alternate, must present the following items to pick up their group badges:
    • A copy of the group confirmation e-mail sent to the group leader; and
    • Front and back photocopy (or scan) of each attendee's acceptable identification.
  • ID for attendees ages 18 and older must be an acceptable form of photo identification, which can include: driver's license, passport, or state photo ID. Attendees 17 years of age and younger need only be included in the roster listed in the group confirmation email. Attendees age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or older) badge holder at all times while at the convention.

Buying a Badge at the Convention

Convention badges, both full weekend and one-day badges, can be purchased daily during the March 10–13. Please note that at convention sales will be subject to availability. Total badge sales will be capped at 9,300, and after that no more can be sold for that day. 

Membership badges will be sold at the Registration Sales desk, which will be located in Exhibit Hall A of the OPCC. You may pay using a credit or debit card or cash. No personal checks can be accepted. There is a $2 convenience fee added to credit card purchases to offset processing costs.

Two Ways to Register at the Convention

Because you are purchasing a convention membership, you will be required to complete a registration form for our records.

  1. Paper registration forms will be available in the registration area. You will complete this form and take it to the sales desk, where one of our staffers will process your information.
  2. A faster alternative will be to submit your registration information using our Express Check-In service. With Express Check-In, you enter your registration information at a special website. You can then print your registration information and bring it with you when you come to the convention to buy your badges. Using your print out, we can  very quickly look up your record and process your registration. This is faster because it eliminates the time needed to enter your information at the sales desk. We will also provide a fast-lane for Express Check-In users to help them get through the registration line as fast as possible. If you choose to register using a smartphone or mobile device, you can also bring your Express Check-In confirmation on your mobile device (however, we prefer paper print out because they can be processed more quickly).

Please note, you are not registered until we complete your payment transaction. Submitting an Express Check-In form doesn't register you or reserve a badge. However, using that service should significantly reduce the amount of time you spend in the registration lines. The Express Check-In service will not be available until after online registration closes on March 5.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are questions we get asked a lot. If you have a question, read through these you might find your answer.

When are the deadlines for pre-registration?

  • Pre-registration Tier One closes Oct. 1, 2015
  • Pre-registration Tier Two closes Nov. 21, 2015
  • Pre-registration Tier Three close Jan. 30, 2016
  • Extended Online Registration closes March 5, 2016

See Badge Prices for price information.

I have pre-registered, why haven't I gotten an e-mail confirmation message yet?

Confirmation e-mail messages will be sent to the e-mail address given on the online registration form. However, sometimes we receive addresses that are undeliverable due to typos, closed accounts and other issues beyond our control. When you register, make sure you give us a working e-mail address where we can contact you.

I got a receipt by e-mail from PayPal when I pre-registered. Is that my confirmation message?

No. That is your online transaction receipt. You will receive a message with a confirmation code and other information from Naka-Kon Registration within about a week of your online registration. If you don't get receive the registration confirmation within 72 hours of registering online, please e-mail us at registration@naka-kon.com, because there is probably some difficulty with the e-mail address or your ISP's spam filters.

Are group registration specials available?

Group discounts will be available online until Jan. 30, 2016. No group registrations will be available after that date.

Can a Teen (age 13-17) brother/sister/friend serve as escort for a child 12 or under?

No. Children age 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult who is age 18 or older and has a convention badge.

I am registered as part of a group, can I pick up just my badge?

Group members may NOT pick up badges individually. It is the responsibility of the group leader and group members to coordinate distribution of the badges among the group.

I have 6 people (or less) in my group. Can I still get a group discount?

No. Group discounts are only available for seven people or more. All group registrations must be made at the same time.

Where and when can I pick up my badge?

You can pick up your badge at the Registration Will Call desk during the convention. Will Call will be located in Exhibit Hall A of the OPCC.

What if I lose my badge?

Your badge is valuable and it is your responsibility to keep it secure. Naka-Kon will not refund or replace badges that are lost or stolen. Attendees who lose their badges must purchase a replacement badge to re-enter the convention.

My friend asked me to pick up/purchase their badge. What do I need to bring?

You may pick up pre-registration badges for other people at Will Call with a front and back photocopy of your friend's ID (see above for acceptable IDs). You may also purchase badges for friends at Naka-Kon with a front and back photocopy of their ID.

Why aren't the badges cheaper?

Each badge allows the holder to experience a full weekend or full day of activities and events. Professional sporting and entertainment events with similar or higher prices may only last two to three hours, and not have as wide a spectrum of activities. In addition, all badge purchases go directly to funding the convention to pay for hotel space, purchasing panel and event equipment, and accommodating special guests. Badge costs for each year are based on the cost of running the convention and the number of people expected to attend. To save a few dollars, we highly recommend pre-registering.

All I really want to go to is the [place your choice of event/area here]. Can I just pay for that and not pay for the full badge?

No. This would cause many challenges in both the production and operation of the convention. We understand that the value of a badge and what one can get out of it will change from person to person. However, we highly recommend that you attend other panels and events. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

I already bought my badge, but I can't make it to Naka-Kon! Can I get a refund?

No. All sales are final and we do not offer refunds no matter the reason. Although purchasing pre-registration badges does save you money, we recommend that you wait to purchase the badge until you are sure that your schedule and finances will work out for that weekend.

Can I give or sell my badge to someone else?

You may give or sell your badge to someone who can attend, but you must request a Badge Transfer form from Naka-Kon Registration, then submit the completed form so we can transfer the registration. If the transfer is not in our records, the recipient will not be able to pick up the badge.

The FAQ section didn't have the answer to my question. Who should I contact?

Please e-mail the Director of Registration at registration@naka-kon.com.