[identity profile] acciochocolate.livejournal.com
Please note that I did not write this, but I just found it on-line. The opinions, reviews, and directions are provided by the author of the guide, as I only go downtown abt once a year, so I'm hoping the info is accurate. I don't know who wrote it, as there doesn't seem to be a name attached.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nPM152px8axmCGeQBejvhFfHisCpKYOpf6U92Nivugc/edit

Call ahead and check the info w/ the restaurants themselves.
[identity profile] acciochocolate.livejournal.com
RL is a PITA at the moment, hence the late post. I'm linking to last year's post w/ the 2 links here:

http://dragoncon.livejournal.com/3025544.html

As always, suggestions, updates, corrections, additions, subtractions are welcomed! I'll edit asap and give credit, of course. :)
[identity profile] acciochocolate.livejournal.com
I'm linking to my two con tips posts here. Please reply to the individual posts with any further suggestions, updates, changes in info, that sort of thing. :) As I see the replies, I'll edit the info into the post, with credit given as always. :)

Dragoncon tips (and con tips in general) here:

http://dragoncon.livejournal.com/2430029.html


And part two is here:

http://dragoncon.livejournal.com/2499527.html


As always, I hope that these tips are of help. :) Enjoy the con!
[identity profile] the-ferret1.livejournal.com
Our two postcards have arrived.  They came a few days apart, Dragon Con 2013 here we come!  Now to get airline tickets.  Any suggestions on when the best (cheapest) time to book them are?  Sooner the better?  Thanks!
[identity profile] mhaithaca.livejournal.com
I discovered a couple of years ago that, for a single $10 monthly subscription fee that could be turned off at any time, Boingo Wireless would get me online in the hotels and airports I was going to be in for Dragon*Con, where I'd otherwise have to pay separately.

Boingo works in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, as well as in the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport and many of the connecting airports I travel through. So, I could pay $78 to the Marriott for six days of Wi-Fi connectivity, plus whatever fees are charged at the Detroit and Atlanta airports during my sojourns there, or I could just pay Boingo $10. Not a tough choice. You should join me. (No, sadly, I don't get any benefit from you signing up from Boingo, other than the warm glow of helping someone save their money for something better than handing it to the Marriott or Hyatt.)

My blog post on the subject: http://upgrd.com/blogs/trebuchet/boingo-saved-bucks.html

Boingo's web site: http://www.boingo.com/
[identity profile] pinkyjean.livejournal.com
Taken No takers yet even though there has been some interest.  Was asking $350.  What about $300 (We pay transfer fee) or make us an offer we can't refuse?  Willing to transfer room at the Hyatt too.  Two bed room reservation..  Not offering the room reservation separately.  Alaska Airlines direct flight.  Leave Seattle Thursday morning at 8am (8/30/12), Leave Atlanta Monday 5pm (9/3/12).  Cheapest flight on Expedia was $448, just saying....

Pinkyjean@aol.com
[identity profile] pinkyjean.livejournal.com
No takers yet on my companion ticket on Alaska Airlines for R/T to Dragoncon. Your cost: $350 for the plane ticket.  ALSO will either provide room/share (sharing with just 1 other person) or let you take over the room reservation for a 2 bed room at the Hyatt for Thurs - Sun nights. (Room costs totally separate from the airline ticket price)  

Alaska Airline:  Leave Thursday, 8/30 and arrive Atlanta about 4pm,  Leave Atlanta, 9/3 at 5pm and arrive back in Seattle about 8:30 pm.  You do have to be on the same flight as me! 

Room only goes with the ticket or I'll release it through Dragonconrooms on Livejournal.  Trying to be fair.

Contact:  pinkyjean@aol.com
[identity profile] pinkyjean.livejournal.com
Have a companion ticket as my husband was going to come with me this year as a special treat after cancer treatment.  Long story - treatment was delayed and he can't be among crowds/germs until much later this year.  Now have a companion ticket to be used in conjunction with mine.  Alaska Airlines direct flight, leave Thursday morning, return Monday evening.  Their website has current cost as about $450 per person, looking for $350 and we pay the change fee.
8/30/12  Flight 742 Sea to Atl  lv. 8:10 am,  Arr. 3:55 pm
9//3/12 Flight 741 Atl to Sea lv. 5:00 pm, Arr: 7:28 pm

May be able to work out some room accomodation as well (depending on compatability and working out arrangements with some other friends).  We're booked at the Hyatt. 

You can email me at pinkyjean@aol.com

PJ
[identity profile] cindersandhoney.livejournal.com
Don't know if this has been brought up elsewhere... but Southwest Airlines is starting service to Atlanta from several southwestern cities.  Why is this important?  I will tell you... Southwest does not charge frakkin baggae feeeees... you get two checked bags, too.  Phoenix, Dallas, think Austin... there were a couple more cities I saw, and I just called them to confirm it.  My experience is that they do run a little cheaper.  Only down side is, they are kind of a cattlecar—the planes are kind of cramped.

But I don't care.  I can bring all my costuming crap!  YAY.


[identity profile] victorianpyrate.livejournal.com
What have been some of your experiences with driving to the con?  We've flown the last few years, and I'd rather not shell out three hundred dollars for a flight if I don't have to-the hotel is expensive enough.  It would actually be about half as much just to drive, even with parking.  We're booked at the Sheraton.  Has anyone done parking there?  What are some of the ins and outs we need to know?  I know it's going to be a bitch to get out of town Monday, but we're prepared for that.

Thanks, guys!

Flying

Sep. 10th, 2011 12:49 pm
[identity profile] nippyfrog.livejournal.com
I plan to fly in from Massachusetts. I'm wondering if anyone has had good luck finding cheap flights.
I also and wondering how one gets to the con without a car from the airport. :)
[identity profile] gomeisaneelie.livejournal.com
Okay, so this is the first time I'm going to have to find my way to the hotel from the ATL airport.  The rest of my crew is driving down.

From everything I read here, MARTA seems like the easiest and most economical way to get from the airport to the Marriott.

My question is...How is the safety for a girl taking MARTA alone after like say 10pm on a weekday?

Thanks!
[identity profile] aaria.livejournal.com
This year I was thinking of making a run to the Publix grocery store on Piedemont Thursday after my flight gets in to stock up for my D*C diet (booze and junk food), and just had a question for locals about the safety of it. If I walk to it during the early evening (probably 5-7pmish, definitely before dark) going straight up Piedomont from the Hilton, do you think I'd have any problems with annoying/creepy/dangerous people? I'm a white female in my early 20s, but super tall and used to sort of big cities if that matters at all. I just want to know whether I should wait until my friend gets in and try to drag him along, or if I should be fine going solo. I also know it's a bit of walk, but looks doable on google and I'm used to walking anyways. Thanks so much!
[identity profile] littlejedi.livejournal.com
Allo, D*Con peeps! I have a question for y'all. I am going to be flying to D*Con this year, but thanks to my costume, I'll have some questionable objects with me. The items in question are a chainsaw made of foam board, and a plastic rifle (take a wild guess as to who I'm going to be, lol.)

Do I need to call ahead to my respective airlines and let them know that I'm bringing questionable props with me? and would I be allowed to carry the (obviously fake) chainsaw on the plane with me? While it's certainly sturdy enough to withstand the con (I hope!), I don't think it would survive being treated as luggage.

What say y'all?
[identity profile] blinkidybah.livejournal.com
Hi guys,

I've tried to figure this out on my own, but am (surprisingly) not having much luck with google.  Has anyone who usually flies to the con ever packed chainmail in their carry-on? I have an alluminum hauberk for a costume and am trying to figure out how to get it down to Atlanta from New England! I can't think of a reason it wouldn't be allowed, but the TSA being what they are, any personal experiences would be great to hear. I can put it in my checked luggage if necessary, but since there's a weight limit for checked bags it'd require some careful packing and I'd just rather not. 

Thanks in advance :)
[identity profile] fancy-galloway.livejournal.com
Okay so I've been to Dragon*Con 5 years in a row and normally the flying process is fairly painless.  This is however the first year I have had to fly with a prop gun.  last year I flew with a prop phaser (as if there are other kinds?) and just put it in my checked baggage and nobody said anything.  I wanted to know if anybody else has had experience with this sort of thing and if they have what their advice is.
[identity profile] kcluna214.livejournal.com
I have my membership, my flight and even my room at the Hilton!!(ALL PAID UP:))  I also know I can take MARTA to the Peachtree Center foodcourt.  Can anyone tell me how to get from the food court to the Hilton?  I know that escalators and habitrails are involved, but I'm not sure which way to go.  I would like to avoid going outside if possible for health reasons.

Thank You in Advance!!
[identity profile] rock-biologist.livejournal.com
 If you haven't booked your flight to D*C yet, check out AirTran - their Mother's Day sale is going on from now until May 10.  

I've had good experiences with AirTran; the only issue I've had is that they often change the arrival and departure times on you, but not by much (we're talking minutes, not hours) and with lots of advance notice.  

Good luck!
[identity profile] redneckotaku.livejournal.com
With flights over $200 round trip to DragonCon this year and gas over $4.00 a gallon, I am thinking about organizing a Charter Bus to Dragon Con. I am sending out for quotes right now. My hope is to keep the round trip under $100. Since DC/Baltimore draws well for Dragon Con, I was wondering would there be interest in it. My plan was to leave early on Thursday September 1st and come back early afternoon on Monday the 5th. I have some quote requests out there for specific costs. Would there be enough interest in this from Baltimore/DC fans to make it a reality?

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