Well, this time it took about 5 hours. About the same as the passes.
Since noon, people have been reserving hotels for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. While the process itself was painless — a quick entry to a website where the diligent who had planned their hotel picks could easily choose up to 20 and get out — the waiting game has begun. Or as Crazy4ComicCon aptly put it on Twitter: “nerd rage has given way to nerd angst.”
Downtown hotels were “sold out” in a few hours. Outlier hotels in Mission Bay were gone as of a little while ago.
“Gone” is a relative term, however, as the hotel rooms will be allotted in a lottery which is supposed to be based strictly on a time stamp. First come, first serve.
Adding to the uncertainty: while confirmation of receipt emails have been going out all afternoon letting people know that they are in the system, many of these emails had errors — the number of hotels picked was cut off, or the wrong fallback option was chosen.
We’ve spoken directly to someone at Travel Planners and we’re told the correct information is in their system. It’s just that the emails were wrong.
As of about 5 pm EST, this following graphic had been put up, as Travel Planners sorts out the reservations.
We would not like to be the ones who did THAT sorting.
And now…the waiting game continues.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.