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Please, Do NOT Do “Silver Island”

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Freenex:
I hope it isn’t too late to change/minimize this, but I suspect it is. This is an absolutely terrible idea. Pushing all of the 18+ content to the DoubleTree is going to kill all of that content.

It is too far to walk, and it’s not even remotely safe to walk to the DoubleTree through San Jose at night... forget about walking there in Cosplay safely. That leaves only shuttles or driving to get people there. Unless there is a major increase in shuttles going to the DoubleTree, there is no way that the shuttles could accommodate the numbers of people trying to get into the 18+ content. That aside, who even knows how many people would want to actually go the ridiculous distance to the DoubleTree at night anyways. In previous years, people not staying at the DoubleTree already didn’t bother to even acknowledge that there was a FanimeCon extension going on out there.

This is really sad. Hundreds of adults stick around the con after dark to enjoy the 18+ panels and video content. Specifically, the HMV contest is always full, and people line up hours before the HMV contest starts just to get a seat. Recent FanimeCons have even had 2-3 18+ video rooms running pretty much all night long. It may not seem like important content to some, but for a lot of adults that have been coming back year after year, certain 18+ events and panels are highlights of the con experience. Taking that away, or moving it out to the sticks, will seriously damage the adult con experience.

I can’t be the only one thinking this. The twitter announcement made by FanimeCon about Silver Island has received ONLY negative feedback so far. Most of the feedback on the Facebook announcement is negative as well.

TC X0 Lt 0X:
The Shuttle situation was my first thought when it was announced. Even if they did increase the number of shuttles going back and forth, the sheer number of people that attempt to go to the big events like hentai nights would easily strain the route beyond usability. Hentai Nights do have large lines that have and do extend the length of the convention center itself. and with the added traffic of people going back to their rooms, or going to other events at the double tree, I just can't see it working out.
This will especially be fucked for people trying to get back to their rooms, and very annoying when people waste half an hour or more to go see a line wrapping around the hotel building.

Of course, I could be wrong, and maybe people will just be so turned off by the idea that very few people will show up to the events because of the distance. Though that is also almost as bad as overpacked busses. I can understand the need to expand for the ever-growing Con, but any main events need to be in the main convention center.
I guess we will see what happens though, maybe we will be pleasantly surprised.

CandyGirl:
They have now mentioned that there will be increased shuttle service. I have not ever actually seen a Fanime shuttle (despite standing outside for hours) so I would like to see a more specific schedule. I did plan on utilizing the shuttle for my hotel, but now am worried about the reliability :(

The Sea-Faring Otaku:
Did anyone get the feeling this plan is an attempt to phase out the 18+ material in general?  I mean, I get that the staff want to try and separate the all ages stuff and the “adults only” stuff, but sending it all the way out to the Doubletree just seems like a death sentence. Why couldn’t they have hosted this stuff over at the Fairmont or somewhere more local to the Convention Center, I wonder?

TC X0 Lt 0X:

--- Quote from: The Sea-Faring Otaku on April 27, 2019, 05:00:12 AM ---Did anyone get the feeling this plan is an attempt to phase out the 18+ material in general?  I mean, I get that the staff want to try and separate the all ages stuff and the “adults only” stuff, but sending it all the way out to the Doubletree just seems like a death sentence. Why couldn’t they have hosted this stuff over at the Fairmont or somewhere more local to the Convention Center, I wonder?

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I got the same vibes yes, though I am sure it also has to do with the con just growing in size due to the increased attendance every year. It is understandable too, but I also agree it seems a bit overkill. Smaller events should be what is being hosted over there. I guess it will be interesting to see how it turns out at least though.

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