If you want to try the waiting list...well best of luck to you. Fact is that a lot of people went on that mere hours after housing went live. Like kookiekween stated, she went on it the day after housing went up and only just now got something. If you want to try, then go for it, but it's no guarantee. I'd say your best bet would be to book a room at another hotel outside of Fanime. Only issues are it's probably going to be either more expensive, further away (or both), and having your stuff at another room just for one night is going to be a pain. But if you're booking Thursday then at least you'll get to transfer to the Marriott Friday and spend the rest of the weekend there. One thing to note: if you go that route, make sure you have a car or cab fare in case your room isn't within walking distance. Also, if you do have a car and will be driving, make sure you leave for the CC early in the morning. The CC's parking garage fills up quickly, and IIRC trying to get a spot after 9:30-10 is a chore in itself.