If you have the resources to pick up some extra cash or the space in your budget to save some more over the next couple months, I recommend that you do. The ticket is paid for, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. You already know you need money for lodging and getting there, but here are a few more things for which you are probably going to want to have extra cash in the bank:
- Food: It really isn't practical to bring your own and in some cases, not allowed by Blizzard. For example, anything in glass, large containers or cans are a no go for the convention. Many hotels consider a tiny box of cereal or a couple slices of toast a "free breakfast", so don't count on them either. The food in the Anaheim Convention Center is convenient but overpriced, as is normal for conventions. In the evenings, most people will be dining at one of the many delicious Downtown Disney eateries, which are great fun and usually pretty expensive. All in all, your food bills will likely be far greater than your normal food budget.
- Drinks: If you are 21 or older, you will probably want to join in on the many alcohol-infused gatherings that will be going on after convention hours. Our WoW.com meetup will be at an all ages location this year, but there will still be drinking going on if you are old enough. If you can and do drink, leave room in your con budget for joining the parties.
- Souvenirs: Historically speaking, the goodies available at BlizzCon will be highly desirable and quickly sold out. Thankfully, this year Blizzard will be opening up their store online for ticketholders at some point before BlizzCon -- theoretically offering the same loot that will be at the con. The online store will be open for 48 hours and the merchandise will be shipped to you. Whether you take advantage of their online offerings or not, you will probably want some money for impulse purchases.
- Disneyland: You're in Anaheim. It's right there. How can you not go? Ok, ok, it is expensive and you're going to be exhausted. But if you can possibly afford it, I highly recommend checking out the local Disney parks.
BlizzCon 2009 is coming up on August 21st and 22nd! We've got all the latest news and information. At BlizzCon, you can play the latest games, meet your guildmates, and ask the developers your questions. Plus, there are some great looking costumes.