Last Minute Gifts

December 23rd 2016, 18:09 CST | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Have you hit a wall on figuring out what to get someone? Are you in the last minute present crunch? Anime Detour Registration is a great choice of gift! Just a few quick clicks here and your friend or loved one can be registered for the entire weekend. We routinely see a very large spike in registration this time of year so get your registration in before we fill up! 

More Request Forms Now Open!

December 26th 2016, 20:14 CST | Author: Troy M.

Do you have a game you would like to see at Anime Detour 2016?  Let us know what you would like to see from the worlds of Electronic and Tabletop Gaming!  Fighting games, shooters, shmups, collectible card games, role playing games, deck builders, etc.  Please let us know if you are able to assist with running the game and/or provide a copy of the game.  These forms will be closing promptly on February 1st.


Would you like to throw a party? Room Party forms are open too! Room Parties are a great way to get involved or promote another event. These forms will be closing on February 3rd.


We would also like to take this time to remind you that forms are currently open for advertising(closing on January 15th) and panel submissions(closing on January 31st). 

All Full!

November 26th 2016, 13:12 CST | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Thank you everyone for filling up the hotel so fast on yet another great incoming year.


If you are still looking to join the wait list that can be done here:


Do not forget we still have overflow locations with a 24 hour shuttle as well. They can be booked in these ways:

The Crown Plaza has signed on to be an overflow hotel again. You can call them at (952) 831-8000 and mention that you are with Anime Detour 2017.


Starting at $99.00 + tax/night

The Sheraton has also signed on to be one of our overflow hotels this year. Their number is 1-800-325-3535 and mention that you are with Anime Detour 2017.


Starting at $137.00 + tax/night


We look forward to seeing you in just over 4 months!

Hotel Opens!

November 26th 2016, 12:05 CST | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Afternoon Everyone!


Here is what you have been waiting for! Below is a link to put in a request for a room at the DoubleTree hotel. Please click on the link, select if you would like a room with one King size bed or two Double size beds and then enter the information requested.
After you have entered the information you will receive a confirmation from us that you have submitted the requested information. If you leave out a convention registration number we may move on to the next person.

After the room block has filled we will be sending this information to the DoubleTree for processing. This will take some time to do so please be patient. Once you receive a confirmation email from the DoubleTree there will be information on that email on how to guarantee your room with a credit card. DO THIS! If you do not by the time requested on the email you will forfeit your hotel room.

If you happen to miss out on a room please add your name to the waiting list. We will offer up rooms to people on the list as they become available. 

If you would like to stay at one of our overflow hotels please find the hotels below with how to reserve a room at that hotel. We will be running shuttles (better than last year) to each of our overflow hotels. More hotels may be added to our overflow block if needed.

If you want to run a room party please wait for tomorrow when we will be opening forms.
If you are a dealer please contact
If you are a group registration (anime club, etc) please contact

So here you go:

DoubleTree Hotel: 


Starting at $127.00 + tax/night

(Update) Queen Beds are sold out.

(Update) King beds are sold out.

Please use the following link to place yourself on Anime Detour Hotels waitlist.



The Crown Plaza has signed on to be an overflow hotel again. You can call them at (952) 831-8000 and mention that you are with Anime Detour 2017.


Starting at $99.00 + tax/night

The Sheraton has also signed on to be one of our overflow hotels this year. Their number is 1-800-325-3535 and mention that you are with Anime Detour 2017.


Starting at $137.00 + tax/night

Reminders for Tomorrow

November 25th 2016, 16:05 CST | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Afternoon Everyone!

We hope you are all having a great holiday weekend with your friends and family. Just a few quick reminders for tomorrow. Hotel reservations will be opening promptly at noon. This year we are requiring your registration confirmation number to go with your hotel registration as well so if you have not yet registered please do so today.

Please remember that if you do not get into the main hotel this is not the end of your convention attending experience. We will have overflow hotels with shuttles running 24 hours a day during the run of the convention. There will be more about this when we open registrations tomorrow.

Get ready everyone! We're less than 24 hours to hotel reservations and only 4 months(and a week) to the convention!



Guest Update!

November 14th 2016, 18:58 CST | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Hi Everyone!

If you have been watching the guest page you will have already seen this, but as of today we would like to officially announce Beau Billingslea as an official Guest of Honor for the 2017 convention. Beau has a long resume including voice acting in some of our favorite animes such as Cowboy Bebop, Naruto, Bleach, and Gungrave.


More guests to come soon!


November 9th 2016, 16:07 CST | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Afternoon Everyone!

Today's updates bring a ton of news in many parts so please hang with us.


Hotel: Hotel reservations will be going live at noon central time on Saturday November 26th! This is a little later than we originally expected but updating systems can always take time. We would also like to take this time to remind everyone that in order to reserve a room this year you will need your convention registration confirmation number. We would also like to remind everyone that it is best to reserve a room with a credit card NOT a debit card as it is standard hotel policy to immediately place a hold on hotel costs on debit cards.


Video: Video suggestions will be closing on Saturday the 12th! Please get any requests in soon.


Artist Alley: Artist Alley submissions will be closing next week on Tuesday the 15th! Don't forget to get these in soon and include copies of your work not just links to online portfolios.


We also have an open meeting this weekend! If you have ever thought about joining staff or just want to talk to us please come join us at the Geek Partnership Society at 1 pm this Saturday. We hope to see you there!

Hotel Update!

October 28th 2016, 19:26 CDT | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Hey Everyone!

The Hotel Rooms will be opening up in just a few weeks for reservations, have you registered for the convention yet? This year you will need to have registered for the convention before you can reserve a room so make sure you do so and hold onto your confirmation number. If you have registered but have misplaced your confirmation number now is the time to e-mail and they can look it up for you.

If you are in Artists Alley or a part of a school group never fear, rooms will be held in reserve especially for you. Make sure to sign up as early as possible still as space may be limited depending on the number of Artists/Groups registering.

Artist Alley Submissions

October 13th 2016, 17:37 CDT | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Good news Everyone!


Artist Alley submission forms will be opening SATURDAY October 15th!!! This week! These submissions will be up for one month and closing PROMPTLY on November 15th. We would also like to take this time to urge the importance of making sure jpegs or pdf files are attached to Artist Alley submissions as when portfolio links are the only thing attached it can greatly lengthen the process. 


Notices of acceptance will be going out early December. 


We can't wait to see what you submit!

Hotel Reservation Update!

August 24th 2016, 17:28 CDT | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Hey everybody!!

It's never to early to start making your Anime-Detour plans- especially as this year we are trying a new system for making hotel reservations which should be up in a couple short months. As such we want to give everyone a heads up about what's going to happen so you can be ready for when the system goes live.

First, all Room reservations will be going directly through us, you will be contacted by the DoubleTree afterward with verification information. We would like to point out that it is the policy of the DoubleTree to put a hold on Debit cards, which can be a hindrance this far before the convention, so if you have the ability to use a Credit Card it is advisable to do so.

Secondly, you will need to be registered for Anime-Detour 2017 before you can book a Hotel room so make sure to save your registration number. If you have already registered and do not have your confirmation number anymore contact the registration department at ad_register@animedetour and we can look it up for you.

We will be giving out more information and reminders as we get closer to the system actually going live, so keep your eyes on our social media pages to stay informed. 


What do YOU want to watch next year?!

August 5th 2016, 10:32 CDT | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Exciting news! This year's video suggestion form is now open! Please stop on by the video page to suggest any title you would like to see at this year's convention. Suggestions from attendees are a vital part of our mix and help us keep tuned in to your wants.

ATC Cosplay Fest! Saturday, August 13th

August 1st 2016, 14:59 CDT | Author: Heather B

Celebrating one of the best parts of any convention, Anime Twin Cities brings you its annual Cosplay Fest! Read on for details!

Date: Saturday, August 13
Time: 10 AM - 9 PM
Place: Geek Partnership Society, 1121 Jackson St NE, Suite 106/107 (the red Waterbury building at the corner of Central and Broadway. Enter through door C)
Cost: $15, or $10 with your 2016 Anime Detour badge. Remember, you must bring your physical badge to get the discount!

We have a range of activities planned to interest any fan of cosplay at this all-day special event:

1) Workshops! Learn new techniques to improve your costuming and performance skills, taught by local experts. Any necessary materials will be provided. 

2) Photography! All attendees in costume will get a personal photo session with an experienced photographer. 

3) Contests! There will be two cosplay contests:

Iron Cosplay: A fun contest where teams have to construct a entire costume out of surprise materials. The winner will be decided by popular vote.

Workmanship Contest: A more formal contest for cosplayers who make their own costumes. Participants will sign up for a pre-judging session upon arriving at the event. The entries will be judged by some of our workshop teachers, who will announce the winner after a showcase at the end of the day. 

4) Community! Bring a work-in-progress and enjoy the company of other crafters and seamsters in our shared work space. Some equipment may be on hand for attendees to practice with and use, and as time allows there may be experienced costumers on hand to answer questions and offer advice.

If you get hungry, rice and drinking water are included with your registration. We will have other snacks and beverages available for sale at cheap prices, so bring extra pocket change if you'd like more than rice.

Tentative Activity Schedule:

10:00 AM: Doors open

10:30 AM: Shop Safety with Eric 
11:30 PM: Masquerade Tips and Tricks with Janella
12:30 PM: School Uniform Basics with Verssen Werks
1:30 PM: Making Armor with Alan
2:30 PM: Sewing Tips for Newbies with Rae
3:30 PM: Wig Styling with Rin
4:30 PM: The Historical Basis for LOTR/Hobbit Costumes with Rae
5:30 PM: Stage Presence with Shannon 

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM: Video room
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM: Photoshoot sessions

7:00 PM: Iron Cosplay construction
8:00 PM: Iron Cosplay showcase and voting
8:30 PM: Workmanship showcase and awards

9:00 PM: Event closes

Note that if you wish to enter the workmanship contest, you will also need to complete a pre-judging session between 3 and 7 PM.

Important: To ensure everyone is able to participate in a fair number of workshops, this event has a strict attendance cap. We plan to have registration at the door, but we might sell out. You can guarantee your admission by pre-registering by mail in advance. Download the pre-reg form at:
Mailed forms should be postmarked by August 6th.

Show off your costumes and learn some new skills at the Cosplay Fest!

On Facebook: 
On Meetup: 

You can also email with any questions. This event is sponsored by Anime Twin Cities, Inc., the 501(c)3 organization behind Anime Detour.

Anime Detour 2017 Registration Now Open

June 27th 2016, 09:46 CDT | Author: John Koniges

We are happy to announce that we are now accepting registrations for Anime Detour 2017: You can't stop the beat!

Our Rates for 2017 have not changed and are as follows:
Standard Registration: $50
Sponsorship: $150
Community Sponsorship: $250 ($100 goes to the Anime Twin Cities Community Fund)

Please register early as we will fill up fast. Last year we had 5500+ people pre-register by Feburary. Including staff, dealers, vendors and other exhibitors we had 5927 people in 2016. Register soon and lets get ready for our best Detour yet!

We look forward to having you join us on our 13th year!

Look at this stuff isn't it neat?

April 21st 2016, 21:45 CDT | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Hey Everybody! Each year we try and make updates and changes to bring you a better convention. Here are some of our new features this year!



Guest Services

New Guests of Honor:

New Featured Artists:





We hope you're excited and like your new options!

More Parking and Shuttle Information

April 21st 2016, 11:46 CDT | Author: Kari

Hello Anime Detour Attendees,


Overflow Parking Lots

The two overflow parking lots are the same as last year, however we are asking for a bit of help with these lots this year. Please be courteous to the employees who are working and also please keep the parking lots clean. The businesses who own these lots are graciously allowing us to use them.

Please do not park in any of the business parking lots that are not our official overflow lots. This includes Dairy Queen (the restaurant), Burger King, the strip mall nearby, etc. If you park in these lots you may be towed at your own expense.

If you are going to park in a handicap parking space, please make sure the tag is clearly visible and hanging from your rear view mirror, or you have valid license plates that permit your parking in these spots.

Shuttle Service

All shuttles are going to be from 11 AM on Friday, through Sunday at 6 PM. We have two shuttles running during the day (one standard school bus model, and one handicap lift bus), and will be running every thirty minutes. Both Buses are provided by Kottkes’ Bus Services.

During the hours of 2 am and 7 am, shuttle services will need to be requested at Operations. For all shuttles requested during these on call times, expect a 15 to 20 minute wait before departure to allow others to arrive. If you are at one of the overflow locations, you may contact the DoubleTree at 952-835-7800, and request to be connected to Operations.


The shuttle will go between the following locations and are marked by our signs:



LifeTouch Building

Crowne Plaza

International Dairy Queen Corporate Offices



Thank you for your time,

Anime Detour Hotel Department

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