Youmacon 2015 Registration Info

Planning on attending this year's Youmacon? Here's what you need to know about convention registration. Remember, attendees traveling from outside the United States are now required to bring a passport or enhanced drivers' license to enter the country.

Parental Consent

If you are under the age of 18 you'll need to print out our Parental Consent Form and have it filled out by the time you attend the con!

Three Types of Badges:

A Three-Day Badge (weekend) will get you into all general events for the entirety of this year's convention. Three-day badges are available for purchase both online and at-the-door.

A One-Day Badge (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) will get you into all general events for the day purchased. One-Day badges may only be purchased at-the-door.

A Platinum Badge has all of the benefits of a Three-Day, with these extra perks:

  • Priority positioning for the first 20 minutes in all autograph lines
  • Priority positioning for Main Events
  • A 2015 Youmacon T-Shirt
  • Admittance into either the Maid Cafe or Charity Ball
  • Entrance into one (1) video game tournament
  • The Dealers' Room will be open an hour early each day for Platinum Attendees

Platinum badges are limited to 500 for the event, and are only available for purchase online.


At-the-door Registration

The at the door registration prices will be as follows:

  • Three Day: $60
  • Friday $30
  • Saturday: $40
  • Sunday: $20

For those of you new to Youmacon we would like to inform you it is best to arrive early for the convention. Though we are always working on making registration as quick and painless as possible; lines do get long. Please take this into consideration when planning your arrival time.

At the door registration is cash only, however ATMs are located throughout Cobo Center.

Registration Hours

  • *thursday 6pm-10pm (only for attendees who pre-registered online)
  • friday 12pm-9pm (open at 11:00 for those who have pre-registered online)
  • saturday 9am-7pm
  • sunday 9am-2pm

(thursday pre-reg only, friday 11-12 pre-reg only)


Badge Pick-Up

Badge pick-up for prepaid and at-the-door passes will be located inside Cobo Center.

Child Registrations

Each registered adult is entitled to a free registration for one child age 12 or under and up to four $10.00 registrations for additional children 12 and under. Child registrations are processed and paid for at-con for both pre-registered attendees and those registering at the con. No children age 12 or under may attend the convention without the supervision of an adult.

Badge Upgrades

Badge upgrades are not currently available.

Badge Refunds

If you are looking for a badge refund please email our refund team with your Invoice and Badge Codes. All refunds will be refunded directly to the card used to purchase the badges. Badge refunds will only be available within 14 calendar days of purchase. Please note that refund requests may take up to two weeks to process.

What is Youmacon?

Youmacon is a popular culture event similar to most “Comic Cons”, however instead of focusing on comic books, Youmacon is a celebration of Japanese popular culture and its influence on our own culture over the past few decades. Common themes throughout the event are Anime (Japanese animation), Video Games, Japanese style artwork and comics, and the rising internet culture influenced by all of the above.

Youmacon brings a unique all-ages mix of interactive events, celebrity guest panels, and live musical performances to Downtown Detroit. One of its most popular events, “Live Action Mario Party”, emulates the video game experience – often filling the room to fire code capacity. Players participate in gameshow-like mini-games to help their teams advance and win.

Wearing costumes, or “Cosplay” as it's known at conventions, is very popular with attendees of Youmacon. It is not uncommon to walk into a pair of Italian plumbers in overalls on the escalator, only to meet someone dressed as Edward Elric or Master Chief from Halo minutes later.