San Diego Comic Con is right around the corner, we are in the single digits my friends – with Preview Night happening in just 8 short days! At this point in time – Conan tickets have gone live, the full official panel schedule has been released, the online exclusives portal is closing soon, and the WB bag designs should be released any day now. One of the best things about San Diego Comic Con (especially if you don’t have badges for all 4 days) are the many “off-sites” that pop up throughout the Gaslamp in the downtown area. Every year the off-sites are extremely popular and this year I expect that to be no different. Here’s a quick glance at all the off-site activations that you will have a chance to experience during San Diego Comic Con next week.
Hulu’s Castle Rock:
Welcome to Castle Rock! Hulu invites fans to step into the town of Castle Rock with this multi-room immersive, unique experience. Visitors will explore the unlucky town’s bed and breakfast and vast nearby forest – discovering secrets around every turn. Doubling as a homage to Stephen King and his iconic characters, you’ll want to sleep with the lights on after discovering the evil that lurks in Castle Rock. Located within will be Hulu’s Campsite Lounge – a place to get away from the chaos of San Diego Comic Con. Located at Front Street and Island Ave this experience will be open Thursday July 19th through Sunday July 22nd.
FX will be taking over the lawn in front of the Hilton Bayfront once again this year in what is sure to be one of the hottest activations around. Featuring installations from shows such as American Horror Story, Legion, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Archer, and Mayans MC – as well as a “FX-3D” me station, where you will have the opportunity to create a 3d model of yourself. This is always a popular event, and visitors can register in advance beginning on Friday July 13th. FXhibition will be open the following times: Thursday July 19th 12pm to 6pm / Friday July 20th 10am to 6pm / Saturday July 21st 10am to 6pm / Sunday July 22nd 10am to 2pm.
Mr. Mercedes Immersive Experience:
Be one of the first to play the new Mr. Mercedes: Lair Escape Virtual Reality game at this unique VR/AR immersive experience. Collect clues to unlock never-before-seen content and special prizes, see props from the actual show, and special photo and shareable gif opportunities! Located at 643 G. Street – this activation is open from 10am-6pm Thursday July 19th – Saturday July 21st. For your chance at a commemorative pin and to win a fast-pass to the experience, RSVP by Clicking Here!
Adult Swim at SDCC:
Adult Swim is headed back to San Diego Comic Con and bringing their event Adult Swim on the Green back with their very own “state park!” Campers will experience the outdoors in a way that only Adult Swim could give them. Park entrance is free for fans 18+ and is right behind the convention center at 5th Avenue Landing and Convention Way, Thursday through Sunday, with exciting fan programming at night Thursday through Saturday. Comic Con attendees will get a first look at all-new programming at celebrity-filled panels and enjoy free signings featuring series stars, creators and producers from audience-favorites. Amenities of the park include all-new games like canoe races and archery contests, chainsaw-wielding wood carvers, merit badges and tasty eats from the hot dog roaster. New this year is the Camp Store, which will be open late and is a must for all campers to stock up on exclusive Adult Swim merchandise. A SDCC badge is required for purchase. Snickers is also bringing the #Rickmobile to SDCC all week long, a custom mobile pop-up show that is stocked to the brim with exclusive Rick and Morty items. Follow the #Rickmobile on social media to see where they will be!
Jack Ryan Training Field: Want to put your skills to the test? Then the Jack Ryan Training Field is where you want to go! Located at the corner of First Street and Martin Luther King Promenade, directly across from the convention center, you’ll be able to see if you can compare to
Jack Ryan! This VR experience will completely blow you away and I imagine will be quite popular all weekend long, for both participants and viewers alike. They’ve built a 30-foot tall facility that uses Optitrack 4D and Oculus Rift technology to create experiences ranging from rappelling from a helicopter and ziplining. Open 9am to 7pm Thursday July 19th – Saturday July 21st and 9am to 5pm on Sunday July 22nd.
Cloak & Dagger Experience:
Want another physical adventure activation to get your blood flowing? Then you’ll want to stop by this activation over at Petco Park, open Thursday July 19th through Sunday July 22nd starting at 10am. Here, you’ll be harnessed to a bungee and propelled backwards from the force of your powers, like characters Tyrone and Tandy in the series itself. If that wasn’t cool enough, A slow-motion recording will capture the moment, and you’ll be able to share with on social media! Also available will be a ROXXON Corp station to create your very own customized ROXXON Corp badge and lanyard. Each badge has a secret code that could win you some super awesome prizes!
This is your one stop shop for all things FREE and NO Badge Required during San Diego Comic Con! Nerdist will be taking over the Sparks Gallery at 530 Sixth Ave, from Thursday July 19th through Sunday July 22nd. There is a little bit of everything to do over at the Nerdist house and you can be it’ll be a blast all weekend long! Visitors who stop by will be treated to an in-depth look at the shows of Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, and Alpha. Have the chance to participate in meet & greets, purchase exclusive merchandise, along with photo opportunities, a VR experience, and more! The schedule of events will be posted daily on social media, so be sure you are following them on twitter to get all the latest updates about what’s happening at the Nerdist House!
Impractical Jokers Block Party:
The crew from truTV’s Impractical Jokers are back at San Diego Comic Con, hosting their infamous Block Party for it’s third year. On Saturday july 21st, from 1pm – 9pm join the Impractical Jokers for all-day entertainment including a zipline, 3D photo experience, custom face painting, a White Castle food truck, and exclusive merchandise for sale! If you’ve always wanted to hit a ball pit at Comic-Con, this is the spot for you, as this block party will have a themed ball-pit, an obstacle course, and even an appearance from Pierre the Mime. Joe, Murr, Q, and Sal will be signing autographs from 4:30pm to 6pm, at 7:15pm stop by for a live presentation of Impractically Speaking: The Jokers’ Live Web Show, and to end the party on a good note, just after 8pm there will be an exclusive screening of the mid-season premiere of the Impractical Jokers!
Amazon Fire TV “Fast Forward to the Future” :
In Fire TV’s San Diego Comic Con debut, this Amazon off-site will be up and running all weekend long, giving fans a chance to relax and reboot from the crazy convention floor. “Fast Forward to the Future” will take guests on a journey through the evolution of television, showcasing how Fire TV now makes it easier than ever before to watch all of your favorite TV shows and movies, control smart home devices, use Alexa skills, listen to music, and more. The activation includes vignettes like the Device Garden, a Backyard Cinema Club, Fire TV Street, and the Stress-Free Streaming zone! The silent streaming party will bring the Fire TV experience to life with immersive lounges inspired by hit shows from partners including Prime Video’s “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” and NBC’s “The Good Place.” In addition, you can recharge with readily available mobile chargers and a tempting selection of show-themed mocktails to sip on. Located on the corner of 7th Ave and Market street this activation will be open from Thursday July 19th through Sunday July 22nd starting at 9am.
The Purge Pop-Up Shop:
USA Network is ready to help you prepare for The Purge during San Diego Comic Con, fans who stop by will be will be immersed in the world of the new TV series The Purge. This immersive “store” will take shoppers into the world of The Purge, and offer a one-stop-shop for any necessary Purge items. From candles and masks to energy drinks – you don’t want to face the Purge without stopping here first. There will also be product demonstrations, photo opportunities, and a glimpse at the upcoming TV series. The pop-up will be located at 215 Tony Gwynn Drive on Thursday, July 19 through Saturday, July 21 from 11am to 7pm, or on Sunday, July 22 from 11am to 4pm.
The Experience at Comic-Con:
The Experience at Comic-Con, formerly known as the Petco Interactive Zone – is shaping up to be a fantastic time during Comic-Con next week! While we don’t have the full line up of what to expect, what we do know – is awesome. Early registration should open soon, and I’ll keep you up to date on when that becomes available! Scared Lies, a new half-hour drama coming to Facebook Watch is bringing a VR escape room to The Experience. Sacred Lies follow Minnow Bly – who has survived in the deadly woods, a crazy cult, and a deadly fire. This will be no ordinary escape room – as you will essentially be going through her story backwards. Guests will solve puzzles, go deep into the cult’s dogma, and (if successful) complete the confirmation ritual to become a member of The Community.
While you’re over there, how about some free ICE CREAM? One of the best part of off-site experiences, is a LOT of them offer random food items – and with how hot it’s been the past few years during San Diego Comic Con, a free frosty treat will hit the spot for many attendees. CD Comics will be hosting a Super Hero Ice Cream Experience over at Petco Park during the convention, where you can expect free samples of some superhero ice cream and exciting giveaways throughout the week! The ice cream flavors are already available for purchase in stores nationwide.
The Walking Dead “Dead Quarters” :
Returning for it’s second year at San Diego Comic Con is this immersive experience is for any zombie lover, including fans of The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead. This activation features a curated walk through the settings of both series, a 22-foot zombie slide, photos ops with Negan’s “flaming Lucille” and much more!! Located at Martin Luther King Promenade in front of the Hilton Gaslamp Hotel at Fourth Avenue and L Street, you can visit this activation from 11am to 6pm Thursday July 19th to Saturday July 21st or between 11am to 4pm on Sunday July 22nd.
SyFy It’s A Fan Thing:
Syfy is looking to make a splash at SDCC next week, with a full lineup of panels and quite a few activations – celebrating the fans of all fandoms. Syfy will be hosting two fan parties at the Children’s Museum – from 9pm to 11pm on Friday and Saturday night. If you want to attend, you will need to RSVP in advance, so keep an eye on Syfy Wire for more information in the coming days. Syfy isn’t just taking over the Children’s Museum at night though – as it will be the home for limited edition merchandise, Mystery Boxes, and The Human Claw Machine! Yes, you read that right a life sized claw machine that lowers participants into a giant pit of prizes!! Want other ways to win a Mystery Box? Syfy will also be hosting The SYFY karaoke bus, a HUGE hit from last year and genre-themed bingo trolleys that will be roaming the Gaslamp all weekend!
Project Blue Book Headquarters:
History Channel is giving SDCC attendees an exclusive sneak peek into the universe of it’s upcoming drama series, “Project Blue Book.” Project Blue Book Headquarters will these real UFO cases back to life with immersive experiences, including a chance to send a message billions of miles into space in an attempt to answer the timeless question: is there life beyond earth? Custom, limited edition Project Blue Book comic books will be given to select fans who visit the Project Blue Book Headquarters activation located in the Petco parking lot!
Are you planning on attending any of these great off-site events during San Diego Comic Con next month? Which are you looking forward to the most? I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below or find me on social media and say hello!
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