San Diego Travel Guide - Page 2
When tickets to San Diego Comic-Con went on sale March 3rd the badges sold out in 90 minutes, but many fans were left out in the cold due to problems with the link Comic-Con sent out to registered users.
In an attempt to make it up to those fans, Comic-Con is going to resell returned tickets tomorrow morning. The resale event will be open only to those who already have a confirmed Member ID and have not already purchased a 4 day pass or a Saturday night ticket. The online ticket resale will take place on March 27 at 8:00 a.m. PST so get your alarm clock ready.
This week, a couple penguins took a few steps down the First Class aisle onboard a Delta flight and the footage went viral. Meanwhile, The Discovery Channel has installed a live Penguin Cam in the enclosure at the San Diego Zoo, keeping 24-hour watch over the waddling residents in celebration of the March 19 premiere of the new show "Frozen Planet."
The first time we tuned in to the cam, there were another 2,682 people also online, staring in at the 300 penguins (of 5 species) at the zoo. That's crazy, but it attests to the continued popularity of the tuxedo-d cutiepies. Oh, and the camera goes beyond just passively staring at the birds; there's underwater viewing and Q&A sessions:
You are watching Penguin Cam: live video of the "Penguin Encounter" at SeaWorld® San Diego. Stay tuned for penguin feedings throughout the day, and don't miss our live Q&A sessions every Monday from noon to 12:30 p.m. ET starting Monday, March 19.
It's Friday. Zone out here.
San Diego International Comic-Con is still months away, but if you want to volunteer at the world's largest comic convention, you better act soon.
Tickets to SDCC are notoriously hard to get, but there is another way to get into the San Diego Convention Centerand it's free. Online volunteer registration for Comic-Con officially opened this week, but space is limited so it's best to apply as soon as possible.
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If you think about it, our beloved San Diego Zoo doesn't really have to be good at doing all the things they do. It's true that they have one of the more ambitious social media outreach programs we've come across from any travel or conservation-oriented organization, spanning multi-platform contests, constant tweet-ups, and even the baby panda iPad app that they announced just this morning.
And it's true that they have a whole slew of special behind-the-ropes tours and special experiences on-site for guests who want to get beyond the public exhibits, whichinasmuch as they have polar bears and pandas insideare themselves kind of awesome.
But the point is that they don't really have to do any of that, because every year the Zoo and its sister Safari Park seem to have more and more cute newborn things for guests to coo over. Given this year's crop of baby hippos, baby elephants, and baby Satanic Leaf-tailed Geckos (totally true, totally real), the two locations kind of seem to sell themselves.
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It’s been a long time coming, but British Airways has recently added to its American destinations with its Heathrow-San Diego route which started June 1. When we flew it recently, what we were most interested in was what they were using as a lounge because, for all its faults, BA usually does lounges pretty well.
Turns out they’re using the American Airlines Admiral’s Club at SAN. Would it live up to its BA step-siblings? Only one way to find out.
The lounge is just through security in Terminal 2; as in, tucked away discreetly to the side behind security, so it’s a little confusing to find. Discreet is also the word for the doorway; there’s just a tiny plaque announcing its presence under the bell, and advising you that “proper dress” is required for access.
It seems like this summer has been all about new airport dining options, as airports continue to say sayonara to Sbarro and hello to more local spots. The latest changes are scheduled to hit San Diego International Airport, and we already have our napkins ready.
Airport officials are doing their thing as different groups and companies vie for the highly sought after lease space at the airport, so who's going where isn't totally official just yet. However, even if half of these new places arrive on schedule then a tasty layover might just be in your future.
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Last month there was yet another brouhaha surrounding the TSA's security policies when a women accused them of being racist for pulling her out of the security line, after she had already gone through the full body scanner, simply so they could check her hair.
Laura Adiele felt she was being discriminated against after seeing women of other races with their hair pulled up passing through security with ease, while as a black woman with an afro tucked up into a curly bun, she was being being pulled aside.
As Comic-Con newbies we made a lot of mistakes. Here are our top five screw upslike not bringing a stool or buying a parking passto help you navigate Comic-Con 2012 like a pro!
· Stay away from Preview Night.
Unless you're a hardcore comic fan and you're hoping to score something in particular on the exhibition floor, stay away on preview night. Wednesday night was by far the most crowded night at the San Diego Convention Center and not worth the time it took to get there or to fight through crowds.
San Diego Comic-Conthe mecca for geek cultureis crowded and the wait for everything is long, but where else can you see pirates bonding with ninjas and a zombie parade all in the same day?
The exclusive toys, comics and movies clips are cool, but the people watching is the best part! Whether fans are into steampunk, superheroes or Stormtroopers, Comic-Con is the one place where everyone is welcome to let their freak flag fly.
Don't just take our word for it, check out the gallery of our favorite costumes from around Comic-Con 2011 below!
If you're looking for a quick meal between panels at Comic-Con, skip the pretzels and hot dogs inside the Convention Center and head over to the Food Truck Food Court across the street instead. Located in a parking lot at First and J Streets, right next to the South Park Year of the Fan Experience, more than a half dozen of SoCal's best food trucks have lined up to serve hungry geeks during Comic-Con.
Though some of the trucks may change on a day-to-day basis, Thursday's offerings included The Great Food Truck Race participants, Devilicious Food Truck, the Chop Soo-ey Food Truck, which locals call the “Pig Rig” thanks to its primarily pork menu, Street Eats, who serve the best breakfast burritos we've ever tasted, and Two For The Road, known for their Capn'Crunch Crab Cakes. Most prices ranged between $6 and $9.
The Comic-Con Food Truck Food Court will be open Friday (July 22) and Saturday (July 23) from approximately 9:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
[Photo: John Matthews]
If you're at Comic-Con today make sure you check in on Foursquare for the official Comic-Con 2011 badge to score a free T-shirt. Once you unlock your badge, head over to the South Park Year of the Fan Experience across the street form the Convention Center at First and J St to pick up your sweet South Park/Foursquare tee.
The South Park experience, which is free and open to the public, features a replica of South Park Avenue, South Park memorabilia, and even a cafeteria offering cheesy poofs. But don't wait too long to pick up your shirt, the experience only runs through Saturday.
Among the endless rows of comic booths on the Comic-Con International floor, the upcoming ABC series Pan Am has landed. The show, starring Christina Ricci, is about a glamorous group of stewardesses and pilots flying for Pan Am in the 1960s who bring some serious dramaeverything from passion to jealousy and, of course, espionageto the skies.
To promote the new show, ABC has built a first-class cabin from a 1960s Pan Am plane which will "take flight" every ten minutes. To catch the next flight, just stop by their booth (#3921) for a boarding pass.