Since we started planning Ascendio back in 2010, we’ve planned to host meet-ups, Common Room activities, the Fan Art Gallery and the Vendor Room on Thursday, but at our site visit last month, it became clear to us that we could do more with our Thursday plans.
First thing’s first: We’re in the process of adding an afternoon of Wrock concerts and other entertainment, and to make the day accessible to everyone, we’re also introducing a Thursday-only Day Pass, priced at only $50.
The Thursday Pass will give you access to all programming on Thursday, including Wrock concerts featuring The Butterbeer Experience, Gryffindor Common Room Rejects, Carpe Geekdom and more bands who’ll be announced this winter.
ETA (Feb. 7): We’ve added The Whomping Willows, Lauren Fairweather, The Blibbering Humdingers, Hawthorn & Holly and Alex Boyd to our Wrock roster! Check out clips from their performances at Infinitus here!
Thursday passholders also get to hang out in the Common Room, shop the Vendor Room, explore the Art Gallery and more! (We’re waiting for some AV info from the hotel before we can confirm fanfilm showings on Thursday, for example). And, of course, every Ascendio registrant – regardless of the day – is invited to our To The Manor Ball!
You’ll also be able to purchase a ticket to our Thursday night private park event with a Day Pass for Thursday, Friday or Saturday!
On our Registration Page you can register for a Thursday Pass (or get a multiday pass) – but here’s the biggest news: if you already have a Full registration, we’re including access to all programming, concerts and events at the hotel on Thursday with your registration! So basically you’re getting another full day of Ascendio programming for the same price! Talk about bang for buck.
Now, for some math. The Friday and Saturday Passes are still $75 per day, which means that for a few lucky people, you can purchase a Full Registration for the same price of Day Passes for Thursday, Friday and Saturday! $50 + $75×2 = $200… and we have about a dozen $200 Full Registrations left. The price of a Full Registration will go up to $225 later this month. Even once it does, if you want to enjoy Harry Potter discussions, fan creativity and magic on all three days, you might want to opt for a Full Registration, which includes two feasts and only costs $25 more than the three day passes. And the meals? They’re definitely worth more than twenty five dollars!
We hope you’re as excited about our expanded Thursday programming as we are. Not only do we feel it gives those with Full and Merlin’s Circle’s registrations even more to do, but hope that the $50 Day registration for Thursday ”Wrock Day” and other programming will make Ascendio possible for both Wrock fans and those on a budget. Whether you come for the whole con or mix and match day registrations and individual event tickets, we want all Harry Potter fans to find something at Ascendio, and have a great con!
(Oh, and if you can come up with a better name than “Wrock Day” for our Thursday programming, and we opt to use it for the event, we’ll send you a lovely Ascendio lunch bag! Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.)