BlizzCon 2019 Adventurer's Guide

BlizzCon 2019 kicks off this week, and whether you're joining us in person or watching online with the Virtual Ticket, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s show!

The BlizzCon Opening Ceremony begins Friday at 11am PDT, but tune in a bit early to catch the pre-show.

Essential Tools

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the schedule and map for details on the developer panels, Community Night contests, and more. To make the most out of the weekend, download the BlizzCon Mobile app for Android and iOS to plan your strategy!


LIVE ATTENDEES

Coming to BlizzCon in person? Here’s what you need to know—plus some fun activities to look out for as you explore the show floor.


BlizzCon 2019 Show Hours
All times in PDT

Pregame Festivities: Thursday, October 31 • 9am – 5pm
Night at the Faire: Thursday, October 31 • 4pm – 8pm (Benefit Dinner and Portal Pass holders only)
BlizzCon Benefit Dinner: Thursday, October 31 • 7pm – 11pm
BlizzCon Store: Thursday • 9am–9pm / Friday & Saturday • 8am – 10pm

Main Event:
Friday, November 1 • 9:30am – 10pm
Saturday, November 2 • 9:30am – 10pm


Registration
BlizzCon Pass – Sheraton Parking Lot
BlizzCon Portal Pass & Benefit Dinner – Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Catalina Room 5

BlizzCon Pass holders should first head to the Sheraton parking lot to pick up their wristbands; download the AXS app for Android or iPhone in advance to speed up the process. After that, bring your badge and wristband to North Hall Level 1 to pick up your BlizzCon Commemorative Collectible statue.

BlizzCon Portal Pass and BlizzCon Benefit Dinner guests should first head to the Hilton Anaheim Catalina Room 5 to pick up their wristbands and statues.

Check your inbox for an email from AXS containing more details on registration and other important show information.

Registration Hours:
Thursday, October 31 • 9am – 9pm
Friday, November 1 • 7am – 10pm
Saturday, November 2 • 7am – 10pm


BlizzCon Store
North Hall Level 1

Equip yourself with some gear at the BlizzCon Store, open Thursday through Saturday on Level 1 of the North Hall. Want to avoid the line or pick up your order at your own pace? Use Blink Shopping (available now!) online or in the BlizzCon Mobile App to place your order online and pick up your purchase on-site Thursday through Saturday.

BlizzCon Store Hours
Thursday, October 31 • 9am – 9pm
Friday, November 1 • 8am – 10pm
Saturday, November 2 • 8am – 10pm

Watch the Opening Ceremony on Multiple Stages
Friday · 11am PT

The Opening Ceremony is once again taking over multiple stages, with developers presenting live on the Mythic Stage (Hall D), World of Warcraft Tournament stage (Hall C), and Hearthstone Tournament Stage (Hall B)! The presentations will also be simulcast to locations throughout the convention center, so there are plenty of places to catch the action.

BlizzCon Pass holders: If you want to try to snag a seat at one of the three stages above, make sure to line up at the Grand Plaza Main Entrance, and plan to arrive early.


Pregame Festivities
Outdoor Plazas
Thursday · 9am–5pm

We’re kicking things off a day early with what we’re calling the BlizzCon Pregame Festivities, a “Welcome to BlizzCon” get-together in the plazas outside the convention center on Thursday, October 31, from 9am to 5pm PDT. This casual gathering will give everyone a place to meet up and hang out with friends, enjoy food and drinks, and do a /readycheck before the main event begins Friday morning. (BlizzCon admission and wristband required.)

A NOTE ABOUT PERSONAL EXPRESSION AT BLIZZCON

BlizzCon has always been a place where we celebrate the passion and diversity of the Blizzard community, where we encourage and support the many creative and thoughtful ways attendees share and reflect their views and interests—and this year will be no different. We welcome open, constructive, and civil discussion of different perspectives at the show, and we also want to make sure everyone’s aware that all attire and cosplay is allowed at BlizzCon as long as it adheres to the long-held standards we’ve laid out for the show each year.

A NOTE ABOUT SECURITY

We also want to reassure everyone that the safety and security of our attendees is a top priority. Every year, we work with local authorities and experienced event security to help keep our players, our employees, and everyone who makes BlizzCon possible safe, and this year is no exception. We strive to ensure our security measures follow best practices for conventions of this nature, while also doing everything we can to prioritize the comfort and convenience of our attendees and create a fun, welcoming environment for everyone.

To that end, we’ve implemented a number of new measures this year to bring our event even more up-to-date, including a modern wristband-based entry system. Based on feedback from last year, we’ve also increased the number of screening stations at our entry checkpoints and updated our screening procedures, all with the goal of getting people into the show and having fun as quickly and safely as possible.

We look forward to seeing everyone at BlizzCon!


AREAS TO EXPLORE

Blizzard Arcade
Hall E

Introducing the Blizzard Arcade! Journey into to Hall E and discover a vibrant playground full of current Blizzard games; retro favorites from throughout our history including the original Diablo games, The Lost Vikings, Rock n' Roll Racing, Blackthorne, and the original Warcraft RTS games; plus some vintage Blizzard memorabilia. You’ll also be able to catch some cinematics on the big screen at the Blizzard Cinema, then stop by Joeyray’s Bar or the Slaughtered Calf Inn to take a load off and enjoy a refreshment or two.

Take a look at the BlizzCon map for a list of everything you’ll encounter—and make sure to bring a full party to conquer it all!

Darkmoon Faire
North Hall Level 2

Don’t miss the mysterious Darkmoon Faire, returning to BlizzCon this year (North Hall Level 2). Explore the Wonderworks Pop-Up Shop and pick up a plushie, snag some toy capsules, and more, including a host of new trading opportunities for Blizzard Collectible Pins and Badges. Learn more about pin and badge trading at BlizzCon.

BlizzCon Portal Pass and Benefit Dinner guests can get a special preview on Thursday at Night at the Faire.

Inclusion Nexus
Anaheim Convention Center Level 2

Connect with Blizzard employees, guest speakers, and your fellow members of the Blizzard community at the Inclusion Nexus, a place for everyone to come together with us and share their experiences around topics related to inclusivity. Located on Level 2 of the convention center above Hall A, the Inclusion Nexus features tables set up by Blizzard’s Women’s Advisory Council, the LGBT+ Advisory Council, the Veterans Advisory Council, the Multicultural Network, Differing Abilities Network, and the Generations Network. This year, we’ve also added a photo booth where you can create BlizzCon Inclusion Nexus memories.

A full schedule of topics from guest speakers at the inclusion Nexus is available in the BlizzCon Mobile App.


DON'T MISS THESE ACTIVITIES

The schedule in the BlizzCon Mobile app (Android, iOS) includes a wide range of activities just for those attending BlizzCon in person, including intimate musical performances, meet-and-greets with developers and streamers, and more—install it to see the full list. Here are a few highlights you might want to prepare for in advance!

Warcraft 25th Anniversary and WoW 15th Anniversary Celebration
Arena Plaza
Friday
8:30pm–10:30pm

Party up in the Arena Plaza and get ready to celebrate 15 years of World of Warcraft and 25 years of Warcraft! Pour yourself some specially crafted anniversary-themed brew, raise a glass to your friends and guildmates for a toast with the WoW development team, take a trip back in time with a musical performance by The Spazmatics, and set aside your Horde and Alliance rivalries . . . for an hour and a half or so, anyway.

March of the Murlocs
Starts in Hall D
Saturday 12:45pm–1:30pm

Don your fins, practice your best “Mrrglrgg!”, and join us to pay homage to our favorite fishy friends with the return of the the March of the Murlocs on Saturday, November 2! Our march through the convention center starts in Hall D at 12:45pm, so wear your murloc-iest costume, and don’t be late! Learn more.

World of Warcraft – Pepe the Bird Gathering
Grand Plaza
Saturday 10:30am–11:30am

Do you love Pepe, the adventurous orange bird from World of Warcraft? Who doesn’t! Come meet other fellow fans of your favorite feathered critter from Azeroth and take a gander at some amazing Pepe costumes and other fan creations!

Sketch Group
Anaheim Convention Center Level 2
Friday 3pm–5pm
Saturday • 12pm–2pm

Whether you like to doodle or you’re a seasoned pro, the Blizzcon Sketch Group is an inspiring place for artists to get creative. Grab your pencils, paper, or tablet and come draw with us—everyone is welcome!


BLIZZCON SPONSOR ACTIVITIES

Check out what our BlizzCon 2019 sponsors have to say about what they have in store on the show floor.


The Panorama Diner is now serving Coca-Cola! Stop by your home away from home to relax in McCree’s booth, take a call from the Deadlock Gang, and check out the “Daily Specials” for exclusive Coke and Blizzard merch, tasty mini-bites, and special guest appearances happening each day.



Check out a one-of-a-kind custom PC, test your luck to win awesome prizes at the CORSAIR Claw machine, and take a pic in all your royal glory at the RGB Throne Photobooth!



Join us for a celebration of the Blizzard community at the Payload Tour, presented by Facebook Gaming. Stop by the Facebook Gaming booth for a special photo opportunity and swag. Watch participating livestreams on Facebook Gaming to earn special In-Stream Rewards including Virtual Tickets and Overwatch Loot Boxes.



Visit the HyperX booth and experience a new dimension of sound in their 3D audio booth, enter a daily giveaway to win HyperX gear, pose in the HyperX RGB Chair, and watch a chalk artist create an Overwatch-themed masterpiece!



Complete a WoW quest and collect an exclusive MSI patch alongside mystery swag. Win prizes, enter raffles, demo the latest MSI products, and meet Method guild members. Drop by the MSI site to win Virtual Tickets and view exclusive deals.



T‑Mobile takes fans further with a network that reaches farther than ever before and by delivering the perks and experiences you love, including creating your very own BlizzCon goodie bag at the T‑Mobile Lounge and complimentary Wi-Fi. Tuning into the Overwatch World Cup Finals? Be sure to cast your vote for the T‑Mobile MVP on Twitter, using #TMobileMVP and your choice's BattleTag, or on Twitch using the MVP overlay.


Thanks to our additional BlizzCon 2019 sponsors, Cisco, Intel, NVIDIA, and Samsung SSD for their support of BlizzCon.


ONLINE & VIRTUAL TICKET

Joining the fun from home? Here’s what you need to know about this year’s online BlizzCon experience—some available to watch free, and all of it unlocked via the Virtual Ticket.


Ways to Watch

  • BlizzCon.com – Head to the Watch tab to catch all the action!
  • Battle.net Desktop App – Watch portions of the show live directly through the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app, and interact with friends across the Blizzard community.
  • BlizzCon Mobile App – Download free , and see the show on the go.


Opening Ceremony
Friday
· 11am PT · WATCH FREE!

You won’t want to miss this year’s epic opening ceremony, beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 1. Tune in early for the pre-show, then get a front-row seat for the latest news about your favorite games.

In addition to BlizzCon.com and the locations above, you can watch the Opening Ceremony live on these platforms:


Free Developer Panels
Friday · 12:30pm–4:15pm PT · WATCH FREE!

Stay tuned in to BlizzCon.com, the BlizzCon Mobile App, or on Twitter immediately following the opening ceremony to watch the first four developer panels live from the Mythic Stage—for free!—and find out more about what Blizzard’s up to.


Community Night
Friday
· 6:30pm PT · Watch With Virtual Ticket

The focus Friday night is on the community as we host our favorite contests spotlighting talented artists from all corners of the Blizzard community: the legendary Costume Contest, Talent Contest, Movie Contest, and Art Contest. Don't miss it!


Esports Tournaments
Friday
& Saturday · WATCH FREE!

Watch Horde and Alliance champions, interstellar armies, and heroes from around the globe clash as the final rounds of the World of Warcraft® Arena World Championship, WoW® Mythic Dungeon International, Overwatch® World Cup (with online preliminaries on Thursday), Hearthstone Global Finals, and StarCraft II World Championship Series global finals play out.

Explore all the available viewing options.


Commemorative In-Game Loot
Available with Virtual Ticket

Mark the occasion in-game in whatever universe you play in with this year’s BlizzCon in-game extras, including items for World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, and Diablo III. Learn more.