Hey Ferragamo ^_^
Nice to see someone from the USA interested in a Dutch Animé Con like AnimeCon NL
I've been coming to Animé cons in NL since 2010. I'm from the UK (London) but ethnically i am Turkish ^^
I've been coming to this con since 2014 and i enjoy it very much! I drive to NL from the UK and i already got used and can handle from driving on the left to on the right like most of the world does XD LOL
As for getting to the Netherlands, i think it's easier to fly direct to Amsterdam or connect via the UK (which is a pain in the butt) But yes.....direct to Amsterdam would help!
Then get the train from Amsterdam to Den Haag and your there! You would need to get local buses from Den Haag centraal station to get to the World Forum (Obama visited the World Forum, where this con is a few years ago XD) Maybe ask someone here who is willing to pick you up from Amsterdam Airport to drive you to Den Haag if any attendee is passing Amsterdam on the way to Den Haag to give you a ride in their car. I think a night flight, arriving on the Friday 10th June early morning would be best to arrange all this ^^
I hope you can come to AC 2016 and i do too recommend booking a hotel nearby the con...say like e.g. Crowne Plaza. You just book it and they will ask you in January if you can pay it ^^ via ITO tours which is on the hotel link on the website
Alternatively, this year i stayed in a hotel for this year's con that was 4 miles away and i walked 4 miles from the hotel to the con lol XD I recommend using hotel comparison websites like Hotels.com or expedia.com if you are not able to get a hotel that is connected to the con via ITO tours.
I dunno wat anime you like but I'm BIG on the Pokémon Animé and I've been watching the series non stop since the first season 15+ years ago XD LOL
I normally cosplay as this guy and have done so for the last 5 years:
Old school Giovanni from the Animé! My friend who is the Umbreon is also a furry and a Pokéfan ^^ He's Dutch!
So if you do come, please say hi to me! ^_^ I'll be getting a new Giovanni (Orange) suit made for 2016 which will be even better than the one i have now!
Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me ^^ i'd be happy to help ya!
I keep telling myself I need to get out and see more of the world, it's been a long time since I've been to Europe and that was only France and Italy. The Netherlands has always been on my list, but I just haven't gotten the courage to go. Just so happened to find AnimeCon and it's helping to motivate me to really plan for a trip.
The only places I've been where driving is on the left side is... Hong Kong and Japan... and... Barbados!
Thanks for all the information! I'm mostly worried about getting lost trying to figure out how to get to train stations and bus stations and stuff... but I have heard most Dutch people in Amsterdam are used to tourists and willing to give directions and speak English. I also understand Amsterdam is fairly safe, comparing with other large cities (not to say, not to be cautious, but "safer" than say, NYC or some place).
I might reach out to you when I'm certain I can make it out to NL. The logistics of getting around the cities on public transportation still has me feeling shaky. Where I live, I have to drive everywhere, no public transportation. I'm not a country bumpkin, just live in the suburbs!
My brother really loved Pokemon, though I have never got into it. Back in the day I was big on Bleach, though I kind of stopped when the anime came to a halt. I would say my favorites right now are Sword Art Online and Attack on Titan - I'm kind of a late bloomer on these series - I didn't pay attention to either of them when they were the hype (well, they still kind of are, but I mean when they were really, really popular - I just didn't understand what the deal was until now!). I also like K-project (second season Return of Kings ended recently) and Noragami (second season Aragoto also ended recently). If I do end up cosplaying, you'll find me as Hange Zoe from Attack on Titan.