‘Tis the season, and right about now people are dropping not-so-subtle hints about what they want under the tree. If you’re trying to live that EDC Vegas life but need a little help with passes, it might be time to cash in those chips with the parentals.
I know what you’re thinking: This is too big an undertaking to entrust to people who don’t know their Party Thieves from their Party Favor. It’s cool—we got you. There are employees at Insomniac who are just as old as your parents and (potentially) much cooler, and we put together this article just for them. Forward them this link, and we’ll take it from here…
Okay, parents. You’re up. First off, WELCOME!
Whether they’re your kids, or your sister or brother’s kids, or just some adventurous young person you know and want to do right by, the recipient of this gift will be forever indebted to you for being their cosigner on this amazing, life-changing journey. In my 40 years on this planet, I’ve been to 16 EDCs in both Vegas and Los Angeles, and I’m still blown away year after year.
For those who don’t know, THIS is the Electric Daisy Carnival. If you’ve never heard of it, take a few minutes and watch the video below:
Now watch this one:
Intense, right? It is. Eight stages of music, hundreds of DJs, dozens of carnival rides, and about 140,000 people each night for three nights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. And yes, hundreds of trained medical personnel, EMTs, local law enforcement, and a very dedicated staff made up of people like me—parents who want to make the environment as safe and friendly as it can possibly be for everyone, especially young adults. Give this article a once-over, and you’ll start to understand the lengths Insomniac goes to in order to protect its patrons.
So, how do you go about getting tickets? Read on…
Parental Pro Tip: Here’s a link to our ticketing FAQ page. You might want to keep it open in a second tab while you’re moving through the purchase process.
Step one: Click here. You’ll be taken to Front Gate, the EDC Las Vegas ticket provider, where you’ll be asked what type of ticket you’d like to purchase—General Admission or VIP. If the person you’re buying for is under 21, it’s an easy choice; VIP is reserved for our 21-and-older guests. But if you’re looking to spoil, or you’re looking for an extra special experience, you may want to consider splurging. Some of our favorite perks include dedicated/expedited entrances to the festival, special viewing areas at our biggest stages, chill zones and air-conditioned bathrooms, and gourmet food and beverage options. When one is partying in the desert for three days from dusk till dawn, every little bit of comfort helps. Learn more about the VIP amenities here—and note that more will be added as we get closer to the show date.
Now, let’s talk about shuttles. If your gift recipient won’t have a car in Vegas, or you’d just rather they not drive, you can purchase shuttle passes for them. The Official EDC Shuttle program offers dedicated routes from Vegas to the festival, and it is the only shuttle service with direct access to the venue.
The shuttles have dedicated stops at certain hotels on and around the Las Vegas Strip, so there are a few options to choose from. If you’re not sure where they might want to stay—and you don’t want to ruin the surprise—you can pick up shuttle passes later, but there’s always a chance they may sell out.
While we’re on the topic of lodging, we also work with Las Vegas hotels to get preferred rates and packages for our EDC guests, including our first-ever EDC Week Hotel Package with Mandalay Bay. Browse hotels, check rates, and book rooms here.
Back to tickets…
Once you’ve chosen your ticket type, quantity and (perhaps) shuttle passes, you’ll want to check out. But before you do that, you’ll need to log in through Facebook or create a Front Gate account. We recommend the latter, as sometimes people are so used to having their login info auto-filled via FB that it’s easy to forget—especially if you’re old, like me. After you’ve entered your personal information, Front Gate will ask if you want to pay the full amount outright or choose layaway. Our layaway plans give you the option of paying just 20 percent of the full amount now (plus fees and delivery charge); 20 percent in January and February; and two 20 percent payments in March.
Once you’ve entered your payment information and clicked to purchase, you’re good to go. Remember: Don’t do that thing where you refresh the page because things aren’t moving at light-speed. Just keep your eye on the clock at the right side of the page. If you refresh the page while your transaction is happening, you risk losing your order. Also, there are no exchanges or upgrades. If you want to upgrade to VIP or exchange a shuttle pass, you’ll have to purchase a new pass and then get the original order refunded with proof of the new purchase.
Parental Pro Tip: Front Gate’s customer service line is (888) 512-7469. If your order was declined, it’s best to contact them directly instead of trying to re-purchase. Sometimes people who attempt to re-purchase end up getting multiple pending charges. They won’t clear, but they do show up as transactions.
CONGRATS! You’ve now made someone extremely happy. FYI, though, tickets are mailed in April, so you’ll have to get creative and put something under the tree or in the stocking. Since baby owls are expensive and moderately unruly, we’ve gone ahead and created some printable tags you can use. Grab ‘em here, and thanks for purchasing tickets to EDC Las Vegas 2017.