‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ Premiere Camping Guide: (Almost) Everything You Need to Know!

October 29, 2012

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I camped out for ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1’ premiere and I will be out there again this year (Shout out to Group 6!).  These tips are based on my experience and I tried to cover as much as I can think of to cover. I also live in the Los Angeles area. I’ve included images from my experience to give you some visuals as well!

Book a local hotel room! 
I can’t stress this one enough. Do you really want to get near Robert Pattinson after not showering for four days? Hotels are your home base.  You can charge your electronic devices and get online. You can store items that are expensive or you don’t want to get ruined by the elements. You can get a shower and use a toilet. You can get warm or cool off.  You can take a nap in a bed. A lot of people book a hotel room and split it among a group bigger than the occupancy because they are not sleeping in the room. I could never do this without having a hotel room within walking distance and I wouldn’t recommend anyone else do it either.

Prepare for the elements 
Southern California may have a reputation for sunny and 70 degrees, but as campers learned last year, that is definitely not always the case.  On the second night of BD1 camp a storm blew in that flooded tents, soaked campers and blew some items away. Make sure your tent is waterproof.  Make sure you bring extra layers including gloves and hats. It can get very chilly, especially at night when you are tying to sleep on concrete.  Conversely, it could be 90 degrees and sunny the whole time. Don’t forget sunscreen. Most importantly, keep an eye on the weather forecast.

As you can see by my attire and the umbrella hovering over Stephenie Meyer, it’s not always sunny and 70 in Southern California so pack accordingly because last year it felt like Forks!

Be prepared for parking costs
You are in a major downtown area where events happen.  The L.A. Live area is home to the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Staples Center, hotels and multiple music venues. During camp there will be several NBA basketball games, a fight, a large convention and concerts. Parking is a maximum of $25 a day in non-event, self-parking at L.A. Live, but there’s no in and out privileges.  Valet is $40 per day at the J.W. Marriott/Ritz-Carlton, but you can come and go. Be aware that there are two NBA games on Sunday so parking and traffic around the area could be pretty chaotic.

Eat local and bring snacks
There are quite a few food options at L.A. Live, but there’s not a ton of other places within close walking distance.  The new Fig at 7th  complex several blocks away has a California Pizza Kitchen and a Morton’s Steakhouse, with other restaurants on the way so there may be other options there by November 8. A lot of the L.A. Live venues have good happy hour deals and look for late night happy hours, too. Check out the full list of restaurants at L.A Live here.  If you click on the restaurants you’ll find their hours and many list their happy hour times, too! There’s usually a cheap taco truck across the street from the Regal movie theater at L.A. Live, but I haven’t tried it to endorse it.

There is a Starbucks at L.A. Live, which tends to get very crowded with campers.  There’s also a place to get coffee in the lobby of the J.W. Marriott, but their selection is rather limited.

You’ll also want to keep some snacks in your tent. I recommend individually packaged snacks for easy clean up and disposal.

Enjoying a happy hour break at Rosa Mexicano at L.A. Live.

You forgot X,Y and/or Z
Well you are in luck!  Target just opened this month only four blocks away from Camp Twilight.  It’s a City Target and it’s located at  Fig(Figueroa) and 7th. There’s free wi-fi on site at that shopping district. There isn’t free wi-fi at L.A. Live.

Be warned: camping out for four days doesn’t guarantee you’ll meet Rob or Kristen
Of the 1500+ people who are intending to camp out, less than a quarter will get a prime on the carpet spot. You are doing this all for a chance to be there, but nothing is guaranteed.  The carpet fan area was six people deep and the bleachers were eight rows high last year. The first row and maybe the second managed to get pictures and autographs, but most people only get to take pictures over other people’s heads.  So if you want to make the most out of your Breaking Dawn premiere experience….


The view from my ‘Breaking Dawn, Part 1′ Premiere spot. I wasn’t even on the carpet. I was on the bleachers across the street.

Don’t leave camp (for long)!
Camp time is not the time to go be a tourist and visit Disneyland or take a Hollywood tour.  Do that on November 7 or 13.  Yes, take breaks to eat, change and shower, but there is too much going on that you don’t want to miss.  Last year for BD1 camp there were scheduled activities and unscheduled activities.  Cast members like Kellan Lutz, Tinsel Korey and others like Bill Condon, Wyck Godfrey and Melissa Rosenberg stopped by unexpectedly.  Stephenie Meyer came out on Saturday morning to hand deliver signed copies of Breaking Dawn to every camper. There was a concert of ‘Breaking Dawn, Part 1’ soundtrack artists hosted by Charlie Bewley.  Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Booboo Stewart, Casey LaBow and Myanna Buring brought us breakfast one morning.  This is just a partial list of what went on.

Event management was good at giving us approximate times for planned events. Regular U.S. dinner time/early evening was a free time and usually later in the evening was free too. The earliest anything major happened was when Stephenie came through and I believe that started around 9 a.m.  There will be other moments of downtime. You have to play it by ear.

Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, and Booboo Stewart brought out breakfast and signed autographs one morning at Camp Twilight last year.

Be kind to your neighbors!
With so many people registered to camp, quarters are going to be tight.  Adhere to the “ONLY standard sized pop tents will be allowed (8’x8′ [64 sq. ft.] or less)” that is in Summit’s rules. Yes, bring a chair, but don’t bring a lot of other stuff that you aren’t willing to store in your tent. Be mindful of you noise level, especially later in the evening and early in the morning. You all are in camp for your love of Twilight so share your stories and make friends.

Do you spot me? I had never met the ladies from Australia sitting next to me until the first morning of camp. We’re still in touch today. Oh, and look! Signs!

Signs and Sign…this please!
Bring posters and markers to create signs for your favorite cast members that you can hold up for the premiere.  My “Team Esme” sign last year caught the attention of Elizabeth Reaser’s guests who sent her back across the street to me.  Plus they are just fun to come up with and are a good downtime activity.

Also, last year I sticky tacked my poster to a poster board to keep it from getting bent when I was trying to get autographs during the premiere. It worked out really well.

Don’t forget to keep items that you can get autographed at the ready.  You never know when someone is going to come around so keep a Sharpie and your item(s) close.  Also, make sure your camera battery is charged and that you have your camera.

Your sign may get you in the news! This image was seen in Germany’s version of ‘People’ magazine from what I was told as well as many websites.

The recommended packing list (in no particular order)
Waterproof tent – (8’x8′ [64 sq. ft.] or less)
Sleeping bag
Blow up bed (you don’t want to sleep on the cold concrete)
Battery operated pump or foot pump to blow up bed
Foldable chair
Portable chargers for your smartphone and other devices
Extra batteries
Eye mask
Comfy shoes for standing around on the premiere carpet for HOURS
Layers of clothes
Sharpie markers for signatures
Items to get autographed
Plastic bags to keep valuables and autographed items safe and dry
Posters and markers to make signs

REVIEW SUMMIT’S RULES! These rules were put together from what Summit and their event management team has learned from doing this for two premieres at LA Live. They also incorporated input from fans and the fansites.  Every rule has a reason behind it so please read them again before you leave your house and abide by them to ensure that everyone has the best camp experience possible.

There’s going to be a lot of adrenaline and things will sometimes be unpredictable, but have fun and just try to roll with it.

Be smart! Be safe!

I hope this is helpful.  Do you have other questions about camping?

UPDATE 10/31: Several more questions about camp have been answered here.

And I’m not saying that the Rob pic can’t happen, but make sure you smell nice and whatever you do, don’t try to put your arm around him/touch him. Security doesn’t like that…



Amy is a lifelong fangirl, who gets most excited over The Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, Disney, Star Trek, superhero movies, and Broadway musicals. She’s Twilight fan fiction writer, Esme Mom Cullen, and her work is (mostly) focused on her favorite ship – Carlisle and Esme. She has the sarcasm and wit of a born and raised Jersey Girl, even though she now makes her home in Southern California. She currently works in the areas of communications and corporate social responsibility.

  • Purple

    Thanks for all the tips!!! I look forward to meeting you in group 6 (YEAH!)
    Only 10 days till tent city 2012! SO exciting!

  • Purple

    Oh and also, for group 6, how early are you getting there? They said not to get there before the check in time and I hope people follow that bc I have to go to school that day and probably won’t get there until 4:30. Check in time is 5… Do you think that’s early enough?

  • Amanda Melby

    Awesome! Thank you, Amy!

  • Jacquie

    As always thank you for the info it certainly helps!

  • Wendy

    I’m in group 6! Cant wait to meet all you ladies!

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  • Yahaira Saad

    my favorite part of the saga is in BD part 1, when Bella dies and Edward being a vampire supposedly has no soul, but when Bella’s death can appreciate the pain you feel to lose because she is really his soul, I really cry in that scene by the feelings that are in it, we have the pain, sadness and obviously the fact of losing the one you love

  • Alex

    Thanks a lot for all of the camping tips!! They are definitely helpful! This is my first year camping out and I’m very much looking forward to it! About the showers though, do they have public showers available for those who don’t have a hotel booked for all of the days?

  • Amy

    Purple – You can check in anytime between 5 and 8 PM. You don’t have to be there early. There will be a spot for you as long as you get there during that window.

    Alex – No, there are no public showers.

  • A. Rose

    How are the bathroom facilities? Please tell me they are not port-a-potties!
    And thank you for this immensley helpful info. I’ve never been & the BD2 sight gives quite limited info on what to bring & what to expect.

  • Diana

    Amy. thanks for all the info, it helps so much! This will be my 1st time and I’m really excited to meet you all! Can you clear something up for me? Tent, only 1 per group? I only have 4 people in my group but some groups are 10 people. I know the tent size is 8×8 but can we fit that many in one tent without it being super awkward? LOL!

  • MyAfterCar

    Thanks Amy!! So helpful. I’m trying to make a packing list so this was really great to have! Thanks!

  • karlee

    great article..very helpful! cant wait for Bd2 fan camp.

  • Monique Wray

    Thank you so much for the info. I am a South African living in London so coming over from the UK.It will be my first time at a US premier and it looks so amazingly well organised. Cannot wait for the BD2 fan camp. Better get started on that packinglist….

  • Alex

    Thanks for answering back Amy! I will be sure to book a hotel then! Can’t wait to hang out with all of the fans! :)

  • Amy

    A. Rose – there are public restrooms in one of the parking garages. I spoke to someone from Summit last night and he believed they were bringing in restrooms as well. I will say that in L.A. they have some pretty swanky portable restrooms. *crossing fingers*

    Diana – the tent size limit is 8 x 8, but you can have as many of those that your need for your group. It’s not one tent for your group. An 8 x 8 tent is usually a 4 person tent, but if you need two tents for four people then I’m sure you’ll be okay.

  • holly

    hi amy
    im from australia and am here by myself and wanted to know what time the check in on next friday and if i need to sign up before hand with a group or anything? and if u know of any people sharing tents or groups?

  • Concerned

    Is any form of ID acceptable? I’m currently in the process of getting a California ID, but I only have a Mexican ID with me, will that be okay? I’m worried they won’t accept it.

  • Mel

    This list was sooo helpful. This is my first twilight event (after trying for years) and I’m very excited.

    I’m going alone and coming from NY so I can’t wait to meet people and share in this experience. Anyone from group 1?!

  • Shanna

    Hi Mel. I’m in group 1 too. It is also my first twilight premiere. I’m so excited to go. Thank you Amy for the helpful advice.

  • Amy

    Holly – Camp check-in for registered and confirmed campers is on Thursday, 11/8. Your check in window for your confirmed Group number is on your confirmation email. If you did not register online for camp and you did not receive a confirmation email then you will not be permitted to camp. Camping is only open to registered to campers. Registration closed on October 15.

    Concerned – a government issued ID is fine. I’m sure many international campers will be showing passports.

    Shanna – You’re welcome! I’m happy to hear that it’s helpful. :-)

  • Angel

    Can you give any insight on how to find the registration area at the Nokia for check in? Was it inside/outside last year? Signs posted, ect? I have this vision of thousands of people blocking the view of things making it impossible to find.

  • Mandy

    Can’t wait! Great list!

    Last year we ordered pizza one night and did happy hour at LA Live resturants and bars other nights.

    When I talked to some of the event planners for fan camp this year I suggested more charging stations, wi-fi and a craft station for signs – we will see…

    Last year yahoo had wi-fi for us – I think they will do something similar again – I hope so.. wi-fi and charging stations are my #1 request, even above bathrooms (because you CAN use your hotel bathroom if needed)

    *fingers crossed*


  • Mel


    How long are the festivities on premiere night? If it starts at around 5:30 is it over by 10? Or later?

    I’m trying to figure out my return flight because I have to work the next day. Thanks!!

  • Amy

    Angel – I don’t have information on where exactly check in will be, but I have asked Summit to provide that information. I think it will be obvious where the line up is.

    Mandy – Check out the link to the update. They have confirmed charging. Wi-fi wasn’t sounding good as of the other night.

    Mel – Based on last year, if you get into the theater for the movie, you probably won’t get out of the theater until between 10:30 and 11.

  • Katie

    Thanks for the awesome tips! Can’t wait to be there! GROUP 1!!!!!!

  • Kathleen Chamberlin

    I have the chance to borrow a tent that is 7′ x 9′ (63 sq ft). Will that be allowed? Thanks!

  • flowers

    Hello! I’m in group 5 and I’m going alone. will like to know if I can use someones room just for the shower part on the day of the premiere. Please let me know. thank you.

  • flowers

    Also since I’m going alone will have room in my tent so if someone needs to stay with me. will bring a lock so we can lock up our tent.

  • Laura

    Finally someone with good information. I am in group 6 and I had so many questions. Thanks

  • Rachel

    Thank you for the great tips! Will there be security at Tent City? I imagine there would be. Also, does every group have a chance to get in the theater? We’re in Group 6, and I’m afraid we might be missing out on stuff. Where/When do we sign up to watch BDP2 on Premiere night?

  • Amy

    Kathleen – Reply to your confirmation email with that question. I just figured that they are marking tent areas off in 8 x 8 squares, but that’s an assumption on my part.

    flowers – you may want to look on facebook for premiere and/or camp groups.

    Rachel – There will be security, but you still need to be responsible for your own items. There are no guarantees. Summit’s rules state: “Admittance to the Fan Camp does not guarantee access to the film, the red carpet or any other area/event.” There’s no signing up for anything. Make sure you click on the “update” link at the bottom of this post. I think the update may address some of your concerns.

  • Bethany Rensberger

    Hello there, myself and 3 others friends are attending this year for the 1st time :)))). We are in Group 6. Will the 4 of us have to stay in one 8×8 tent? Can we do 2 & 2? I can’t find rules/regulations on this :(. Your help is greatly appreciated!!!! The only tent we’ve found to fit the measurement is a 6×6 which is a very comfy fit! Sardines rather :)). We also wanted to bring some chairs so we are afraid to go over the 8×8. Is it one 8×8 per person?

  • Amy

    Bethany – you could register 1 to 10 people so technically you could have an 8 x 8 per person, but that would be a little much. Bring what you need in the way of number of tents, but don’t exceed the size limit for those tents.

  • Bethany Rensberger

    Thank you Amy!!!!!

  • Thaís

    Thank you Amy, this was so helpful, SOMEONE FROM BRAZIL HERE? @alwaysfan_ contact me :)

  • Tiffany

    During the red carpet event what do u do with ur tent and everything u brought camping?

  • Claudia

    I have a huge question: do we need a hotel for the entire 4 days. I thought so but I don’t know.

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