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2019 ILDA Conference

The 2019 ILDA Conference will be in Orlando, Florida … home of the world's top attractions including the new-for-2019 Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Pangolin Laser Systems is sponsoring the KVANT lasers used during the Conference at the Lase-Off and the Awards. Pangolin is also hosting the Welcome Dinner in the evening on November 8.

The dates are as follows:
     • Thu, Nov 7: ILDA Laser Operator Class, ILDA Advanced Audience Scanning Class (both optional extras).
     • Fri, Nov 8: ILDA LSO course (optional) and user group meetings. Luncheon meeting for ILDA Board. Golf outing at 11 am, hosted by Pangolin Laser Systems (contact Justin Perry at Pangolin directly if you are interested in playing).
       The first official ILDA Full Conference event is the Welcome Dinner to be held at a restaurant on International Drive. This is organized and sponsored by Pangolin.
     • Sat, Nov 9: ILDA General Business Meeting, Advanced Technology Workshop. In the evening, the Lase-Off & Laser Jockey competition.
     • Sun, Nov 10: Workshops and seminars. NEW! Representatives from the U.S. FDA (lasershow regulations) and FAA (lasers in airspace) will attend, to participate in two sessions for manufacturers/importers and for producers/operators. In the evening, the ILDA Awards Banquet and Presentation.
     • Mon, Nov 11: Tour day — visit a theme park or attraction. Tickets on your own. Free transportation to/from Disney parks.
     • Tue, Nov 12: Breakfast meeting for ILDA Board

The cutoff date for making a discounted reservation at ILDA's official hotel is Friday, October 25 at 11:59 pm Eastern (New York) time. Before this time, you can reserve a room at the ILDA rate of $139. After this time, the room rate will be around $220 or more.

Save by registering before rates go up. The deadline for lower-cost hotel rooms, and for Conference regular rate registration is Friday, October 25. Scroll down for the Conference and hotel registration links.

See what a Conference is like

The videos below give you a quick overview of what an ILDA Conference is like. The first one, from Christopher Short, shows lasers during the 2018 Lase-Off last year in Montréal, hosted by LaserTech Canada.

The second video shows meetings and seminars in the day, and the Lase-Off and the ILDA Awards in the evenings. The informal discussions in halls and bars, can be just as fun and important to your business as the official events. Thanks to KVANT, host of the 2017 ILDA Conference, for producing the video.


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Conference schedule example

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We have not yet developed the detailed schedule for this year's Conference. To give you an idea of events, above is the schedule for LAST YEAR'S Conference; click on the image for a full-sized PDF version.

ILDA Golf Outing

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Pangolin's Justin Perry is hosting an ILDA golf outing on Friday, Nov. 8 at around 11 am. Contact him at Pangolin's Orlando office if you are interested in playing.

Be among the first to see a feature-length film about Laserium®

During the conference, the new documentary "Laserium, the Gods of Light" will have a private showing for attendees.

Official ILDA Conference hotel

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The official Conference headquarters is the Embassy Suites by Hilton — Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort, in the north LBV area at 8100 Lake Street in Orlando Florida.

It is a mid-priced Disney partner hotel with resort amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, outdoor cabanas, poolside bar, spa, tennis courts, basketball court, beach volleyball court, a putting green, fire pits, fitness center, and for children, water play and dive-in Disney movies.

Breakfast is free, as is an Evening Reception with snacks and drinks in the atrium.

There is free theme park shuttle service to Walt Disney World parks, and low-cost shuttle service to Universal Studios and SeaWorld. Disney Springs, a major themed shopping and restaurant area, is a 12-minute drive away. For golfers, there are many nearby courses including the Grand Cypress Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus. Car rental is available on-site.

All rooms are two-room suites (bedroom and living room with pull-out sofa bed) that include a refrigerator and microwave. Rooms are available in the interior atrium, or on the exterior wing which surrounds part of the pool area.

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