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2019 Conference in Orlando

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.

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. The first official ILDA Full Conference event is the Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner.
     • Sat, Nov 9: ILDA General Business Meeting, Advanced Technology Workshop. Lase-Off & Laser Jockey competition.
     • Sun, Nov 10: Workshops and seminars, ILDA Awards Banquet and Presentation.
     • Mon, Nov 11: Official Tour Day — tour a theme park with fellow ILDA attendees

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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We do not yet have information on Conference or hotel registration. When this is ready, we will update this page.

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

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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, and low-cost shuttle service to Universal Studios Orlando 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. Cost of the rooms is expected to be less than USD $150 per night.

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Getting there

Montréal’s passenger international airport is Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL). You can take a taxi to the Hôtel Bonaventure for a fixed rate of CDN $40. There is also a Bus 747 which is $10 per person. The bus stop is two blocks from the hotel — about a five minute walk. Should you want to rent a car, the hotel has paid parking ($39/day for 24-hour in/out valet or $24/day for 24-hour in/out self-parking).

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Place Bonaventure is connected to Montreal's underground city, Central Station and the business district, Old Montreal, and major attractions. It is linked to the Bonaventure Metro station, to the AMT commuter train stations (Lucien-L'Allier and Central Station), AMT's downtown bus terminus and to inter-city train service (Via and Amtrak at Central Station).

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