Thursday, April 23rd, was a beautiful morning at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort and a short walk to the convention center from the resort guest rooms. At the convention center, it was fairly easy to learn where everything was stationed and there was always a helpful Disney or conference employee to point you in the right direction, if needed. As I first stepped into the exhibit hall, I was met with a colorfully lit booth that towered above me with eye-catching graphics, touch screen monitors and friendly faces. Walking past many of the exhibitors’ booths, I was impressed with the high quality set-ups, lighting, graphics and sense of professionalism that came from speaking with the vendors. At the end of the exhibit hall was a wonderful breakfast buffet of fresh cut fruit, muffins, juice, hot eggs, coffee and other goodies. It was definitely a great way to start off a day full of activities!
The rest of the morning seemed to fly by, as I stopped in at different tracks and listened to speakers talk about subjects they were passionate about. Before I knew it, lunch had rolled around and the exhibit hall was filled again with hungry attendees feasting on the lunch buffet spread provided by the hospitable Disney staff. Every meal on Thursday and Friday was cooked just right, hot and cold as it should have been, and just plain delicious in my opinion. Not to mention, it just kept coming and didn’t run out until it was pulled and meal time was officially over.
The overall all feeling throughout the conference and its attendees was that of enjoyment. From meeting colleagues they knew and unfamiliar faces from around the country, as well as from sharing their learning experiences with others. I, myself, had the opportunity to meet and speak with many people whom I have communicated with through email, but had never met in person. It was a nice feeling to meet so many kindhearted people who enjoyed the conference as much as I did.
The end of Friday came too soon! I was left wanting more, but I’m sure everybody was either ready to relax by the pool, explore Disney’s attractions, or head home to missed loved ones. I’m already excited for the change of atmosphere at the Fall forum at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and for another chance to meet new people who feel the same! It’s wonderful that the associations host not one, but two annual conferences on opposite sides of the country. This gives people the opportunity to attend at least one or both per year, if circumstances permit.
Here are some of the attendee’s thoughts:
“Really enjoyed this conference, fast paced, highly informative, efficient flow of sessions & activities. Food was good, offered choices/variety, networking was ample. 2 day conference is wonderful- again efficient. I'll be back next year.”
“This conference was excellent. Food good. Rooms clean. Environmental friendly & helpful. Presentations excellent.”
“Love the location of conference! Not only offers excellent learning during the day but allows for fun in the evening. Love the easy access to the convention center.”
We would love to hear what your experiences were! All forms of feedback help us make the next conference more enjoyable for you. And don’t forget to save the date: Fall Managed Care Forum, Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, November 12-13, 2015.