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22st Annual OLC International Conference
November 16-18, 2016 | Orlando, Florida | Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin Resort

OLC Innovate 2016 - Innovations in Blended and Online Learning
April 20-22, 2016 | New Orleans, LA | Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Travel and Hotel Information

 

 

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin 


We have added a room block at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort (click to make a reservation).

12205 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando FL
tel: 407-239-0444

Room rate at the Sheraton LBV is $189.00 per night plus taxes. Resort Services Package ($19.95/night) is included in this rate. Rates are available 3 days prior and 3 days after event (10/28 - 10/30). Rate is available for reservations made until Friday 10/24. There will be a free shuttle running between Sheraton Lake Buena Vista and the Swan/Dolphin.  It will run for 2 hours in AM and  2 hours in PM. Exact times to be posted soon. Only people booked at the Sheraton LBV through our website will receive transportation vouchers for the shuttle to/from Swan/Dolphin. Attendees in the overflow hotel who bring luggage with them at check-out should see the Bell Desk at the Dolphin to store their luggage.

Shuttle bus schedule for attendees staying at Sheraton Lake Buena Vista

The shuttle will deliver you to the Conference Center entry of the Dolphin Hotel. Pick-up will be in the same location. If you are arriving in Orlando on Wednesday instead of Tuesday night and wish to attend sessions on Wednesday, proceed directly from the airport to the Dolphin Tower of the WDW Swan & Dolphin Hotel at 1500 EPCOT Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista. Store your baggage at the bell desk. You can then return to the Sheraton LBV to check-in at the end of the day.

Note that we are running a shuttle to Sheraton Lake Buena Vista from the Dolphin Hotel on Thursday evening for those of you returning from EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, or dinners on Disney property. Just return to the Dolphin Tower and proceed to the shuttle pick-up area across from Europe 2.

You MUST have a shuttle pass to board the shuttle. Shuttle passes and maps will be provided to you at check-in by the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista staff. If you proceed from the airport straight to the Dolphin Hotel on Wednesday and need a pass to board the shuttle Wednesdy evening to get to the Sheraton LBV, stop by the conference registration desk for a pass.

Please note: Only attendees who booked their rooms through the conference hotel room block will be provided shuttle passes. If you booked on your own through Expedia, Priceline, or some other method, you are on your own for transportation.

Wed October 29th
7:30am- 11:30am service every 15-20 minutes
5:30pm-9:30pm service every 15-20 minutes

Thursday October 30th
7am – 11am service every 15-20 minutes
3:30pm – 7:30pm service every 15-20 minutes
8:30pm - 12:30am service every 15-20 minuts (this will return you to Sheraton Lake Buena Vista after Disney events)

Friday October 31st
7:30am – 11:30am service every 15-20 mi

 

1500 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, P.O. Box 22653
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, US
Toll Free: 888-828-8850
Direct: 407-934-4000
Email: info@swandolphin.com

Hotel Update (9/22/14) - The Swan and Dolphin is currently sold out for the nights of Wednesday 10/29 and Thursday 10/30.  You may ask to be put on a waiting list for these sold-out nights by clicking on the reservations link above. Meanwhile, we recommend you book at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista as mentioned above.  if you get a room off the Swan/Dolphin waitlist, you can cancel the other booking. 

We expect the nights of Friday 10/31 and Saturday 11/1 to sell out soon.  For those with existing reservations, if you are planning on staying either before or after the conference dates, please book your addtional room nights immediately if you have not done so already. 

 

*We strongly recommend that you make your hotel reservations early.

Special Room Rates for 20th Annual International Conference on Online Learning attendees:

All conference sessions will be held at The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.  Attendees of the conference should book their hotel room through the conference website no later than Friday, September 26 (5pm ET) in order to receive discounted rates starting at $186.00** per night plus taxes ($186 room fee + $10 resort fee per night for a total of $196 per night - the daily $10 resort fee is not charged at the time of reservation, but will be charged to the credit card at the end of the attendee's stay). The special conference rates also apply for three days prior to and three days after the conclusion of the conference. 

*After the September 26 reservation deadline, rooms may still be booked through the conference website at normal Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin room rates.

**The conference room rate of $186 does not include a mandatory resort service package fee of $10 per day. The resort service package includes: unlimited in-room high speed Internet access, up to 60 minutes of free local, toll free and credit card access calls (10 cents a minute thereafter), 20 minutes of domestic long distance calls per stay, 2 bottles of water daily, and unlimited access to the resort's health club facilities.

The Swan/Dolphin Resort will charge to your credit card a deposit of the first night's fee (plus applicable taxes) upon completion of your reservation.  Any reservations must be canceled no later than 5 business days prior to the start of your reservation for refund of that deposit. 

Parking at the Dolphin: Registered conference attendees that have registered guests rooms at the Swan and Dolphin will receive complimentary self parking. Daily drive-in attendees will be required to pay. The front desk agent will ask guests if they are parking a car with at the Dolphin; at that point, the self-parking charge will be zeroed out.

 

Thursday Special Evening at Disney for Conference Attendees - 2 Options

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In honor of our 20th conference anniversary, the Online Learning Consortium is offering tickets for an evening at Disney's Magic Kingdom or EPCOT with significantly discounted tickets.  We hope you will enjoy participating in these unique special events!  **For conference attendees who have purchased optional item tickets (awards lunch, Disney tickets), there will be no refunds and no exchanges within 1 week of conference start date.

Option 1

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Thursday October 30, 2014  - 7:00pm - Midnight
(After sessions end at 4:45pm, head over to the park entrance)

OLC will provide shuttle bus service between the Swan/Dolphin and Magic Kingdom for conference attendees

$30 registered attendees

$50 guests (ages 3 and over)

Official (printable) Brochure about the event from Disney, including map (.pdf, size is 10MB)

Bus Schedule

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Mickey's Not-so-Scary Halloween Party

Ticket purchase is required prior to the start of the conference during the registration process.

Halloween Fun for Everyone

After the park closes, enjoy the transformation of Disney's Magic Kingdom into a family-friendly Halloween experience.  Ride your favorite rides, enjoy parades and fireworks, and even dress up in your favorite costume to collect candy throughout Magic Kingdom park. You’ll soon discover all the boo-tiful ways that the spirits of the season have transformed the park into a happy haunted hallows! Many favorite Disney Characters are dressed in Halloween costumes, too. So come celebrate and scare up a good time! The tone of the party is "not-so-scary," which means adults and children of all ages can enjoy it.

There is a blog of tips for this event.

As if we needed more reasons, here are 13 Reasons To Attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Entertainment Options:

  • Mickey's Boo to You Halloween Parade - 8:15pm and 10:30pm, steps off in Frontierland
  • Happy HalloWishes Fireworks - 9:30pm
  • Villains' Dance Mix and Mingle castle show - 7:45pm, 8:50pm, 10:05pm, 11:15pm
  • Celebrate the Magic - 9:15pm

Amend your registration here to purchase tickets.

Please note: While FastPass reservation is available online during normal Disney hours, the Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special event that does not provide FastPass tickets. With the number of tickets available for this event greatly limited, crowds are much smaller and attraction lines are so short that there is no point for Disney to offer FastPasses during this event. You will be able to either walk right on an attraction or experience very short wait times. This is one of the great things about this event. You can ride your favorite rides many times without the long waits!

Option 2

Entrance to EPCOT Food and Wine Festival + IllumiNations fireworks display

Thursday October 30, 2014   - 4:00pm - 9:15pm

(After sessions end at 4:45pm, head over to the park entrance)

Attendees will walk (10 minutes) or take the Disney "Friendship" boat from the walkway between the Swan and Dolphin hotels over to EPCOT.  

$30 registered attendees

$50 guests (ages 3 and over)

EPCOT IllumiNations Fireworks

 

EPCOT's IllumiNations Fireworks

 

Ticket purchase is required prior to the start of the conference during the registration process. 

Enjoy an evening at EPCOT's Food and Wine Festival, including the IllumiNations fireworks display. Each fall, as the seasons transform, so too does Epcot—where dozens of unique flavors and fun experiences unfold across the park.

  • Nearly 30 international food and beverage marketplaces
  • Signature dining experiences with world-renown chefs

Tickets cover entrance only; purchases at the food and wine stations in the World Showcase are extra.

Amend your registration here to purchase tickets.

 

Extending your stay or bringing family with you?  Purchase discounted Walt Disney World park tickets and giftcards (Special tickets and prices for Conference Attendees)

Disney Special Tickets

OLC conference attendees may advance-purchase discounted park tickets.  These tickets offer pre-arrival savings of 10% on our Full-Multi-Day (2 days or longer) Tickets and include a complimentary bonus visit to an additional Disney Experience (additional details are listed on the web site).

  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Disney’s Winter Summerland or Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Courses (before 4 p.m.)
  • A round of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course

The special "After 2pm" and "After 4pm" tickets are only available for advance purchase and are exclusive ticket options for meeting attendees.

Purchase a Walt Disney World giftcard -   Giftcards may be used for many other Walt Disney World purchases and for purchases at the Disney merchandise shop located at the Swan and Dolphin hotel. 

  


About the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Located in the heart of the Walt Disney World® Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is a deluxe Disney resort hotel and your gateway to Central Florida's illustrious theme parks and attractions. The Orlando vacations resort is located in between Epcot® and Disney's Hollywood Studios™ and close to Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Magic Kingdom® Park. Discover our magical surroundings, superior service, luxurious facilities and redesigned guest rooms featuring the Heavenly Bed®. Enjoy the new Mandara Spa, 17 spectacular restaurants and lounges, five pools, a white sand beach, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf and many special Disney benefits.

 
Walt Disney World Resort Map


Staying on-site at our Disney resort allows you to enjoy many special Disney benefits (available exclusively for guests staying at Walt Disney World hotels) including:

  • Extra Magic Hours Benefit at Theme Parks
     
  • Complimentary Scheduled Transportation Throughout Disney
     
  • On-Site Disney Ticket Desks
     
  • Character Dining
     
  • Advance Tee Times on Championship Disney Golf Courses

 
These Disney benefits are just a few of the reasons you will enjoy staying at our Disney resort. We invite you to explore our web site to learn more!


 

This year, we anticipate we will again team up with Orlando Convention Aid to help you make the most of your time in Orlando. Available discounts include restaurants, golf, attractions, nightlife, shopping and much more. Each listing offers detailed information and discount coupons that can be printed. They can also make your dinner reservation, book your group dinner party or event. This web site will help you plan your time during your stay in Orlando.

Just click on the golden ticket to:

  • Purchase, discounted attraction tickets!
  • Receive, discounts to fantastic restaurants and make dinner reservations!
  • Enjoy complimentary cocktails at some of Orlando’s best nightlife!
  • Play great golf at a discount!
  • Shop at Orlando’s most exclusive stores and outlets with discounts!
  • Rent cars and make use of other great services all with fantastic discounts!

This web site will help you plan your time in Orlando and SAVE MONEY!
Be sure to check out the coupons available and just call us at (407) 248-8629 if we can help you in any way!

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