Last year, we learned that the FAAN conference was going to be at the Grand Californian at Disneyland. For those of you not familiar with FAAN, FAAN is one of the most trusted source of information, programs, and resources related to food allergy and anaphylaxis. For many years, they have been doing FAAN conferences, but most of them have been held on the East Coast. Last year they decided to host a conference in Orange County and my wife was able to attend.
First off, if you have a child with Food Allergies you will not want to miss this conference being held on June 9, 2012. I encourage you to view the conference details and decide for yourself, but the content presented at the event is invaluable. Our OCFoodAllergy.com support group has benefited tremendously with the content from the FAAN conference. The information is completely current and there are plenty of people to connect with people to answer questions. The cost of the conference is completely affordable at a price of $125 per person (even if you are not a FAAN member). FAAN members pay $100 per person. You can find out more conference details at the FAAN website.
But aside from the amazing content at the conference itself, the most amazing part is that you get to stay at the Disneyland Grand Californian for the MOST AMAZING PRICE EVER!!! If you have never been here, it is absolutely amazing. There are really (3) Disneyland hotel properties: Paradise Pier, the Disneyland Hotel and the Disneyland Grand Californian. This is an amazing property with tons of things for the kids. Even if you do not step one inch into Disneyland, there is plenty to do with all of the pools, Downtown Disney, etc. And once again the best part…the price.
So what is this amazing price? $179 per night. This is truly an amazing price and in my opinion, a once in a lifetime opportunity to stay at this resort at this price. For some comparison, just check the Disneyland website to see what it costs for a Friday/Saturday night stay at this resort during summer. It works out to $460 per night (see the image below). So you really only have until May 9th to book this…so please do not miss out. You get a mini-vacation with the family and a great conference packed with the latest food allergy information for you and your family.
Are we going?
Absolutely. Last year we missed the "cuttoff" for the event and had to stay a Paradise Pier. We still had an amazing time…but we ended up spending just as much at a less-desirable hotel. The plan for our family is to stay at the hotel on Friday and Saturday nights. On Saturday, my wife will attend the FAAN conference for the full day, while I drag the kids off to the many pools. In fact, we probably will not even step foot in Disneyland that weekend because there is so much to do at the hotel. The bottom line…is that this a great event at an amazing price. You can even park "2 cars" with a single parking fee.
Even if you cannot afford to stay at the hotel or if there is a conflict with something else…try to make a point to get at least "one of you" to the conference…as the content is just that good and valuable.
If you do end up staying at the hotel…make sure that you plan a bit on the "food" side as I am not sure what is available for food choices at Downtown Disney. The Rainforest Cafe is pretty good when requesting "specialized meals" for food…so if you decide to make the trip, make sure you do a little homework ahead of time.
Also…if you are going, send us an e-mail or leave us a message so that we can connect up at the event ([email protected]).