Scientific Sessions

Travel and Transportation Information

Attendees who reserve their room within the Scientific Sessions housing block through ADA’s official Housing Company, CMR, will receive a complimentary shuttle pass, enabling them to ride the ADA shuttle between ADA Official Hotels and the Convention Center, except for those noted that are within walking distance.

You will not need the shuttle pass to take the shuttle from the hotel to the convention center. However, you will be required to show the shuttle pass for the return trip from the convention center to your hotel.

Shuttle passes will be available for purchase in advance when you register for the meeting and onsite at the meeting at a cost of $75 per person if you reserved a hotel through other means. The pass is valid throughout the duration of the meeting.

If you are a group or an exhibitor requesting boarding space at the convention center for any bus moves (drop-off/pick-up) during the meeting, please fill out the Boarding Space Request Form and submit your request to ADA for review and approval.

Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

View the location in Google Maps.

We encourage participants to dress comfortably in business casual attire. The temperature in meeting rooms will vary so we suggest you bring a sweater or light jacket for your comfort.

 

Airport Information

Orlando International Airport

Located 12 miles away from the convention center and is approximately a 15-minute drive with tolls or a 30-minute drive without tolls (depending on traffic).

Transportation from the Airport

Taxis:
Taxis pick up passengers at:

  • Terminal A Ground Transportation Curb (Level 1) in spaces A22-A25
  • Terminal B Ground Transportation Curb (Level 1) in spaces B30-B34
  • Terminal C Arrivals Curb (Level 6)

Taxi rides cost approximately $38–$45 (per trip, 1 way) to the International Drive Area.

Ride-Sharing Apps:
Uber and Lyft are available at the airport. Ride app services pick up passengers on the Arrivals Curb at:

  • Terminal A (Level 2) and on Level 3 between 9:00pm and 2:00am
  • Terminal B (Level 2) and on Level 3 between 9:00pm and 2:00am
  • Terminal C (Level 6)

Shuttle Vans:
Shuttle vans and local buses operated by off-airport companies are another transportation option.

Shuttle vans are available at:

  • Terminal A
    Ground Transportation Curb (Level 1) in spaces A19-A21
  • Terminal B
    Ground Transportation Curb (Level 1) in spaces B27-B29
  • Terminal C
    Ground Transportation Curb (Level 1) in spaces C200-C204

Assistance can be provided for passengers with disabilities. For this service, it is highly recommended that you contact and coordinate with the shuttle company in advance. Contact information for the shuttle companies can be found at https://www.orlandoairports.net/parking-transportation/

The Lynx (local bus) stop is located at Terminal A on Level 1 (Ground Transportation) in spaces A38-A41. Visit their website for more information on bus routes and fares.

Ample parking is available at the Convention Center for a daily fee. Parking rates vary upon vehicle size and entry time. Parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For those who plan on driving to the convention center, event-specific parking areas will be listed on roadway signage on International Drive, Universal Boulevard, and the surrounding area. Overnight parking is prohibited.

Attendees from outside the United States may need to apply for a visa at the American Embassy, Consulate, or other visa issuing office in your country of origin. Please begin your visa application process as soon as possible. Some countries take several months to process applications. Go to the U.S. Department of State website for information on obtaining your visa.

For visa purposes, a Letter of Invitation from the American Diabetes Association may be personalized with your name, company and mailing address. The invitation letter (in PDF format) will print with the American Diabetes Association letterhead and will include an electronic signature. It should be accepted as an official document. If you have any questions regarding the letter, please e-mail conventionoperations@diabetes.org.

Please note: Invitation letters imply no obligation by the American Diabetes Association to cover registration fees, accommodations, travel expenses, or any other costs associated with participation in this meeting. The American Diabetes Association is not able to contact U.S. Embassies or Consulates on behalf of any individual attempting to enter the United States to attend the Scientific Sessions.

Regulations for Countries that Do Not Require Visas to Enter the United States
International travelers from countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) may apply for admission to the United States online. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) requires that international travelers go to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website and fill out an electronic application before coming to the United States. 

Walt Disney World® has partnered with the American Diabetes Association to provide exclusive, specially priced theme park tickets to the attendees of the 84th Scientific Sessions!

To purchase specially priced Walt Disney World® Meeting/Convention Theme Park tickets, purchase online or call 407-566-5600 and provide group code G0832631.

Tickets are valid 7 days before, during, and 7 days after the meeting dates. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid ticket on the same day are required. To make park reservations, you will need to sign-in to an existing Disney® Account or create a new one and link each ticket. Park reservations are subject to availability – please check the Park Availability Calendar. For details on making a park reservation, please visit Disney Park Pass Experience Updates.

Whether it’s your first visit or your 100th, we recommend reviewing the Walt Disney World® Resort Experience Updates.