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Tuesday, January 17 Time Location
SYTA Central 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM Trillium
Breakfast Buffet 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Sequoia Ballroom
Education Session: Disney Imagination Campus Overview 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Sequoia Ballroom
Depart to Tour of Disney Imagination Campus – Tour Operators 9:00 AM Sequoia Foyer
Disney Imagination Campus Tour (Tour Operators – Ticketed Event) 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM Disneyland
Morning Joe 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Sequoia
Sponsor Forum and SYTA Update 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Sequoia
Education Session 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Sequoia
Depart to Lunch – Tour Operators from East Esplanade 11:45 AM Hotel Porte Cache Bus Lane (Main Lobby)
Depart to Lunch – Sponsors from Grand Californian Hotel  12:00 PM Sequoia Foyer
Welcome Lunch and Speaker 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM House of Blues
Depart for Honda Center 2:15 PM  
Tour and Reception at Impact Club for ocVibe Presentation 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Honda Center
Depart to Hotel 3:45 PM  
SYTA Central 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Trillium
Park Time, Disneyland (Park Passes Valid) 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM Disneyland
Afternoon Break (Light Refreshments) 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Sequoia Foyer
Education Session 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Sequoia Ballroom
Evening at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure (Dinner on Own) 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Golden Zephyr, Disneyland
Group Meets to Walk to World of Color 8:00 PM Disney’s California Adventure Park at the Zephyr, Paradise Park
World of Color and Dessert Reception 8:15 PM – 10:00 PM TBA
SYTA Central 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM Trillium



SYTA Central, Trillium
Staff will be available to answer questions, make hotel changes or provide additional assistance.  It’s also a great place to meet up with other attendees and speakers or just take a break. Hours are posted on the schedule.

Breakfast Buffet, Sequoia Ballroom
Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet to start the day. Everyone is invited to breakfast prior to sessions. Feel free to wear your workout attire if you are up early.  If you miss breakfast, coffee will be provided mid-morning.

Education Session
Overview: Disney Imagination Campus, West Coast, Sequoia Ballroom
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
All attendees welcome to session.

Morning Joe, Sequoia, Ballroom
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Grab a cup of Joe and a muffin.

In-Person Tour and Experience – Tour Operators
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Denise Sparacio, Sales Director, Disney Imagination Campus, Disneyland Resort
Denise will provide an overview of the newly imagined Disney Imagination Campus, West Coast for Tour Operators, followed by in-person experience in each of the four learning areas. Tour Operators will walk over to the campus with Disneyland staff and depart from East Esplanade to join Summit attendees at Lunch.

Summit Sponsor Forum
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Carylann Assante, CEO SYTA and SYTA Youth Foundation
Carylann will provide an overview of key SYTA and SYF initiatives, events, and opportunities for 2023. Sponsors are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

Education Session
Planning for Growth: How to make 2023 your best year yet!
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Andrea Ross, Business Advisor, Cultivate Advisors
Andrea Ross will lead an interactive workshop where you will answer essential questions that will help you define growth based on your business’s goals and objectives. Is it just more revenue, more profit, and increased numbers of travelers? How do you do this with increased costs that are outside your control? Walk away from this session reconfirming your current plan or building the foundation for a new one.

Lunch and Speaker, House of Blues, Garden Walk District
12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Enjoy a luncheon buffet hosted by House of Blues.  Hear from SYTA President, Marcie Ellison Outerbridge,  Visit Anaheim and the House of Blues. Followed by speaker, Tim Davis.

Tim Davis has been arranging and producing vocalists on film, television, and artist recordings for countless projects for the past 28 years. An accomplished singer himself, Tim has sung on countless projects and still performs with artists like Idina Menzel, Barbra Streisand, and more. Serving 6 seasons asa  vocal arranger on Fox’s hit series Glee, Tim’s collaborations asa  music producer,singer, and vocal arranger span the breadth of the entertainment industry.

Group Activity
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Experience the Duck’s home stadium (and a walk around the ice) followed by a reception in the Impact Club at the Honda Center. Attendees will learn about ocV!BE a new entertainment destination that will welcome student groups.

SYTA Central, Trillium
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Open seating and opportunities for informal round table discussions with speakers and attendees.

Park Time, Disneyland (Park Passes Valid)
4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Attendees have the option to use their Disneyland passes.

Afternoon Break, Sequoia Ballroom  
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Enjoy an afternoon refreshment break with light hors d’oeuvres

Education Session 
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
2022 Lessons Learned and Resolutions for 2023
Jeff Ment, ESQ, Ment Law Associates
As we start the new year, Jeff will share “lessons learned” in 2022 that will help you prepare for 2023. The session will also include a primer on Seller of Travel Laws and why they should matter to you. We will look at a case study that is unfolding in California today. 

Enjoy Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Attendees will receive a park pass to enjoy the rides, shows and entertainment. We will meet at 9:00pm   for a dessert reception and enjoy the World of Color and fireworks display.

World of Color Dessert Reception
8:15 PM – 10:00 PM
Meeting location is in Disney California Adventure Park at the Zephyr. Zephyr is the attraction in Paradise Park near the World of Color viewing area.

SYTA Central, Trillium
Open for questions or information on the next day’s activities. Connect with colleagues after the evening’s events.


Dr. Michael A. Mazzarisi, President, Performing Arts Consultants

The best part of a SYTA SUMMIT is that it provides the opportunity for travel professionals to meet in a conversable setting without the pressure of a 7 minute meeting or have to deal with the barrage of conference masses. Every tour operator has unique abilities, and since I am a big proponent of partnerships, SUMMIT becomes an ideal network to forge plans for new and exciting joint ventures.

Tara Hippensteel, National Director of Tourism, City Cruises

SYTA Summit provides an unique opportunity to get up close with my SYTA partners and many of our buyers. The environment lends itself to a causal, natural environment – no pressure just building my network!

Steve Maehl, Global Travel Alliance

It was over ten years ago that I attended my very first SYTA event at the 2009 Summit. I learned a lot, and made new friendships, but what impressed me the most was discovering an organization that desired to come together to collectively improve our industry and continually works together to change young lives for good through travel.

Kara Mihalevich, President, Adventure Student Travel, LLC

To me, SYTA Summit is the most valuable conference that I attend. I always find the educational seminars very useful and because it is a smaller, more intimate conference, you get to build a much deeper relationship with the sponsors. This is also the only conference that I have ever really had the opportunity to get to know other attendees. I absolutely LOVE SYTA Summit!