"One of the most magical times for people with diabetes happens every year in July, with the annual Friends For Life® Conference hosted at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida."
Join us in Orlando!

Roaming with Dinosaurs, Advancing with Science: Friends for Life 2024 – A Prehistoric Expedition to Diabetes Innovation. Join us from July 9–14 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, where past and future collide. Pack your gear for an adventure through time, uncovering ancient relics and cutting-edge diabetes technology. Walk with dinosaurs, stride towards progress, and forge unbreakable bonds on this extraordinary journey.


Registering for the Conference

Every conference participant needs to register for the conference

Registration is $300 per person.

We will host on-site registration, based on space availability, on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not offer one-day or partial registrations. Registration costs will increase to $350 for all attendees on June 15, 2024. 

*Registering for the hotel only registers you for a hotel room and registering for the conference only registers you for the conference itself.

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Registration includes:

All sessions and session materials for adults and children
Kiddie Kove for children ages  0-5
Wednesday Grand Opening of the Exhibition Hall (dessert reception)
Thursday breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks
Thursday Family and Friends Banquet (dinner)
Friday lunch and snack breaks
Friday Park Day for teens
Saturday social events
Sunday Farewell Breakfast
All of the various social events
One t-shirt per registered person

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Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations prior to June 1, 2024 will be refunded minus a $25 per person processing fee. After June 1, 2024, no refunds are available.

CWD offers a limited number of scholarships to a limited number of applicants. Scholarships can cover the hotel room and registration for up to four people for the conference.

Scholarship applications will open in spring of 2024.


Transportation From MCO to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Round-trip transportation from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is available to book through Mears Connect. We encourage you to book your airport transportation after your flight details have been arranged at www.mearsconnect.com.

Read reports from Orlando 2022 and Orlando 2023 to see what the in-person conference is all about


Should I Attend?

"At this conference, dreams come true. It’s where, for one week out of the year, diabetes kids are the cool kids." - Alice Morgan


"FFL is always important to everyone but now, even more than before, it’s “essential.” We need our community and we need normalcy. FFL in July is normalcy. We can’t let COVID take that from us, too. It may look different but it will still be the same for so many of us."

Leigh Fickling

"FFL is the place where our T1D found his place. Where he stopped looking for people that GOT him and that understood him.  For our family, it has been like looking in the mirror and seeing a reflection of all that we fight for, believe in, love through and dream of. FFL is the rainbow that keeps our T1D family smiling through it all."

Leila Blue

"How can you not feel good about managing diabetes when you’re in that environment, soaking in the newest research, getting the chance to see cutting-edge technology up close, and connecting with new friends and old who just get it?"

Amy Beven
I'm a T1 and a Friend for Life

" Sometimes, when days are kind of rough, I’ll put on a green bracelet to remind myself that I am not alone. "


Is this just for children and their families?

In 2023, over 1,800 people came from 47 states and 7 countries, and 37% were first timers.

More than half of the people with diabetes were adults


Families & Individuals

with type 1 diabetes including toddlers, tweens, teens and young adults, as well as siblings


Adult Living with T1D

their partners and spouses, and their children and friends

FFL Orlando 2018 sisters

Siblings and Children

who, even though they don't have diabetes, they still live with diabetes


Grandparents and Other Caregivers

who are supporting their family members with type 1 diabetes


Health Care Professionals

who work with people living with type 1 diabetes (CEUs are not offered)

Why Friends for Life matters ...

"So many green bracelets symbolized those of us living with diabetes. Our loved ones wore orange. And everywhere I turned I didn’t feel the need to explain when I started to beep."  - Cara Richardson