Opening Ceremonies & Welcome Reception

Orlando is the official home of wonder and imagination. As we welcome guests from all over the world, there is no other place to host the ASPS Opening Ceremonies and Welcome Reception than in the global backdrop of the World ShowPlace at Epcot®.

Opening Ceremonies

Bring your family to celebrate the remarkable year ASPS has enjoyed since our last annual meeting. The 2017 Opening Ceremonies will take place in the Epcot® World ShowPlace Pavilion and satellite locations throughout the park. Our traditional programming, like the always-inspiring Patients of Courage Triumph Over Adversity Awards, will be enhanced with world-class entertainment, fabulous refreshments and a few exciting surprises!

The Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity Awards recognize truly inspiring patients whose lives have been changed or saved through reconstructive surgery, and have transformed their experiences into unique programs that give back to their communities. Each Patient of Courage personifies the limitless potential of reconstructive surgery as well as the power of the human spirit.

Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity is supported in part by the generosity of the Integra Foundation Integra Foundation 

Welcome Reception

The Opening Ceremonies celebration is just the beginning of a night you’ll never forget. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes and waltz your way right into the Epcot® World ShowPlace to enjoy all the magic of the Welcome Reception! Feel free to “party hop” from one location to the other while enjoying good food, excellent entertainment and a great evening with family and friends.

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The experience continues on into the evening! Beginning at 9 p.m., the party moves into the park to let you experience all the wonders of Epcot®. At 10 p.m., experience the sights and sounds of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Disney’s fireworks display. Immediately following the fireworks, ASPS guests will have the park to ourselves be treated to rides on Soarin™ Around the World, Mission: SPACE®, and Test Track® until 11:30 p.m.

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