GAYLORD PALMS CONVENTION CENTER
GAYLORD PALMS CONVENTION CENTER
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*WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. LIMITED ROOMS AVAILABLE AT GROUP RATE*
AQUASHELLA + DISNEY = PURE MAGIC
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AQUASHELLA ORLANDO 2023 COMING SOON
WHAT ISAQUASHELLA ?
AQUASHELLA IS THE LARGEST AQUARIUM EVENT IN AMERICA FEATURING THE BEST OF FRESHWATER, SALTWATER, REPTILES AND AQUATIC ART!
Aquashella is an event for ALL Aquarium Hobbyists from beginner to Expert, or even people who don’t have an aquarium who want to experience the wonders of aquariums, and exotic pets.
MAKE MEMORIES YOU WILL NEVER FORGET
ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE CREATORS IN ONE PLACE
AUTOGRAPHS & pHOTOS
EDUCATIONAL & FUN
MEET & GREET
MAINSTAGETHE BIGGEST STAGE IN THE AQUARIUM HOBBY
John has been keeping aquariums since 1993 at the age of 19. In 2011 he and his wife Lisa started the KGTropicals YouTube channel to educate new fish keepers and get them through the pitfalls of a new aquarium.
Sanjay Joshi in real life is a Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University. He has been a reef addict since 1992, and currently keeps several reefs aquariums at home including a 500G SPS dominated reef. He also co-manages the 500G aquarium at Penn State. Dr. Joshi is actively involved in educating the hobby on various topics through his publications in reef magazines and lectures. He has published articles in magazines such as Advanced Aquarist, Reefs Magazine, Coral, Marine Fish and Reef Annual, Aquarium Frontiers, and Aquarium Fish.
“George is an internationally renowned aquascaper and author from the UK. He is passionate about promoting wellness through aquascaping. From roadside bombs in Afghanistan to Amano’s 40,000 gallon aquarium – there’s something in this exclusive and candid talk for everyone!”
Cory McElroy is a hobbyist turned fish store owner of Aquarium Co-Op in Edmonds, Washington. His business has expanded to online sales of aquarium plants, dry goods, and innovative products to help make fishkeepers’ lives easier. Cory’s passion for growing and improving the freshwater aquarium hobby has driven him to create an educational YouTube channel, weekly blog, the CARE forum, and an online fish club. In the future, he hopes to travel more to learn how people catch, keep, and breed aquarium fish all around the world.
As a kid, Joe spent much of his childhood maintaining home aquariums and exploring the marine life surrounding Long Island, New York. Now he gets paid to basically do what he did as a kid and has been keeping reef tanks for over 29 years.
Joe earned a B.S. in Marine Science from LIU Southampton College’s marine science program, and worked for 8 years (1987-1995) at the NY Aquarium in Brooklyn, New York as Senior Aquarist. Starting in 1987, Joe pioneered what is now common practice in reef keeping today and upped his game in 1993 with the establishment of a 1400-gallon reef tank, which at the time was the largest successful reef tank in the Western Hemisphere. In 1992, he began to shape his plan for a world-class aquarium on Long Island’s East End. In 2000, after toiling for eight long years, his plans and vision became a reality with the opening of Atlantis Marine World Aquarium in Riverhead, NY (now known as the Long Island Aquarium). On that day, the public was able to see his 20,000-gallon reef tank, which was the largest closed system reef tank in the Western Hemisphere, and second largest in the world at that time. In 2003, Joe was awarded The Distinguished Alumni Award from Southampton College for his contributions to the community.
Joe, an admitted “Coralaholic”, currently feeds his ever increasing addiction with nurturing his 20,000 gallon reef tank, which contains corals that date back over 26 years. While he has admitted his addiction, he has no plans of seeking a cure and enjoys talking with reef keepers from around the world.
Joe has been featured in many reef keeping books and magazines, and has presented lectures in Canada, Germany, Sweden, Finland, England, Fiji, Monaco, France, The Netherlands, and Italy and throughout the USA including several MACNA’s dating back to 1994.
The Long Island Aquarium is a world-class aquarium, so even though it’s on a larger scale, Curator and Co-founder Joe Yaiullo still considers it his entire “DIY” project.
Jason started keeping fish at the age of six and has almost 40 years of freshwater fish-keeping experience. His background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and Chemical Science as well as a Graduate Certificate in Aquaculture and Fish Health. He and his family started Prime Time Aquatics to help people of all ages and experience succeed in the freshwater fish-keeping hobby
MR. SALTWATER TANK
Since starting Mr. Saltwater Tank TV in 2010, Mark has created over 260 Mr. Saltwater Tank TV episodes resulting in over 11,400,000 views worldwide. The show has attracted 50,000+ YouTube subscribers and 47,500 + fans on Facebook. In addition to Mr. Saltwater Tank TV, Mark has authored and co-authored 6 books and numerous articles for saltwater publications around the world
Sara Stevens is the Director of Animal Collections, Butterfly Pavilion, an AZA-FRTRP member facility. The AZA Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project (AZA-FRTRP) is an AZA member-driven coral rescue and conservation network focused on the rescue, housing and future propagation of Florida corals affected by stony coral tissue loss disease.
Mitch is Curator of Aquatics, Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, an AZA-FRTRP member facility. The AZA Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project (AZA-FRTRP) is an AZA member-driven coral rescue and conservation network focused on the rescue, housing and future propagation of Florida corals affected by stony coral tissue loss disease.
Rachel Serafin is the Senior Coral Biologist at Florida Aquarium, an AZA-FRTRP member facility. The AZA Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project (AZA-FRTRP) is an AZA member-driven coral rescue and conservation network focused on the rescue, housing and future propagation of Florida corals affected by stony coral tissue loss disease.
Justin is an FCRC Supervisor and Aquarium Supervisor at Sea World Aquarium. The AZA Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project (AZA-FRTRP) is an AZA member-driven coral rescue and conservation network focused on the rescue, housing and future propagation of Florida corals affected by stony coral tissue loss disease.
Dan is a second-generation ornamental fish farmer for Consolidated Fish Farms and raises over 35 freshwater fish species. He focuses on working with other farms and importers to offer a wide variety of ornamental fish for all fish keepers. Dan also sits on the Board of Directors for the Florida Aquaculture Association where he works on various projects such as an aquaculture industry certification for high school students.
Tiffany is the current Executive Director and Education Coordinator for the Florida Aquaculture Association (FAA). The FAA is a state-wide organization that represents all aquaculture commodities and supports aquaculture farmers. Florida’s aquaculture commodities include not only ornamental fish but also alligators, aquatic plants, shellfish, and many species of food fish. Tiffany also works with her husband, Dan, at Consolidated Fish Farms where they raise, sell, and ship ornamental fish. Tiffany was a highschool agriculture teacher for eight years before entering into the aquaculture and fish production world..
CHARITY RAFFLE BENIFITING
100% of the proceeds from our raffle go to supporting 1000 Mermaids and Ocean Rescue Alliance. To find out more about their mission please visit them at the link below.
TICKET PRICING & OPTIONS
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Located in beautiful Central Florida, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center welcomes guests to an upscale, one-of-a-kind experience only minutes from Walt Disney World®, Universal Orlando Resort™, and other Orlando theme parks and attractions.
Everything you need is here
From Cypress Springs Water Park with new Crystal River Rapids action river, to an exciting lineup of family-friendly activities and entertainment, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Explore four-and-a-half acres of indoor garden atriums, nine award-winning restaurants, bars, world-class Relâche Spa, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, Florida 34746
50% OFF SELF PARKING TO AQUASHELLA GUESTS
PREFERRED PARKING AND VALET AVAILABLE
From Orlando International Airport (MCO):
Airport Phone: +1 407-825-2001
Take SR-528 W
Exit I-4 W
Exit 65 Osceola Parkway-Animal Kingdom
Go East on Osceola Parkway
Gaylord Palms on Right
From Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB):
Airport Phone: +1 407-324-9681
Take 471 South
Exit 3 Osceola Parkway West
Gaylord Palms on Left
Gaylord Palms partners with Mears Transportation to ensure you have a top-notch experience. A member of Mears Transportation can bring you from Orlando International Airport to the hotel as part of their 24-hour airport shuttle service. There is a charge for the service. To secure your shuttle reservation, call Mears Transportation’s 24-hour reservations line at (407) 423-5566.
Theme Park Shuttle
Transportation is included in your resort fee. Gaylord Palms offers a shuttle bus service to Walt Disney World® theme parks and the Downtown Disney® area. Shuttles to SeaWorld Orlando® and Universal Studios® Florida are $21* per person round-trip. To make your reservation, please contact our concierge at least 6 hours prior to pick-up. Prices subject to change.
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