Just In Time! Coastal Magic 2023 Has A Home In Orlando!


I’m so happy to share that we have a place to call home for our shindig this year! Someplace that’s gorgeous and interesting, and NOT been blown apart by hurricanes!! It has all the space we need to have our anxiously anticipated return to in-person celebration of all the authors and stories we love so much.

The hotel will have our dedicated page for discounted room reservations ready by the end of the week, and I’ll share as soon as I’m able. The rates are comparable to what we had at our original hotel.

I’ll be working on our schedule and will have that ready to share soon.

I have details about our Writer’s Garage workshop for authors on Thursday morning that I’ll be sharing tonight.

Authors have started sharing their forms for pre-orders. I’ll be adding more in the next couple of days. You can find them here (the event description says it’s over — it’s not — I just can’t figure out how to change the daggum settings, lmao!!)

If you’re not already — definitely join the Facebook Authors & Attendees group. It’s a great place to ask questions and get updates between now and the event.

There’s SO MUCH coming in the next few weeks!!! I’m so relieved, and I hope you’re all as excited as I am to get everyone ready for our weekend together!! If you’ve already registered to attend, watch your email in the next day or two, as I’ll be sending out a form to fill out to veryify that you’ll be making the move to Orlando with us. Some of you are fresh from this year, but many are rolling over from previous virtual years. I need to double check our actual headcount for the hotel, and need accurate numbers. ❤ 🙂

For those who are lamenting the loss of the beach in the back yard, I feel ya, I promise.
I really did try everything I could to keep us in Daytona, and on the beach. The storms just did too much damage, and there weren’t enough hotels in our target area that had everything we needed. I hope you’ll find bookish relaxation and camaraderie enough to distract you. And if the urge for toes in the sand overtakes you, maybe plans for an excursion can be made to Cocoa Beach, just an hour directly East of us.

A few silver linings — we’ll be super close to the two main theme parks – if that’s your thing… there’s a winery and an escape room within walking distance… and the Orlando Airport (MCO) is only 13.3 miles away.

If it turns out you won’t be able to join us after all, I’m so sorry we’ll be missing you. 😦
Please email me at CoastalMagicConvention@gmail.com to let me know which of these two options I should make note of for you.
1. If you’ll be having someone else attend in your place (you’re welcome to sell or gift them your registration), I’ll need to update their names and emails on my attendee spreadsheet.
2. If you’d rather move your registration forward to next year’s return to Daytona, I can add you to our 2024 listing.

HUGE thank you to all of you who have been so patient through all this. It’s not been my favorite two months ever, that’s for sure. But I’m so looking forward to seeing all of you in Orlando!!!

11 Comments on “Just In Time! Coastal Magic 2023 Has A Home In Orlando!

  1. Congratulations! And it’s a fantastic hotel. My family has stayed there. They were great to work with and it’s a short walk to Disney Springs. That can’t be bad! 🙂

      • If you already got a reply I apologize. Disney Springs is the area of Disney that is off International Drive and is within walking distance of this hotel. They require no admission fee into it. The area is a great place to go for dinner or to watch the boats on the lake and there are tons of shops there. It can get really busy, but there is so much to choose from. If you like sweets check out Gideon’s (sp?) for cookies, cakes, and cold brew coffee. 🙂 We are headed to Disney in March for my daughter’s 30th birthday and unfortunately, we aren’t staying on International Drive and my husband is bummed about it. I won’t be there for the event, but I hope everyone has a wonderful time!

  2. Couple of questions. One, I have been unsuccessful in obtaining a refund from Plaza Resort. Calls get left on hold and receive no callback. Two, when you referred to transferring to someone else or to next year, did you mean the event charge or the hotel? My friend and i interpreted that two different ways.

    Thanks, Lisa Atwell

    • Hi Lisa,

      You’ll have to contact your bank, and have them process a “Services Not Provided” exception for your refund. Someone from there will contact the hotel to get confirmation that the Daytona hotel is indeed closed, and it will go on from there. Some companies are processing them smoothly, with no problem at all, but some are being very stubborn about it. I hope yours is one of the easy ones.

      The transfer is for your registration, if you’re not able to attend. I hope we’ll get to see you in Orlando!!

      • Thank you so much for quick response. We will plan from here.

      • Just tried to reserve room by phone at the Orlando Wyndham Internaional and the do not have rooms blocked for CMCon23. Do I have the correct hotel? The phone number in the email goes to their reservations ctr,.

        Thanks, Lisa Atwell

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