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Extravaganza 2023 Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different ways I can participate in Extravaganza 2023?

  • Onsite Event: You can experience the Extravaganza onsite in Anaheim at the Hyatt Regency Orange County hotel.
  • Online Event: You experience the Extravaganza on your own device, through a link that will be shared with you after registration closer to the event.

Get more information about registration on our Registration Information page.


Registration and Payment Questions

Is there a Group Registration option?

Unfortunately, no. For Extravaganza 2023 there is not a discounted group registration rate.  We are happy to invite spouse and partners to participate in the event for a special rate. You can add your spouse/partner to your registration using the "add a guest" feature at the time of registration for a special guest rate. Spouses and/or partners will only be able to take advantage of the discounted rate if registered at the time as the primary registrant. Guests will only be able to register for the same event as the primary registrant, i.e. onsite primary registrant can only add onsite guest and online only primary registrants can add online only guest. 

Does each participant need their own email address?
Yes! The email each participant registers with will be used to verify registration and give access to the event.

I have registered for the event, what's next?

If you are joining us onsite in Anaheim, you are responsible for booking your own hotel room. Discounted rates are only guaranteed for a limited time. Check out the hotel details on our Housing page. 

If you are joining us online, once the workshop options have been released, you can begin to create your personalized schedule within the Network App. Extravaganza connection information will be sent to registered participants closer to the event. A unique link will be created and shared with you via the email used at time of registration.

How do I pay my balance owed?

If you owe a balance for your Extravaganza registration or your Network membership, there are three options:

  1. Bring a check or pay by credit card at registration.
  2. Pay online by logging in to your network account.
  3. Mail a check for the balance.

Please mail your check before January 10, 2023 to:

Laurie Hoium
Registrar - ELCA Youth Ministry Network

785 O'Day Drive

Jordan, MN 55352


Can I volunteer to help at the Extravaganza?

Yes! This event is what it is because of volunteers like you! If you are interested in volunteering while at the event, complete the volunteer interest form available in late fall. At the event, you can stop by the hospitality desk to check about last-minute needs.

What airport should I fly into?

The closest airport to the hotel is John Wayne International (SNA). It's a 13-mile drive from the airport to the hotel.

Los Angeles International (LAX) is about 35 miles away. Traffic in LA can be significant. LAX may be less expensive, but the shuttle costs and time will be more.

We have once again partnered with Delta for discounted fares.

How do I get from the airport to the hotel in Anaheim?

Lyft and Uber provide pick-up services at the airports.

At John Wayne International Airport, drivers are allowed to pick-up passengers on the top level of parking structures A2 and B2, and in the Terminal C parking structure on the upper level next to the ticketing area. Make your request in the app once you're at the pick-up location. Always confirm that you are getting in the correct vehicle with the designated driver shown on the app. The fare should be approximately $21-$26 from John Wayne International to the Hyatt.

Taxis are available and cost about $47.

At LAX, drivers pick up in different areas near each terminal. After getting off your flight, follow signs that read, "TNC / Rideshares" or "Ride Service Pickup". Make sure you indicate in your app which pickup station you are located at, so your driver can find you. The fare should be approximately $52-$66 from LAX to the Hyatt.

Taxis are also available and cost about $110.

The Extravaganza has a discount negotiated with SuperShuttle from both John Wayne and LAX. You can access that discount here

How do I make my hotel reservation?

Book your room here. By booking through the Network website, you are guaranteed the best possible room rate.


Is there parking at the Hyatt, and what does it cost?

The Extravaganza has negotiated self-parking for $19/night with in-and-out privileges.

What are the receptions, and do I need an invitation?

There are receptions listed on the schedule.

Some of the receptions are marked "closed" and are by invitation only. Receptions that are not labeled this way are open to all Extravaganza participants. 

What if I have questions during the event? Where should I get answers?

If you have questions during the Extravaganza, please look for the Hospitality Table. Our Hospitality Team will be stationed there to answer questions and to help you out. Or, just find someone who is wearing a Network name tag...they'll be glad to help you! 

What happens if my roommate doesn't show up?

The individual staying in the room is then responsible for the full cost of the room.

What is the difference between an Intensive Care Course and an Early Bird Workshop?

Intensive Care Courses are pre-events that focus on a single subject, in-depth for 10-12 contact hours. There is an extra cost for participating in the Intensive Care Courses.

Early Bird Workshops are available for Extravaganza participants who arrive at the event early on Friday and are looking for some additional learning experiences. There is no additional cost for Early Bird Workshops.

What is the sales tax rate for the hotel rooms in Anaheim?

The sales tax rate for hotels in Anaheim is 17% state and local taxes.

What is your refund policy?

You can check out our full refund and cancellation policy here.

What's the weather like in Anaheim at Extravaganza time?

We're in California! Daily high temperatures in late January and early February  are around 71°F, with a record high of 95°F. Daily low temperatures are around 48°F. That's shorts weather in the Twin Cities and jacket weather if you are from LA.


Online Event Tech Questions

What type of device do I need to participate online?
We suggest a laptop or computer, but you can also use a smartphone or tablet. Click here for system requirements to access Zoom.

How do I access the General Sessions and workshops?
A few days before the event, all registered participants will receive an email with instructions on how to access all online program components. General Sessions will be livestreamed and workshops will be held on Zoom.

What if I have tech questions during the event? Where should I get answers? 
You can contact our Tech Support team at support@elcaymnet.org

General Questions

I am participating online, can I watch with other people? 

Yes! However, each person needs to be registered for the online event. 

Will the Extravaganza be recorded?
The General Sessions and Workshops will be recorded and available to Network members after the event. (Not a Network member? Join now!)


I have questions, who should I contact?

  • General questions about the Network can be directed to Todd Buegler, Executive Director. He can be reached either by phone at 612.597.6565 or by e-mail at todd@elcaymnet.org.

  • If you have questions about your membership status or Extravaganza registration, you can contact our Registrar, Laurie Hoium, by phone at 701.212.2386 or by e-mail at registrar@elcaymnet.org.

  • If you have questions regarding the Extravaganza, contact Co-Directors:
Manuel Retamoza (program content) at pastormanuel@standrewslutheran.church.
Amy Wagner (operations) at amy@elcaymnet.org.
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