APR 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 44 F L O R I D A World: 443 guest rooms; 26 meeting rooms; banquet capacity of 895 • Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek: 400 guest rooms; 32,000 square feet of meeting space • Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek: 1,009 guest rooms; 175,000 square feet of event space • Waldorf Astoria Orlando: 498 guest rooms; 42,000 square feet of function space • The Villas of Grand Cypress: meeting facility for up to 240 guests; features the Academy of Golf • Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge: 70 guest rooms in lodge; 9,000 square feet of meeting space • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts: includes 2,700-seat Walt Disney The- ater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater and reception spaces for up to 600 guests; the 1,700-seat Steinmetz Hall is expected to open in 2020 Kissimmee According to Experience Kissimmee, the city offers planners more than 1 million square feet of meeting space in 300 venues, more than 50,000 guest rooms and quick access to legendary resorts and theme park attractions. Several new attractions are set to open in 2018, including Disney's Hollywood Studios Toy Story Land, Universal Studios' Fast & Furious — Supercharged and a new projection mapping experience at Hogwarts castle in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal. In hotel news, Margaritaville Resort Orlando is expected to open in 2018 in Kissimmee with 175 guest rooms, timeshare units, vacation homes and 16,000 square feet of indoor func- tion space. (See breakout spotlight on page 49.) Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, the largest of six convention hotels at Walt Disney World Resort, is adding 500 guest rooms, a new roof- top restaurant and lounge, and additional meet- ing and event venues to the resort's current 220,000 square feet of meeting and function space. Walt Disney World's Swan and Dolphin Resort recently completed an upgrade to all 2,270 guest rooms and a complete redesign of the Dolphin lobby. In addition, the resort added two new food and beverage venues, and other upgrades to the resort's 331,000 square feet of meeting space. (See breakout spotlight on The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has wrapped up the largest transfor- mation in the resort's history: a $150 million, three-year project that included upgrades to all 2,270 guest rooms, complete redesign of the Dolphin lobby, two new food and bev- erage venues and renovation to the resort's 331,000 square feet of meeting space, along with the addition of the Lake View Room, a new 2,800-square-foot event space overlook- ing the Swan and Dolphin's private lake. "This is both a huge accomplishment for our team and a significant moment for our guests," Walt Disney World Swan and Dol- phin Resort General Manager Fred Sawyers said. "With the transformation now complete, our guests can enjoy a stylish new look, new amenities, the latest in technology, an operation with more than a quarter-century of excellence in serving guests and a prime location at Walt Disney World Resort, all in one property." The completion of the project also means the resort returns to operating at full capacity just in time for the openings of Toy Story Land (2018) and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (2019) at Disney's Hollywood Studios, which is within walking distance of the resort. Meeting space at Swan and Dolphin consists of 86 meeting rooms, including two executive boardrooms; four ballrooms that range from 3,500 to 56,000 square feet; 110,500 square feet of contiguous convention and exhibit space; outdoor function areas; and two business centers. Upgrades and enhancements include new technology with electronic board readers throughout and the latest in high- density Wi-Fi offering high-speed, uninter- rupted Internet to groups as large as 15,000 people. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Contact: Swan & Dolphin Exterior Photo courtesy Swan and Dolphin Resort

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