MAY 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ M A Y 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 52 Southern Resorts Selection Guide Sponsored Content An ALL NEW Perspective On Meetings And Events! 2017, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort underwent a comprehensive renovation of the Walt Disney World Dolphin lobby. This $12 million re-design was the final stage of the largest makeover in the resort's history. The new lobby has been completely transformed into a sleek contemporary space, and features new dining and beverage options as well as more space for attendees to socialize. "This lobby marked the final piece of an exciting transformation for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort," said General Manager Fred Sawyers. "This space is designed specifically to cater to today's guests and offer an inviting place where they can come together to relax, network, and grab something to eat or drink." The centerpiece of the new lobby is a dazzling custom crystal chandelier which spar- kles above the fountain. Other new features include an exciting new geometric ceiling, increased lighting, all new contemporary décor and furnishings, with more than double the amount of seating. The lobby re-design is the final stage of a total $150 million project which also includes the transformation of all 2,270 guest rooms, along with upgrades to the hotel's meeting space. The renovated guest rooms feature all of the latest technology including large HD TVs and all-new upgraded furniture centered on the famous Westin Heavenly Bed ® . The design continues into a completely new bathroom, featuring residential style vanities and a back- lit mirror on iridescent glass tiles. A recipient of many prestigious meeting and other awards, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is a nationally respected and recognized leader in the convention resort arena. The resort offers more than 331,000 square feet of meeting space, 86 breakout rooms, and 2,270 guest rooms and suites. When it comes to the business of meetings, the award-winning team is highly regarded for their ability to exceed expectations. Meetings are supported by an award-winning banquet, catering, and culinary team that delivers customized solutions with a passion for each customer. Whether your event is in the ballroom, on the beach, on the causeway or in one of our signature restaurants, the creative opportunities abound. For the adventurous, nothing beats a private event in the theme parks to add that magical touch while supporting your meeting theme. The resort is recognized as a top "Foodie" destination in Orlando, featuring 16 world-class restaurants and lounges including the famed celebrity Chef Todd English's bluezoo, Il Mulino New York Trattoria, and Shula's Steak House which serves the best beef money can buy. The resort is situated in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, within footsteps of Epcot ® , Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Boardwalk. Complimentary transportation is provided throughout the resort and guests enjoy the Extra Magic Hours Benefit, and FASTPASS+ access. On property, guests can enjoy one of the resort's five pools, two health clubs, tennis courts or indulge at the luxurious Balinese-inspired Mandara Spa. n In Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort (800) 524-4939 or (407) 934-4290 Gino Marasco, Director of Sales and Marketing With nearly 20 years of hospitality experience, Gino is responsible for overseeing the group sales operation at the 2,270-room hotel.

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