Get details on the newest reason to meet at Walt Disney World® Resort, plus other official Disney meeting hotels (photo by Steven Diaz).
In July, Walt Disney World® Resort added another magical reason to meet in Orlando with the debut of the brand-new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The result of a two-year expansion project, the tower adds an additional 3,000 square feet to the resort’s 220,000 square feet of existing meeting and event space, further positioning the property as a premier business hotel in Cvent’s No. 1 U.S. meeting destination.
But there’s much more to Gran Destino Tower than additional event space. Read on for details about all the meeting features at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, as well as information about other official Walt Disney World Resort meeting hotels!
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: Bigger, Better & Bolder Meetings
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando (Photo: Steven Diaz)
For Walt Disney World Resort, updating Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort wasn’t just about adding more event space. Rather, it was about reimagining the property to better celebrate the rich cultures and vibrant landscapes of Spain, Mexico and the American Southwest, both through contemporary design and Old World traditions.
The focal point of those efforts, Gran Destino Tower, now serves as the resort’s entrance. Named after and drawing inspiration from the classic Disney film, Destino, it rises dramatically above the southeastern shores of the resort’s 22-acre lake, Lago Dorado.
Gran Destino Tower Lobby at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort & Conference Center at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando (Photo: Steven Diaz)
In addition to 545 modern guestrooms and suites, Gran Destino Tower features a grand, two-story lobby, as well as new meeting venues and a rooftop restaurant and lounge offering spectacular views of Walt Disney World Resort.
Expanded Meeting Space at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Naturally, meeting planners will be most interested in Gran Destino Tower’s new event space. It includes a 24-seat boardroom and the 2,859-square-feet Lantana room, the latter of which divides into three smaller rooms. The Lantana room is adjoined by a 1,674-square-foot pre-function space that features a show kitchen.
The new options join 220,000 square feet of event space in the resort’s original building. The existing space encompasses the 85,765-square-foot Veracruz Exhibit Hall with capacity for up to 460 10x10-foot booths, 60,214-square-foot Coronado Ballroom for up to 6,680 guests, 21,160-square-foot Fiesta Ballroom for up to 2,650 guests, 45 dynamic breakout rooms, 10 dedicated meeting-planner offices, five permanent registration counters, and private patios and lakeside space for outdoor events.
And that’s not all! When you meet at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, you can also count on Wi-Fi in the meeting and convention facilities, a full-service business center, 12 loading docks, and an onsite marshaling yard that connects to the entire convention center. Not to mention quick access to all the ways to play at Walt Disney World Resort’s theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs®!
New Dining & Nightlife at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Dahlia Lounge at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando (Photo: Steven Diaz)
With the addition of Gran Destino Tower, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort now boasts 11 dining and nightlife options. Leading the way is the brand-new Tolédo — Tapas, Steak & Seafood. The rooftop, table-service restaurant focuses on dishes and small plates inspired by the flavors of Spain.
Adjacent to Tolédo, the Dahlia Lounge encompasses a convivial room and breathtaking outdoor terrace. Here, your attendees can enjoy wines from California and Spain, as well as handcrafted cocktails.
The second new restaurant at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is Three Bridges Bar & Grill. Located on an island on Lago Dorado, it’s connected to the rest of the resort by three convenient walkways.
Barcelona Lounge at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando (Photo: Steven Diaz)
On the ground floor of Gran Destino Tower’s two-story lobby, the Barcelona Lounge offers coffee and breakfast fare in the morning, transitioning to a cocktail lounge as the day progresses. And on the 15th floor, Chronos Club and its lake views are perfect for unwinding and enjoying light refreshments throughout the day.
Other dining and nightlife options at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort include Maya Grill, Rix Sports Bar & Grill, El Mercado de Coronado, Café Rix, Laguna Bar and Siestas Cantina.
More Ways to Meet at Walt Disney World Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando
Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is the newest way to meet at Walt Disney World Resort, but it’s far from your only option. In addition to the features spotlighted below, keep in mind that all meeting hotels at Walt Disney World Resort offer full-service business centers, as well as Wi-Fi availability in meeting and convention facilities.
Disney’s flagship property promises to immerse your guests in a world of modern conveniences, including direct monorail service from the resort to Magic Kingdom® Park and Epcot®. Complementing the 650 guestrooms, this resort’s convention center boasts 115,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, including:
- 42,336-square-foot Fantasia ballroom for up to 4,720 guests
- 11,968-square-foot Ballroom of the Americas with a 29-foot stage for up to 1,250 guests
- 8,710-square-foot Grand Republic Ballroom for up to 950 guests
- 7,068-square-foot Sorcerer’s Apprentice Ballroom for up to 740 guests
- Boardroom for 24 guests
- 33 breakout rooms
- Two private dining venues with cuisine provided by California Grill
- Three permanent registration counters
- Two dedicated meeting-planner offices
Invite your attendees to an 1800s nautical world of hardwood floors, brass fittings and luxurious accommodations at this resort, which is expanding its convention center and renovating its 1,190 guestrooms. Amid the nearly 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, you’ll find:
- 36,000-plus-square-foot Grand Harbor Ballroom for up to 4,500 guests
- 16,000-square-foot Newport Ballroom for up to 2,300 guests
- 8,200-plus-square-foot Asbury Hall for up to 1,000 guests
- 2,500-plus-square-foot Cape Cod Hall for up to 330 guests
- Four pre-function areas with gathering rotundas for networking
- Boardroom for 14 guests
- 21 breakout rooms
- Beach, marina and patio spaces for outdoor events
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando
With 860 guestrooms, this gorgeous resort offers a world of Victorian charm, five-diamond dining and an exceptional level of luxury. Its 40,000-square-foot convention center includes:
- 18,216-square-foot Grand Floridian Ballroom for up to 2,000 guests
- 5,858-square-foot St. Augustine hall for up to 670 guests
- Boardroom for up to 20 guests
- 16 breakout rooms
- Outdoor venues featuring views of the nightly fireworks, marina, lagoon and garden
- Two dedicated meeting-planner offices
- Permanent registration counter
- Two private dining venues
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando
Transport your guests to the charm and elegance of a waterfront resort from a bygone era. In addition to 370 guestrooms, this option has more than 20,000 square feet of flexible event space, including the following features:
- 10,132-square-foot Promenade Ballroom with six salons for up to 1,040 guests
- 2,312-square-foot Marvin Gardens meeting room with a patio view for up to 170 guests
- 1,462-square-foot St. James room with private outdoor patio for up to 110 guests
- Boardroom for 14 guests
- 13,000-square-foot Atlantic Dance Hall for up to 450 guests, located just steps away at Disney’s BoardWalk entertainment district
In addition to Walt Disney World Resort’s premier meeting and convention hotels, keep in mind that several of its onsite properties are perfect for smaller events and attendee stays. They include Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, Disney’s All-Star Resorts, and Disney’s Pop Century Resort.