Discover the latest reasons why Orlando continues to be Cvent’s No. 1 meeting destination, including new resorts, event space, restaurants, experiences and more (Blake Shelton’s Ole Red at ICON Park® pictured).
Updated September 17, 2021
Meeting professionals eager for a return to normalcy in 2021 and beyond are setting their sights on Orlando. Not only are we consistently ranked by Cvent as the country’s No. 1 meeting destination, but we’ve also worked hard to position ourselves as the national leader when it comes to healthy meetings and business travel. And now, there are fresh reasons to meet in this vibrant, welcoming, dynamic city, including brand-new meeting hotels and resorts, tantalizing restaurants, unique wellness opportunities, infrastructure upgrades, and much more — not to mention wondrous, one-of-a-kind experiences for attendees to enjoy once the workday is done.
Best of all, you can meet here with confidence thanks to the destination’s commitment to visitor health and safety, from the moment you arrive at Orlando International Airport (MCO), to the award-winning Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), and at every other step of your journey. Ready to learn more? Submit your RFP, and read on to discover all the new reasons to meet in Orlando!
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Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified. Learn more about healthy business travel and safety information in Orlando, and check with your favorite businesses for their current status.
Explore meetings-focused hotels and resorts in Orlando that are new or have undergone recent renovations or expansions.
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New & Expanded Meeting Hotels and Resorts in Orlando
JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa
Orlando’s newest luxury meeting property is JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa, which is close to Walt Disney World® Resort and joins JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes near the Orange County Convention Center. It offers more than 50,000 square feet of event space, including a 22,000-square-foot ballroom and other rooms for groups that range from large to mid-sized gatherings.
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One of the resort’s most unique features is the rooftop bar and open-air terrace, which offers exceptional views of Walt Disney World’s nightly fireworks (when available), making it ideal for VIP group experiences. It also has 516 guestrooms and 81 suites, including two presidential suites, plus the sort of luxurious amenities that travelers have come to expect from the JW Marriott brand.
Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
Coming to the iconic Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort complex in 2021, this upscale addition will have 349 guestrooms, including 149 meeting suites, and an array of convenient amenities for guests. More importantly, the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve will expand the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s total meeting space to more than 350,000 square feet with the addition of 15,853 square feet of interior space and an elevated pool deck with 13,835 square feet of outdoor space.
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Fresh options for planners include two brand-new ballrooms and 12 meeting and breakaway rooms, as well as a one-of-a-kind rooftop space with breathtaking views of Walt Disney World and its nighttime fireworks (when available). Guests will also receive exclusive Walt Disney World benefits.
AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando
New to downtown Orlando, AC Hotel by Marriott brings a true high-rise experience to the heart of the city with 180 modern guestrooms featuring a sleek, European-inspired design, as well as a SkyBar Rooftop Terrace with 360-degree city views and creative mixology. Three meeting spaces, a fitness center and quick access to a SunRail commuter train station make it even more attractive to business travelers.
Tru by Hilton Orlando Convention Center
Focusing on smaller meeting groups, Tru by Hilton Orlando Convention Center offers convention blocks of up to 200 rooms on peak nights, plus an extra 59 guestrooms. It also has 2,200 square feet of meeting space, a 24-hour fitness center with Precor equipment, and complimentary breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi for all guests.
Lake Nona Wave Hotel
Scheduled to open in November 2021 with 12,098 square feet of flexible event space, Lake Nona Wave Hotel will be part of its namesake, forward-thinking, tech- and medical-focused community, minutes from Orlando International Airport. Like Lake Nona itself, this luxury lifestyle experience will be powered by innovative technology yet grounded in visitors’ wellbeing. Speaking of which, guests will have access to the 130,000-square-foot Lake Nona Performance Club fitness center, as well as the first-of-its-kind Chopra Mind-Body Zone and Spa headed by Dr. Deepak Chopra.
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Renovated Meeting Hotels & Resorts in Orlando
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
A Marriott International property, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes has 49,000 square feet of flexible, newly renovated meeting space for up to 1,750 guests. It also offers 64,000 square feet of outdoor function space that capitalizes on Orlando’s natural beauty. Now, the property has added Knife & Spoon, a new restaurant from TV personality and James Beard “Best of Southwest Chef” semifinalist John Tesar. The venue also has 8,000 square feet of event space that includes an outdoor terrace and indoor seating for up to 235 attendees.
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
With the addition of its new Peninsula Ballroom and breakout space, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld now has 215,000 square feet of event space adjacent to its namesake theme park, minutes from the Orange County Convention Center. The Marriott International property also gained a fresh, modern, 65,000-square-foot atrium lobby with new paint, porcelain tile and native Florida plants. Planners looking for unique event space can opt for the R Kitchen: an interactive, open kitchen that can host memorable group functions, including receptions for as many as 200 guests.
Caribe Royale Orlando
As part of a complete, $125M renovation, Caribe Royale Orlando now has 220,000 square feet of total meeting space that includes a stunning, 50,000-square-foot ballroom. Minutes from Walt Disney World Resort, the property has also refreshed its one-bedroom suites with a classic Floridian style and added an inviting new lobby with an expansive skylight.
Connected to the south side of the Orange County Convention Center via covered walkway, Hilton Orlando is already one of our most sought-after meeting properties. Now, a reimagining of the property’s main entrance has made it even more desirable, including a transformed lobby that’s flooded with natural light and offers unobstructed views of the resort pool. The new additions complement 249,000 square feet of event space that encompasses gorgeous outdoor settings and large, modern rooms with natural lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Orlando World Center Marriott
Close to Walt Disney World, Orlando World Center Marriott is in the midst of reimagining that’s set to be fully complete in 2022. It’s already resulted in full renovations for 1,500 of the property’s 2,010 guestrooms and suites, with 24 new breakout rooms offering 1,200 square feet each on the way. Once the upgrades are finalized, the resort will have more than 450,000 square feet of flexible event space, including indoor and outdoor venues, as well as unique experiences and venues that include a nightly poolside Laser Light Show for memorable group events.
Orlando has added numerous high-profile eateries over the past year, all of which are likely to be new to your group depending on the time of your most recent Orlando meeting. Here are some of the best newcomers that are perfect for group outings.
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Headed by country superstar Blake Shelton, Ole Red merges southern hospitality, good food and live country music at ICON Park®, close to the convention center. The venue also offers customizable floor configurations, state-of-the-art sound and media system, a range of chef-driven catering options, a dressing room, private VIP access, and more, including virtual meeting capabilities.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Disney Springs® pairs California-inspired ambience with a Mediterranean-influenced menu that highlights the best of its iconic, namesake chef’s signature dishes. The restaurant has capacity for as many as 475 guests, and full-venue buyouts are available.
Knife & Spoon
New to The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, this restaurant is headed by Chef John Tesar, a James Beard Award semifinalist and Top Chef contestant. The venue has outdoor and indoor seating, as well as an adjacent bar and lounge, and group options are available.
The Hampton Social
Located at Pointe Orlando on International Drive, The Hampton Social is Florida’s first outpost of the famous Chicago original. It specializes in lively dining experience that seamlessly transition from day to night with exceptional food, cocktails and live music in a beautifully designed atmosphere. Meeting planners will be glad to know that the 10,000-square-foot venue includes an indoor dining room, an expansive outdoor patio and a full private dining room.
City Works Eatery & Pour House
Offering gourmet pub fare and more than 100 draft handles, City Works Eatery & Pour House is a premier sports restaurant and bar at Disney Springs with 17 flat-screen HDTVs and state-of-the-art audio, including one enormous video wall. Ideal for banquets, it has reception capacity for up to 350 guests.
Fish & Chips
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is bringing his take on classic English street food to ICON Park, with an expected opening in August 2021.
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New Experiences for Meeting Groups at Orlando’s Theme Parks
Jurassic World VelociCoaster
Based on the blockbuster movie franchise, this new species of coaster has arrived at Universal’s Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort. Spanning more than 4,700 feet of track, it is now Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster, featuring a story that expands what you’ve seen on the big screen. It also boasts a series of intense maneuvers that will catapult you up to 70 mph and 155 feet in the air with the swiftest of prehistoric predators, including two pulse-pounding launches and a 360-degree barrel roll, a zero-gravity inverted stall, and going airborne during the towering "Top Hat," propelling you 155 feet in the air before an 80-degree drop. Brave the hunt!
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The Bourne Stuntacular
This cutting-edge, live-action stunt show based on the blockbuster Bourne film franchise debuted in 2020 at Universal Studios Florida. Using a never-before-seen hybrid of stage magic and cinema, the edge-of-your-seat experience follows Jason Bourne around the globe as he’s pursued by sinister characters.
Now available at Discovery Cove®, this exclusive animal experience invites guests to feed and learn about flamingos in an outdoor setting.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Billed as one of the most ambitious, immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering, this groundbreaking attraction at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will place your group aboard a Resistance transport that’s captured by an Imperial Star Destroyer. Accordingly, attendees should expect plenty of action when they experience it at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, part of Walt Disney World Resort!
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Believe it or not, Mickey Mouse never starred in his own ride at a Disney theme park until the premiere of this attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Using cutting-edge technologies to transform classic 2-D cartoons into immersive 3-D adventures, it’s your group’s ticket to entering the worlds of Mickey and Minnie’s beloved animated films.
The World’s Most Magical Celebration
Walt Disney World Resort is gearing up for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” — a 50th anniversary gala that’s set to kick off on October 1, 2021! The milestone is such a big deal that Walt Disney World has coined a new word — “EARidescence” — to describe what visitors will see when they visit. In addition to golden bunting and a 50th anniversary crest at Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom® Park, the celebration will include special nighttime magic at all four Disney parks’ icons, including the Tree of Life® at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Spaceship Earth at EPCOT®.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
The grand opening of this new EPCOT attraction is set for October 1, 2021 — coinciding with the exact date of Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary! In this delicious new attraction, guests will feel like they’ve been shrunk to the size of Chef Remy as they scurry through Gusteau’s famous restaurant on a wild adventure for all ages.
Based on Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning Ratatouille, the experience will be part of a newly expanded France pavilion inside EPCOT that will also open October 1. Joining the pavilion on the same day, La Crêperie de Paris will be a new restaurant offering both table- and quick-service options, featuring sweet crepes, savory buckwheat galettes (naturally gluten friendly), and authentic French hard cider.
New Orlando Attractions & Experiences for Meeting Groups
Museum of Illusions
Now open at ICON Park, Museum of Illusions is a mind-bending “edutainment” experience with 50 interactive, immersive and mentally deceptive exhibits based on math, science, and psychology. In addition to offering discounted admission for groups of 15 or more, this attraction is available as an amazingly unexpected event venue.
An all-new indoor entertainment center on International Drive, Dezerland Park offers fun team-building experiences, including Axecelsior Axe Throwing, the longest indoor dual go-karting tracks in Florida, bowling, arcade games, and a trampoline park. Its signature attraction, Orlando Auto Museum, is home to over 2,000 vehicles featuring the world's largest collection of Batman vehicles, plus James Bond vehicles, micro cars, motorized bikes and more. The 250,000-square-foot collection also serves as an event space that’s sure to get attendees’ motors running. It’s one of 10 completely unique, non-traditional spaces for groups of 10 to 10,000 at Dezerland.
Personal Experiences at The Mall at Millenia
Minutes from the Orange County Convention Center, The Mall at Millenia is now offering complimentary Personal Stylist and Personal Shopping experiences. The two-hour Styling sessions are available during mall hours, and Personal Shopping experiences include in-person hotel delivery, if desired.
Already ranked as J.D. Power & Associates’ No. 1 mega airport in the southeastern U.S. in terms of customer satisfaction, Orlando International Airport is adding a new South Terminal that is expected to open in the first quarter of 2022. Once complete, the airport will gain 15 new gates capable of accommodating up to 18 aircraft simultaneously.
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Adjacent to the South Airport APM Complex and Intermodal Terminal Facility, the three-story South Terminal will begin offering seamless integration of air, ground and rail transportation with the arrival of Brightline high-speed rail in 2022 — making MCO the country’s first airport to be served by intercity rail.
Designed as the world’s first LEEDv4 airport campus, the new terminal will also feature numerous technological and customer-convenience features. These are scheduled to include a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-enabled Tote Baggage Handling System for efficient tracking and expedited checked-baggage delivery; an Early Bag Storage robotic system with 1,800 bag capacity, making MCO being the only airport in the world to deploy the full system; a Virtual Ramp Control system for airline aircraft operations; and large-scale interactive digital media displays providing immersive, high-definition visual experiences.