Meeting & Convention Venues
When you choose to meet in Orlando, venue options go far beyond the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) and our meeting hotels and resorts. Orlando gives you the opportunity to host once-in-a-lifetime meetings and group outings at some of our most popular attractions, restaurants, nightlife hotspots and more — including our world-famous theme parks.
Our meeting venues are also prioritizing the safety of you and your attendees with enhanced health and cleaning protocols designed to give you peace of mind while meeting in Orlando.
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Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified or closed. Learn more about healthy business travel in Orlando, and check with your favorite venues for their current status.
Venues That Wow
The OCCC and our one-of-a-kind experiences aren’t the only reasons why Orlando is the country’s No. 1 meeting destination. It also comes down to unique offsite venues that are eager to host private events your attendees will never forget. The following are prime examples, but keep in mind that they represent just a small sampling of our options.
Not only is Walt Disney World Resort’s dining, entertainment and shopping district home to Orlando’s largest concentration of celebrity chefs, but many of their restaurants double as unforgettable venues for offsite events. Standouts include Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia, José Andrés’ JALEO, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina, and others. Don’t skip the unique themed options either, such as The Edison, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and more.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The crown jewel of Orlando’s performing arts scene, this refined venue invites you to reserve sections, reconfigure spaces for a variety of purposes, or even rent the entire facility, with three theaters and an outdoor plaza to choose from. Past examples of the possibilities have included cocktail bars, sampling stations and even a speakeasy. And naturally, there’s no more majestic space to deliver a keynote than from one of the Dr. Phillips Center’s stages.
GuideWell Innovation Center
Located in Orlando’s Lake Nona neighborhood, close to Orlando International Airport, this 92,000-square-foot facility was designed to support the community’s medical partners — but its state-of-the-art office and laboratory space also serves as an innovative function venue for groups of any kind, particularly those engaged in medical and scientific pursuits.
An open-air entertainment, dining and shopping hub on International Drive, ICON Park is best known as the home of The Wheel — a 400-foot observation wheel — but there are numerous options here for meeting groups seeking unique offsite spaces. Top choices include Madame Tussauds Orlando, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Blake Shelton’s Ole Red, Tin Roof and others.
Get your group’s motor running at this facility close to the convention district. With numerous motorcycles on display, the venue has an 8,000-square-foot showroom that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests, as well as capacity for an additional 1,000 outside.
Located in the epicenter of Orlando’s convention district on International Drive, this one-of-a-kind, walkable, open-air entertainment center has plenty of appeal for meeting planners looking for unique venues. Choices include the swank Blue Martini lounge, The Pub Orlando, Main Event Entertainment and The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show, which takes place at another great offsite venue, WonderWorks.
Located at the nexus of Universal Orlando Resort’s theme parks, this open-air dining, entertainment and shopping district has numerous venues that are perfect for meeting groups. Attendees can play a round at Hollywood Drive-In Golf, bust a move at Red Coconut Club and the groove, take the stage for karaoke backed by a live band at CityWalk’s Rising Star, or experience out-of-this-world dining at top eateries such as Hard Rock Cafe®, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.™ Restaurant & Market, Bigfire, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Bob Marley — A Tribute to Freedom℠ and many others.
Bringing your meeting or event to the next level is always the goal. Engaging your attendees with a one-of-a-kind event impacts what they take away from their convention experience. Our theme parks — and the creative geniuses behind them — roll out the red carpet for groups with experiences that can be customized to meet your needs.
For example, Universal Orlando Resort has amped up its offerings with its new Meeting Enhancements at select onsite hotels. Imagine a meeting where Optimus Prime introduces your keynote speaker, or the fun-loving Minions make a guest appearance. Meeting Enhancements like these can help ensure that your program will resonate with your attendees.
Another popular experience offered at select Universal Orlando Resort onsite properties is Flavor by Loews Hotels, a partnership that allows meeting guests to enjoy menus from local eateries without having to leave the property.
Experiential meetings are popular at SeaWorld® Orlando, where groups can go behind the scenes with customized educational programs. Beforehand, SeaWorld will send an ambassador to explain more about the theme park’s conservation efforts. Furthermore, SeaWorld donates 1% of all net revenue from an event held at their parks to the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.
Walt Disney World Resort offers several options that revolve around food, including an activity where meeting-goers cooperate to can jars of sauces, pickles and jam harvested from Epcot®. Groups can also rent a demonstration kitchen at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort to create new concoctions under a chef’s supervision.
That’s just a small sample of the unique meeting venues you’ll only find in Orlando. Use our search tools below to learn more, and submit your RFP for complete information!