Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Kissimmee, a city guide for meeting professionals. Kissimmee, just south of Orlando, is a place where perfect space and facilities, convenient location, world-class entertainment and superb service come together. Blessed with beautiful weather, small-town charm and endless possibilities for great meetings and fun, Kissimmee has plenty to offer business and leisure travelers alike. A commitment to service, emphasis on hospitality and plenty of facilities that offer an inviting blend of business and pleasure are just a few of the hallmarks of this Central Florida destination. Kissimmee, right at the doorstep of all of the Disney World theme parks, and just a short drive to Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando, is the most desirable Central Florida meeting location. With so much to offer, it's no wonder Kissimmee is host to nearly six million visitors each year.
Kissimmee's popularity is due in part to its ease of access. A convenient gateway to over 2.9 million passengers each month, Orlando International Airport (MCO) is an easy 30-minute drive to most meeting properties. In addition to air travel, Amtrak's Silver Service/Palmetto line, which runs from New York City to Miami, stops right in downtown Kissimmee. For those who prefer to drive, Kissimmee is just off major routes such as Florida's Turnpike, I-4, and the Central Florida Greeneway, placing it within easy access to I-75 and I-95 and convenient driving distance of most of the southeastern United States.
Upon arrival, groups are met with a plethora of quality accommodations designed to suit every taste and price point. In fact, Kissimmee has nearly 50,000 total lodging units from which to choose, ranging from express business hotels to boutique properties and full-service resorts, such as the Gaylord Palms Hotel & Convention Center (400,000 square feet), Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate (128,500 square feet), Bohemian Hotel Celebration (5,000 square feet) and Embassy Suites Orlando-Lake Buena Vista South (40,000 square feet). Meanwhile, just minutes from Celebration, Reunion Resort offers luxury accommodations, championship golf courses and more than 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.
In addition to these premier meeting resorts, there are additional excellent hotels perfect for smaller meetings, and Kissimmee's Osceola Heritage Park is a popular venue for trade shows and conferences in Central Florida. This expansive 120-acre complex boasts the 98,416-square-foot Exhibition Building, the 10,500-seat Silver Spurs Arena and the Osceola County Stadium that is Spring Training home for the Houston Astros. Also known for its A-list performances, Osceola Heritage Park has played host to such legends as Van Morrison, Norah Jones, Pearl Jam and Vince Gill as well as World Championship Boxing, the bi-annual Silver Spurs Rodeo and the nation's largest collectible car auction is held here annually.
Recognizing that there's no such thing as a "one-size-fits-all" meeting venue, Kissimmee is brimming with unique alternatives for events of all types, sizes and purposes. Host a cocktail reception in the 98,000-square-foot hangar, Ranger Jet Center at Kissimmee Gateway Airport. Entertain like royalty in the 10,500-square-foot reception area in the castle at Medieval Times.
Kissimmee's close proximity to the Walt Disney World Resort has always been a Drawing more than 6.5 million visitors per year, Kissimmee's economy is based primarily on tourism. Consequently, superb hospitality is a way of life.