Looking for ready-made themes, large meetings-oriented resort hotels and a seemingly endless line-up of entertainment diversions? Look no further than the venues within the Walt Disney World Resort Area. Spanning nearly 40 acres, the Walt Disney World Resort Area, 20 miles southwest of downtown Orlando, is comprised of four theme parks (Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park); two water adventure parks (Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park); 37 resort hotels (26 owned and operated by the Walt Disney World Resort); four 18-hole championship golf courses and a nine-hole walking course; two full-service spas; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the Downtown Disney Area, an entertainment-shopping-dining complex. Needless to say, choices for Walt Disney World Resort Area event venues are plentiful.
The Walt Disney World Resort is located approximately 22 miles from the Orlando International Airport and is accessible via Highway 528 west (a toll road), which intersects with Interstate 4 west. Disney offers Disney’s Magical Express, a complimentary airport transfer and luggage transportation service for guests of all Disney-owned resorts — a major plus for groups!
Event venues in the Walt Disney World Resort Area comprise more than 850,000 square feet of meeting space, and over 600,000 square feet of function space is available at Disney-owned and -operated resorts, including the 1,900-room Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, 655-room Disney's Contemporary Resort, 867-room Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, 1197-room Disney's Yacht Club Resort, 576-room Disney's Beach Club Resort and the 372-room Disney's Boardwalk. Other resort venues in the Walt Disney World Resort Area include the 1,509-room Walt Disney World Dolphin, 2265-room Walt Disney World Swan, 1014-room Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, 394-room Hotel Royal Plaza, the 626-room Regal Sun Resort and the 1,001-room Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel.
A popular group and incentive experience is a cruise on the luxurious 52-foot Grand One yacht, which accommodates up to 18 people. Groups can choose from a Fireworks Cruise or a Dining Cruise.
For evening entertainment, the Walt Disney World Resort Area has nearly 140 restaurants with nearly every kind of cuisine available from thick grilled steaks to sushi and Italian and everything in between. The Downtown Disney Area is brimming with restaurants and entertainment options like Splitsville Luxury Lanes, Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe and House of Blues Orlando.