Plaza Hotel’s new 3NINE at The Plaza, a
premier turnkey entertainment venue
accommodating up to 1,500 guests
when including ’ 39 Poolside Bar & Grill.
Rosen Shingle Creek’s 1,501 luxury
guest rooms, its grand lobby, Headwaters Lounge and Cafe Osceola have all
Universal’s Loews Sapphire Falls
Resort added 1,000 guest rooms and
115,000 square feet of meeting space,
connecting to Loews Royal Pacific
Resort, creating the Loews Meeting
Complex with a combined total of
2,000 rooms. New attractions include
the water theme park Volcano Bay and
a new ride—Race Through New York
Starring Jimmy Fallon.
“Universal Orlando Resort is a truly
unique meetings destination,” said Vince
LaRuffa, senior vice president, resort sales
and marketing for Universal Orlando
Resort. “The recent opening of The Loews
Meeting Complex means an additional
295,000 square feet of meeting space in
addition to 6,200 guest rooms, making it an
ideal location for groups of any size.”
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort’s
planned expansion includes a new 15-story
tower adding an additional 500 rooms to
the resort, a new rooftop restaurant and
meeting venues that include a boardroom
and two multipurpose rooms that will add
to the resort’s current 220,000 square feet
of meeting space.
Also in the works is a 28,000-square-
foot expansion of the convention center
at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort,
bringing the total amount of flexible meet-
ing and event space to 100,000 square feet.
Entertainment complex Disney Springs
announced several new restaurants:
Paddlefish, in a reimagined steamship;
The Edison, themed as a 1920s-era electric
company; The Polite Pig; Planet Hollywood
Observatory; and Wine Bar George.
Attendees can explore the magic of
Nature ‘on’ Pandora–The World of Avatar at
Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where they are
immersed in a mystical world of biolumi-
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet
Creek unveiled a 3,500-square-foot ballroom accommodating up to 360 people
and a 2,155-square-foot expedition meeting
room. Meanwhile, the Walt Disney World
Swan & Dolphin Resort is undergoing a
$140 million multiyear redesign project to
transform all of its 2,267 guest rooms.
UNIVERSAL’S VOLCANO BAY, ORLANDO
Creative additions to tournament play take on new mean- ing at Shingle Creek Golf Club ( www.shinglecreekgolf. com) at the AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek in
Orlando. This 18-hole championship course sports a recent
redesign courtesy of Arnold Palmer Design Company and a new
engaging way for teams to challenge the links with the help of
on-site Brad Brewer Golf Academy.
At Mission Inn Resort & Club ( www.missioninnresort.com)
in Howey-In-The-Hills, the Adventure Learning Center team-
building course has everything from ziplining to climbing walls.
Groups can also play on Florida’s oldest golf course, El Campe-
on, known for its steep hills, or the sweeping fairways of the Las
Colinas Course. Both are 18-hole championship courses that
have earned their share of accolades. With advance notice, the golf shop can customize
prizes, golf balls and apparel with a company logo.
At Streamsong Resort ( www.streamsongresort.com), the Streamsong Challenge
melds golf, bass fishing, sporting clays and archery. Teams face off against each other
on one of Streamsong’s iconic golf courses with 18-hole best-ball and other competitions. In addition, teams battle for the greatest combined weight in bass fishing, and the
best accuracy on its picturesque sporting clays course.
Orlando’s Villas of Grand Cypress ( www.grandcypress.com) offers meeting-goers a
“Big Break” on the resort’s 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf. Designed
to strengthen morale and build rapport, teams are split up and paired with a seasoned
instructor from the Villa’s award-winning Grand Cypress Academy of Golf. Each team is
coached and ultimately scored on skills that include long drives, straight drives, bunker
shots and putting.
Groups staying at the private, 70-room Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge
( www.bayhill.com) in Orlando love to play on the same course as one of the greatest
golfers in history. But even non-golfers can enjoy the club’s
teambuilding events such as evening putt-putt contests
alongside an evening cocktail party. The Lodge also organizes
contests where guests chip out to the floating “green” that sits in
the middle of the club’s Olympic-size pool. Companies offering
closest-to-the-pin prizes can go straight to the pro shop for
logoed golf balls, hats, shirts or A Golfer’s Life book by Arnold
At Reunion Resort ( www.reunionresort.com) in Kissim-
mee, FootGolf offers a unique way to experience the resort’s
award-winning Watson Course, a Tom Watson Signature
Design. FootGolf, in which players kick the ball instead of using
clubs, follows the basic model of golf, with a tee box, a green,
bunkers, hazards, a similar scorecard and nine or 18 holes.
FOOTGOLF, REUNION RESORT
SHINGLE CREEK GOLF CLUB