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IT PAYS TO MEET IN KISSIMMEE IN 2017

09/22/2016

There are so many reasons to book your next meeting in Kissimmee. World-famous theme parks, beautiful year-round weather, plenty of outdoor adventures and championship golf courses, a variety of new activities and meeting space, and close proximity to Orlando International Airport make Kissimmee the ideal destination for your meeting, reunion or gathering. Add to that, the incentive to earn up to $4,100 with the updated It Pays to Meet in Kissimmee program.

As a new year approaches, here's a glimpse into some of the latest and greatest offerings in and around The Gateway to Fun that will add even more to your next meeting.

Magic Development is excited to present Magic Village Resort: a unique, luxury, concierge-style community with 180 houses featuring four different floor plans, exclusive services, privacy and comfort. The houses are beautifully designed by experienced and refined architects and are fully equipped with modern decoration. Experience international delights at their new restaurant, Villagio inspired by Italian, Mediterranean and Latin American Cuisine.

The first Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott branded hotel in Kissimmee opened its doors this summer with 150 interior guest rooms and suites. The resort is located four miles from Walt Disney World and includes amenities such as a pool perfect for relaxing and unwinding, a 24-hour fitness center and complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi in-room and around the hotel.

Already breaking ground and set to open in late 2017, the $750 million vacation resort Margaritaville, promises something for everyone. The property will be home to a 175-room Margaritaville-branded hotel, 1,000 vacation homes, 300 timeshare units and approximately 550 condominiums. And Central Florida visitors will no longer have to travel to the coast to get their snorkeling fix. The resort will feature three acres of swimmable freshwater lagoons and water-based activities will include a 12-acre water park, paddle-boarding, snorkeling and children's play areas.

Following a busy day of meetings, continue the networking off-site and indulge in some of these delicious offerings.

Sink your teeth into a selection of regionally-inspired dishes with a focus on fresh seafood at Gaylord Palms newest restaurant MOOR.

A tasty new food tour is winding through Celebration. Celebrate Food Tours takes guests through several restaurants in the picturesque community while giving them information on the local history and architecture. Guest's culinary journey begins almost on a progressive dinner, visiting Columbia Restaurant for its famous "1905" Salad, Celebration Town Tavern for its clam chowder, Bohemian Hotel for crab cake sliders, Imperium Food and Wine for wine and cheese, and Kilwin's for some fudge and caramel apple.

Island Grove Wine Company at Formosa Gardens is expected to open Fall 2017. The winery will feature wine demonstrations, a micro-brewery, a French pastry shop and over 3,000 sq. feet of meeting space for corporate meetings, weddings and festivals. A 5-acre botanical garden will grow organic fruits and vegetables, while maintaining sustainable agricultural practices that include biodynamic practices, permaculture and hydroponics.

Theme Park News:

New Star Wars offerings have landed at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The StarWars Launch Bay offers guests the chance to interact with characters from the film franchise. The adventure continues on Star Tours, which has been enhanced to feature new characters and journeys from Star Wars: The ForceAwakens. Younglings can get in on the fun over at Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple which allows young guests to step into the shoes of a Jedi in training.

For the first time in forever, guests can explore the kingdom of Arendelle at "Frozen Ever After" in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. This family-friendly adventure picks up after the events in the blockbuster hit "Frozen" and celebrates a "Summer Snow Day."

Nightfall brings even more mystery and majesty to Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park with the premiere of the nighttime jewel, "Rivers of Light." This illuminating musical experience celebrates the magic of animals, humans and the natural world with a blend of performers, floating lanterns and theatrical animal imagery.

The former Downtown Disney completes a dramatic, multi-year transformation, renamed Disney Springs and more than doubling - to 150 - the number of shops, restaurants or other venues for guests to explore and enjoy. In creating the largest expansion in its history, Disney planners infused Disney Springs with the same focus on storytelling and attention to detail that are hallmarks of Disney theme parks, resort hotels and cruise ships, creating a welcoming space that only Disney can provide.

Universal Orlando Resort brings the next generation of the King Kong legend to life at Universal's Islands of Adventure with "Skull Island: Reign ofKong". Guests board large vehicles and explore ancient temple structures while encountering hostile natives and fending off unspeakable terrors. A powerful storyline, a stunning 3D experience, innovative technology - and the unexpected - will pull you into one of Universal Orlando's most massive adventures yet.

Mako, a brand new 200-foot-tall coaster recently opened at SeaWorld Orlando, named after one of the ocean's fastest-known sharks. It is Central Florida's tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster, reaching speeds of 73 mph, racing along 4,760 feet of steel track. This new hyper coaster is the centerpiece of the newly themed two-acre plaza. The surrounding realm is fully shark themed, providing guests with the opportunity to learn about the impact humans have on sharks and why these animals are critical to the environment.

About Us

A wide variety of spacious and flexible accommodations make planning a gathering stress-free no matter how large or small your group may be. First-class convention hotels and conference centers include the impressive Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Omni Resort at ChampionsGate, Reunion Resort, and the Embassy Suites Orlando-Lake Buena Vista South.

Between meetings, attendees can enjoy exciting outdoor adventures and thrilling roller coasters to a leisurely game of golf on one of Kissimmee's championship courses, or a relaxing massage at a luxurious spa. Whatever type of activity your group enjoys, Kissimmee will have it.

Our Experience Kissimmee Team can assist with all your planning needs. For more information, visit www.ExperienceKissimmee.com/meeting

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