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The Event Planner’s Guide to Orlando Venues

Kaitlyn Tatulli |

Welcome to downtown Orlando signWith theme parks like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, it’s no wonder Orlando, Florida is named the theme park capital of the world. Orlando has also been ranked the number one meetings destination in the U.S. for the fifth year in a row, making the city a popular world-class meetings destination. Whether theme parks are an attractive incentive your attendees or not, Orlando is also known for its sunshine, countless resorts and a hub for space buffs. With Micky close by, your event is sure to be nothing short of magical. 

Top 10 Orlando Venues Planners Should Consider

1. Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)

Located 7 miles from Disney, the United States’ second largest convention center is an award-winning venue for meeting and event planners. The OCCC has 7 million sq. ft of event space divided by two main concourses: the West Concourse and the North/South Concourse. Whether you decide to host your event in one of the 49 meetings rooms in the West concourse or in the North/South exhibition space, the OOCC will customize the space to best fit your event.

Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) Venue - Orlando, Florida

Photo Credit: Orange County Convention Center

2. Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Recently renovated, the waterfront Disney Beach Club Resort, located within walking distance from Epcot, now features over 70,000 sq. ft of meeting and event space. With 36, 210 sq. ft ballrooms; 15 exhibit halls, 2 breakout rooms, and more, you are sure to find the ideal space for your presentations, breakout session, exhibit, or other special events. Let Disney Meetings help you bring some magic to your next event.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort Venue - Orlando, Florida

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3. Nascar I-Drive

Want to get your guest’s adrenaline pumping at your next event? Then the Nascar I-Drive venue is for you. Nascar I-Drive is an indoor kart racing complex that also features 5,000 sq. ft of trackside event space. Specifically, Nascar I-Drive features seven private event spaces that can host up to 800 guests. In addition to the meeting and event space, the Nascar venue features a restaurant, sixty arcade games, four bowling lanes, and three pool tables. No matter what room you pick, your guests are sure to have an eventful experience.

Nascar I-Drive Venue - Orlando, FloridaPhoto Credit: Nascar I-Drive

4. House of Blues

Looking for a lively, rocking venue to host your next event? Look no further than The House of Blues. Located in Disney Springs, it houses 43,000 sq. ft of rock and blues-themed event and meeting space. The venue is broken up into five different rooms, the Music Hall, the Main Dining Room, the Lighting Room, the Front Courtyard, and the Voodoo Room, which accommodate 15 to 2,500 guests. Amplify your next event with this unique venue.

House of Blues Venue - Orlando, Florida

Photo Credit: House of Blues

5. Kennedy Space Center

From corporate meetings, outings, and events, the Kennedy Space Center has the “space” to accommodate any size event. The Kennedy Space Center features two conference facilities and three unique venues: the Space Shuttle Atlantis, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, and the Journey to Mars. Your guests can walk under a 365-foot Saturn V moon rocket and view real shuttle floats, all at your event. Give your attendees an out-of-this-world experience by hosting your next event at the Kennedy Space Center.

Kennedy Space Center Venue - Orlando, Florida

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6. Hard Rock Café

With space for up to 4,000 guests and 640 guest rooms, Orlando's Hard Rock Café, the largest in the world will help you throw a rockstar event. Orlando’s Hard Rock Café has nine different venue options including indoor and outdoor space. The Hard Rock features everything from an intimate 30-person meeting at the Art Bar to a 2,800-person conference in the Hard Rock Live room.  No matter the size of your event, the Hard Rock Café will be sure to “rock” your next event.

Hard Rock Café Venue - Orlando, Florida

Photo Credit: Hard Rock Café

7. Waldorf Astoria  

Located on a 482-acre nature preserve by Walt Disney World, the Waldorf Astoria is an ideal venue for your next event in Orlando. The Waldorf Astoria has 42,000 sq. ft of meeting space: 13 meeting rooms, two board rooms, 7,945 sq. ft ballroom, and the 8,712 sq. ft Central Park with 5,544 sq. ft Central Park Gardens. In addition to the meeting and event space, guests can stay in one of the luxury rooms, relax in the award-winning spa or by one of the two pools, or take the complementary transportation over to Disney World.

Walford Astoria Venue - Orlando, Florida

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8. Planet Hollywood

Winner of the 2018 Top New and Renovated Meeting Site Award, Planet Hollywood promises to host events that break the “wow barrier.” Designed specifically for meeting and event planners, the property features a 4,500 sq. ft video wall you can display your presentation or customized messaging, two patios, two balconies with views of Disney Springs, in addition to an indoor bar and main floor that can hold up to 1,100 guests. No matter what space you choose, Planet Hollywood will be sure to make your event the center of their universe.

Planet Hollywood Venue - Orlando, FloridaPhoto Credit: Planet Hollywood

9. The Hangar

Looking for a unique, event venue to make your own? Then this venue might be your dream come true. The Hangar is a 20,000 sq. ft blank canvas event airport hangar located at the Central Florida Airport. This industrial-styled event space can hold 800-1,500 guests. The Hangar can bring in staging, displays of any size, and even model and display airplanes. This venue space is only limited by your creativity, so get creative and start designing a truly exceptional event.

The Hangar Venue - Orlando, FloridaPhoto Credit: The Hanger

10. IceBar Orlando

Orlando's IceBar features (you guessed it) a bar made out of ice. The bar, which can hold up to 50 guests, is made of over 70 tons of hand-carved ice, making it the largest permanent ice bar in the world. In addition to the Ice Bar, the venue features three other event spaces the Fire Lounge (465 guests), Front Patio (90 guests), and the Outdoor Option (1,200 guests). Whichever option you choose, the Orlando’s Ice Bar will help you freeze your event into your attendee’s memories.

 

Icebar Venue - Orlando, FloridaPhoto Credit: Ice Bar Orlando

Top 3 Things to Do in Orlando

1. The Magic Kingdom

At Disney’s Magic Kingdom, you can explore the lands of your favorite Disney characters, like Cinderella, Mickie Mouse, and more. Some of the Magic Kingdom most popular attractions are Cinderella’s Castle, the It’s a Small World ride, and Space Mountain. 

Magic Kingdom Park - Orlando, FloridaPhoto Credit: Disney World

2. Epcot

Travel around the world, under the sea, and into space at Disney’s Epcot. Epcot allows you can visit eleven countries, such as Norway, Germany, and China, discover coral reefs, explore history galleries, and much more. 

Epcot - Orlando, FloridaPhoto Credit: Disney Tourist Blog

3. Universal Studios Orlando

Defend the world and doge villains with your favorite characters at Universal Studios. Some of the best and most thrilling attractions include the Incredible Hulk, Men in Black, and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. 

Universal Studios Orlando - Orlando, FloridaPhoto Credit: Universal Studios 

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Have you ever hosted an event in one of these Orlando venues? How did it go? What was your favorite thing to do inside and outside of Orlando? Let us know by commenting below!

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This Post was Written by Kaitlyn Tatulli

Kaitlyn Tatulli is a graduate from Fairfield University with majors in Digital Journalism and Psychology and minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Computer Science. Currently, she is receiving her MFA from Fairfield University. Kaitlyn...

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