haas The 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort is all through Orlando and Central Florida. And has the meetings and conventions businesses continue to rebound from the COVID 19 pandemic, here, and Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is enabling enables its meetings and events guests to partake in “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” with a special connectivity with Walt Disney World. Meeting planners can arrange for Disney characters to make appearances at their event at Four Seasons, host special events off-site in the Disney theme parks, incorporate gifting with Disney-inspired touches, and more.
“For groups who want to integrate Disney into their meeting, there are a lot of ways we can deliver, whether it’s a full themed event or just little touches of Disney magic,” said Nick Anderson, director of sales at Four Seasons Resort Orlando.
With 38,000 square feet of light-filled meeting space, including two ballrooms, numerous breakout rooms, and lakeside event lawns, Four Seasons Resort Orlando offers a versatile setting for groups to convene.
Being located within the grounds of Disney World, guests receive complimentary transportation to the Disney theme parks and get new Early Parks Entry benefit, with valid theme park admission and park reservation. There’s also the option for meeting planners to work with Disney Celebrations and Events, available to assist with any group ticket needs, and even create a micro-web site for ticketing needs just for their group. Private bus transportation can be arranged to take large groups direct to the parks for their group outings.
Disney Celebrations and Events is available to assist Four Seasons clients with arranging character appearances, including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
“Many of our groups like the characters to make an appearance for a welcome kick-off to the meeting, to energize and excite the group, or at the conclusion of their meeting, for a memorable photo opportunity,” Anderson said.
A theme that some of Four Seasons clients have enjoyed, according to Anderson, is Disney’s “Club Evil,” an event that transforms a space with lighting and décor as Disney villains provide the wicked entertainment. Guests can enjoy themed food and beverages, such as sipping on a Poison Appletini with the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or delicious Red Velvet Cakes with Dalmatian Chips alongside Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians. The Disney Divas of Evil become the hosts for the evening at their very own “Club Evil,” with characters such as the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty and Ursula from The Little Mermaid.
Four Seasons meetings and events groups, Anderson said, have the opportunity to host special events at Walt Disney World theme parks, to complement their meetings at Four Seasons. They can seamlessly plan a meeting and banquet dinner at the Resort, and then afterward, have transportation arranged to take the group to a private dessert party and fireworks viewing in a reserved space at EPCOT, for example. From an Italian theme dinner at Four Seasons Resort Orlando with Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi, to a dessert party in “Venice” at the Italy pavilion in World Showcase at EPCOT, also cane be arranged.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando has six different restaurants, including Capa, recently awarded a Michelin star, plus a separate Demonstration Kitchen, with the ability to host interactive cooking demonstrations for groups. There are a variety of classes and tastings that can be arranged with different themes. One example is a chocolate and rum pairing, where a mixologist and pastry chef guides the attendees through a tasting experience where they will learn how unique rums and indulgent chocolates can delight the senses. Executive Chef Schenardi, from Torino, Italy, can also demonstrate his housemade pasta making techniques, such as his signature veal ravioli dish. With Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure now open at EPCOT, Chef Gabriel Massip, a French chef, can customize a French menu event to fit in with a Parisian theme, for example. Attendees can also reserve the entire Capa restaurant in the daytime hours for a private breakfast or lunch event.
The Resort also has a incredible five-acre Explorer Island waterpark, home to a lazy river, two water slides, family pool, interactive splash zone, a sand volleyball court, a basketball court, rock climbing wall, and more. Plus, the Resort offers a full recreation component, from the 18-holes of Tom Fazio golf to three Har-Tru tennis courts to a 24-hour fitness centre with twice daily fitness classes and personal training offered. Golf lessons and tennis lessons can also be arranged for individuals or groups.
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