Universal Orlando Resort will soon offer corporate event planners more meeting space. The 1,000-room Loews Royal Pacific Resort is undergoing the largest meeting space expansion in Universal Orlando history. Already the largest meeting hotel at Universal Orlando—with 85,000 sf of space—Loews will offer 141,330 sf of meeting space by fall 2015.
The addition will connect to the existing meeting space, playing on the hotel’s design theme inspired by the South Pacific. The hotel, for instance, features an open-air orchid garden and hand carvings flown in from Bali. The new space will include an almost 36,000-sf ballroom (divisible by 12), as well as breakout rooms and prefunction space.
“Our expansion responds to the tremendous demand we have received from larger groups,” says Larry Beiderman, managing director of Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. “Meeting planners have a lot to look forward to as we expand, and they will continue to benefit from our culinary team, along with the exciting outdoor event space we offer.”
One of those outdoor spaces is the 3,375-sf outdoor Wantilan Luau Pavilion, complete with a central fountain that features elephants, colorful flowers and palm trees. Meeting planners can even plan for the group to participate in a traditional luau. The hotel hosts one weekly, complete with Polynesian food, live Hawaiian music and traditional hula and fire dancing.
The Loews addition is the latest in a series of new group offerings at the Universal Orlando Resort to open in the past year. Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort opened earlier this year, as well as the expansion of Universal CityWalk and the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley attraction. In fact, for those meeting attendees interested, the hotel offers guests theme park benefits such as early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. For attendees in a hurry, they can also get complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access, which allows them to skip the regular lines all day in both Universal Orlando theme parks.
“This is such an exciting time to plan an event at Universal Orlando, as we grow the universe of options throughout our resort,” says Kathy Cattoor, vice president of resort sales for Universal Orlando.