Walt Disney World Resort recently announced new developments for meeting professionals including new resort accommodations, attractions, and even more dining options for attendees to enjoy after a day of meetings or to network with colleagues. Whether embarking on an out-of-this-world adventure through the all-new Pandora: The World of Avatar, enjoying the Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular or experiencing cuisine from one of five James Beard award-winning chefs at Disney Springs, your attendees will have all this and more to look forward to during your next Disney Meetings event.
Here are four Walt Disney World Resort developments happening in 2017 that meeting planners should keep on their radar.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Expansion
Over the next two years, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will undergo a transformation that includes the addition of a new 15-story tower with rooftop dining. Overlooking the property’s prominent Lago Dorado, the tower will add 500 rooms to its current 1,910-room inventory. With the expansion will also come new meeting venues—a boardroom and two multipurpose rooms—in addition to the property’s already 220,000 sf of meeting space.
Pandora: The World of Avatar
On May 27, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will welcome Pandora: The World of Avatar, a new land based on James Cameron’s “Avatar” film. It will immerse attendees into a world of floating mountains and bioluminescent rainforests matched by two expeditions—Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey—that recreate some of the flying and river boating experiences from the movie.
Culinary Additions at Disney Springs
Disney Springs’ new Paddlefish and Planet Hollywood Observatory are now open, offering more adventurous F&B choices for groups. Attendees can step aboard a paddleboat at Paddlefish, which serves up fresh seafood and steaks as well as features a new rooftop lounge. Planet Hollywood Observatory takes on the space travel theme with creatively named cocktails and a new menu of burgers and sandwiches created by celebrity Chef Guy Fieri.
Rivers of Light Show
This 15-minute nighttime show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom debuted on Feb. 17. It’s a visual mix of water, fire, nature and light choreographed to an original musical score that glorifies nature and the connection between animals and humans. It starts at sunset along the Discovery River, where two distinct “villages” separated by a bridge and the river welcome attendees to the 5,000-seat amphitheater, and culminates with a colorful LED light show that celebrates the circle of life.