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Caption Previous: Pérez Art Musum Miami DISNEY MEETINGS Disney's innovative form of storytelling adds fresh perspective to meetings and events-and from one of the world's most recognizable creative content companies, we'd expect nothing less. Disney Meetings experiences are sensory-based, which means an organization's vision can shine through multiple formats. Anne Hamilton VP resort sales/services says this 360-degree approach to meetings keeps groups highly engaged and able to fully retain content. "We use these environments and experiences to ground attendees into the story of their meeting or event." One aspect of this grounding is simply to build on the emotional connection many attendees already have to the Disney brand. Event teams also help planners make good use of Disney's four theme parks for teambuilding and creative brainstorming sessions. Hamilton says this not only works to build camaraderie, but also offers a better understanding of group dynamics. "There's nothing like a private event in one of our theme parks where planners have access to Disney's unsurpassed entertainment and production capabilities. And event-theming is built-in to each venue-planners can start a day of meetings with a thrilling safari adventure or breakfast in the exciting world of Cars Land." It all begins at Walt Disney World Orlando where 700,000 sf of meeting/function space fans out over six convention resorts. Fireworks dessert party, Disney Meetings 56 | prevue magazine All six resorts come with a built-in theme that is also sensitive to the logistical concerns of planners. Outside the 372-room BoardWalk Inn, striped awnings and peach-colored facades are reminiscent of 1920s Atlantic City. Meeting spaces wrap around two breezy promenades-the 20,000 sf of workable space is breezy, open and easy to manage. A monorail silently cruises through the Contemporary Resort's stunning atrium lobby, ushering groups to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The 655-room hotel is uber-modern, offering guests online check-in and planners 115,000 sf of high-tech meeting and event space. For all its pizazz, Disney Meetings is also incredibly costeffective. One case in point is the After 4 ticket that sculpts after-meetings events to fit group needs. SAWGRASS MARRIOTT GOLF RESORT & SPA Groups looking for world-class golf get plenty of it at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, the ultimate golf escape. Located in Ponte Vedra, near Jacksonville, it gives access to Tournament Players Club (TPC) at Sawgrass, with two courses featured on the PGA Tour. It's near three other great courses: Sawgrass Country Club, Marsh Landing Country Club and Ponte Vedra Golf & Country Club. Named 2013 Golf Resort of the Year by the International

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue May-June 2014

Planner’s Pick: Tucson
Fresh Meets: Trump Hotel Collection
Bureau Buzz: Meet Puerto Rico
Good Business: InterContinental Hotels
Sea Shores: Cruise Shipping Miami
The Changing Face of Luxury
On Location: Toronto
On Location: Jamaica
On Location: Cancun Marriotts
On Location: Santa Barbara Curaçao
Checkout: SLS at Beverly Hills

Prevue May-June 2014