For years, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida has been creating magic for guests of all ages. In addition to being a popular vacation destination, it’s also a dynamic meeting and event destination. For event organizers, it’s the unique venues available at Disney convention resorts and theme parks that set it apart from other destinations, as well as the Disney quality of service.
DeRita Summerlot, Senior Support Assistant at Orlando-based Gilbane Building Company, has helped plan five Disney events in the past year alone for her company. When it came time to plan the annual holiday party, Summerlot knew she could create something really special for her employees at Disney.
“We’ve held meetings at Disney before, and I knew I wanted something exceptional for our holiday celebration,” said Summerlot. “We wanted to convey the spirit of the holiday season, and the Disney team suggested the perfect location that would fit with our message and our budget.”
According to Summerlot, the quality of service provided is an important factor in contributing to the company’s countless meetings at Disney. Another reason her company continues to return is the vast creative resources available. For their company holiday party this year, the group utilized the Canada Terrace at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort.
“The fact that the venue was outside made it a great location for our cocktail reception for attendees to enjoy before the buffet dinner,” said Summerlot. “Being so close to the fireworks display after dinner was a true highlight for everyone.”
Summerlot also gave advice to other planners who might be considering hosting a holiday party at a Disney destination. “As long as you have a basic goal for your party, the Disney team is able to put together a fabulous event,” said Summerlot. “I consistently have amazing experiences working with them and can’t imagine holding a holiday party anywhere else.”
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