One of the most valuable things you can do for your attendees is build in time during your meeting itinerary for networking. Dedicated time to connect with fellow attendees shows that you value your employees’ growth and professional development. Whether it’s a coffee break midmorning, or evening cocktail hour, our beautiful convention resorts were designed with your attendees in mind. Across our 5 convention resorts, there are a variety of dedicated spaces for private networking sessions. Read on to learn more about a few of these spaces.
Networking can look different for each event, which is why here at Walt Disney World, we have several different options to choose from for networking spaces.
Barcelona Lounge at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resortis the largest convention resort at Walt Disney World, with 228,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. 3,000 square feet of this is at the Gran Destino Tower, which offers contemporary design with old-world influence. Located centrally in the lobby of the tower, Barcelona Lounge serves as a comfortable networking space that can be personalized to meet your preferences. Schedule a coffee networking hour in the morning, where your attendees can connect over hand-crafted artisan lattes. Build in time in the evening for everyone to marvel at the sunset over the grand views of the lake, as they sip on signature gin cocktails from the lounge’s international collection. The magnificent décor and flexible seating arrangement allows for a welcoming atmosphere for conversation.
Belle Vue Lounge at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
For a more cozy, homey atmosphere for your attendees to build connections, the Belle Vue Lounge offers comfortable seating and a verandah. In the morning, fuel up with coffee and pastries, or connect over signature cocktails in the late afternoon. The Belle Vue Lounge is centrally located to the meeting and event spaces at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, so your attendees won’t have to go far to debrief meeting content and encourage career growth.
Ale & Compass Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
After your meeting or event at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, continue the conversation at the Ale & Compass Lounge. Host a cocktail hour before dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse. Your team can build morale over delicious appetizers and specialty cocktails.
Enchanted Rose at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
If you are looking for an elevated, enchanting atmosphere to inspire your attendees, look no further than Disney's Grand Floridian Resort’s signature lounge: Enchanted Rose. Featuring four themed areas, the Enchanted Rose makes your attendees feel like royalty. At Enchanted Rose, indulge in delicious hors d’oeuvres paired with shimmering sips. The four individual spaces feature an outdoor patio, formal library with baroque inspiration, a whimsical garden room, and seating at the bar under a magnificent chandelier. These spaces allow for private dining for a sophisticated networking hour after your event.
Steakhouse 71 Lounge at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Celebrate tradition at Steakhouse 71 Lounge at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Ideal for Disney fans and newcomers alike, Steakhouse 71 Lounge is themed after some of Walt and Lillian Disney’s favorite elements of the Walt Disney World Resort. A cocktail hour to celebrate a successful meeting would feature lounge eats and specialty drinks that pay tribute to the Disney’s favorites.
It’s important for your team to feel special and celebrated, and dedicated time to recognize their achievements will show how much you value your team. During this time, attendees can encourage each other in career growth, strengthen skills, and build morale. Whether it’s at the beginning or end of the day or meeting, sometimes networking hours can be the most valuable time on your calendar.
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