Engaging Meeting Attendees for Lasting Results

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Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Whether it’s explicitly stated or not, ensuring that meeting attendees have an immersive and memorable experience is one of the primary goals of every planner.

The Society of Experimental Test Pilots, a southern California-based association, held its annual symposium at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel this past fall. Paula Smith, executive director, felt that the new offerings for the Diamond Celebration were a real bonus for her attendees. “Our members really enjoy it—especially the new electrical parade, Paint the Night,” Smith said. “It’s spectacular, and it’s a huge draw for my members, many of whom remember the old [Main Street Electrical] parade. Seeing it made me feel like a kid again,” she added.

In addition, meeting planners will also discover other exclusive event venues, such as Stage 17. This unique space can accommodate a seated buffet dinner for up to 300 or a reception for up to 450. Built-in technology, including two 9×12 high-definition screens and projectors, programmable lights and a state-of-the-art audio system, means the space can be cost-efficiently transformed into nearly any theme or immersive experience imaginable.

According to planner Paula Smith, hosting an event at Disneyland Resort during the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration is extra special.

“There are so many things for [our members] to do,” Smith said. “The Grand Californian Hotel—we love everything about it. The meeting facilities are really top-notch. You can conduct a professional business meeting there and not even realize that you are at Disney. But when you want it, the Disney fun is just outside.”

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