When you think of Orlando Florida, I’ll bet you one of the first things that you think about is Mickey Mouse. And why wouldn’t you. Since Walt Disney designed and created his magical kingdom, Orlando and Mickey Mouse have become synonymous with each other.
But did you also know that the Orlando Convention Center, otherwise known as the Orange County Convention Center (not to be confused with Orange County California), is the second largest convention center in the US. In a recent article, here on our blog, we wrote about the three largest convention centers in the US. The Orlando Convention Center came in at number two, with the number one spot going to the Chicago convention center, McCormick Place. The rankings were based on overall square footage. Las Vegas’s convention center was number three.
To read the full article, click “The Three Largest Convention Centers in the US”
Fun Facts about the Orlando Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)
As the Orange County Convention Center website states, there are a few fun facts that put its size into perspective. Some examples include:
- in the North/South building, the exhibit hall alone is 22 acres
- in the West building, if the Chicago”s Sears Tower was laid on its side, it would fit lengthwise inside the exhibition space (antenna and all)
There Are Many Hotels near the Orlando Convention Center
The one nice thing about sharing the area with such a popular tourist destination is that there are no shortages of hotels. As an example, a search on booking.com returned 23 hotels that were found near the convention center. It also helps event planners that there are so many attractions in the area. They are able to build spouse programs and sightseeing tours that are attractive. In other words, Orlando and Central Florida are ideal locations for event planners.
Orlando Orange County Convention Center Events
It also helps that Florida has a warm climate. In the winter months, Northern states typically experience a decline in overall convention business. While you are able to negotiate great rates in the North over the winter months, attracting delegates can be an issue.
Florida’s weather makes it that much more attractive for delegates when their conferences and conventions are held over the winter months.
A quick search on the convention center’s events page will show you that this convention center is a busy one.