The Marriott's Orlando World Center Resort is a hotel and convention center near Orlando, Florida. The resort, which is close by to Walt Disney World, is located off of World Center Drive, which was renamed from International Drive to the resort's namesake after the southern extension of I-Drive was built.
Marriott's Orlando World Center opened on March 24, 1986, which at the time was the largest hotel in Florida, and is now the largest Marriott in the World. The 2,008-room, 28-story building contains a nine-story lobby atrium, 38,000-square-foot (3,500 m2)and also has the largest pillar free ballroom in the world featuring 105,000 square feet (9,800 m2) of meeting space. In total there is more than 450,000 square feet (42,000 m2) of meeting space}, six swimming pools (the main lagoon pool is the largest and best rated in all of Orlando), and 10 restaurants and lounges.
The 200-acre (0.81 km2) resort property is also home to the 18-hole Hawk's Landing Golf Course, and the Marriott Vacation Club resorts of Marriott's Sabal Palms, Marriott's Royal Palms and Marriott's Imperial Palm Villas. In 2002, the hotel completed building a brand new 500 room tower which made the hotel the World's Largest Marriott. In 2007, The hotel added 105,000 square feet of meeting space called the Cypress Ballroom which now connects with the Convention Center. In 2008, the resort was awarded Green Lodging certification by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. In the Nickelodeon show Get the Picture, winning contestants could win trips to the Orlando Marriott World Center. Photos of the resort circa 1991-1993 can be seen on the show.