* In the land of the movies and the Mouse, meeting possibilities often seem limitless. The biggest of the coming attractions? The $4.2 billion Anaheim Resort Complex is taking shape on 1,100 acres, including a new theme park called Disney's California Adventure, an expanded Anaheim Convention Center, and a deluxe 750-room hotel, Disney's Grand Californian. The hotel, anticipated to be completed by the end of the year, will have 750 rooms and 22,000 square feet of meeting space.
*Looking ahead to the new competition, the 1,033-room Anaheim Marriott, adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center, is renovating all guest rooms and refurbishing its 54,000 square feet of meeting space. Plans include installation of high-speed Internet access in each guest room.
*In Los Angeles, The Century Plaza Hotel is undergoing an extensive renovation and will be called The Century Plaza Hotel & Spa. The 727-room hotel will add a 30,000-square-foot Asian-themed day spa, set to open in early 2001. Renovations will include the California Conference Level's 33 meeting rooms; two junior ballrooms will be added. Meanwhile, the Century Plaza Tower building will be reintroduced as the St. Regis Los Angeles. Both hotels will be managed by Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
*The Renaissance Hollywood Hotel will open in fall 2001 as part of the new 640,000-square-foot Hollywood & Highland retail/entertainment complex. Hollywood & Highland also will include a live broadcast theater designated as the new home of the Oscars presentation. The 640-room hotel will offer more than 47,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 26,940-square-foot (off-property) Governor's Ballroom and the 7,974-square-foot ballroom on property.