Animatronic alligators that wiggle their tails. Fog machines. Sound effects—frogs croaking, seagulls crying. No, it’s not the set of sci-fi flick. It’s the new Gaylord Palms, a resort and convention center located a few miles from Walt Disney World, in Kissimmee-St. Cloud, Fla. (Tip from a local: That’s KISS-immee at night, and kiss-IM-mee during the day.) Like its elder sibling, Opryland Nashville, Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center is a self-contained meeting destination under a ...

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