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 a few miles from Walt Disney World in Kissimmee-St. Cloud, Fla. Like its elder sibling, Opryland Nashville, Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center is a self-contained meeting destination under a gigantic glass dome where it's always a balmy 72 degrees. But aside from the signature ...

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