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Things to do in Orlando during AOM2013


By Kathleen Tam

The 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management is taking place in Orlando this year. The conference provides a forum for sharing research and expertise in all management disciplines through invited and competitive paper sessions, panels, symposia, workshops, speakers, and special programs for doctoral students. The 2013 theme is “Capitalism in Question” and will feature 1,600 activities involving more than 8,300 people from 88 countries.

First and foremost, we’d love to see you at the OUP booth #500. You can follow the conference on social media with the hashtag #AOM2013, follow the Academy of Management on Twitter @AOMConnect, and attend the AOM Tweetup on Sunday.

If you get a chance while you’re in Orlando, here are a few places you might want to visit:

Disney’s Boardwalk

It is walking distance from the Dolphin hotel. It includes restaurants, shops and entertainment.

  • ESPN Club. Are you a big sports fan? This restaurant/bar has over 300 television screens to watch your favorite game or program. Fun fact: TVs hover all over the restaurant so you literally won’t miss one minute of your favorite game!
  • BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas. Known for its quick service to get margaritas, sangrias, beer and soft drinks if you need to cool down and relax for a little.
  • Flying Fish Café. This restaurant is known for its seafood and steaks.

Epcot and Hollywood Studios theme parks

From the Dolphin hotel, you can walk to Epcot or take a boat to Epcot or Hollywood Studios. The boat leaves you right outside the respective theme parks.

  • Coral Reef in Epcot. Highly recommended this restaurant for its food and atmosphere. While eating, you can see an aquarium (the fish and scuba divers).
  • Sci-Fi Dine In in Hollywood Studios. This restaurant takes you back to 1950s and makes you believe you are at a drive-in movie theater.
  • Jeweled Dragon Acrobats. In Epcot China, these kid acrobats show their balance, flexibility, and strength in this wonderful performance.
  • Fantasmic! A firework and light show taken place at night in Hollywood Studios, features Mickey Mouse and characters from your favorite Disney movies.

Downtown Disney Marketplace

You can either drive or take the Disney bus to Downtown Disney. This is a great break from the theme park crowds. Restaurants include the House of Blues and Fulton’s Crab House. Enjoy entertainment at La Nouba-Cirque de Soleli and the Lego Store. And don’t forget to buy souvenirs for your family and friends.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

These famous Disney resort hotels are located in the heart of the Walt Disney World. You can even stay fit at the health clubs (with equipment, lockers, showers etc.), on the jogging trails (to enjoy a scenic view), and in the courts (basketball tennis, and volleyball) — all included in your hotel fees! But if you’re looking for some time out…

  • Mandara Spa. Located at the Dolphin hotel, provides services such as massages, hair, nails, and makeup.
  • Kinomos. Even though it’s known for its high class and sushi bar, they also have karaoke at night.
  • Fresh Mediterranean Market. This restaurant serve food from all over the world (Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Morocco), giving the vibe of a real Mediterranean market.
  • Picabu. This is an affordable buffet for adults and especially kids.

See you at the conference!

Kathleen Tam is a marketing intern at Oxford University Press (OUP). Representatives from OUP will be attending the Academy of Management Annual Meeting highlighting some of our newest works including The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Governance, Materiality and Organizing, and Knowledge, Organization, and Management.

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