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MONDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY A Lile Bit of Disney By Sco Francis CompositesWorld NPE2018 is finally here. The show is in full swing and brimming with the latest plasঞcs innovaঞons and tons of excitement. Yet, sঞll you can't help but feel the siren call of a cer- tain cartoon mouse and you just can't hold it back anymore. C'mon! Let it go! You're in Orlando and you deserve a li•le bit of Disney. You may not have the ঞme to tack on a full Disney vacaঞon to your NPE trip, but what be•er way to reward yourself for a producঞve day networking and learning about the latest trends in the plasঞcs industry than to pay a visit to Disney Springs a[er the show? Disney Springs is the themed shopping, dining and entertainment district of Disney. Previously known as Downtown Disney, the area has undergone major renovaঞons during the past three years—a venture that resulted in the creaঞon of 4,000 construcঞon jobs and around 1,200 permanent roles. "Visually, it feels like a brand-new desঞna- ঞon," says Darcy Clark, markeঞng manager for Disney Springs, "This is a beauঞful, open- air retail, dining and entertainment complex that only Disney could dream up." Inspired by the historic architecture and natural beauty of Florida's waterfront towns, Disney Springs is built around a bubbling spring that sets the tone for the enঞre prom- enade. You'll find inঞmate bouঞques, Dis- ney-themed shops, the biggest brand name stores, and a wide array of dining and enter- tainment opঞons—all inspired by the water- The springs at Disney Springs. Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs Sushi at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs. All photos courtesy of Disney Springs. C'mon! Let it go! You're in Orlando and you deserve a lile bit of Disney. front. Even if you don't have much ঞme, it's a great way to experience a li•le bit of Orlando while you're in town for NPE. "If you have one night to spend at Disney Springs, treat yourself to an incredible meal!" says Darcy, "I'd suggest doing some research and booking early—with so many great choic- es so close to the convenঞon site, you'll want to make a reservaঞon to get your top pick." There are several restaurants by celebrity and award-winning chefs including Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' and Morimoto Asia featuring a Pan-Asian menu by Iron Chef Morimoto. If you're looking for something a li•le more low-key, you'll also find plenty of great casual dining. Disney Springs has tons of entertainment opঞons to choose from including 25 live acts each night, a luxury bowling alley, the world's largest tethered helium balloon ride, a 24-screen dine-in movie theatre and a Star Wars themed hyper-reality experience known as The VOID: Secrets of the Empire. And for night owls, Disney Springs offers a late-night scene Thursday through Saturday with many of the ho•est venues offering food, drinks and entertainment unঞl 2 a.m. Worried about geমng around? You don't need to. It's a small world, a[er all. Disney Springs is just a short drive from Internaঞon- al Drive and the Convenঞon Center. There's no admission charge and parking is free. All the usual rideshare services are very familiar with the area and many hotels offer shu•les. For more informaঞon and a full list of venues, visit disneysprings.com. You're welcome. Dining Out in Orlando (Make Your Reservaঞons Tonight!) By Eli Plaske Modern Machine Shop Whether entertaining customers or treaঞng the team, here at NPE you have access to a variety of opঞons when mealঞmes come around. A five-minute walk to Pointe Orlando or a trip to Restaurant Row gives you access to seafood, Italian, burgers and more. Orlando has opঞons for all palates and all wallets, so take the ঞme to explore what works for your party. Make your reservaঞons NOW and you won't be scrambling! POINTE ORLANDO (hot spot for restaurants and shopping just across from the OCCC, a 5-10-minute walk) B. B. King's Blues Club A staple of Pointe Orlando, B. B. King's Blues Club has four full-service bars and a menu of Southern comfort food. But the real draw is the nightly live music. bbkings.com/orlando Copper Canyon Grill Specializing in roঞsserie chicken and barbe- que ribs, the Copper Canyon Grill boasts a classic Ameri- can menu from a 100 per- cent scratch kitchen. Choose from a variety of burgers, steaks, chicken and seafood, with a selecঞon of cocktails and a gluten-free menu available. ccgrill.com/orlando Marlow's Tavern Marlow's Tavern offers a modern take on a classic American menu with a selecঞon of gourmet burgers and sandwich- es. Marlow's also offers a kid's menu to keep the li•le ones saঞsfied. marlowstavern.com/locaঞons/ pointe-orlando The Oceanaire The Oceanaire Seafood Room offers fresh, local seafood and a selecঞon of steaks. With an upscale feel and a great reputaঞon, this is where you take your biggest customers. A private dining room is available. theoceanaire.com RESTAURANT ROW (about a five-minute drive from the OCCC— hosts more than two dozen upscale and casual restaurants) Dragonfly – Robata Grill & Sushi For something more adventurous, visit the Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi for a mix of authenঞc Japanese cuisine served in a shared tapas style. The menu ranges from grilled skewers of seafood, vegetables and meat to a selecঞon of sushi served à la carte. dragonflyrestaurants.com/orlando-florida Fresco Cucina Italiana Just off Sand Lake Road's Restaurant Row, Fresco Cucina Italiana is an affordable family-style Italian restaurant. Loved by locals and kid-friendly, it offers a variety of pastas and wood-oven pizza. frescoorlando.com Saffron The Saffron boasts of its modern atmosphere and richly-spiced food. The restaurant's menu includes a variety of opঞons for chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian meals, and the price won't break your budget. You can make reservaঞons online. saffronorlando.com/index.html UP FOR A DRIVE? Capa A 20-minute drive down I-4, nestled on the 17th floor of the Four Seasons Orlando, Capa is a Spanish-inspired roo[op fine dining experience. The menu ranges from a variety of tapas offerings to seafood, grilled meats and vegetarian meals. fourseasons.com/orlando/dining/restaurants/ capa/ 96 NPE.ORG A PRODUCT OF PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

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