About Orlando

Home to popular theme park attractions like Disney World and Universal Studios, Orlando is truly America's playground. You can also visit SeaWorld Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center, an aquarium, spacious parks and other outdoor attractions, and a host of excellent bars and restaurants. To top it all off, the beautiful, sunny weather can't be beat.

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

4012 Central Florida Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32837

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is a luxury resort inspired by the grand palazzos of Italy. The hotel boasts 582 luxury guest rooms and suites, 11 exceptional dining establishments, a championship-level golf course, a 40,000-square-foot spa with a salon, recreational activities, a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, and three pools and a lazy river to bask in the Florida sunshine.

Hotel Website
Ritz-Carlton Reservations: 800-542-8680
Hotel Main Phone: (407) 206-2400
Room Rate: $219, plus tax and resort fee*

A block of discounted rooms has been established at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. SMart participants are strongly encouraged to make reservations using the SMart group housing link.  IFDA is unable to assist with reservations made independently or through a third party site.
Reservation must be made by Friday, June 30, 2023. Reservation requests made after this date will be honored on a space and rate available basis.

Please be aware of housing phishing schemes. 
​IFDA has not engaged the services of any third party housing bureau to manage housing services on our behalf. IFDA will not contact you to make housing arrangements. If you are contacted by any companies seeking to fraudulently book housing on our behalf, please forward contact information to us at housing@ifdaonline.org.

*Resort fees cover the cost of general Wi-Fi access in guestrooms and meeting rooms throughout the resort for up to 6 devices; daily bike rentals through Grande Lakes Sports; transportation to Disney, Universal Studios and Sea World theme parks; driving range privileges and activities. Guests are also entitled to 10% off recreational activities and spa services.

Valet parking: $50 daily
Check In / Check-out: 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. respectively.
$48 Daily Resort Fee Includes:

  • Enhanced High Speed Guest Room Internet
  • Mountain Bike Rental at Grande Lakes Sports (two bikes, one hour/day/room)
  • Driving Range Privileges
  • Two Pool Floats at the JW Marriott® Lazy River Pool
  •  Shuttle Transportation to SeaWorld®, Walt Disney World® and Universal® Orlando (24-hour advance reservations required)
  • Fitness Center Class for two guests (one class per day, per room)
  • Tennis Court access for two guests (one hour per day, per room)

Travel Info / Dress and Seasonal Considerations

The major airport serving Orlando is Orlando International Airport (MCO). The hotel is approximately a 10-minute drive from the airport. 

The dress code for the IFDA SMart Conference is business casual. Average July daytime high in Orlando is 90 °F and the average nighttime low is 75 °F.