Plaza Premium might be new to the US, but that doesn’t mean it is coming to the market tentatively. The group’s brand new Plaza Premium Lounge at Orlando International Airport (MCO) is a flagship product in virtually every regard, from space, design through to the range of facilities on offer.

The state-of-the-art Plaza Premium Lounge, located inside MCO’s new Terminal C, is the Group’s most significant investment in the U.S. and features a re-imagined Lounge experience that was meticulously designed to cater to Orlando’s unique mix of business and leisure travelers—in addition to being the theme park capital of the world, Orlando is a hub for sporting events, festivals, concerts, and consumer trade shows.

Among the bespoke touchpoints and enhanced offerings in the Lounge are custom-designed seating options, quiet zones, semi-private workspaces, spa-like showers, chef-inspired à la carte dining options, and a family-friendly zone with an interactive gaming area for children—a company first.

There is reason to go big, Orlando’s new Terminal C will serve up to 12 million passengers annually and allows the airport to raise total passenger capacity to 60 million per year. That’s why this lounge is 10,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 223 guests, and is LEED Certified – an internationally recognised symbol of sustainability achievement. The design aesthetics focus on the Orlando experience of “sky, gardens and water” and soothing greens and blues evoke Central Florida springs and waterscapes. Interior floorto-ceiling glass expanses connect guests to the hustle and bustle of Terminal C’s Palm Court.

Business and leisure travellers can relax and work in a dedicated “quiet zone” and enjoy views of the air field as planes land and takeoff—a perk for aviation enthusiasts. Thoughtful amenities such as a variety of comfortable seating options complete with international charging ports, luxury washrooms with spa-like shower facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi are also available.

The kids area features an interactive gaming experience brought to life by edgefactory, the technology-focused, creative digital media production company partnered by X Studios. Tasty Turtle Treats is a one-player interactive game where the player takes control of a turtle using an advanced interactive camera that uses the person as the controller. Incorporating video games into the airport experience has seen increased popularity as of recent years.

The interactive gaming component of the Plaza Premium Lounge serves as a great example of how this technology and media can break up the monotony of the airport experience and boost traveler engagement and experience. And, in partnership with the Orlando Museum of Art, the Lounge includes a curated Orlando Storytelling Wall.

PPG’s global culinary team offers guests a range of signature dishes, including a gourmet Orlando hot dog and special children’s dishes like homemade mac and cheese. Pastries, deserts, and cookies are home-made every day. Curated craft cocktails are available from knowledgeable mixologists, including three exclusive to Plaza Premium Lounge, created for Plaza Premium guests.

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Posted by:Jonny Clark

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