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Margaritaville Resort Coming to Orlando

Margaritaville Holdings LLC, and Encore Capital Management announce the development of a Margaritaville Resort community in Orlando. Guests will be transported to paradise and a vacation state of mind through the Margaritaville branded resort that will include a hotel, vacation ownership and vacation homes. Inspired by the lifestyle celebrated in Jimmy Buffett’s iconic songs, the resort will become an oasis for relaxation and fun – that “one particular harbour,” and will offer many experiential opportunities including a “FinCity” arcade, a St. Somewhere Spa, a planetarium and the Son of a Sailor fishing school, paddleboarding and kayaking. Ancillary to the Margaritaville Hotel, Encore is developing its own proprietary brands for food and beverage outlets, which will be owned and operated independently by Encore or its subsidiaries.

“This vacation resort – offering such a variety of lodging options – will make Margaritaville available to everyone looking for a port of paradise in Orlando,” said John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville Holdings LLC. “Margaritaville is about escapism, relaxation, and vacation and we are excited to partner with Encore to develop such an exceptional experience.”

The 300-acre community will be located on US Highway 192 near State Road 429 in western Osceola County. The project will include an expansive aquatic amenity and lake with beach area. The community will also feature 170,000 square feet of retail and a regional water park.

“We’re excited to partner with an established lifestyle brand and develop a unique resort offering in this key area of Central Florida,” said Encore co-founder and Managing Principal, Art Falcone. “There is no other lifestyle brand that knows how to vacation like Margaritaville and we look forward to building this destination experience in Orlando.”

Disney’s Flamingo Crossings Hotels Break Ground

An Alaska-based developer broke ground today on a 248-room Marriott Springhill Suites and the 250-room Marriott TownePlace Suites at Disney’s Flamingo Crossings, a mixed-use tourist district planned on the western edge of Disney property. The developer also has plans to build seven hotels on the property within the next four or five years.

Flamingo Crossings will combine third-party branded lodging, retail and dining in a pedestrian-friendly environment. Located directly off Florida Route 429 (exit 8) this 450-acre mixed-use value-oriented tourist district will support value-oriented and limited-service hotels, 1,000 to 1,500 timeshare units, 300 to 500 thousand sq. ft. of tourist-related retail, casual sit-down and fast-food restaurants, gas/convenience, grocery, gift shops,and other tourist-oriented service.

Top 5 Family Friendly Hotel Chains

Major hotel chains are now targeting their efforts to appeal to traveling families by adding amenities and extras that appeal to kids. But what you get for your money can vary from chain to chain. Families are looking for amenities that are geared towards kids, from supervised activities for youngsters, free breakfasts, and pools and sports amenities. Based on this criteria, we’ve put together our list of the top 5 family friendly hotel chains…

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Disney Moving Forward With Flamingo Crossings Project

Disney is finally moving forward on “Flamingo Crossings”, a project that was originally announced back in 2007 but became a victim of the faltering economy.

Flamingo Crossings is located directly outside the western gateway to Walt Disney World Resort and directly off Florida State Route 429. Disney has confirmed that the project is now on the front burner. Disney spokesperson, Marilyn Waters explained “Flamingo Crossings is a Disney master-planned, value-oriented tourist district that will combine third-party branded lodging, retail and dining. We are pleased that the project continues to move forward with interest from well-known brands and hotels.”

Right now, Marriott has filed an application to build 2 hotels and “associated site amenities” on 10.5 acres. Those hotels are the Springhill Suites and Towneplace Suites. Marriot describes TownePlace Suites as “designed for comfortable long-term stays, featuring full- sized kitchens, high-tech amenities and more.” SpringHill Suites are described as “Style and space. Beautifully priced.”

According to Disneys Flamingo Crossings website Flamingo Crossings will be a “pedestrian-friendly themed” development ultimately consisting of 7 hotels, a “Main street” retail development site, several casual sit-down and fast food restaurants, 300,000 to 500,000 square feet of tourist-related retail including gas/convenience stores, grocery, gift shops, and services related outlets.