The Walt Disney Company owns a piece of property at the intersection of SR 429 and Western Way on the West side of Walt Disney World that is approximately 350 acres named Flamingo Crossings. The property was originally conceived so as to give the Walt Disney Company alternative high-quality moderately-priced accommodations right at the Disney gate. The Reedy Creek Improvement District, a Disney controlled entity, has performed many of the improvements and infrastructure for the property. The entrance to the property is through a major interchange which provides Walt Disney World a major entry into its property. Disney has planned for their customers coming from I-75 to use the Florida Turnpike and come down SR 429 and use the Flamingo Crossings entry into the resort. Wekiva Parkway creates the Orlando Beltway and provides access to Disney customers coming down I-95 to use the western entrance avoiding downtown Orlando and I-4 construction traffic.
Flamingo Crossings is being developed to be the new main destination and entrance for the middle-class travelers. Disney is fueled by business brought in from their middle-class travelers, so these lodging options will be in high demand. It will offer the closest non-Disney hospitality to the Walt Disney World parks.
The demand drivers for Flamingo Crossings are Disney overflow, ESPN’s Wide World of Sports amateur sports venue, and the new attractions at Disney theme parks, set to open over the next two years, including Avatar Land, Star Wars Launch Bay, Toy Story Land, and Frozen at EPCOT. The project combines third-party branded lodging, retail, and dining, in a pedestrian-friendly environment and will be another example of Disney’s commitment to unique place-making. Located outside Disney’s gateway around the interchange where Western Way meets the Western Beltway, the master development plan includes 4,000- 5,000 low- to mid-rise, value-priced lodging units and 300,000- 500,000 square feet of commercial space. Designed around a retail village, the development will become a convenient shopping and service center for Cast Members, nearby residents and Central Florida visitors.
The first phase of the third-party hotel development includes a TownePlace Suites, Marriott’s extended-stay brand, and a SpringHill Suites, another select-service hotel by Marriott. These hotels opened successfully in February 2016 and combined, have 497 guestrooms.
Phase two of the project is the ground-up development of four to five 250-key select-service hotels, including ones built under the Homewood Suites, Home2Suites, Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites flags.
Year-round tourism remains a cornerstone of the lodging demand, drawing over 60 million visitors to this Central Florida market area annually. World-class theme parks and attractions create a unique family destination that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Walt Disney World Resort, the heart of Orlando’s attraction experience, includes the following four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Additionally, Walt Disney World Resort features two water parks, and a variety of dining and entertainment venues.