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Margaritaville Resort Orlando - Now Open!

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:32 am
by ragerunner1
I did a search and didn't see a thread for this yet.

The new Margaritaville Resort Orlando is a $750 million entertainment complex on highway 192 West, south of Disney.
It includes:
- A 200,000 square foot Sunset Walk shopping and dining area anchored by Rock and Brews, Studio Movie Grill, Ford's Garage, Cafe Rio and Bahama Buck's (Opening November 2018).
- A major new water park with a wave pool, over a dozen new slides, kids play structure, action river and activity pool (Opening March 2019). Infrastructure work is underway and all the slides have been purchased and will start arriving soon.
- With its center piece the new Margaritaville Resort Hotel (Opening early 2019).

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June 2018 Construction Video

Re: Margaritaville Resort Orlando - $750 million complex

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:34 am
by pfalcioni
"Sales Center", so, condos or timeshare?

Re: Margaritaville Resort Orlando - $750 million complex

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:40 am
by ragerunner1
pfalcioni wrote:"Sales Center", so, condos or timeshare?


They have homes that are for sale along the resorts lake. The resort hotel will be just a standard hotel that you can book rooms for. I notice they are already taking reservations for the hotel on their website. The water park will be a large, stand alone facility. I know it will have drop capsule slides, racing slides, and several large bowl slides.

Re: Margaritaville Resort Orlando - $750 million complex

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:44 am
by pfalcioni
Ah, thanks, that makes more sense. Although I'm wondering if another new stand-alone waterpark in the Orlando area will be a real moneymaker? We've done all the major waterparks around there and the only ones that I would say had decent guest numbers were Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, my personal fave is Aquatica and we've had a few visits there when there were more ride attendants than guests - we do visit in Jan/Feb though, so maybe summer numbers are crazy huge?

Re: Margaritaville Resort Orlando - $750 million complex

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:53 am
by Hilltopper39
There seem to have been a trend in recent years where the major resorts are investing more and more in "water park" style attractions for their resort pool. The Gaylord Palms has a legit water park with another addition to recently announced, the Omni built a new Wave Pool, there's a vacation home resort south of Orlando with a stand alone water park, and probably a dozen other examples in the Orlando Area. I would think it's more of an incentive to stay at/buy into the resort then to function as a stand alone water park, although I'm sure the additional revenue from day guests doesn't hurt. Being close to Orlando we go down all the time and just do long weekends at resorts so a full water park on site that's included in the stay is right up our alley.

I've never checked but I'm not sure if the Gaylord or Omni or other major resorts offer a "day pass" for non-resort guests to use the facilities. I think the water park hotel off of I4 does but I've never checked the others, so pretty cool Margatiaville will offer that.

Re: Margaritaville Resort Orlando - $750 million complex

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:57 am
by coasterbill
This may go against my main life mission which is to give all of my money to Knoebels and Jimmy Buffett without questioning it, but a shopping mall, a non-points hotel and a Margaritaville that probably won't be in as cool of a location as the one at Universal doesn't do much for me. I'll check it out of course, but I doubt I'll ever stay there.

Re: Margaritaville Resort Orlando - $750 million complex

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:03 am
by Hilltopper39
^Yeah, and I'm guessing it will probably be on the higher end of things pricing wise, but it will be interesting to see how the water park is priced for non-resort guests. I'm guessing not as expensive as the major water parks in Orlando, but probably as close to it as they can get away with.

Re: Margaritaville Resort Orlando - $750 million complex

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:24 am
by ragerunner1
The water park will be a stand alone attraction and is located along 192 away from the resort. This will be a pretty major water park and not just an extension of the resort hotel.

Re: Margaritaville Resort Orlando - $750 million complex

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:28 am
by ragerunner1
pfalcioni wrote:Ah, thanks, that makes more sense. Although I'm wondering if another new stand-alone waterpark in the Orlando area will be a real moneymaker? We've done all the major waterparks around there and the only ones that I would say had decent guest numbers were Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, my personal fave is Aquatica and we've had a few visits there when there were more ride attendants than guests - we do visit in Jan/Feb though, so maybe summer numbers are crazy huge?


It will be interesting to see how the water park does. I think it has an opportunity to 'fill' the lose of Wet n Wild if they price it right.

Re: Margaritaville Resort Orlando - $750 million complex

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:36 am
by Hilltopper39
ragerunner1 wrote:
pfalcioni wrote:Ah, thanks, that makes more sense. Although I'm wondering if another new stand-alone waterpark in the Orlando area will be a real moneymaker? We've done all the major waterparks around there and the only ones that I would say had decent guest numbers were Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, my personal fave is Aquatica and we've had a few visits there when there were more ride attendants than guests - we do visit in Jan/Feb though, so maybe summer numbers are crazy huge?


It will be interesting to see how the water park does. I think it has an opportunity to 'fill' the lose of Wet n Wild if they price it right.


Yeah, then again I doubt that a higher end "luxury" resort would give people access to their amenities at a "budget" price point.