Disney Buys Almost 1,000 Acres of Land Just South of Walt Disney World

New rumors arose: Disney is up to something. The Walt Disney Company purchased 965 acres of land southeast of Celebration, property records show. It is unclear what Disney plans to do with the newly purchased land.

According to recently filed documents, the company has purchased the site of the BK Ranch from Florida-based BFT Capital Corp. in Osceola County for $23 million. A deed shows the sale was finalized last Thursday. The land Disney purchased is located just southeast of Disney World, only 10 miles away, near Celebration, a master-planned community.

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New Hotel Tower ‘The Cove’ is Headed to Disney World

It looks like the rumors have been confirmed. After months of speculation, Marriott confirmed that it was planning a third resort hotel at Walt Disney World next to its Swan and Dolphin hotels. 


It was only clear that the new project would focus on business travelers, with meeting spaces and business suites. Nearly half of the 343 rooms in the new hotel will be business suites. The hotel will provide more professional meeting space with built-in AV systems, large conference tables, and other meeting-focused amenities.

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Scaffolding Collapses at JW Marriott near Disney World

Two workers died after falling seven stories to the ground at hotel construction site near Disney World.

Two workers fell more than six stories from a JW Marriott hotel under construction near Disney World on Wednesday morning when a scaffold collapsed, and they died immediately after plunging to the ground. The tragedy happened at 4:15 a.m. near the Bonnet Creek Resort in

Lake Buena Vista.

A third worker, who was able to hold on and climb to safety, suffered minor injuries, Fire Rescue officials said. Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the workers were preparing to pour concrete on the seventh floor when the scaffolding collapsed.

The men were identified as 46-year-old Jerry Bell who lives in Seffner and 34-year-old Lorenzo Zavala, a former vice president at S&Z Concrete from Plant City. About 18 construction workers were at the hotel at the time, according to Fire Rescue officials.

The reasons for the scaffolding collapse are not known yet. The incident will be investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The property, the Bonnet Creek Resort, is owned by DCS Real Estate Investments, a West Palm Beach company. An engineering firm Kimley-Horn filed an application with Orange County DCS’ behalf to build a 516-room JW Marriott.

DCS officials said, the company’s corporate policy prohibits commenting to the media on anything.

According to Daily Mail.

Universal Orlando Reveals Names of its 2 New Hotels

Universal Orlando Resort has announced names for the two budget-priced hotels it is building on the former site of Wet ’n Wild water park. Their names will be the Surfside Inn and Suites and the Dockside Inn and Suites.

Universal Orlando announced the construction of two hotels last November. They are part of a complex called Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. The properties will be managed by Loews Hotels & Resorts, which is involved with Universal’s other on-property hotels, including the 600-room Aventura Hotel scheduled to open this summer. According to Universal, the daily rates in both hotels will start from $73. Continue reading “Universal Orlando Reveals Names of its 2 New Hotels”

Disney Unveils More Details about ‘Star Wars’ Hotel

The “Star Wars”-themed hotel coming to Disney World will be seamlessly connected to the upcoming Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge land being built at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and opening in 2019. Opening date for the hotel has not been revealed though.

The hotel is designed to be a multiday adventure, with guests being active citizens of the galaxy. The Star Wars fans staying at the hotel will be immersed into movie’s theatrics as if traveling on a starship. The hotel will be filled with Star Wars characters and storylines in progress and every window of the resort will show images of space.

 

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Disney Resorts Remove ‘Do Not Disturb’ Signs from Rooms

Disney hotels eliminate ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs from rooms as part of new security policy.
Disney has started rolling out new security measures at several of its resorts in Walt Disney World.
The change took effect last week at some of the Disney monorail hotels – the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Polynesian Village Resort, Contemporary Resort and its connected Bay Lake Tower. Guests experienced the updated security policies which include the removal of the “Do Not Disturb” door markers. They have been replaced by “Room Occupied” signs that will alert maintenance or housekeeping workers that guests are currently in their rooms but will not stop the hotel staff from coming in. Continue reading “Disney Resorts Remove ‘Do Not Disturb’ Signs from Rooms”

Lake Worth’s Historic Gulfstream Hotel to Get $80 Million Makeover

The historic Gulfstream Hotel will be renovated, expanded and reopened soon.

 

A Delray Beach Developer is planning to revive the historic hotel in Lake Worth. Hudson Holdings, the Delray Beach company, is going ahead with an $80 million makeover of the Gulfstream Hotel.
The developer has announced plans to begin construction of a 12-month renovation and expansion of the hotel property this fall.
The 106-room Gulfstream Hotel at 1 Lake Avenue opened in 1924. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983.

 

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Hotels in South Florida Hit by Hackers

JW_Marriott_Grande_Lakes_OrlandoHotels in Florida and 9 other states may have been hit by hackers for months.

The hotel operator HEI Hotels & Resorts, which operates approximately 60 hotels and resorts under a variety of brands, was notified by its credit card processor of a potential breach and started an internal investigation. The investigators found malware put into place on the payment processing systems in at least 20 of its properties, four of them in Florida.

Data from customers, including names, payment card account numbers, card expiration dates and verification codes, may have been collected between December 2015 and June 2016. Continue reading “Hotels in South Florida Hit by Hackers”