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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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”

Unicorp’s I-Drive Plan Attracting Hotel Interest

OrlandoNightSkylineUnicorp National Developments Inc.’s master plan for International Drive and Universal Boulevard is already getting hotel interest, and it is only a week after being revealed.

During a November 20 I-Drive meeting, Unicorp’s President Chuck Whittall said he has received calls from two different companies that may want to build hotels on his I-Drive land. However, he didn’t disclose the companies’ names. Its property is running from Sand Lake Road to Via Mercado and currently houses parking or future demolished structures on the blocks. Continue reading “Unicorp’s I-Drive Plan Attracting Hotel Interest”

Legoland to open new land and hotel this year

800px-Lego_Factory_Legoland_FloridaLegoland Florida is continuing its expansion into a multiday resort by offering its guests a couple of new things later this year: the Legoland Hotel and a new Lego Friends area.

The new hotel is expected to welcome its first guests on May 15, announced the Legoland Hotel General Manager Kevin Carr only a few days ago, during a press conference at the hotel site. Continue reading “Legoland to open new land and hotel this year”

Mathin’s Vegas-style multimillion-dollar complex is set to come to Orlando’s I-Drive by summer 2017

4mega mall I DriveAfter the iSquare Mall + Hotel project has been approved by the Orlando City Council on August 11, Abdul Mathin, chairman and CEO of The Blackmine Group unveiled more details on the new development. Mathin said after his company bought the site, he had a vision for the project in 2007. However, Continue reading “Mathin’s Vegas-style multimillion-dollar complex is set to come to Orlando’s I-Drive by summer 2017”