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Florida Mall to get new food pavilion in 2015, plus Grand Cypress celebrates 30 years with special events

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:24 am

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By Peter Covino
A&E Editor
There are some big changes coming to Florida Mall.
Central Florida’s largest shopping center will be getting a new food pavilion to replace the Saks store at the mall.
The new food pavilion will create an expanded dining experience focused on comfort and convenience, according to mall officials. It will face the Sand Lake Road side of Florida Mall.
The food pavilion will feature 16 eateries, including several healthy fare options and new-to-market dining choices. The new design doubles the available seating and will feature indoor and outdoor dining options.
According to the Florda Mall release the new pavilion design features a contemporary feel and numerous amenities including soft seating, skylights, a children’s play area, new expanded restrooms, family bathrooms, hand washing stations, and outlets for customers to charge their electronic devices.
Also opening adjacent to the food pavilion will be two new restaurants and space for several new retailers.
“The new food pavilion and retail area will be unlike anything in the market,” said Brian Hanson, general manager of Florida Mall. “The design of the space will create a true gathering place for shoppers and area office workers alike.” Hanson added that the existing food space would continue to serve customers until the new food pavilion opens, which is expected to be in spring 2015.
A total of 105,000 square feet will be repurposed to include the new food pavilion, additional mini-anchors, small shops, and restaurants. There will also be a new major entrance to the mall to accommodate better customer flow into both the mall and food pavilion. The current food area will ultimately be repositioned for new retail space.
“We have great demand for any space at the Florida Mall,” said Hanson, “so the ability to reposition existing space and create new mini-anchors, stores, and restaurants is a fantastic opportunity for us to even better serve our shoppers.”
This week’s announcement comes on the heels of many new retailers to the Florida Mall in 2013. The mall and its customers celebrated the arrival of Michael Kors, Bose, Original Penguin, Polaroid Fotobar, The Art of Shaving, Wasabi Sushi and Pinkberry, with more on the way this year.
2014 will see the opening of the highly-anticipated American Girl store, the first and only location in Orlando, will open in the fall. This spring shoppers will find other additional new stores including Call It Spring and Zingara, and will enjoy an expanded Zara store representing a 30,000 square foot flagship location for this popular retailer.
About Florida Mall
With more than 20 million visitors per year, The Florida Mall is Central Florida’s largest shopping center. The shopping and tourist destination features more than 1.8 million square feet with more than 250 fine stores and restaurants.  Macy’s, Dillard’s, jcpenney, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sears complement fashion-forward concepts such as H&M, Zara and XXI Forever. Recent additions include fresh concepts such as Michael Kors and TOUS.  The mall is also home to one of only four M&M’s World stores worldwide.
The shopping center is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For additional information, contact the mall management office at (407) 851-7234 or visit www.shopfloridamall.com.
Hyatt anniversary
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress celebrates 30 years in 2014 and to mark the milestone the hotel resort has several special events planned.
30th Anniversary Weekend
Jan. 31 – Feb. 2
Enjoy two nights in a deluxe guestroom with a $100 food and beverage credit for use during your stay at the resort’s award-winning restaurants including Cascade American Bistro, Hemingway’s, or the encore Sunday Brunch at La Coquina on Feb. 2.
Rates start at $396.  Use special offer code 1984.
Hemingway’s 30th Anniversary Grand Three-Course Dinner, Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 $84 per couple (plus tax and gratuity).
Retro Menu Highlights: Coconut Shrimp, Lobster Crusted Sea Bass, Baked Alaska Style Key Lime Pie, Duo Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
Open for dinner at 6 p.m. nightly.
Call to make reservations: 407 239-3854 or make reservations online.
La Coquina 30th Anniversary Encore Sunday Brunch.
The one-time return of an award-winning classic Sunday, Feb. 2.
$69 per person (plus tax and gratuity).
Retro Menu Highlights: Florida Greens,  Local Tomato Gazpacho, Truffled Pasta Pouch, Terrine of Goat Cheese, Seafood Bar, Beef Wellington, Parsley Crusted Rack of Lamb, Whole Roasted Dover Sole, Breast of Pheasant with Ravioli, Shrimp Scampi on Herb Breaded Tomatoes, Belgian Waffles with Devonshire Cream, Traditional Eggs Benedict, Array of Display of Cakes, Tortes, Petite Fours & Chocolate Truffles.
Live entertainment; resort attire preferred.
Open for seatings 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Call to make reservations: 407-239-3830.
The celebration continues with the 30th Anniversary Grand Experience Getaway with room rates starting at $198.40 per night to include a $30 food and beverage credit, based on availability through December 20, 2014.   Use special offer code RTRO.
“As we celebrate 30 years of grand excellence at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, I look forward to capitalizing on the outstanding tradition of exceptional service of Orlando’s original luxury resort,” said Pat Engfer, area vice president and general manager. “Together, our dedicated team will continue to offer families and business travelers the highest quality resort experience in one of the nation’s most popular destinations.”
According to a special section published by The Times, today known as The West Orange Times, the magnificence of Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress was unveiled to the local community, the Central Florida tourism industry, and the world as Orlando’s original luxury resort on February 1, 1984.
“After the decision was made to create a topnotch resort, many months were spent in conferral with architects, engineers, and consultants.  Their instructions were to design the best vacation facility in the world.”

Site clearing began in June 1982 and was noted as the most impressive construction project in terms of speed, teamwork, and quality.

“Public response to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has been phenomenal.  The hotel’s occupancy level during the initial six weeks of operation has far exceeded projections.  The future looks very bright for this extraordinary beautiful new resort which is getting underway.”

More than 800 community leaders, elected officials, and invited guests were in attendance on February 1, 1984 for the official ribbon cutting ceremony in the signature atrium lobby to commence the award-winning history in the making of Orlando’s original luxury resort.

Living up to its ‘cool pool’ designation, the lagoon pool remains the signature attraction at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress surrounded by private lush tropical landscaping, rock formations, modern lighting, and finishing touches.  Located along the 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of Lake Windsong, the 800,000 gallon, ½ acre, free-flowing lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated pools, two whirlpools.

The new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, new Water Jet Splash Zone, and new children’s Rock Climbing Stations, complement resort favorites including the rope bridge, walking paths, and expansive, wrap-around sundecks, Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf, the Tennis and Racquet Club, and marked jogging, walking, and biking trails.

“The family vacation experience reaches new heights in Orlando with the new and enhanced activities just waiting for families to experience.  Inspired by classic design, coupled with the simplicity of timeless fun, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress provides guests countless opportunities to make lifetime memories,” Engfer continued.

Family favorite recreation activities include; S’mores pit with fireside marshmallow roasting fun, beach volleyball, tether ball, lounge seating and hammocks, watersports with paddleboats, kayaks, hydro bikes, canoes, aqua cycles and sailboats, old-fashioned, canopied surrey bikes, and Camp Hyatt kids’ activity programs. The 1,500 acre Grand Cypress resort offers families an upscale travel experience with well-appointed guest rooms and suites and a host of new family amenities and activities.
About Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress – Celebrating 30 Years of Grand Excellence

The award-winning, 1,500 acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is located one mile from Walt Disney World® and close to Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando with a host of amenities and activities. Located along the 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of private Lake Windsong, the free-flowing lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated pools, two whirlpools, new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, new children’s Rock Climbing Stations, new interactive Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge, walking paths, and expansive, wrap-around sundecks.  New features complement the resort’s favorite activities including; S’mores pit, beach volleyball, tether ball, hammocks, watersports and marked jogging, walking, and biking trails.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is centrally located with convenient access to Orlando International Airport and Interstate 4 off Exit 68 in Lake Buena Vista. The resort’s address is One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, Florida, USA 32836.

For more information; call 407.239.1234; visit GrandCypress.Hyatt.com; like Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress on Facebook; and follow on Twitter at @HRGrandCypress.
Responding to its loyal shoppers’ tastes and high levels of  tenant demand for space, Florida Mall, a premier retail destination in Orlando co-owned by Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG) and national financial services organization TIAA-CREF, today announced plans to significantly expand the food and retail offerings at the landmark property.
The new food pavilion will create an expanded dining experience focused on comfort and convenience and will be relocated into a portion of the former Saks building facing the Sand Lake Road side of Florida Mall. The food pavilion will feature 16 eateries, including several healthy fare options and new-to-market dining choices. The new design doubles the available seating and will feature indoor and outdoor dining options. The new pavilion design features a contemporary feel and numerous amenities including soft seating, skylights, a children’s play area, new expanded restrooms, family bathrooms, hand washing stations, and outlets for customers to charge their electronic devices.

Also opening adjacent to the food pavilion will be two new restaurants and space for several new retailers.

“The new food pavilion and retail area will be unlike anything in the market,” said Brian Hanson, general manager of Florida Mall. “The design of the space will create a true gathering place for shoppers and area office workers alike.” Hanson added that the existing food space would continue to serve customers until the new food pavilion opens, which is expected to be in spring 2015.
A total of 105,000 square feet will be repurposed to include the new food pavilion, additional mini-anchors, small shops, and restaurants. There will also be a new major entrance to the mall to accommodate better customer flow into both the mall and food pavilion. The current food area will ultimately be repositioned for new retail space.
“We have great demand for any space at the Florida Mall,” said Hanson, “so the ability to reposition existing space and create new mini-anchors, stores, and restaurants is a fantastic opportunity for us to even better serve our shoppers.”
Today’s announcement comes on the heels of unprecedented leasing momentum that enabled the addition of many highly-desirable new retailers to the Florida Mall in 2013. The mall and its customers celebrated the arrival of Michael Kors, Bose, Original Penguin, Polaroid Fotobar, The Art of Shaving, Wasabi Sushi and Pinkberry, with more on the way this year.

The excitement continues in 2014 as the highly-anticipated American Girl store, the first and only location in Orlando, will open in the fall. This spring shoppers will find other additional new stores including Call It Spring and Zingara, and will enjoy an expanded Zara store representing a 30,000 square foot flagship location for this popular retailer.

About Florida Mall
With more than 20 million visitors per year, The Florida Mall is Central Florida’s largest and most spectacular shopping center. This exciting and entertaining shopping and tourist destination features more than 1.8 million square feet with more than 250 fine stores and restaurants.  Macy’s, Dillard’s, jcpenney, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sears complement fashion-forward concepts such as H&M, Zara and XXI Forever. Recent additions include fresh concepts such as Michael Kors and TOUS.  The mall is also home to one of only four M&M’s World stores worldwide. Conveniently located only minutes from the Orlando International Airport, the mall also offers hotel accommodations and a conference center on property.
The shopping center is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For additional information, contact the mall management office at (407) 851-7234 or visit www.shopfloridamall.com.
The Orlando Home & Garden Show will welcome a star-studded lineup of special guest appearances – including Taniya Nayak, star of HGTV’s House Hunters on Vacation and Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible – when it comes to the Orange County Convention Center Jan. 24-26,.

Presented by Show Technology, one of the nation’s most successful business-to-consumer trade show organizers, the Orlando Home & Garden Show transforms the Orange County Convention Center into a home and garden extravaganza. Exhibitors will showcase everything from gorgeous front entrance décor to stunning backyard landscapes.

Show features include:

Breathtaking gardens, landscapes and water features
Home Improvement Alley
Pools, spas, outdoor living and hardscapes
Interior design and home accessories
The latest trends in kitchens and baths
Shop til’ you drop in the Art, Gift & Gourmet Center
Flavors of Orlando
Kids Zone
Pet Zone with live pet adoptions
Incredible DIY seminars all weekend long

Conveniently located at the beautiful Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, the Orlando Home & Garden Show hours are:

Friday, Jan. 24, noon to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ticket prices are:

Sold onsite | cash or credit only | Facility Fee & Taxes included
Adults 17+
$9
16 and under
Free
Retired Military ID
$6
Active Duty Military
Free w/ ID
Senior 65+
$6

Guests can receive $3 off regular ticket prices by purchasing online at www.ShowTechnology.com and www.orlandohomeandgardenshow.com.
Additional discounts do not apply to senior or retired military admission.

The Orlando Home & Garden Show is sponsored by the Orlando Sentinel, WKMG and WOCL.

For more information visit: http://www.orlandohomeandgardenshow.com and connect with us on the Orlando Home & Garden Facebook page.

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