If you like Pina Coladas, you will love what’s coming to Osceola County.
Construction is in full swing at Margaritaville Resort Orlando, as it plans to open its first set of doors later this year. With a hotel of 187 guest suites, approximately 1,000 privately-owned vacation home cottages, extravagant resort amenities, and retail space full of bars and restaurants open to the public— there really is something for everyone to enjoy at this one-of-a-kind resort.
Margaritaville Resort Orlando Project Developer Jim Bagley led a press construction tour last week, where we got an inside look at the (very) active construction site.
“Margaritaville Resort Orlando is a family-oriented resort centered on music,” said Bagley. “At full build-out, we expect to entertain 4,000 to 5,000 guests every weekend.”
A closer look…
Construction for the highly anticipated Margaritaville-themed hotel began in July of last year, and is expected to open its doors by the end of 2018.
The hotel will, of course, feature a lobby — though the lobby’s size is much larger than the average resort’s.
“The lobby is oversized for a purpose,” said Bagley. It will include bars and restaurants, space for live entertainment, plus an enhanced grab-and-go dining location with 100 seats in a round, glass room overlooking the resort amenities.
The west wing of the hotel will host 90 rooms plus junior and presidential suites, with dulux views of the amenities. Each room is music themed, with unique resort features including a larger-than-average balcony.
“We designed seven-foot balconies so our guests can really enjoy the beautiful Florida sun throughout their whole stay,” said Bagley.
The east wing will also host 90 rooms and junior and presidential suites, but with views of the zero-entry, sand-surrounded lagoon pool. The pool will have a food and beverage area nearby, including a tiki bar and private cabanas.
The east wing will also host the entrance to the convention center which will offer guests 10,000 square feet of ballroom area and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
Buy a Margaritaville vacation cottage, or rent one for a weekend. Or a week. Or even a month.
The cottages feature over 100 different floor plans from one to eight bedrooms. Each cottage is furnished with Ethan Allen furniture and tropical decor, sure to give you a comfortable vacation vibe throughout your stay.
Cottage rentals include access to all resort amenities (see ‘Resort Amenities’) and housekeeping throughout your stay. You can even order from a grocery service, as each cottage features a full-kitchen for cooking and/or in-room dining.
Margaritaville Resort Orlando will feature more amenities than you could imagine.
You have your standard Orlando resort amenities: a concierge desk, a theme park ticket desk, a fitness center, food and beverage services, etc. But you also have your Margaritaville Resort amenities: a wedding pavilion, walking and biking paths, bike rentals, a convention center, complimentary parking, plus theme park and airport transportation.
There will also be a club designed just for kids, called Little Parakeet’s Kids Club.
If all of this isn’t enough, take a walk over to the on-site water park.
While Margaritaville Resort Orlando hasn’t revealed too much about its water park just yet, we know it’s expected to open in March or April 2019 — just in time for summer. And we know it will be awesome.
The water park will feature three slide towers, a six-lane mat racer slide, a family raft ride, serpentine tube rides, a wave action pool, a high-velocity river ride, an island just for kids, and plenty of shady areas to relax.
Want to spend some time on the beach? Margaritaville Resort Orlando will bring the beach to you. The resort will maintain the 45-acre, on-site, sand-bottom lake for guests to enjoy the Florida sun as they paddle board, take fishing lessons and much more.
“We’re putting a big effort in maintaining the lake,” said Bagley. “That’s something that’s really important to us.”
With approximately 200,000 square feet of retail space, it’s hard to imagine what kind of entertainment Margaritaville Resort Orlando won’t offer.
The retail section is currently leased out at 75 percent, and tenants are expected to start occupying space in May or June. Retail stores are expected to open by the end of this year.
The entire retail section is designed a little differently than your average strip. It’s meant to be an outdoor pavilion, encouraging pedestrian traffic. Storefronts will be located close to the streets, and the streets will be narrow to steer away vehicle traffic.
Along with bars and restaurants will most definitely come plenty of live entertainment.
For more information on Margaritaville Resort Orlando, visit www.Margaritaville ResortOrlando.com