Disney to retain ownership and develop Flamingo Crossings into value-orientated retail center along with more hotels

Aug 29, 2017 in "Flamingo Crossings"

According to a report from GrowthSpotter.com, Disney will retain ownership of Flamingo Crossings and develop it into a value-orientated retail center.

Located on the western edge of the resort just outside Disney's gateway entrance near to Disney's Animal Kingdom and Coronado Springs Resort, the 10 year old development is comparable in size to Disney's Animal Kingdom.

A senior Disney real estate manager, Henry Thrash, said that the new offerings will differ from Disney World's other retail area Disney Springs by being focussed on value, and will include mostly fast-casual dining options.

Plans call for 29 retail and restaurant buildings across 45 acres, to be developed in three phases. The first of the retail construction is likely to begin in Summer 2018.

Also parts of the plans are five additional value hotels, including a Hampton Inn and Suites and other Marriott and Hilton properties. The first two hotels by Marriott at Flamingo Crossings opened in 2016, and are the only business operating in Flamingo Crossings.

To support the growth of the area, Disney is also in the process of extending Western Way to Route 545, plans of which can be seen here.

The new retail plans do not alter the companies plans to also add accommodations for students taking part in the College Program.

Read more at GrowthSpotter.

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Article Posted: Aug 29, 2017 / 12:48pm EDT

wdwmagicAug 17, 2020

Yep I dont think construction really stopped during the shutdown. Flamingo, along with The Cove appear largely unaffected. Here are some new pics of the hotel area construction at Flamingo Crossings https://www.wdwmagic.com/other/flamingo-crossings/gallery/17aug2020-flamingo-crossings-hotel-construction---august-14-2020.htm

castlecake2.0Aug 17, 2020

It doesn’t show well in the photos but there was actually a lot of construction and workers happening

LilofanAug 17, 2020

Looks like no one is constructing anything anytime soon.

castlecake2.0Aug 17, 2020

Photos from today. Does anyone know of this area will be themed at all? Like with the colored street signs etc, or to reedy creek? None of the above?

disneyC97Mar 26, 2020

My mom had an aunt and uncle in Altamonte Springs that we would stay with in the 70s and 80s. We would get excited when we saw the hotel plaza hotels because we knew that we were almost at Disney World. It was very different with very little to see in the drive from their neighborhood to Disney. The Sea World tower and the Florida Festival tents also stood out. We would tune into the Disney AM radio station as soon as we hit property (no large entry signs!) which just heightened the excitement. Definitely a different time.

celluloidMar 23, 2020

Yeah, at least in that direct area and what we would consider today that sort of thing. They did finally build an elevated pedestrian bridge to Universal's property berm sidewalk. That crosswalk was/is an accident waiting to happen(as I am sure there have been quite a few) people still choose to walk it instead of taking the effort for the ramps. Close enough to Sea World and Disney, but also downtown for meetings and fun times on Church Street.

marni1971Mar 23, 2020

I’d assume it was one of the first big, purpose built resort hotels with proper convention space in the area?

celluloidMar 23, 2020

I knew someone who worked there as a manager for about 20 years. That convention hall was a big deal for its time, believe it or not. Haha. I stayed there once just about four years ago. It is still "nice" enough. But of course, location now is just a Universal convnience. Rooms very nice and the pool is large. When companies would come to Orlando for international drive fun, Sea World and of course WDW visits it was common for coporate trips to stay there.

marni1971Mar 23, 2020

I assume it was built close enough to I-4 for the traffic, it billed itself as close to I-Drive (as much as it was back then) but far enough away for the land to be cheap in the early 70s.

celluloidMar 23, 2020

Yeah, the Sheraton was a big deal because of convention space. That was a hot ticket(still is of course with International Drive businesses) and even before Uni and Uni's expansion that it would be a good deal.

Tom MorrowMar 23, 2020

From WDW to downtown Orlando, there is only one small section along I4 left that isn't developed or being developed.

Josh HendyMar 23, 2020

Love the historic memories and photos. One of the things that surprised me on my first ever trip to Orlando circa 1993 was seeing orange groves and grazing cattle along I-4 on the short drive from OCCC to WDW πŸŠπŸŠπŸ„πŸ„ Oddly, the orange groves and cattle are gone but both tracts are still mostly undeveloped (on the west and east sides of I-4, respectively).

marni1971Mar 23, 2020

No idea. Its what became the Doubletree. I’ve got a photo somewhere I took out the window of what became UOR. Little did I know. Just found a postcard online from when it was the Sheraton - bills itself as 15 minutes from WDW. @Tom Morrow , coz I can:

Tom MorrowMar 23, 2020

I'm surprised this hotel was there before Universal. Why was it there?