Waterstar Orlando residential and retail project to be built a stone's throw from Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Dec 14, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Tuesday December 14, 2021 10:22am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Plans have been filed to begin construction on Waterstar Orlando, a new mixed-use project to be built directly behind Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Waterstar Orlando is a 35-acre project that will include retail, restaurants and 320 residential accommodations. (Thanks to @danlb_2000 on the WDWMAGIC Forums for the permits)

Although the 2300 ft frontage will be on US 192 Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway across from the new Margaritaville Resort, the multi-story residential units will be very close to the park lots at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The project by Equinox Development is expected to open in 2022.

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roj2323Jan 04, 2022

I'd actually pay that. I'd love to meet you in person. We've been chatting for years after all.

castlecake2.0Jan 03, 2022

That’s also true

lazyboy97oJan 03, 2022

They’ve sold off more than just down by Celebration.

castlecake2.0Jan 03, 2022

As I said in another thread, until I can see an IHOP from the monorail beam, we are doing pretty well still lol Correct, they sold off some property to be developed into the final village in Celebration and bought more land behind celebration to make up for it. The land purchases around Reedy Lake are more to protect the buffer around the MK area however. There’s a plot of land between Bay Lake and Reams road that has gone up for sale, curious to see if they try to get that. Not sure what it’s zoned for but I’m sure they’d want to protect that buffer as well.

JoeCamelJan 03, 2022

A lot of their recent land purchases have been to offset conservation land they want to develop

sineadJan 02, 2022

Well, that is WHY I bemoan it. Disney has had decades to purchase more land around it to create a bigger buffer! At least they bought this: https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2019/12/30/disney-has-been-on-a-land-buying-spree-heres-why-it-probably-isnt-a-new-theme-park

JoeCamelJan 02, 2022

But then they went and built up to the WDW borders. No point in bemoaning things being built next door when you don't own the land. County approved it

sineadJan 02, 2022

I wasn't referring to WDW ability to expand. I was speaking to the unbearable ugly sprawl surrounding it & being built right up to its borders. THAT is what Walt Disney saw in Anaheim & had hoped to avoid in FLA.

LilofanDec 22, 2021

IHOP can get one a better quality breakfast than at the value resorts anyway of the week.

castlecake2.0Dec 22, 2021

Exactly. Until I can see an IHOP from the monorail beam things aren’t too bad.

lazyboy97oDec 22, 2021

They knew the state of the land and development was supposed to be designed around concentrated pockets.

Vegas Disney FanDec 22, 2021

The worst encroachment on WDW is still light years better than the non existant buffer around DL. I can still spend a week at WDW without ever noticing the outside world beyond the top of a couple hotel towers way off in the distance.

JoeCamelDec 22, 2021

That blessings of land thing didn't imagine the amount of swamp and wetlands that were unbuildable due to environmental or engineering constraints. For solid ground large enough to build parks and resorts they had to make choices that are proving to be less than ideal. The canal system probably could not be built today

sineadDec 22, 2021

We've all seen the Walt Disney clip introducing "The Florida Project" that became WDW, right? Well, his thing was "In Florida, we'll have the blessing of land." It was something he always regretted about building DL in Anaheim without buying enough land around it to act as a buffer (the suburban sprawl mentioned above) ... We are now so far from that immersive experience....& people still clamor for yet another mall & more restaurants. Sorry. I just don't get it.🤷‍♀️