Evermore Orlando Resort - A new billion-dollar, 10,000-room resort project is coming right next to Walt Disney World

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Evermore Orlando Resort overview

A new billion-dollar, 10,000-room resort project is coming right next to Walt Disney World.

Named Evermore Orlando Resort, the first phase will open in 2023 and will offer a new approach to vacationing according to the developer Dart Interests Florida. Evermore Orlando will feature a large-scale community of homes solely built for the purpose of vacation renting and operate with hotel-quality standards.

The resort will offer flats and homes ranging from 2 to 11 bedrooms and will also debut Orlando’s first Conrad Hotel, Hilton’s luxury brand.

Bordering Walt Disney World just minutes from Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs, the project is a redevelopment of the Villas at Grand Cypress, and will offer a convenient option for groups looking to enjoy Orlando theme parks. Amenities will include a 20-acre tropical beach complex, an 8-acre crystalline water amenity by Crystal Lagoons, a new 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course and numerous restaurants.

Here is the full release:

ORLANDO, Fla. – January 12, 2021 – Dart Interests, a leading developer and owner of groundbreaking, large scale real estate projects today announced the launch of their latest project, Evermore Orlando Resort, a comprehensive redevelopment of the former #1 Tripadvisor rated Villas at Grand Cypress. The 1,100-acre resort complex bordering Walt Disney World® brings a new approach to the traditional vacation home rental experience and debuts the latest addition to the Conrad Hotels & Resorts portfolio, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) contemporary luxury hotel brand.

“With the launch of the Evermore project, Dart is introducing an entirely new hospitality category that will change the landscape of vacation rental homes,” says Christopher Kelsey, President of Dart Interests. “We are creating the first-ever wholly owned, large-scale community of purpose-built vacation rental homes and operating them with hotel-quality standards and world-class resort amenities. Our approach solves the #1 problem for vacation renters: uncertainty in the quality of the home. Almost all vacation rentals are owned by individuals, each with their own unique tastes and willingness to maintain the properties. Our centralized ownership model makes it possible for our guests to be certain that they are getting a first-class home with superior safety standards. Our scale also means that we can deliver a wider array of services to our guests making their visit easier and more enjoyable. Plus, our range in sizes – from 2 bedrooms to 11, makes us the perfect destination for any group, including large multi-generational or multi-family gatherings,” he adds.

At full buildout, the massive 10,000-bedroom resort represents an equity investment well in excess of a billion dollars and arguably creates a new institutional-grade asset class. Evermore’s first phase will open with nearly 1,500 bedrooms spread among an array of stay experiences, from single homes to villas, flats and hotel guestrooms. The plans include 69 houses ranging in size from five to eleven bedrooms. Beyond vacation homes, the resort complex will also offer 76 four-bedroom flats, 41 two and four-bedroom villas and a luxury Conrad hotel which will offer sophisticated design, best-in-class amenities and intuitive service to provide an exceptional travel experience in Orlando.

“We are incredibly excited to expand on our strong presence in the Orlando market and introduce the Conrad brand to a new city,” said Danny Hughes, Executive Vice President and President, Americas, Hilton. “Conrad Orlando at Evermore will undoubtedly be a sought-after destination for Orlando travelers and will provide guests with outstanding service and impactful experiences when they visit the city.”

Conrad Orlando at Evermore will debut with 433 rooms, including 51 impeccably designed suites and 10 spacious family suites offering oversized accommodations that deliver all the comforts of home. Other features include 40,000 sq. ft. of indoor meeting space, a tranquil spa and numerous dining options including a signature rooftop experience. The hotel will open with Hilton CleanStay, Hilton’s industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection in properties around the world. The elevated processes and Team Member training have been developed with RB, maker of Lysol and Dettol, to help Conrad Orlando guests enjoy an even cleaner and safer stay from check-in to check-out.

“The signing of Conrad Orlando marks a significant milestone for the brand as we continue to grow our portfolio in iconic locations around the world to better meet the needs of our discerning travelers,” said Nils-Arne Schroeder, global head for Conrad Hotels & Resorts. “This hotel’s ideal location within Orlando and near Walt Disney World®, along with Conrad’s prestigious reputation for delivering intuitive service, infinite connections and modern design will ensure guests leave feeling truly inspired by their stay with us.”

At the heart of the resort all guests will enjoy a massive 20-acre tropical beach complex and Evermore Bay, an 8-acre crystalline water amenity by Crystal Lagoons®. This proprietary design incorporates unique, environmentally sustainable technology that uses up to 100 times less chemicals and only 2% of the energy used by conventional swimming pool filtration systems, creating ideal conditions for guests of all ages to enjoy the water year-round.

The surrounding beach areas will feature zero entry swim areas, bars, cabanas, private fire-pits and an aquatic adventure area with a waterslide, rope swing and watersports of all kinds. Other amenities will include a lively food hall & gourmet market, a casual resort restaurant featuring views overlooking both the golf course and bay and a two-story Boathouse that will serve weddings and private events. While the Scottish links style ‘New Course’ will remain open for play throughout construction, a new 18-hole Nicklaus Design course will open with the resort and pay homage to the legacy of golf excellence at Grand Cypress.

Meetings & Events:
Orlando currently ranks as Cvent’s No. 1 meeting destination in the country and the resort complex will offer event professionals over 150,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space for groups seeking a change from the traditional conference room. The Boathouse and garden lawn nestled on the bay’s edge will provide a sophisticated Orlando wedding and event locale with a classic Chris-Craft boat for private use.

With Central Florida previously reaching 75 million annual visitors, the announcement of Evermore Orlando Resort comes at a time of measured reopening for the tourism industry in America’s most visited destination, and the hospitality industry worldwide. “Our willingness to go forward with Evermore in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic is testimony to the resilience of the Orlando market, its talented workforce and our unique Disney-adjacent location” said says local leader David Pace, President of Dart Interests Florida. “Our owners have been invested in this project long before COVID-19 and we’re embracing new group travel trends through a lens of innovation. Our commitment to Orange County and strong belief in the power of tourism give us renewed energy to build a resort that will elevate the current hospitality landscape and position Evermore to become one of Orlando’s most desired vacation destinations.”

Bookings for Evermore Orlando Resort are slated to launch in 2022 with the grand opening for the first guests anticipated for summer 2023.

For more information, about Evermore Orlando Resort or Conrad Hotels & Resorts, please visit https://evermoreresort.com 

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Article Posted: Jan 12, 2021 / 12:18pm ET
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spock81133 days ago

I just "love" these flashy virtual presentations by design and architectural firms for public presentation. I see huge corporate sponsorship and purchases, time-share and people just spending their day golfing and trying to ignore "out there". Celebration is a classic example of that same isolationism and denial. It's boring and mind-numbing but ignorance is bliss. What about people who don't have jobs to even rent one of these "villas" much less be able to afford going to the "new Disney"? It's clear who they are targeting and Disney has been targeting this demographic to keep the "riffraff" out. The "New Disney" has defined "Affordable family fun" to be "Affordable family fun for OUR families only." Theme Park Snobbery. That's the new Disney.

SteveAZee6 days ago

I'm really interested in seeing the floor plans for some of these larger 'homes'.

maxairmike6 days ago

Which is pretty much what I said...as far as Margaritaville is concerned, if their inventory (houses) are still selling and a few people are staying in the hotel, they're good. How the inventory does on the rental market for the buyers isn't as much of a concern to them (obviously excluding any marketing and similar responsibilities they may have).

Thelazer6 days ago

Just because builders are building doesn't mean it's profitable for the owners. The whole concept of MagVill, was that you buy the house and then offset your mortgage payments be having it in the rental program...... if there are no tourists to pay that $500 a night rental fee.....

PrinceCharming6176 days ago

I wonder how they can keep such a big pool clean. I can barely keep my bathtub clean.

raymusiccity6 days ago

11 bedrooms !! 🤣

LittleMerman6 days ago

Looks pretty cool! Love the huge pool.

Dunston6 days ago

Aye carumba! that's a bigg pool!

maxairmike6 days ago

Oh, I'm well aware, as I live very close to it as well. If they're still building they must be selling. Given that Lennar and other builders haven't put the brakes on their resort communities or transitioned them to partially/completely residential either, there's enough buying action to keep them going. Now, whether these real estate investors/companies buying them (at ridiculously inflated prices, to boot) are seeing the return they expected...that's a different story. Margaritaville looks like it's closer to the Evermore model, as it appears they're the sole manager of the homes when the buyer isn't using them, just stopping shy of owning them completely and operating them entirely as resort rooms like Evermore. So I would guess that they're not too worried about the occupancy of the homes after they're sold.

Tom Morrow6 days ago

Both don't seem to be doing too well. I live very close to these. It doesn't seem like the resort itself sees many guests. I don't know what percentage of the vacation homes are actually owned/occupied, however. The waterpark is definitely a flop. I never saw anyone in line for the slides when it was open. The shopping and dining strip, "Sunset Walk", sees moderate success on weekends but is often deserted during the week. The area, and the greater Orlando tourist area, are definitely oversaturated with these type of resorts. I swear these companies think it's a guaranteed success without knowing how saturated the market already is.

"El Scorpion"7 days ago

Love it. More options. You've also got 2 Hilton properties being built on Western Way and the JW Marriott coming to Bonnet Creek. Only thing that worries me is if they start limiting access coming in on Vista Blvd or E Buena Vista Dr. Which in a lot of cases is my preferred way of getting into WDW. I think more likely than not - they'll create an official entrance on Vista Blvd.

Lilofan7 days ago

I was there at the Villas of Grand Cypress in 1996. Enron occupied almost all the the villas for their company retreat. It was the heyday when they celebrated in grand style before their scandal erupted.

maxairmike7 days ago

The resort/vacation homes, or the non-affiliated water park? They're two very different things, and the water park is definitely a flop. They were still building new homes last time I drove by the back of the property a few months ago. As far as I'm aware, the resort itself isn't doing bad. The hotel part may be a little under-utilized, but if you notice, with these types of developments the hotel rooms usually make up 25% or less of the total room inventory.

Tom Morrow7 days ago

It has already proven to be a bit of a flop, too.