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

Jan 12, 2021 in "Evermore Orlando Resort"

Evermore Orlando Resort overview
Posted: Tuesday January 12, 2021 12:18pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

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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Figments FriendJul 11, 2021

YES!! This. A part of me really misses the Florida of the early 1980s before things grew out of hand. -

BrianJul 11, 2021

Doesn't matter how big or small the project is, you can count on there being absolutely no road improvements made to compensate for the additional traffic it'll bring. They put up massive apartment complexes and housing developments and expect everyone to use the same one lane road every day.

Figments FriendJul 11, 2021

Crikey...... How much more overdevelopment of Florida land can happen before the entire State sinks into the ocean? It is nuts how literally every square foot of cleared space seems to be filled at a breakneck speed. The expanse of building has been insane over the last thirty years. -

DCBakerJul 10, 2021

TheGuyThatMakesSwordsApr 07, 2021

I must be very sick... every time I see the NAME of this Hotel? All I can think of is EA Poe, and a Raven screaming... "Nevermore" 😅

castlecake2.0Apr 07, 2021

I wonder if this going to lead to all these guests entering property through this “backstage” area to get to the parks. Not the best way to enter property.

lazyboy97oApr 07, 2021

Yes. They’re out of business now but before that Disney terminated their leases and licensing agreements for trying to use the licensing agreements as collateral.

whiterhino42Apr 07, 2021

Wait? The Void is gone?

whiterhino42Apr 07, 2021

Yup I've always stayed on property but I don't know that I will anymore.

DCBakerApr 05, 2021

LilofanMar 14, 2021

You're not kidding. Not just in Florida. In my relatives area, real estate agents are going door to door. " Do you plan to sell your house in the future ?" " Do you know any of your family friends or neighbors that are planning to sell their house in the future ?" With such low inventory is some areas and so many interested buyers , real estate agents are getting desperate. This in addition to getting text messages and phone calls from real estate agents and others interested in buying your house.

Walt dMar 14, 2021

Wow” that looks very nice. It would be fun to stay at..

homerdanceMar 12, 2021

interest rates are sub 4%, so cheap money, looking for better returns.

BocabearMar 12, 2021

in the last 20 years we had a boom in the early 200s...a slight (ever so slight) slump, then a slow and steady rise... that has continued until this year where it has jumped... The slump was not a huge loss... Just a slight curve down and then it rose again... With everyone wanting to retire down here, there seems to be no end in sight for the Real Estate business...