Florida doesn’t see new hotels being built or opened too often. This is equally true with the amusement park companies in Central Florida, who are not in the business of building hotels frequently. Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort was the last hotel to be launched in mid-2012. Florida has seen hotels being opened by only theme park companies. However, construction of hotels in Florida by other theme companies instead of Disney is rare and completely surprising. This is now becoming a possibility with new hotels being built by companies such as Universal and Legoland.
Apart from Disney World, now Universal is the sole amusement park company in Florida to build its own hotels. Universal is now building its 4th hotel, which is nearing completion. Legoland has also entered into the fray and has started constructing its first hotel.
Even Four Seasons is into competition and about to complete its hotel on Disney’s property. This hotel will however not be functioned by Disney. The Four Seasons hotel, which is scheduled to open in August, is quite significant because of its location and will be providing exclusive rights to the resort by holding Disney character breakfasts as well as using shuttles of the park and other similar facilities.
Universal has built Loews hotel at Cabana Beach Resort in Central Florida. The hotel comprises of 1,800 suites and rooms, and is said to be among the largest of its kind in the region. The maiden wing of the hotel has already been opened in March this year. After its completion, the hotel formally opened on June 16, 2014.
Universal Creative’s, Vice President and Executive Project Director Russ Dagon, said that the beach resorts of late 1950s and early 1960s greatly inspire the hotel design. The architecture perfectly fits the days of yore. A palm decorated atrium similar to the one earlier found in Loews Americana, Miami Beach can be now seen in the new hotel’s lobby. The visitors relaxing in the lounges are offered retro drinks such as Grasshoppers. Classic dishes such as Swedish meatballs and tuna noodle casserole can be savored here during lunchtime.
There are two wings in the newly-built hotel. The first wing is dedicated to family suites while the remaining is devoted to standard rooms. The family suites are rather small comprising of two 40-inch TVs, a kitchenette, a fold-out double in the living room, and two queen beds in bedroom.
Legoland Hotel, a four-storey hotel comprising of 152 rooms, is being presently constructed adjacent to park entranceway in Winter Haven. The hotel will be overlooking Lake Eloise. It will be amazing to stay at the hotel as you will get opportunity to see pirate-themed water ski shows being held at Lake Eloise. The Legoland hotel will open in 2015.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando is being built in Disney World, and will open on August 3, 2014. It will comprise 444 rooms. A Disney Planning Center will also be a part of the new hotel for helping the visitors with reservations and park tickets.