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    Disney to partner with Four Seasons on luxury resort - Orlando Sentinel, 3/1/07

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    Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton this morning announced two new projects at the resort: a luxury resort and golf course community in Bonnet Creek and a mixed-use commercial center for "value-conscious" guests just outside the western edge of its property.

    Disney is partnering with the Four Seasons hotels and resorts on a 900-acre site that will include a luxury hotel, 18-hole championship golf course and single-family and fractional ownership homes.

    The hotel is expected to open in 2010, and the current Osprey Ridge golf course will be renovated and rebranded as a Four Seasons property.

    The mixed-use development, with 4,000 to 5,000 units of low- and mid-priced lodging, will take advantage of the recently opened Western Beltway to bring visitors coming from Interstate 75. The development will be built just outside the Disney gateway at the western edge of its property.

    That development will feature a pedestrian-friendly retail center with dining, shopping and small-scale entertainment venues.
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    Re: Disney to partner with Four Seasons on luxury resort - Orlando Sentinel, 3/1/07

    Walt Disney World Resort Press Release

    Four Seasons to Anchor New Disney Luxury Resort

    Expansion plans also include value-oriented retail, dining and lodging district

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 1 -- Walt Disney World Resort today announced two new projects as part of an expansion plan for the resort in Central Florida: a new 900-acre luxury resort anchored by the prestigious Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and a 450-acre retail, dining and lodging district on the western edge of the Disney resort.

    "These projects are first-of-a-kind for Walt Disney World and we are thrilled to be able to bring Four Seasons to our resort," said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort. "Families around the globe know they can trust Disney to deliver magical experiences and Four Seasons to offer exceptional service and amenities. Combined, this is a huge win for devotees of both brands and for Central Florida," said Crofton.

    LUXURY DESTINATION RESORT - NORTHEAST RESORT AREA

    Along the northeast border of Walt Disney World Resort, Disney plans to convert its Eagle Pines and Osprey Ridge golf courses into a luxury resort and golf community. The development will include a luxury hotel, 18-hole championship golf course, single- and multi-family vacation homes and fractional ownership vacation homes.

    Disney entered into a letter of intent with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to bring these two complementary and respected brands together to anchor a new world-class family resort destination.

    Four Seasons is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continuous innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. Currently with 74 hotels in 31 countries, and more than 25 properties under development, Four Seasons continues to lead the hospitality industry with innovative enhancements, making business travel easier and leisure travel more rewarding. The deeply instilled Four Seasons culture is personified in its employees -- people who share a single focus and are inspired to offer great service. Four Seasons currently operates two properties in Florida, Four Seasons Hotel Miami and the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach.

    "The Resort will have all the ingredients needed to create memorable vacations: gracious and caring staff; beautiful surroundings that are thoughtfully designed; and services and amenities that make every experience one to cherish," said Kathleen Taylor, president and chief operating officer, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. "It's an honor to collaborate with Walt Disney World Resort on this project. Walt Disney's reputation for service excellence and exceptional family entertainment amenities is an ideal complement to the values of Four Seasons. Central Florida will be a valuable addition to our family of resorts, particularly since this is a destination our guests already enjoy."

    Once terms of the project are finalized, site work could begin later this year, with a hotel opening forecasted for 2010.

    VALUE-ORIENTED DESTINATION - MIXED-USE TOURISM DISTRICT

    On the western edge of the resort, Disney is planning a mixed-use tourist commercial district just outside Disney's gateway entrance. The master-planned development is comparable in size to Disney's Animal Kingdom.

    The project combines third-party branded lodging, retail and dining in a pedestrian-friendly environment and will be another example of Disney's commitment to unique placemaking. Located outside Disney's gateway around the interchange where Western Way meets the Western Beltway, early development plans include 4,000 - 5,000 low- to mid-rise, value-priced lodging units and 300,000 - 500,000 square feet of commercial space. Designed around a retail village, the development will become a convenient shopping and service center for Cast Members, nearby residents and Central Florida visitors.

    The project is currently in the design stage. Site work and branding is anticipated to begin later this year. The project will be built in phases over the next 8 - 10 years. Walt Disney World Resort is a contiguous 40-square-mile, world-class entertainment and recreation center featuring four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom); two water adventure parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon); 32 resort hotels (22 owned and operated by Walt Disney World, including five Disney Vacation Club resort properties); two full-service spas; Disney's Wedding Pavilion; Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex; and Downtown Disney, an entertainment-shopping-dining complex encompassing the Marketplace, Pleasure Island and West Side. Walt Disney World Resort is also included in vacation packages of Disney Cruise Line. Located at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 20 miles southwest of Orlando, Walt Disney World Resort opened Oct. 1, 1971. Open daily, year-round.
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    Re: Disney to partner with Four Seasons on luxury resort - Orlando Sentinel, 3/1/07

    So is the value development on or off property? It's not clear.

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    Re: Disney to partner with Four Seasons on luxury resort - Orlando Sentinel, 3/1/07

    just what they need. more hotels.

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    Re: Disney to partner with Four Seasons on luxury resort - Orlando Sentinel, 3/1/07

    WDW is becoming more like Las Vegas...where the hotels and retail are the most important aspect, with a few theme park rides here and there.

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    Re: Disney to partner with Four Seasons on luxury resort - Orlando Sentinel, 3/1/07

    Quote Originally Posted by Cmash95 View Post
    just what they need. more hotels.
    I agree. They should leave the land open. The place was overbuilt with too many hotels, like, yesterday.

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    Re: Disney to partner with Four Seasons on luxury resort - Orlando Sentinel, 3/1/07

    More hotels and more buses. Ugh.


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    Re: Disney to partner with Four Seasons on luxury resort - Orlando Sentinel, 3/1/07

    I can tell you one thing: take it to the bank that the Four Seasons won't have or be connected with typical WDW bus transportation. Guests who stay at a resort like that simply won't tolerate it. And while I applaud the decison to get a first-class company to operate a resort, I question the 'wisdom' of adding inventory at WDW ... and the western beltway area sounds for lack of a better term like Disney's 'trailer folks' development ... and that scares the pooh out of me.

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    Re: Disney to partner with Four Seasons on luxury resort - Orlando Sentinel, 3/1/07

    Quote Originally Posted by NickCharles View Post
    So is the value development on or off property? It's not clear.
    The new project will be ON property, and I'm assuming it's going to be right next to the new WDW resort welcome marquee.

    In language of the press release, it is clear they are positioning this development to locals, which I believe is brilliant. A short drive up the newly opened 429 will reveal a plethora of large scale housing developments under construction. Disney will gain the competitive advantage of being the first major retail center in the developing western side of Orlando.

    Having said that, I wonder just how far they will go to serve this demographic. Will we see the likes of Best Buy/Circuit City/Applebees in some sort of Disney crafted outdoor lifestyle center?

    In any event, I wouldn't count on this new development being connected to the disney resort transportation system. It wouldn't make sense.

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    Re: Disney to partner with Four Seasons on luxury resort - Orlando Sentinel, 3/1/07

    didn't the four seasons announce a hotel awhile back? Disney doesn't need another luxury hotel, they have grand floridian and this complex will be direct competition but I think this is the wave of the future. the next thing you are gonna hear is that they are selling off their hotel properties. It wouldn't surprise me at all.

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    Re: Disney to partner with Four Seasons on luxury resort - Orlando Sentinel, 3/1/07

    Quote Originally Posted by Cmash95 View Post
    the next thing you are gonna hear is that they are selling off their hotel properties.
    Not selling... converting.

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    Re: Disney to partner with Four Seasons on luxury resort - Orlando Sentinel, 3/1/07

    Quote Originally Posted by tasman View Post
    WDW is becoming more like Las Vegas...where the hotels and retail are the most important aspect, with a few theme park rides here and there.
    What happens in WDW stays in WDW? I don't think that one will catch on anytime soon.

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    Re: Disney to partner with Four Seasons on luxury resort - Orlando Sentinel, 3/1/07

    Here is the bad news. They are going to de-annex the land back to Orange county they are selling to the 4 Seasons. They will be on Disney property next to Ft Wilderness. They are tearing up Eagle Pines golf course and redesigning Osprey Ridge. The clubhouse and The Sandtrap Grill are gone. This should start happening in late summer. Disney will be down to 3- 18 hole and 1- 9 hole golf course. Looks like more layoffs are coming but wait they can go to Casting and look for other jobs. I believe Walt right now is planning a way to come back to life and take back Walt Disney World from Hell.

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