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    There is real progress being made at the huge Margaritaville Orlando Resort going up on Highway 192 in Kissimmee. The website Orlando Everyday has a good story and (just for Deb!) an excellent drone video at the end, highlighting how much has been built in recent months:

    http://www.orlandoeveryday.com/news/...resort-orlando

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    That is a mighty big site. It will be interesting to see what impact it has on that area of the 192.
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    Thanks, Simon. I've been stalking their website, blog and Facebook page, as well as Googling for updates and there's been nothing new for a while. Given that the slated November 2018 opening could slip, we realise that (a) we might not be staying there at all and (b) even if the hotel is open, the shopping and entertainment district might not be. We're thinking that this could be a relaxing 3-night stay at the start of the trip where we don't stray far from the resort, so we spent a fair bit of time at the weekend discussing whether we'd want to stay at a hotel in the middle of a building site, and where else we could achieve something similar if the Margaritaville plan falls by the wayside.

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    If you're looking for something similar (albeit there is nowhere with that Parrothead style in central Florida), your choices narrow down to places that you already know like Gaylord Palms, Grande Lakes, Shingle Creek, Orlando World Marriott and, perhaps, Hyatt Grand Cypress. You might also like the look of the new Grove Resort & Spa or even the Encore Club at Reunion.

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    Yes, for the time being we've narrowed it down to the Marriott at Grande Lakes for the facilities of both resorts without the room costs of the R-C, but we'll keep our eye on the happenings at Margaritaville.

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    It's about time they did something to brighten up the 192, as many times as we have stayed there in villa's partly as that's where a lot of them are and the decent location, it does need a bit of a freshen up.
    The Water Tower shops area is a step in the right direction and sounds like this place is too.
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    Some tasty new insider details on Margaritaville today, from our friends at Attractions magazine:

    Margaritaville Resort Orlando is coming more and more to life, as the first major retail locations have been announced to join the shopping, entertainment and dining portion of the resort.

    SunsetWalk at Margaritaville Resort Orlando, formerly Shoppes at Rolling Oaks, will be the anchor for the $750 million, 300-acre development that will offer the 187-room Margaritaville hotel, 900 resort rental homes, 300 timeshare units and a 12-acre, multi-million-dollar water park. The project is currently under construction near U.S. Highway 192 and State Road 429 in Osceola County, just across the street from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

    The largest new tenant coming to the resort is Studio Movie Grill (“SMG”), a state-of-the-art 40,000 square-foot theater that will feature 12 screens and over 1,000 luxury recliners. SMG will offer an immersive environment where moviegoers can socialize before and after their film in the lobby, and enjoy American Grill food and beverage service directly to their seat at anytime during the show.

    Another large tenant coming to SunsetWalk will be the 24,000 square-foot GameTime, a family entertainment center. Including a modern restaurant and sports bar, GameTime will offer a large selection of arcade games, simulators, prize machines and more than 60 TVs for viewing sporting events.

    The country music group, Rascal Flatts, will be opening a contemporary dining location with a full-service bar, live entertainment and retail space. The restaurant will feature American cuisine alongside some of the band’s favorite foods while guests enjoy Rascall Flatts’ 29 Top 10 Hits and other live and local country music.

    Another restaurant related to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS will be opening at SunsetWalk, called Rock & Brews. The restaurant will feature a scratch kitchen, hundreds of craft beers on tap and by the bottle, and plenty of rock music.

    The atmosphere of Rock & Brews will feature televisions playing music videos, rock and roll art, dog-friendly patios with fire pits, couches and backyard games.

    “Our goal was to create a true entertainment destination in the heart of the Margaritaville Resort Orlando, and we knew that we had to bring in new, unique, family-centric tenants to accomplish this,” said Arthur Falcone, CEO and managing principal of Encore Capital Management. “We will be able to offer tourists and locals nearly 200,000 square feet of pedestrian-friendly shopping, live music, children’s entertainment area and now a state-of-the-art movie theater.”

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    Is this the area currently underpinned by the SuperTarget, Olive Garden and Longhorn etc, or it a new area?

    Having looked at their website I can answer my own question. It is actually in the parcel of land to the east of the current shops. There is no doubt this will have a large traffic impact on what is already a busy bit of road.
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    Part of it, at least, is on the former Splendid China site, TF. It took me a while to cotton on—I thought it was on the opposite side of the 192. The entrance to the site is off the 192 near the 429.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UK Deb View Post
    Part of it, at least, is on the former Splendid China site, TF. It took me a while to cotton on—I thought it was on the opposite side of the 192. The entrance to the site is off the 192 near the 429.
    Yes, that is where it is, it stretches from the 192 at the north to Funie Steed Road in the south, and from the 429 in the west to Formosa Gardens Boulevard in the east, it is very visible from the 429.

    Just reading some info on the net says that the entrance to the area will be a lights controlled junction, with a road heading north to Animal Kingdom.

    This link has some more info and the maps are useful

    http://sunsetwalk.com/
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