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^^ Spenser1058, you really need to do a podcast or something like that; YouTube perhaps where you're getting paid to blog.  your analysis and commentary is truly a great thing.  No BS, I mean it.

Yes I am tourist but I usually avoid the theme parks but did go to Disney Springs.  I knew they were restricting crowd size but did not know they had temperature checks in order to get in and masks we

What is this building?  At I-4 north of downtown maybe Altamonte Springs? Looks like an office building and looks like one in Buckhead in Atlanta too.   

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man, that took forever going back page by page...

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this is nice. I couldn't stand those low-rise structures. 2 stories each? what were they thinking?

wow. you know, this new bldg. will really add to the ambience of Bay Lake's hotel scene. for a second there I thought Disney abandoned us w/re to new projects.

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I think the Sheraton World has changed to International Plaza Resort & Spa:

http://www.intlplazaresort.com/

I don't know if that's good or bad.

Starwood has been raising the standards for Sheraton hotels alot lately. They probably could not maintain a high enough level of guest satisfaction. Dip below a certain percentage and they strip you of your flag.

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Disney to partner with Four Seasons on luxury resort

Sara K. Clarke {sodEmoji.|} Sentinel Staff Writer

Posted March 1, 2007, 10:47 AM EST

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.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/cu...-home-headlines

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Disney to partner with Four Seasons on luxury resort

Sara K. Clarke {sodEmoji.|} Sentinel Staff Writer

Posted March 1, 2007, 10:47 AM EST

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.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/cu...-home-headlines

Wow. I thought the Four Seasons deal was going to be in Celebration. So, here's the slate:

1. Four Seasons (2010- it's already 2007 so it's just around the corner)

2. Intercontinental (?, but sales center has been open for a couple of months)

3. Blue Rose (?, same as above except more sales here so far)

4. Hilton-Waldorf (?, not sure when)

5. Contemporary tower 2

6. Hilton OCCC

7. Peabody (just kidding)

As an aside, the Waldorf and Four Seasons are both going in the Bonnet Creek area-- prob. Chelonia Pkwy.

That's exciting news.

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Anyone have more details about the western parkway project? I know that they are talking about a village concept and cheaper hotels - is this just going to be another Downtown Disney, or something more urban like?

Well, I'm not personally involved with the project, so I can't say for sure, but it simply sounded to me like a type of Crossroads-style development on the Western side of Disney property -- value hotels, restaurants, etc.

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Well, I'm not personally involved with the project, so I can't say for sure, but it simply sounded to me like a type of Crossroads-style development on the Western side of Disney property -- value hotels, restaurants, etc.

I bet you the OOCEA wants them to build that b/c between that and Winter garden Village as retail/hotel magnets, it will really jack the toll intake on 429 BIG-TIME.

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I bet you the OOCEA wants them to build that b/c between that and Winter garden Village as retail/hotel magnets, it will really jack the toll intake on 429 BIG-TIME.

Great, 5 years from now we'll non stop whining about the tolls from people who moved over there....

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SeaWorld unveils name for beachy feature

Scott Powers {sodEmoji.|} Sentinel Staff Writer

Posted March 5, 2007

Today SeaWorld's new theme-park concept gets a name -- Aquatica -- and an identity that appears to be a cross between traditional water parks, SeaWorld itself and SeaWorld's high-end theme park, Discovery Cove.

"The way it's designed, it takes our guests from the serene to the extreme," said Joseph A. Couceiro, national vice president of marketing for Busch Entertainment Corp., SeaWorld's parent company.

With simultaneous events today in London; S

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I am really excited about this Four Seasons deal. The interesting thing here is that they don't bother mentioning anything about the Contemporary expansion.

The part that isn't noted very well is the impact the Four Seasons new location will have on Celebration. The Four Seasons had been holding on to a big chunk of land in the southern most part of Celebration in an area called "Island Village".

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Here's a letter to residents from Matt Kelly from The Celebration Company http://www.celebration.fl.us/openimages/20...08TCCLetter.pdf

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Speaking of Celebration, any updates on the Mona Lisa hotel?

Here's a small blurb from a long article on the Mona Lisa from the local Celebration News Newsletter:

Mona Lisa at Celebration, a luxury condominium hotel being built at the southeast corner of I-4 and 192, is topped off exterior construction in February. The hotel, which broke ground in July 2006, will immediately

begin interior design work and is on schedule to fully open in September

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Pointe Orlando, from Capital Grille to Tommy Bahama to Grape to Maggiano's is looking FIRST CLASS! What a start to it's transformation. Capital Grille was packed a while ago. And I hear Tommy Bahama is super successful already. THis place is going to rock when it fully reopens.

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Pointe Orlando, from Capital Grille to Tommy Bahama to Grape to Maggiano's is looking FIRST CLASS! What a start to it's transformation. Capital Grille was packed a while ago. And I hear Tommy Bahama is super successful already. THis place is going to rock when it fully reopens.

Its great news that Pointe Orlando is up and running again, the last time I was in the area it was deserted

Are there any up to date pics of the refurb? There's nothing on the Pointe Orlando web site apart from renderings

Also, does anyone have any up to date pics of the Belz/Prime refurb?

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