According to a report from GrowthSpotter, Disney will retain ownership of Flamingo Crossings and develop it into a value-orientated retail center.
Located on the western edge of the resort just outside Disney’s gateway entrance near to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Coronado Springs Resort, the 10 year old development is comparable in size to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
A senior Disney real estate manager, Henry Thrash, said that the new offerings will differ from Disney World’s other retail area Disney Springs by being focused on value, and will include mostly fast-casual dining options.
Plans call for 29 retail and restaurant buildings across 45 acres, to be developed in three phases. The first of the retail construction is likely to begin in Summer 2018.
Also parts of the plans are five additional value hotels, including a Hampton Inn and Suites and other Marriott and Hilton properties. The first two hotels by Marriott at Flamingo Crossings opened in 2016, and are the only business operating in Flamingo Crossings.
To support the growth of the area, Disney is also in the process of extending Western Way to Route 545, plans of which can be seen here.
The new retail plans do not alter the companies plans to also add accommodations for students taking part in the College Program.
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