Walt Disney World announces resort expansion

MUMBAI:Walt Disney World Resort announced two new projects as part of an expansion plan for its resort in Central Florida: a 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 Walt Disney World Resort president Meg Crofton. "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," she added.

Disney plans to convert its Eagle Pines and Osprey Ridge golf courses into a luxury resort and golf community. Disney and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts aim to bring these two complementary brands together to anchor a new world-class family resort destination.

Said Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts president and chief operating officer Kathleen Taylor, "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. "

Disney is also planning a mixed-use tourist commercial district just outside Disney's gateway entrance. The development is comparable in size to Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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 40-square-mile, entertainment and recreation center featuring four theme parks Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom and two water adventure parks Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon amongst other resorts and hotels. 

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