Let's take a closer look at Universal's hotel plans for the Wet 'n Wild site
The City of Orlando has posted a detailed staff report on Universal Orlando's proposal to build 4,000 hotel rooms on the site of the former Wet 'n Wild water park.
The report includes detailed site plans for two hotel complexes, one on the former water park site and the other across Universal Blvd., on the park's former parking lot.
The site plan includes three parking garages, two lobby areas, and multiple hotel towers, facing pools and landscaped areas.
It also includes rough artist renderings of what appear to be 10-story hotel buildings.
The report recommends that the city approve the project, subject to several conditions, including landscaping, fencing, lighting, and sewer analysis requirements. In other words, apparently nothing major enough that it would jeopardize the project. The report notes a planned city council vote on the project July 24.
I love that the city is going to force some visual upgrades that will help beautify the north end of I-Drive. I don't love the designs of the hotels. Not even close. Hopefully they are just to show scale, and not any kind of representation of how they'll look. There is absolutely no theming or personality, and that seems very un-Universal.
The problem with Orlando, is the development companies are squeezing the most of the land to lure tourist and business in a city the is so crowded, who wants to paid for a luxury or modern vacation when the traffic is so jam, everything is so pack
Do these images show how they plan to build it, or could they surprise everyone with a themed hotel?
I simply don't understand why this part of Orlando needs MORE hotel rooms. Certainly not gigantic resort towers across the street from each other. While the sites are not far from UO, they are decidedly "off-site", and would need to have some special rooms and features for Universal to price them over Cabana Bay.
I am fairly sure those renderings are purposely bland. Universal has given surrounding, not so great hotels (Holiday Inn) the majority of their business, and they realized Disney's hotel model works.
"Just keep building them and people will show up. All they need is one or two little perks and a shuttle."
Hopefully these renderings are not representative of what they actually plan to build here, because they're not attractive.
"How far is it from WNW to UOR?"
RE: Russell Meyer
Dragon Challenge has been on the chopping block for over a year. It will be gone as soon as Universal finalizes plans for that corner of IOA, which likely comes down to how much backstage space they can utilize for an expansion. The question is not a matter of if, but when, and whether the expansion in that corner of IOA will come before or after the back corner of USF between Diagon Alley and MIB.
Universal should build a Jurassic World resort similar to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Theme it to the Jurassic Park/World movies like you are staying at the resort in the movies. And include some areas that have animatronic dinosaurs here and there. They could have the rooms overlook a field or jungle area like the AK Lodge rooms do, but instead of giraffes and things they could have some dino animatronics in the distance. I'm amazed they have not done this already.
It's funny how everyone is analyzing in great detail how they plan on transporting people to the parks. It's called buses, a lot of them, and it's done all over the world to get people from A to B (including Cabana Bay). Disney has several bus routes way longer than this (AK Lodge to Disney Springs is like a 20 minute bus ride, for example).
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