Hotels & Hospitality Development News in Central Florida

Westgate plans new open-water obstacle course for Orlando resort

An aerial rendering of the proposed layout of a Wibit Sports inflatable obstacle course at the Westgate Palace Resort, to be anchored in Sandy Lake.

Westgate Resorts is pursuing a new amenity for one of its resort hotels near International Drive, with plans to expand the hotel's footprint onto an adjacent lake.

Located at 6145 Carrier Dr., the 18-story, 403-unit Westgate Palace Resort borders Sandy Lake and lies directly south and across the lake from one of Universal Orlando's two new hotel sites that have replaced the former Wet 'n Wild water park.

This aerial image of the Westgate Palace Resort shows measurements of the Wibit water obstacle course, and how it would be placed on Sandy Lake.

Westgate has filed an amendment request with the city of Orlando to its previously approved Master Plan for the Palace Resort to add an outdoor recreation area, specifically an inflatable open-water obstacle course from Germany's Wibit Sports.

Westgate said in its application that the "floating sports obstacle course" would stay within its property boundaries that extend out into Sandy Lake, and will be an amenity only accessible to timeshare owners and guests staying at the hotel.


The course will be a seasonal amenity and removed during the off-season. It's inflatable parts are anchored to the lake bottom by concrete blocks.

Officials with Westgate did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday or Friday.

This would be the second Orlando-area location for Wibit's open-water obstacle course. Tavistock Development Company announced last year it was partnering with Wibit to place the water-based attraction on East Lake, as part of a new public park to serve Lake Nona's growing Laureate Park community.

There are currently seven other Wibit obstacle course locations in the state of Florida.

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