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Bonnett Creek Resort developer files plan for new luxury hotel at Disney’s World Drive interchange

The hotel is planned on 30 acres of vacant land on International Drive, north of the Gaylord Palms Hotel and south of the World Drive Interchange. The bottom image shows the main entrance to the hotel. The top image is the parking garage.
The hotel is planned on 30 acres of vacant land on International Drive, north of the Gaylord Palms Hotel and south of the World Drive Interchange. The bottom image shows the main entrance to the hotel. The top image is the parking garage. (Smallwood)

New York-based Development Ventures Group (DEVEN), which co-developed Orlando’s Bonnett Creek Resort, has filed plans with Orange County for a new luxury hotel and conference center just across I-4 at the southeast corner of the World Drive interchange.

Bonnett Creek Resort features a 1,000-room four-star Hilton Hotel and a 500-room 5-star Waldorf Astoria Hotel, the first all-new Waldorf Astoria to be built since the original in New York, with an 18-hole Rees Jones golf course.

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The new plan calls for a 528-key luxury hotel with an attached conference center, multiple restaurants, two pools — one for families and a separate adults’ pool — and two dozen paired villas along the perimeter of the pools. The hotel building would be seven stories and would have a shared parking garage with the 50,000-square-foot conference center with valet service to accommodate 492 vehicles.

The contemporary paired villas are situated along the perimeter of the resort, overlooking the two swimming pools.
The contemporary paired villas are situated along the perimeter of the resort, overlooking the two swimming pools. (Smallwood)

DEVEN has submitted a Preliminary Subdivision Plan and Development Plan with the placeholder name, Ten Acres International Orlando. The project would rise on approximately 30 acres, which is owned by GCB Associates and World Gateway Investments. The site plan provides the layout of the ballrooms, meeting rooms, guest rooms and a full-service spa and fitness center. There’s also a children’s center and a large outdoor event area off the conference center.

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Dining options in the hotel will have seating for 558 and would include a variety of cuisines, among them a casual diner, a noodle restaurant, a Mediterranean restaurant. A separate “Bungalow” restaurant with seating for 150 would be located in front of the main hotel entrance.

Harris Civil Engineers submitted the plans for the developer, and Atlanta-based architecture firm, Smallwood, led the design work.

DEVEN is making a major bet on Orlando, not only with the new resort. The company partnered with Ustler Development for the UnionWest student housing tower at Creative Village, and Craig Ustler told GrowthSpotter they will team up again for the second phase of student housing. He said the timeline will be dependant on how long it takes to restabilize UnionWest now that both downtown colleges are holding classes in person again.

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