Other changes at include the reduction of the spaces available in the new parking garage (which will be about 1,700), the reduction of the space that will be used for the on-site spa (according to the Sentinel, the spa has been cut in half to about 20,000 square feet), and the removal of a performance theater.
By reducing the size of the development, the developers hope to alleviate concerns about the amount of traffic the site could bring, making the project more appealing to nearby residents and businesses.
Looks like an eyesore, that just seems like too much trouble to visit.
If I can elaborate, driving around Orlando there's already so many malls and plazas with empty buildings and rooms. It just doesn't seem like what Orlando needs right now is more buildings, when so many sit empty.
What orlando needs more than anything right now is a massive fix to its public transportation.
You have disney world at one end, Universal at the other and nothing really joining the two, trams or a monorail would be perfect, you could have it detour to shops, sea world and such, making the route it takes as much of an experience as the final destination.
Also, there is no reason there can't be multiple routes, connect the convention centre to the big parks and, it gives people coming to the city for conventions other places to stay at, or maybe entice them to spring for a day trip to a park.
Mears has to much of a stranglehold on transport around in general but, even that is not perfect. Getting to the florida mall will run you 50 bucks each way or 20 if you use the shuttle they offer, on one of the two days they offer it and can fill in 6 hours shopping.
It is really great to see Disney, Universal, Sea World and all the hotel companies building more and doing more for the area, but right now its such a mess to get around, I really wonder if its worth it.
What you propose (great idea) will never happen.
Disney want's to keep their guests hostage on their property. They will lose money if you exit the area.
The Florida Mall has never been so crowded and the mall at Millenia is doing well to. Both outlet malls are doing great.
The only one with a problem is Artegon Marketplace and rightly so because it's ugly (I hate the redesign). There is a place for anoter tourist area mall and hotels.
Future mass transit has a name: Uber. Uber plus new I-4 is all that is needed.
It would be nice to actually have mass transit that doesn't cost $15 to get from Disney property to International Drive. But this is Florida we're talking about and it will not happen any time soon.
If you're going from I-Drive to Disney (or vice versa) use the Lynx bus if there's not too many of you. Costs $2 each way per person, or you can get a 7 day ticket from the official tourist centre for $16.00.
Catch the 8 bus to one of the two stops opposite Seaworld (employee car park entrance or Renaissance Hotel) then the 50 bus to the Ticket and Transportation Centre. It takes a bit of time - about an hour - but you'll save a boatload, and with the pass you can travel up and down the drive, as well as to Florida Mall and other places
(Source - been using it as a tourist yearly for about a decade...)
All of you just wrote garbage before me, listen up, this hotel is not for you all.
Go back and light your pants on fire with a couple ancient stones if you know how do it.
This project will attract quality people in this planet unlike you all.
Shame on you.
The original design looked better this one looks weird but I'm sure once its built I'll like it more. This is different enough and new enough to extract people to it especially being on I drive. It being a hotel and resort will also help it succeed. I'm excited for it as well as all the new attractions on I drive.