by Lisa A. Grimaldi | July 31, 2017
The groundbreaking ceremony for the 187-room Margaritaville Resort Orlando, situated along U.S. Highway 192 near Toll Road 429 in Western Osceola County, was held July 27. The resort is expected to open in late 2018.
 
When completed, the property will sport several of the brand's signature décor elements - including a giant flip-flop sculpture and upside-down margarita glass chandelier in the lobby. The 300-acre resort will feature a wide range of amenities, including 30,000 square feet of meeting and function space, 200,000 square feet of retail space, a dining and entertainment district, a 12-acre waterpark, a wellness center, wooded fitness trails, a water taxi system and a three-acre swimming area. The development will also include 1,000 Margaritaville-inspired units, including a mix of resort vacation homes, cottages, villas and time-share units.
 
"This is an exciting day for Margaritaville Resort Orlando, and sharing great food, drinks and fun is the best way to celebrate breaking ground on our Margaritaville-branded hotel," said Jim Bagley, project developer of the property. "Soon travelers from all over the world can escape to paradise with an unforgettable Margaritaville vacation in the heart of Orlando."