The Orlando area might soon have its second JW Marriott hotel, as developers have filed a plan for a new JW on 10.6 acres near Wyndham’s Bonnet Creek Resort and southeast of Disney World’s Epcot.
The property is owned by DCS Investments of West Palm Beach, also known locally as the owner and developer of the upscale Bella Collina golf resort development near Clermont.
DCS plans a 516-room hotel, at 16 stories, with 50,000 square feet of meeting space, a rooftop bar and signature restaurant. Randall Greene of DCS declined to comment on the plan. The company obtained $240 million financing from the Bank of the Ozarks.
Kimley Horn, a planning and engineering firm, filed an application Monday on behalf of DCS for the new hotel, with bare-bones detail. The application identifies the project as JW Marriott at Bonnet Creek, with an address on Chelonia Parkway, placing the hotel at the southwest corner of Epcot Center Drive and Interstate 4.
The JW Marriott Grande Lakes is one of the largest hotels in the Orlando area at about 1,000 rooms. The JW Marriott brand is owned by Marriott International, named after John Willard Marriott, the hotelier’s founder.
According to property records, DCS bought the property for $2.2 million in 2013.The site, at the end of Chelonia, was previously prepped for a project that stalled during the recession, and some rough grading is already complete.
The architect on the project is the Orlando office of Huitt-Zollars (formerly Morris) which plans a modern look.
If approved, the hotel would join a flood of new Walt Disney World attractions, including an immersive “Star Wars”-themed resort, a “Tron” ride and enhancements to Epcot that were just announced this summer.
Some of the additions will be timed to the 50th anniversary of Disney World in 2021, Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said at a session of D23, the official Disney fan club in Anaheim, Calif.
At Epcot, there will be a new “Guardians of the Galaxy” ride, a new “Ratatouille”-themed ride in France, new films in China and within Mission: Space, which is also getting a table-service restaurant nearby.
The “Guardians” ride will be “rooted in an Epcot story” on the Future World side, Chapek said.
That’s all in addition to the Pandora land based on the movie “Avatar” that just opened at Animal Kingdom.
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