$1.5bn Evermore resort in development next to Disney World

US: A new $1.5 billion mega-resort, the Evermore Orlando Resort, is set to be built on the doorstep of Walt Disney World in Florida and welcome guests by the summer of 2023.

The 1,100-acre resort, which aims to take the vacation home business into a “new level of luxury and sophistication”, is being created by Texas-based real estate investment and development firm, Dart Interests. The prospective development includes plans for villas, flats, an upscale hotel, a 20-acre tropical beach complex and a crystal lagoon.

The range of mansion-type villas, vacation rentals and flats will provide up to 10,000 bedrooms, many of which will accommodate visitors to the theme park. The resort’s flagship Conrad Hotel will hold 433 rooms and compete with Disney’s own five-star Four Seasons Hotel nearby.

It was announced that the first 1500 bedrooms will open in 2023 and the remaining rooms will become available through staged openings over the following five to six years.

Evermore Orlando Resort will be developed on the site of the Villas of Grand Cypress and the Grand Cypress Golf Club on the eastern edge of Walt Disney World. Back in 2012, the club was bought by Dart Interests, which wants to launch an “entirely new hospitality category that will change the landscape of vacation rental homes”.

In its entirety, the resort will feature:

  • Five-to 11-bedroom vacation homes with private pools
  • Four-bedroom, four-bathroom units on the shore of a lagoon
  • Two- and four-bedroom classic units with patios and golf course or lagoon views
  • The 433-room Conrad Hotel featuring family suites and five-star amenities

Dart Interests president Christopher Kelsey said in a statement: “We are creating the first-ever wholly-owned, large-scale community of purpose-built vacation rental homes and operating them with hotel-quality standards and world-class resort amenities.

“Our approach solves the number one problem for vacation renters: uncertainty in the quality of the home. Almost all vacation rentals are owned by individuals, each with their own unique tastes and willingness to maintain the properties. Our centralised ownership model makes it possible for our guests to be certain they are getting a first-class home with superior safety standards.

“Our scale also means we can deliver a wider array of services to our guests, making their visit easier and more enjoyable. Plus, our range in sizes – from two bedrooms to 11 – makes us the perfect destination for any group, including large multi-generational or multi-family gatherings,” he added.

In addition to accommodation, Evermore Orlando Resort will feature meeting space, a spa, dining areas, and a new 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.

The Evermore Orlando Resort website states: “We don’t believe that renting a private house or staying at an amenity-packed resort should be an either/or proposition – so we’re building the best of both. Every element of Evermore is being designed to create an Orlando vacation oasis that feels uniquely stress-free from start to finish.

“Each accommodation is 100 per cent owned, managed and operated by our singular onsite team, offering the unique hospitality, safety, cleanliness, privacy, amenities and general trip peace of mind that can often be a hit-or-miss reality with private home rental.

“Evermore is a comprehensive redevelopment of the former Villas of Grand Cypress located adjacent to the Walt Disney World® Resort and only ten miles from Universal Orlando™ Resort, SeaWorld® and the Orange County Convention Center,” it adds.

The Evermore Orlando Resort is scheduled to open up to bookings next year, with the first guests set to be welcomed in summer 2023.