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Action Sports & Entertainment Resort Coming to Central Florida

Most visitors to Florida, especially in the Winter months, are trying to escape the snow, however, developers of a newly proposed Action Sports & Entertainment Resort wish to change that. Developers have unveiled a $309 million resort near the intersection of U.S. 192 and S.R. 535 that might include a 14-story ski and snowboard mountain. The 75-acre site being considered would also include many other action sports activities. Forget about the ride-oriented theme parks! This one is going to get you moving!

Xero Gravity Action Sports LLC plans to develop this large resort, however, they are still investigating the property. The location being considered is a previously wooded area just east of the Target store at 4795 West Irlo Bronson (U.S. 192). It is about four miles east of Celebration, near Disney World and other primary Orlando theme parks.

It is estimated that over one million guests would attend the resort each year, and they would employ 1,000 people. A study performed also projects approximately $1.97 billion taxable sales would be generated over a ten-year period. The developers are looking to Osceola County for incentives and financing.

Action Sports & Entertainment Resort

Proposed layout of a new Action Sports & Entertainment Resort coming to Central Florida in 2018.

Action Sports & Entertainment Resort

So what would an Action Sport Resort look like? Not only would it include the huge ski/snowboard mountain (with fake snow), it will also have nine snow tubing lanes. Another portion of the park would offer a 25,000 square foot indoor/outdoor skateboard park, a BMX sanctioned race track, a rock climbing course, zip line, water slides and more. For the Entertainment Resort side, plans are to offer sports shows and clinics, as well as daily competitions. That’s not all. Additional features of the Action Sports & Entertainment Resort include:

  • 250-room Hyatt branded hotel with roof top pool and bar
  • International Action Sports Hall of Fame
  • Two “skydiving pods”
  • 20,000 square foot indoor dodge-ball trampoline arena
  • Challenge course, rock climbing up to 140 feet and zip lining throughout the park
  • A “rapid river” and two 14-story waterslides by WhiteWater
  • 2,000 seat amphitheater
  • Swimming pools, cabanas, day spa
  • Restaurants

“We are developing a one-of-a-kind sports and entertainment resort which provides unique hands-on experiences. We will be hosting televised pro and amateur competitions, think X-games, with sports shows and clinics, and we will have daily competitions at all venues for visitors who like to compete.”
               -Larry Walshaw, CEO and founder of Xero Gravity

New Resort Details

The costs to participate and many other details will come at a later date as they are announced. Up until recently, the new project had been kept secret. It’s not a secret any longer! Now that the news is out, some people are skeptical that the new resort will ever be developed. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: A fairly large deposit ($50k) has already been made for the property with another due by April 20, 2015. Once that date arrives, we’ll have a better idea if snow skiing is coming to Florida. Stay tuned!

Don’t put away your snowboard just yet. On your next vacation to Central Florida, you may want to bring it with you! The first action theme park may open early 2018. So you have plenty of time to work on your landing switch. If you’re not comfortable on the slopes, don’t worry. There will be over 27 exciting adventurous activities for the entire family. I’m already looking forward to a vicious game of dodge-ball. Are you ready to play?

New Resort at Universal Orlando Now Open

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Cabana Bay Beach Resort is now open at Universal Orlando. While this is the fourth on-site hotel, it is the first resort in which family value has been the aim of the Orlando theme park. This is welcome news as families travel to the Central Florida area for Spring Break. It will even get better for Summer vacations!

When you step into this new resort hotel, you may think you are stepping back into the 50’s and 60’s. The decor is very retro. Every detail has been set to look like a classic beach resort from an earlier era. Many of us think of the earlier years as a simpler time. Perhaps more relaxing and family-oriented. Cabana Bay Beach Resort will take you back to this time. In a way it is a no-frills kind of place, but as most know, Universal doesn’t do anything “no thrills.”

In this resort you’ll find many amenities to thrill your family, including:

  • 10,000 square-foot pool where you can slide down the iconic dive tower waterslide
  • 10-lane Galaxy Bowl ($15 per person for 1 hour of time for 1-3 people)
  • Jack LaLanne Physical Fitness Studio
  • Retro-themed specialty cocktails from Swizzle Lounge or Atomic Tonic
  • Bayliner Diner, a food court with something for everyone

This Summer, you can add these amenities to the list:

  • Another huge swimming pool – with a lazy river
  • The Hideaway Bar & Grill
  • Value-priced Standard Rooms
  • More Family Suites

The family suite is the way to go if you are vacationing with 4 or more people. It can sleep up to six people with a fold-out bed. It also includes a kitchenette for preparing lighter meals to help save money. Don’t forget, there is a Starbucks on site for coffee-lovers. The family suite offers partitioned spaces so the family won’t feel like they are all crammed into the same room. Rates start as low as $134 per night for longer vacations and $174 per night for shorter stays. Standard rooms are even less costly, but you won’t have nearly as much space.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Make sure to do some cost comparison. While the Cabana Bay Beach Resort is tagged as a “value” hotel choice, it will all depend upon your other Universal Studios plans. For instance, if you are wanting early park admission, express unlimited ride access, free water taxi rides and priority seating at restaurants within the resort, these items are not included with a package deal at this resort. By the time you add these special items, the cost may equal the Hard Rock, Royal Pacific and Portofino Bay which do include these benefits.

For more information, or to make a reservation, call 1-888-273-1311 or visit UniversalOrlando.com. You may also find more interesting reasons to visit this new resort by viewing the video below. Cabana Bay is the Way to go if you are a family that loves to vacation together!

New Resort Makes Universal Studios Vacation More Affordable

Universal Studios will be ramping up its family vacation appeal. In 2014 two important factors will help bring vacationers to Orlando to experience this theme park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™ will be opening sometime during the year. Plus a new, even more affordable, hotel will be complete by the end of March.

Cabana Bay Resort

The Cabana Bay Beach Resort will be one of the most affordable resorts on Universal property and their 4th largest. Rooms are priced as low as $90 and family suites at $131. Vacation packages are already being sold at a discount up until mid-June. Some features, such as the Lazy River Courtyard, Hideaway Bar and Grill, Tower Family Suites and Standard Rooms will not be available until the grand opening scheduled for July 1, 2014.

When complete, this resort will  feature 1,800 rooms, a 10-lane bowling alley, posh pools (with a lazy river and sand beaches), a food court and more. It is estimated to create 600 permanent jobs. Once complete, Universal will have 4,200 hotel rooms and suites on its property. Do not be surprised when they begin building more. Other Orlando theme parks, Disney to be exact, have proven that on-site resorts keep guests away from the competition and offer guests a complete experience.

Cabana Bay Resort

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Book a family suite by the end of January and save up to 47% off. Basically, you get a family suite for the price of a standard room! Even though some features of this new resort will not be complete, it is still a great way to experience Universal Studios. This deal also offers early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, one hour before the theme park opens (valid theme park admission required), complimentary shuttle buses to both Orlando theme parks and Universal CityWalk.