Soon there will be more than just a Margaritaville restaurant in Orlando. A lot more. A “Margaritavillage,” consisting of a hotel, vacation homes, retail space, water park, and a lot more will be built on 300 acres near Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
A new resort called Margaritavillage, which will include a hotel, more than 1,000 vacation homes and condos, retail and a beach area, will open in Osceola County in 2017, its developers said Wednesday.
The Margaritavillage hotel is expected to have 175 to 300 rooms and would include a lake with a dedicated beach area and a regional water park. A “lagoon-sized” pool is also planned, said Bagley.
The development plans also include a “FinCity” arcade, a St. Somewhere Spa, a planetarium, a Son of a Sailor fishing school, paddle boarding and kayaking.
Additionally, 170,000 square feet of retail space will be built. No brands have been announced, but Bagley said there’s been strong demand for leasing information.
Encore will develop and own food-and-beverage options, which have not been detailed, at the resort. Plans do not include building a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant, said Bagley. There’s a Margaritaville restaurant at Universal Orlando CityWalk, near the entrance of the Island of Adventure theme park.
Site preparation is underway, and developers expect to begin vertical construction in the third quarter of 2016. All phases of the project will be under construction at the same time.
Margaritaville and HSN announce the launch of Margaritaville-branded merchandise, including a mix of Margaritaville’s best-selling products and exclusive items created specifically for HSN shoppers. The launch coincides with HSN’s month-long 38th Birthday celebration and features a series of “5 O’clock Somewhere” shows each Friday, starting at 5pm ET! The first 5 O’Clock Somewhere show will also feature Radio Margaritaville’s very own Kirsten!
Shop the collection online here and be sure to tune in online to watch the first 5 O’clock Somewhere show today at 5pm ET!
Paradise will soon arrive at HSN, Inc. through an expansive new partnership with Margaritaville Enterprises that will bring an impressive range of Margaritaville-inspired culinary, home, electronics, beauty and apparel products to HSN and HSNi’s Cornerstone division brands, Frontgate and TravelSmith. The largest partnership of the year for HSNi, this new collaboration represents a dynamic new distribution platform for the fast-growing Margaritaville brand, which is influenced by the laid-back, island way of life where “it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.”
“We’re thrilled to launch this new partnership with HSNi and provide millions of new consumers the opportunity to experience the Margaritaville way of life, wherever their current latitude,” said John Cohlan, CEO, Margaritaville Enterprises. “From our island-inspired home décor and entertaining products to our frozen concoction makers and apparel, each item in the collection embodies escapism, relaxation, paradise and the Margaritaville state of mind.”
The Margaritaville-HSNi partnership officially launches today with an assortment of 142 home products appearing on the Frontgate website. This will be supported with a Frontgate catalog mailing to 10 million U.S. homes. In mid-May, HSNi’s TravelSmith brand, will offer its customers a curated mix of apparel, swimwear and accessories for both men and women on the TravelSmith website and within its catalog, just in time for the summer travel season.
Jimmy Buffett has a cameo in the new Jurassic World movie:
You might not recognize him at first, but according to the film’s production designer, Buffett was double-fisting liquor and mugging for the camera as the sky fell down around him. “It’s just a little tiny bit when the Pteranodons start to attack and you see him running, and he’s holding a couple of margaritas,” Edward Verreaux told Yahoo Movies earlier this week. “He’s trying to gingerly keep the margaritas safe.”
There’s no photographic evidence of Buffett in the movie yet, but we did discover a shot of him deep within the Jurassic World website, where you can see him having a typically joyful time during a marketing photo shoot.
So, how did the 68-year-old rock legend get so involved with the movie?
Buffett has been friends with Jurassic World producer Frank Marshall for over 30 years, and they frequently work together. Buffett acted in and provided music for the 2011 Marshall-produced family film Hoot, and he had a cameo in the Marshall-directed 1995 movie Congo. The two also partnered on a Facebook game back in 2013, appropriately titled Margaritaville.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Hotel is looking to fill hundreds of jobs before it opens this fall:
Tim Arnold, director of food and beverage at the Jimmy Buffett-inspired resort, said he is looking to fill about 300 jobs for the 349-room hotel and its eight restaurant and bar venues.
Hundreds of applicants are expected to participate in the resort’s hiring event June 23-25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Hillcrest Golf & Country Club, 4600 Hillcrest Drive in Hollywood.
Arnold told the South Florida Business Journal that job seekers will be placed in a “dynamic” environment at the event to see how they respond to the Margaritaville vibe, while still maintaining their professionalism. He said they should also bring resumes and be prepared to talk about their past work experience.
“We’re not hung up on the dress code,” Arnold said about the event. “We’re focused more on personality, enthusiasm.”
Margaritaville Hollywood expects to hire people from all hospitality backgrounds, Arnold said, from previous amusement park workers to luxury hotel workers and others.
Read more at the South Florida Business Journal.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Cafe in New Orleans will close on June 30th, but reopen later this year or early next year in a new location.
Today Margaritaville New Orleans announced that the restaurant, bar and live music venue will move from their current address at 1104 Decatur Street to a new location on upper Decatur. The new venue is currently in the design stage, with construction scheduled to begin later this year.
“We will always have a presence in the city that gave Jimmy his start. Margaritaville has had an awesome 22 year run on Decatur Street and we are not done yet,” said Bret Brown, Margaritaville’s Director of Domestic Operations. “We have made the decision to vacate our current location on lower Decatur before completion of our new property in the interest of making way for another namesake live music venue, BB Kings, to become the next tenant at the historic Storyville Music Hall location.”
The new Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort in Florida is now taking reservations, with the first date available as October 1st (though the firm opening date may change slightly).
Rates at the 349-room resort on the Broadwalk begin at $259 a night, a hotel spokeswoman said Tuesday.
The resort includes 151 king rooms, 154 queen rooms and 44 suites, along with the Jimmy Buffett Suite and the Coral Reefer Suite, which will occupy the penthouse level of the 17-story resort.
The $147 million Margaritaville, at Johnson Street and State Road A1A, will include eight restaurants and bars, oceanside pools, a FlowRider wave ride, spa and fitness center and 30,000 square feet of convention space.
“We look forward to welcoming our first guests,” General Manager Cate Farmer said in a news release Tuesday.
Reservations are being accepted for stays starting Oct. 1, but the date will be adjusted when a firm opening date is set, the spokewoman said.
So far, the Margaritaville has said only that it will open in “summer 2015.” Hotel developer Lon Tabatchnick told city commissioners in April that Margaritaville could open after mid-July and before Labor Day, if all goes as planned.
You can book a room by calling 1-844-5OCLOCK (844-562-5625) or online at www.MargaritavilleResorts.com