Though everything is completely shuttered because of the global pandemic, it looks like Disney is taking a step forward in construction at Flamingo Crossings.

According to the Orlando Business Journal, on April 30th, a notice was filed to commence the construction of new buildings.

The permits for the construction do highlight the locations where work will be carried out and Flamingo Crossings is one of them. 

It is said that it will feature a retail hub that will comprise 250,000 sq. ft. having more than 50 storefronts.

Construction and Addition of Restaurants

Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co., a Five Below store, several restaurants, and hotels were revealed by Disney world which is expected to be a part of this new development. Besides, nearly 2,000 guest rooms are being included in the currently open suites, which are SpringHill Suites and TownPlace Suites by Marriot. 

As per resources, it is said that Disney has announced that Hampton Inn is expected to complete in 2021, taking the Flamingo Crossings to 1750 rooms. Moreover, four other hotels, namely Fairfield and Residence Inn by Marriott and Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton, are under construction.

Realtor Victor Nawrocki says “Flamingo Crossing is the cornerstone of the booming Horizons West area. A new over 55 community is just breaking ground. There are six other communities, with a variety of family-friendly features, within minutes featuring single-family homes and townhomes. All within the glow of Disney World.”

According to the Orlando Business Journal, Target announced that they will have their next store at Flamingo Crossings. And not just that, many other businesses and food chains, including Dunkin Donuts, PDQ, a UPS store, Wendy’s, Domino’s, Sushi and Walgreens, Firehouse Subs, and Ellie Lou’s Brews & BBQ, are also stepping here.

Disney said, “These brands will join a stellar lineup of previously announced shops and restaurants including Target, which will serve as the primary anchor, PDQ, Five Guys, Ben & Jerry’s and Dunkin’. Walgreens is also currently under construction on an outparcel.”

Lodging at the West of Disney

Disney is also planning construction at the west of the resort, which shows its commitment to unique placemaking. It will be a tourist-commercial district outside the entrance of Disney.

This development is comparable to the size of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The early development plans include 4,000 to 5,000 lodging units, which will be value-priced, and the commercial space will consist of 300,000 – 500,000 square feet. 

Designed at the gateway around the interchange, this development will become a convenience for Cast members, Central Florida Visitors, and nearby residents. However, the whole project will be completed in phases and will take over the next 8-10 years.

Good News for Students

Finally, many campus-style housings are under the plan for students who participate in the Internships and College Program set by Disney. Furthermore, another project is being started by American Campus Communities, which includes building houses for around 10,400 college students. You can learn more at The first phase of these projects has opened in 2020, and the whole project will be completed by mid-2023. 

Moreover, other 1,300 apartments are in line for the area.