Great Wolf Resorts buys 50 acres near Disney World

PUBLISHED BY: Paul Brinkman, Orlando Sentinel
PUBLISHED DATE: January, 2016

An affiliate of Great Wolf Resorts, a Wisconsin-based water park resort chain, has purchased about 50 acres near Walt Disney World for $23 million.

Back in November, Great Wolf told county officials it was contemplating its first resort in Florida.

Preliminary plans called for an 800-unit hotel, on 50 acres just across Interstate 4 from Disney Springs. Zoning on the property allows up to 1,400 hotel and timeshare units.

Great Wolf affiliate, GWR Orlando Property Owner, bought the land from Garrison Orlando Land LLC, according to county records.

“Great Wolf Resorts is always interested in expanding and bringing our unique indoor water park resorts to new markets. We are currently reviewing several viable options across the country and the Orlando area remains an option,” said Susan Storey, communications director at Great Wolf, said at the time.

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Great Wolf Resorts has 14 locations, mostly in colder climates where indoor water parks are big business, but the company may be planning an indoor-outdoor park in Florida.

The resorts have a rustic log cabin look, reminiscent of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and attractions like five-story water slides, wave pools and multi-level treehouses. It’s newest location is under construction in Colorado Springs.

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