Land Near Disney’s Animal Kingdom Reportedly Being Developed

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Tree of Life

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Land west of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is now under contract and being prepped for resort-style development, according to a new report.

GrowthSpotter reported this week that a Chicago-area company called the Walter Joseph Group led by real estate developer and advisor Kimm Dodaro is currently under contract to purchase land west of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

A Land Use Plan application states that Dodaro is looking to develop 260 short-term rental units and a nine-story hotel with up to 240 suites, all through a company she manages called Walter Blake Inc. It’s approximately 119 acres large, taken from Columnar Investments’ roughly 250-acre property assemblage north of U.S. 192 and west of Avalon Road.

View the location in the image below:

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Related: Construction Continues on Latest Disney World Development

Sean Froelich, Columnar’s Florida division partner, told GrowthSpotter the land under contract by Dodaro allows for a variety of uses, including timeshare units and short-term rentals, due to its growth center land use zoning. He said that although they are still in the preliminary stages at this time, the developer wants to being a resort-style community to the area.

We have to admit, it would be pretty awesome to be able to stay near Disney’s Animal Kingdom at accommodations that cost less that Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Imagine if you were renting a vacation home and you could see the floating mountains of Avatar land (properly called Pandora – the World of Avatar), the top of the Tree of Life on Discovery Island, or the peak of Expedition Everest roller coaster in Asia. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is so many Disney World guests’ favorite theme park on Disney property, so we wouldn’t be surprised if fans were excited to be able to stay close by so they could take a short drive to the theme park to ride Kali River Rapids, Na’Vi River Journey, or Kilimanjaro Safaris as many times as they want while on vacation.

Keep in mind that the land under contract is not owned by Disney, and these vacation rental properties would not be owned or operated by Disney at all. But they would provide another off-property option for vacationers who want to travel to the Most Magical Place On Earth without paying the cost of staying in a Disney Resort hotel. If you want to know more about the benefits of staying off-property, you can read one writer’s perspective here. 

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge
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The land surrounding Walt Disney World Resort has been in development for decades upon decades, and we have been covering construction progress and the development of land on and around Disney World property for some time now. You can read more below:

Would you consider staying offsite at a vacation rental like this if it was this close to Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Do you like having more options for accommodations when planning your Disney World vacation? Let us know in the comments.

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