Permits filed yesterday with the South Florida Water Management District indicate Hampton Inn & Suites will be coming to the Flamingo Crossing area, which is located just west of the Animal Kingdom resort area. Disney announced in 2017 they would be retaining ownership of Flamingo Crossing and to develop the location into a value-oriented retail location. Senior Disney Real Estate Manager, Henry Thrash, indicated that the new offerings won’t be like their other retail location Disney Springs, instead, Flamingo Crossing is being focussed on value, and will include mostly fast-casual dining options.
Plans for Flamingo Crossing call for twenty-nine retail and restaurant buildings across forty-five acres and five value hotels that will be developed in three phases. Currently, Flamingo Crossing is home to SpringHill Suites and TownHill Suites by Marriott. Last November it was revealed that Holiday Inn Resort and Hyatt House Resort would be coming to the Flamingo Crossing area, and this new Hampton Inn & Suites will be across the street from the Holiday Inn & Hyatt House. Total room count between the resorts at Flamingo Crossing so far will be just under 1,000 rooms and over 4,000 feet of convention space. Flamingo Crossing will also be home to 1,300 apartments for use by the Disney College Program.