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    The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin has broken ground and formally announced a third hotel--The Cove:

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    .... Another new hotel is coming to Walt Disney World, adding to a building boom that already includes hotels, theme park expansions and a new transportation system.

    Marriott International, which owns and operates the Swan and Dolphin hotels, revealed plans Tuesday for a new project called The Cove.

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    The Cove will be a tower hotel addition to the Swan and Dolphin, and it will include 349 rooms. When it’s complete, Marriott will have a total of 2,600 rooms in the Swan, Dolphin and Cove hotels.

    The hotel will be built across the street from the Swan and Dolphin on Epcot Resorts Boulevard, near the Fantasia Garden miniature golf course.

    “I’m sort of like a dad. I love the Swan, I love the Dolphin, but the newest baby is going to be something special,” said Fred Sawyers, general manager of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort.

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    Sawyers said The Cove will be group-oriented and event- or convention-focused, giving companies that may have outgrown the current property a reason to come back.

    “Demand has really been off the charts. We’re going to do about 5 percent more in occupancy this year than we’ve ever done before,” Sawyers said.

    According to tourism officials, 72 million people visited Orlando in 2017. With several other projects coming to Disney in the next few years, Sawyers believes 75 million people could visit Orlando this year.

    “I think it really does speak well of Orlando as a destination. We’ve got great infrastructure. Things like roads, the airport and convention center expanding … The future is very bright,” Sawyers said.

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    The Cove will include a rooftop venue for weddings or rental to VIP groups. Like the Swan and Dolphin hotels, The Cove will have walking access to Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the Boardwalk, Yacht and Beach resorts.

    Sawyers expects The Cove to open in less than two years.
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    The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin has broken ground and formally announced a third hotel--The Cove:
    Sounds great! I'm still trying to arrange a stay at the Dolphin or Swan. So maybe this will free up some rooms in the future!
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    Interesting. Such a very different look and feel from the S&D - probably on purpose. Lots going on at WDW these days - new attractions, lots of new hotel rooms, new roads, new transportation..... exciting time.

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