Flamingo Crossings is an area found at the intersection of State Road 429 and Western Way, just outside the western border of Walt Disney World. The shopping, dining, and hotel complex was announced way back in 2007, but the great recession put the project into hibernation. Now that it is finally awakening, the SpringHill Suites and TownPlace Suites (both operated by Marriott) are the first structures at Flamingo Crossings.
Currently, route 429 and Western Way are underutilized motorways so, with a car, it is relatively easy to get from Flamingo Crossings to anywhere on Disney property.
|Park/Area||Distance||Time Without Trafic|
|Magic Kingdom||7.8 miles||14 minutes|
|Epcot||6.3 miles||10 minutes|
|Disney’s Hollywood Studios||5.1 miles||9 minutes|
|Disney’s Animal Kingdom||5.0 miles||8 minutes|
|Disney Springs||6.8 miles||14 minutes|
I stayed at The SpringHill Suites February 18-20, 2016 and we may have been the first people to spend the night in our room. Being a brand new property everything was fresh and clean, but it being a new property also meant that not everything is completely finished. For instance, not all the rooms are available yet, and there are still construction people around working on their punch list. The restaurant will not be seating guests for a few months. This applies for the TownPlace Suites as well, since the two hotels share the soon to come restaurant as well as the pool and fitness center.
Generally, the two hotels have very similar lobbies and common areas, although they use different color schemes. Both hotels offer full complimentary breakfast. While I was there, I also got to see a two bedroom suite TownPlace Suites. While the SpringHill Suites’ rooms have a microwave and a mini-refrigerator, TownPlace Suites’ rooms have a full kitchen and dining area. Regarding flexibility, SpringHill Suites only have two room options: King Bed Studio or Two Queen Bed Studio. TownPlace has a King Bed Studio, Two Queen Bed Studio, One Bedroom Suite, and Two Bedroom Suite. All rooms have a full-size sofa bed.
|TownPlace Suites||SpringHill Suites|
|2 Queen Beds
|2 Queen Beds
|Room Size (sq.ft.)||386||272||434||624||410||327|
|Regular Rate (6/7/2016)||$139||$129||$149||$179||$129||$119|
Being suite hotels the rooms are larger than your typical hotel room. Marriott offers discounts for pre-payment, AAA, and others. For comparison, below is a table with Disney’s hotel categories and their price and sizes.
|CATEGORY||CHEAPEST RACK RATE||Room Size (sq.ft.)||BED SIZE|
|DELUXE VILLA||$393||344-2,349||Queen or King|
The Flamingo Crossings hotels do not qualify for any of the Disney onsite perks and there are currently no shuttles to the parks. To further the separation, there is absolutely nothing in walking distance to the two Marriott hotels. The closest restaurant, gas station, and grocery store require driving south to the next exit on 429 to 192. Hopefully with Marriott being the pioneers of Flamingo Crossings more business will be popping up soon. Once the I-4 construction is in full steam Flamingo Crossings and Western Way is going to be a very attractive alternative.