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.
Great Wolf affiliate, GWR Orlando Property Owner, bought the land from Garrison Orlando Land LLC, according to county records.
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.
Other attractions in the Great Wolf chain feature multiple restaurants, conference space, ropes and climbing, miniature golf, kids spas, and mini bowling.
Great Wolf was represented locally by Patrick Christiansen, attorney with the Akerman law firm.
New York-based Garrison Investment Group previously bought the property from UBS Bank for $8.75 million in 2010, marketed by CBRE.
The property is adjacent to the 1,037-unit Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas and just north of the Marriott Sabal Palms resort and golf course, and Marriott World Center.