Grande Lakes

THE RITZ-CARLTON AND JW MARRIOTT SET THE STAGE FOR “GRANDE” FUN FACTS

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Jason Coletta / Keisha Holder   
Laura Davidson Public Relations
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jason@ldpr.com / keisha@ldpr.com


Q:  WHAT IS 2,448 “RUNNING” FEET AND HOLDS 672,000 GALLONS OF WATER?
A:  THE LAZY RIVER POOL AT GRANDE LAKES ORLANDO


**THE RITZ-CARLTON AND JW MARRIOTT SET THE STAGE
FOR “GRANDE” FUN FACTS**


Orlando, FL – It’s only fitting that the largest non-gaming construction project in the country, Grande Lakes Orlando, would have a plethora of facts and figures showcasing its “grandness.”  With only five months remaining to the big July 1 opening, the 584-room Ritz-Carlton Orlando and the 1,000-room JW Marriott Orlando will elevate America’s number one vacation destination to a new level of luxury and fun.  Sitting on 500-acres of landscaped grounds, Grande Lakes Orlando has surpassed expectations with the following facts:


• Lazy River Pool Facts (at the JW Marriott)
o 24,000 square feet
o 2,448 “running” feet around the pool’s perimeter
o 672,000 gallons of water
o 1,562 people in the pool at one time
• Resort Facts (The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott)
o 40 million man hours to date
o 1,900 workers on the site
o 2,200 miles of wire
o 2.5 million cubic yards of dirt
o 100,000 cubic yards of concrete
o 1 million square feet of tile and stone
o 4,500 tons of cooling (equivalent of 1,000 houses)
o 1.5 million roof tiles


When this vast estate opens, avid golfers will enjoy the Greg Norman designed 18-hole golf course which covers 7,210-yards and will offer an innovative Golf Caddie-Concierge program, the first of its kind at a golf resort in the U.S. Spa-goers will have a “fruitful” experience at the 40,000 square foot citrus-themed spa, managed by The Ritz-Carlton, with its 40 treatment rooms and a 6,000-square-foot fitness center.  


Further enhancing a stay at Grande Lakes Orlando will be the first-ever full-time Citrus Consultant who will introduce the benefits of citrus fruits throughout the property, from the spa and golf course to restaurants, kids program and meetings.


Grande Lakes is only minutes away from Orlando’s theme parks and will offer complimentary transportation to the parks from July 1 – December 31, 2003.
For reservations, call: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando at 1-800-576-5760/ JW Marriott Orlando at 1-800-576-5750.  For more information about Grande Lakes Orlando, visit www.grandelakes.com.



**Photos available upon request**


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MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR), a leading worldwide hospitality company has nearly 2,600 operating units in the United States and 66 other countries and territories. For information or reservations, visit  www.marriott.com.


The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C, a winner of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1992 and 1999, operates 54 luxury hotels throughout the world. For information or reservations, call (800) 241-3333 or visit  www.ritzcarlton.com.


JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts cater to discerning upscale travelers seeking a lodging experience of high comfort and prestige. The JW Marriott portfolio includes 29 hotels in 15 countries.  For information or reservations, call (800) 228-9290 or visit www.jwmarriotthotels.com.

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