What The Duck? Hyatt Snaps Up The Peabody Orlando, Steps on The Duck Parade
Hyatt Hotels has been on a roll lately. They've announced a handful of new Andaz Hotels as well as their new all-inclusive brands, Zilara and Ziva and now they've gone and snapped up the Peabody Orlando Convention Center Hotel.
In a press release, Hyatt announced that they will actually buy the property, worth about $717 million, and turn it into the Hyatt Regency Orlando Convention Center . The sale is expected to go through by October 1st and that's when the official Hyatt rebranding will happen.
Aside from being within 15 minutes of the Walt Disney theme parks and other Orlando attractions and next to the Orlando Convention Center, the Peabody is well-known for its duck parade, known as the March of the Peabody Ducks which happens twice a day at 11am and 5pm. Indeed, when we were in the area this past May, our cab driver pointed out the Peabody Hotel to us and said, "Oh every day here they have a great duck parade!" Here's what happens:
In a special elevator, the five North American mallard ducks, four hens and one drake, comprising The Peabody Ducks, descend from their $100,000 penthouse Royal Duck Palace.
When the elevator doors open, The Peabody Ducks, accompanied by their crimson-and-gold- braid-jacketed Duck Master™, take up their positions on a plush red carpet and begin The March of The Peabody Orlando Ducks to the strident tones of John Philip Sousa's King Cotton March.
Obviously, Hyatt isn't going to keep that Peabody tradition since, well, it's a Peabody thang. And it looks like the ducks are getting kicked out. Orlando Biz Journal says the ducks will stay with Peabody but will probably move to another location. The duckmaster, however, is probably out of a job. WTD???
[Photo: Peabody Orlando/Facebook]