Sun shines on Margaritaville Thursday

From:  City of Biloxi   6/22/16   GCN

The family-oriented destination resort Margaritaville opens on Point Cadet on Thursday and Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich says it will help capture a new audience for Biloxi.

"In the two days I've been off since I was mayor I visited a family-oriented spot like this, and I have to say this one is very competitive," said Gilich, who became Biloxi's mayor 13 months ago. "I have to believe that there are some people who are passing us by for similar places in Orange Beach (Ala.) or Destin (Fla.) and beyond, and this is something that gives us a new opportunity to bring people to Biloxi. This gives us the total package in a big way."

Margaritaville, which borrows its name and theme from the music of Pascagoula-born singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, is located in the former site of Casino Magic, but the site will bear little resemblance to the pre-Katrina resort. It will feature 373 guest rooms, 83 suites, restaurants and a host other amenities.

Time of the opening on Thursday has not yet been announced.

The resort features a family entertainment center, named Escape, that includes a 40-foot, two-story Volcano Rock Climbing Wall, allowing up to five people to climb up through the ceiling into the Margaritaville Restaurant above.

There's a Sky Trail ropes course, for the adventurer at heart and a Sky Tykes ropes course, designed for the future adventurers ages 2-7. A Cloud Coaster, part zip line, part roller coaster, and the Nation's first indoor zip-line roller coaster.

Visitors also will find two multi-game golf simulators packed with a library of 87 world class golf courses, six lanes of boutique bowling and hundreds of arcade games.

The complex also offers LandShark Bar & Grill, an indoor/outdoor destination, a perfect spot to catch the game or take in the views; Sweet Shack, an ice cream shop where over the top lemonades and ice cream libations featuring Dippin' Dots, fresh fruit purees and candy toppings will delight the kid in everyone; and three spacious private party rooms available for any occasion. Additionally, hotel guests will also enjoy an authentic island-inspired experience with the resort's 450-foot Lazy River, two water slides, swim up bar, lounge pool, Splash Pad and rope traverse.

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