We waited as patiently as we could (because we had no choice). Originally, it was advertised as opening in the spring of 2007 but it finally came down to November. We have a couple of club members and the daughter of another member working there. Between them and the General Manager, we had some inside scoop on the opening. A few of us were lucky enough to get passes to the Friends and Family events before the actual opening. Those were designed to test the staff and the servers.
We were told the soft opening was Friday night and the press opening was this coming Tuesday. I ended up taking a vacation day on Friday and Norene came up from Tucson for the big day. We were so ready!
By the time we left at 9:30, about 70 club members had rolled in and out. Everyone was really jazzed about finally getting our own Margaritaville and we'll no doubt be spending lots of time there in the future. As a funny aside, there was an event at Jobing.com Arena right across from Margaritaville. The event was the Women of Faith Conference. Picture 12,000 religious women floating around while 900 Parrot Heads are rushing to their version of heaven.