Disney announced today that an all-new deluxe resort is coming to Bay Lake in 2022! The new mixed-use resort will be heavily inspired by nature and will be located between Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground (presumably on the site of the now defunct River Country). Once the resort (and the other current resort expansions) are completed, upwards of 1,700 new hotel rooms and proposed Disney Vacation Club Villas will be opening within the next four years.
The currently unnamed nature-inspired resort coming to Bay Lake will add approximately 900 rooms to this total, along with the proposed Disney Vacation Club villas and a number of new unique accommodation types. With the addition of this Magic Kingdom Area Resort, Disney will be opening its 16th Disney Vacation Club resort slated to continue the all of the plus sides of Disney Vacation Club ownership, namely value and flexibility.
Along with this new resort, the re-imagining of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will be completed by mid-2019, including the new 15-story tower on the shores of Lago Dorado. The tower will feature a rooftop restaurant, two-level lobby, concierge lounge, brand new meeting and convention space, and an additinal 545 guest rooms and suites. Additionally, the 1,800 existing guest rooms have been updated with new fixtures and modernized design features.
Disney’s Riviera Resort will also open next year in the Epcot Resort Area, and it will be one of the resorts connected to both International Gateway at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios via the all-new Disney Skyliner. Nearby, a new resort that will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is in the works, and once completed this resort will create an entirely immersive Star Wars experience.
George A. Kalogridis, president of the Walt Disney World Resort, expressed the current projects as “[our] most significant expansion in the last two decades and the combined 1,700 new hotel rooms and proposed Walt Disney World Vacation Club villas [we are] building at four different resorts will create thousands of new construction and permanent jobs and will drive economic opportunity and incremental revenue for Central Florida.
What do you guys think? Are you excited for all the new resort experiences we’ll start seeing in the coming years? We’re stoked about the rooftop restaurant at the new tower at Coronado Springs and for the addition of a new Magic Kingdom Area Resort on Bay Lake!