Disney Announces a New Nature-Inspired Deluxe-Level Resort

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.

A new nature-inspired, mixed-use Disney resort will welcome families in 2022 along the picturesque shoreline of Bay Lake located between Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground at Walt Disney World Resort. The deluxe resort, which will be themed to complement its natural surroundings, will include more than 900 hotel rooms and proposed Disney Vacation Club villas spread across a variety of unique accommodation types. (Proposed – Artist Concept Only, © Disney)

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.

Black Spire Outpost is the name of the village inside of the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The village is closely associated with the geological formations that surround it. As the largest settlement on the planet Batuu, Black Spire Outpost is an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at Disneyland Resort in summer 2019 and at Walt Disney World Resort in late fall 2019. (Disney)

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.

A complete press release is available from Disney here.

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!

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