Disney’s future looks pretty, well, futuristic according to the news circulating on their site. As soon as fall 2019, Walt Disney World Resort will be opening one of their most interactive, and possibly one of their most anticipated, hotels. You can also expect a touch of elegance at one of their newer resorts set to open December 2019 where you can marvel at the stunning sites from the sky and a luxury Lakeside Lodge set to open in 2022.
So, what are all these new and exciting resorts coming to Disney World? Read on to learn more about Disney’s upcoming additions.
4 Star Wars-Themed Resort: Fall 2019
That’s right! Disney is opening the first ever Star Wars-themed resort this fall. With promises of a 100% immersive Star Wars experience, guests can expect to become Star Wars citizens as they take part in the story during their stay. Its location will be adjacent to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Though it won’t be connected directly to the park, Disney promises “a seamless connection.”
Using images from a permit filed for the hotel’s wastewater/sewer system, the Internet was able to piece together a visual of what guests can expect on the first floor. Security seems to be the first stop before boarding the spacecraft, or as you earthlings call it, “checking into your hotel room.” The initial X-ray screening of your belongings at the entrance should alleviate any further security check at the park.
The plans show 34 cabins (“guest rooms”), and according to this first look of the hotel released by Disney, every window in the hotel will display virtual scenes from space. It’ll be as if you are truly on an outer space mission. Star Wars characters and stories come to life in the common areas of the hotel, and Disney encourages guests to dress in Star Wars-inspired attire. Bob Chapek, Disney’s chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is quoted as saying “We are working on our most experiential concept ever,” to a panel at the D23 Expo.
3 Disney Riviera Resort: Winter 2019
As the 15th Disney Vacation Club Resort, the Disney Riviera brings the fairytale enchantment to life. The Deluxe Resort is expected to mimic the similar high rise feel of the Bay Lake Tower. Grand archways and elegant terraces are influenced by the timeless architecture found in Europe and the Mediterranian.
Modern and classic 20th-Century furniture adorns the main lobby, along with an exclusive art collection celebrating Disney characters. Outside, the landscape is made up of beautiful gardens and captivating fountains that seem to spew magic. Rooms consist of Tower Studios for up to two guests, Deluxe Studios which can accommodate up to five guests, and one and two bedroom suites that provide the luxury of private bedrooms. Three-bedroom grand villas can accommodate up to 12 guests.
Bus transportation will be provided for access to any of the parks. But as an added convenience, guests staying at the Disney Riviera Resort will have direct access to the New Disney Skyliner. The Skyliner will whisk you away by air for an easy connection to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
There will be four eatery options serving European-style cuisine. For grab-and-go snacks or quick-service trattoria, check out Primo Piatto. Bar Riva, the pool bar, will serve European- and Mediterranean-style fare and drinks made to order. The perfect place for coffee and pastries will be located in the main lobby — Le Petit Café. The cafe is set to transform into a bustling wine bar as the day winds down. For dinner, the hotel will boast a regional menu at Topolino's Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera and unobstructed views of the nighttime fireworks shows at Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In the morning, the same restaurant will transform into Disney’s Character Dining experience for breakfast.
2 Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge: 2022
This Deluxe Resort isn’t set to open until 2022 as Disney’s 16th Disney Vacation Club property but was confirmed at the D23 event. The “nature inspired” theme is true to the zen-like design presented. The resort will take the place of the former River Country water park; on Bay Lake between Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness. The 900 room resort will consist of both regular rooms and Disney Club rooms.
Permits filed with the state have revealed more telling information about the hotel's expected layout. In addition to the 900 rooms within the hotel, the permit seems to show bungalows lining the shore of Bay Lake, possibly similar to those found at Copper Creek in Wilderness Lodge. Visitors can also expect some changes to the surrounding area to make space for the new resort.
Pioneer Hall, a popular entertainment venue found in Fort Wilderness, will go through a major overhaul to make space for Reflections. Though they don't expect to rid of it completely, it will be impacted. However, you can expect to miss Tri-Circle-D ranch and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ as they will both be demolished in the building process.
1 New Gran Destino Tower: Reservations Beginning This Summer
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is set for an expansion. The 15- story Gran Destino Tower will serve as the focal point for guests staying at the resort. The tower will boast a two-story lobby, and add 495 rooms and 50 suites. Inside the rooms, guests will find updated technology; a virtual assistant that can provide information on park hours, bus information, and PhotoPass photos, and smart TV systems with free access to seven On-Demand Disney movies. An epic table-service restaurant with a theme will sit on top of the resort offering panoramic sights of the Walt Disney World resort.
The existing 1,800 rooms within the Coronado Springs resort have all been fully renovated with new details to discover. The rooms are expected to be installed with the same technology as the tower in the future. A new color palette will work to bring the new resort experience full circle, combining the old and new. A new walkway stretching across Lago Dorado will give all guests convenient access to the new restaurant opening on an island in the middle of the lake.
Guests can begin making reservations to stay at the New Gran Destino Tower starting July 2019.