Currently, fans and guests are seeing one of the most
Disney is keen to stay ahead of the game in providing accommodation to suit every type of guest. However, many current and long-time fans are divided: Is the pace of these developments cause for concern? Or are we about to see an exciting transformation of the Walt Disney World hotel experience?
Many of the upcoming hotels seem to opt for a contemporary, modern and luxurious feel instead of story-led, highly themed resorts. “Disney’s Riviera Resort,” a Disney Vacation Club resort, will provide an additional 300+ rooms and is expected to open this fall.
It is a high and a rather wide tower block overlooking Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.
After the announcement many fans were quick to take to social media, likening the building to something they might see on the Las Vegas strip!
I wouldn’t necessarily go that far but, like “Gran Destino Tower” at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, it does feel as though Disney is choosing to quickly develop high-capacity functional hotels over perhaps more considered family orientated, moderate resorts.
But is this trend cause for concern? Probably not.
Refurbished rooms at many established resorts point toward more subtle theming and contemporary design. They work well in my opinion and perhaps attract new DVC members and convention guests.
Another resort that is likely to follow this pattern is “Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge,” one recently announced DVC resort. The initial artist concepts look very generic in design and, like many, I will admit concern about how close it will be to the tranquil and immersive “Fort Wilderness.”
The Cove, a new sibling hotel tower alongside the Swan & Dolphin Hotels is also under construction; adding even more rooms for event guests, conventioneers, and VIPs.
I’m sure all of these resorts will be grand in design and very beautiful, but will they have that Disney storytelling; that magic that sets Disney hotels apart? We’ll soon see.
However, in contrast, land clearing has begun on what will be Disney’s most immersive hotel ever. Star Wars Hotel will be an attraction itself and fully transport guests into the Star Wars universe; seamlessly connecting guests to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
With all those factors in mind, one thing is certain: All these new hotels ensure Disney is widening their net; attracting many different types of guests to Orlando.
The powers that be are quickly changing the landscape of the Walt Disney World, offering a new type of Disney immersion; be it subtle or all-encompassing.
While those changes are appealing to many demographics, I just hope the beautifully themed resorts of the past are not forgotten or dismissed, and future guests view all of the varied Disney resorts with as much wonder and amazement as I have…