News: Name Announced for New Disney World Resort and More!

D23’s Destination D event was jam-packed with news and announcements from Bob Chapek, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman. Some exciting news included the name of a previously announced new nature-themed resort in Walt Disney World and details on another resort opening in 2019.

Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek revealed exciting details of new experiences coming to Disney Parks during D23’s Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse fan celebration in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Ty Popko)

Chapek also shared a sneak peek of Disney’s Riviera Resort, currently in progress, opening in the fall of 2019.

New Disney World Resort Name Announced

The new nature-themed resort will be named Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge.

Concept Art ©Disney

This will be a deluxe, nature-inspired resort with more than 900 hotel rooms and proposed Disney Vacation Club villas.

Learn More about the resort here.

Details on Disney’s Riviera Resort Announced

Chapek also offered a sneak peek at Disney’s Riviera Resort, inspired by the European grandeur Walt Disney experienced in his travels along the Mediterranean coastline.

Inspired by the European grandeur Walt Disney experienced in his travels along the Mediterranean coastline, Disney’s Riviera Resort is projected to open in fall 2019. This proposed resort will be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property. (Disney)

Projected to open in fall 2019, this proposed resort will be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property.

Learn more about the resort here.

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14 Replies to “News: Name Announced for New Disney World Resort and More!”

  1. Kathy, the old Florida resident 3 season passes were great, weren’t they! you could not go during the summer or any holiday periods, but they were dirt cheap and during the times that were allowed the parks were empty. Even as late as the early 2000’s, I think they were still under $200. And pass holders got a huge discount on hotels. We would get 2 and sometimes 3 week long trips out of one pass (September, May, and January). And with the cheap tickets, we weren’t shy about spending money for hotels, food and shopping, so Disney still made a profit off of us. We went through depression when we moved out of Florida in 2002 and discovered what normal people were paying for tickets.

    You will love Yellowstone! It’s an amazing place. Warning though. The animals (characters) at WDW might hug you to death or occasionally sexually harass you. But when you step out of your car in Yellowstone you are part of the food chain and subject to being eaten, trampled, gored and mauled. A grizzly bear killed an elk on the same trail we had just walked down the previous day. And one day we couldn’t leave the old faithful hotel for 20 minutes because a herd of bison were blocking the front entrance. It is truest a bucket list destination.

    1. More hotels = More overcrowding and lines at the parks. Don’t forget about the off property hotels going up.

      How about a 3rd Disney park at say maybe, Texas?

    1. You don’t like Disney’s-Lake Wobegon Lodge? “Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.” – Garrison Keillor

  2. Two new resorts. One will be a deluxe ($$$$$$$$) and the other a Disney Vacation Club (timeshare ownership). “this proposed resort will be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property”.

    Good people, don’t keep doubting me when I tell you that WDW is well on its way to becoming a high end semi-private park. And do you really think they are spending a fortune on the skyway from the value resorts to the parks to haul a bunch of penny pinching hoi polloi around. Just watch how fast they turn that place into a Vacation club when the skyway is done. Time to wipe the pixie dust out of your eyes and see the future of WDW.

    1. Ken, You’re so right. Our last trip in Nov 2017 (WDW trip #12 since 1988) may well be our last. Astronomical hotel prices even with so called discounts, 2-3 hour wait lines during what used to be a slow period of the calendar, above average table-counter restaurants turned into all-u-can-eat, overpriced obesity factories (i.e., Tusker House at Animal Kingdom, Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom), confusing park ticket pricing structure, etc. And now nightly parking fees at the overpriced hotels on the claim other non-Disney resorts do it and they are just following the trend. Well, many NON-Disney resorts I’ve been to include a free breakfast, a microwave and clock in the rooms, and free coffee in the lobby at night. What say you now Disney money grubbing execs?

      This former disney visitor and wife are now going elsewhere. Tabulated our last WDW stay and saw where we can rent an ocean front house for two weeks, gas, food, movies, a couple of shows for the price of (1) 5 night stay – 4 day park tickets – meals at a WDW resort (Boardwalk or Wilderness Lodge). Oh yea, I almost forgot the traffic in Orlando which is why we left at 4:30 AM (in the morning!)

      1. Charles, like you, we have been going to WDW since 1986 (honeymoon). Also, hate that it is no longer what it was. Will always have the great memories, but time to move on. Our first big trip, post Disney, was to Yellowstone National Park. Best vacation ever! So there is life after Disney and it’s great. Enjoy your journeys!

        1. I’m with you guys. I just got back from an amazing trip to Paris and London for 9 days. I cancelled a 4 day trip to WDW at a moderate resort because it was $200 less to go to Europe. That’s sickening! We’ve begun our journey into finding new places to explore. My last Disney trip is in 2 weeks where we are staying off property. Let some rich person have my place.

        2. Charles and Ken, we also agree. Purchased our last Annual Pass. Could not get Passholder rate at Pop Century for second week of December,normally a slower time, now all booked. We used to go to Riverside but that has gotten too expensive. Last year did a non Disney Alaska cruise & New England /Canada. Cruise was lovely, after this annual pass doing Europe. Disney is not any kind of value anymore. Been going evey other year since 1984, and had started with the annual passes going 3 x per year, flying from Minnesota. Since about 2012. No more. Will finish this pass & be done. & we are shareholders too!

          1. We knew it was the beginning of the end when we couldn’t get reservations for the middle of September, and the place was packed. We used to always go after Labor Day and had the place to ourselves.

    2. So agree!! Have been going to Disney World since it opened! We always went in September or October as a Christmas gift from my Mom. She was able to buy tickets for the entire family to go on the Fl Resident tickets that were sold back then. We stopped that tradition when they stopped selling the day passes & started the annual pass for Fl Res. My portion of the family still managed to go at least once a year until I finally decided to buy the annual pass. We stayed at Riverside every year for a few days & visited the parks while there. The past few years they have went up so that we have only stayed off-site. Also they started closing the parks earlier & more often for the extra entry fees. The crowds are way worse because they push everyone into the shorter hours. I think I will start getting Bush Gardens passes & travelling to the State parks in other states! The hotels at the beaches are just as bad as Disney and living in Central Florida it is only a day trip to any of the Orlando attractions. Tampa attractions or the beaches! Going to save my money for travel to places like Yellowstone park!

    3. So agree!! Have been going to Disney World since it opened! We always went in September or October as a Christmas gift from my Mom. She was able to buy tickets for the entire family to go on the Fl Resident tickets that were sold back then. We stopped that tradition when they stopped selling the day passes & started the annual pass for Fl Res. My portion of the family still managed to go at least once a year until I finally decided to buy the annual pass. We stayed at Riverside every year for a few days & visited the parks while there. The past few years they have went up so that we have only stayed off-site. Also they started closing the parks earlier & more often for the extra entry fees. The crowds are way worse because they push everyone into the shorter hours. I think I will start getting Bush Gardens passes & travelling to the State parks in other states! The hotels at the beaches are just as bad as Disney and living in Central Florida it is only a day trip to any of the Orlando attractions. Tampa attractions or the beaches! Going to save my money for travel to places like Yellowstone park!

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