Breaking: New Resort Announced for Disney World and Updates on Star Wars, Coronado, and Riviera Resorts

Bay Lake will be getting a new nature-inspired, mixed-use Disney resort in 2022. The resort will sit between Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground on the shoreline of Bay Lake.

(Proposed – Artist Concept Only, © Disney)

The new resort will be in the deluxe resort category, and themed to complement its natural surroundings. The resort will include more than 900 hotel rooms and proposed Disney Vacation Club villas across a variety of accommodation types.

“Walt Disney World is in the midst of our most significant expansion in the last two decades and the combined 1,700 new hotel rooms and proposed Disney 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,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “We continue to add new attractions, new lands — and these beautiful accommodations will be right in the heart of all that magic.”

The soon-to-be named resort will be be Disney’s 16th Disney Vacation Club property. “This resort experience will be a celebration of Walt Disney’s lifelong love and respect for nature, with some fun and even surprising accommodation types that families will find irresistible,” said Terri Schultz, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club. “It will give our members and guests yet another opportunity to stay in close proximity to all the newest attractions and experiences in our theme parks, and with the flexibility, value and world-class service families expect from Disney.”

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Update

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort  will completely re-open in 2019, after a lengthy refurbishment. The re-opened resort will include a new 15-story tower overlooking Lago Dorado, the resort’s centerpiece lake.

Coronado Springs Tower Rendering © Disney

The new tower will offer an additional 545 new guest rooms and suites, the tower also includes a two-level entrance lobby, concierge lounge, new meeting spaces and more.

Guests will also be able to enjoy rooftop dining at a specialty table-service restaurant with panoramic views. The existing 1,800 guest rooms have all been fully updated with new fixtures, furnishings and a color palette that ties the entire resort together.

Disney’s Riviera Resort Update

Also currently under construction is Disney’s Riviera Resort. It is located near Epcot and anticipated to open in 2019. This will be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property.

Disney Riviera Resort Concept Art ©Disney

With plans for approximately 300 units across a variety of accommodation types, this property will connect to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot via the Disney Skyliner. This new resort will be the first all-Disney Vacation Club property at Walt Disney World since Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa opened in 2004.

Star Wars Resort Update

A new Star Wars-inspired destination will also be built. This resort will seamlessly connect guests to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Star Wars Resort Concept Art ©Disney

This first-of-its-kind resort will be a completely immersive experience into an authentic Star Wars story as guests depart together for a multiday adventure aboard their starship. Guests will interact with characters as they become active citizens of the galaxy, dressed in proper attire as stories unfold all around them.

Which of these new resorts are you most looking forward to? Are you ready to book now? Let us know in the comments!


Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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5 Replies to “Breaking: New Resort Announced for Disney World and Updates on Star Wars, Coronado, and Riviera Resorts”

  1. These hotels are monstrous. What is happening to being able to go to Disney and feeling transported to another place . What a shame!

    Bigger isn’t always better.

  2. Really looking forward to seeing what the new Star Wars Resort has in store. I imagine it will be out of my price range, but I can plan, dream and budget. Disney is growing in leaps and bounds. My budget isn’t. Heck, only my husband and I can sneak out there every couple of years sans kids. Shame, I know. However, Disney is a business and the point of business is to grow. If it out prices me, well, pooh! That’s business! Entertainment can certainly be found more economically elsewhere, but while I can still barely afford it, I will dream and plan my way there. Because remember “it’s a big beautiful tomorrow”!

  3. For those of us (me included) who lament that a Disney World vacation is too expensive and to controlled, this is just one of many recent articles that confirms even worse fears. Those fears are Disney Vacation Club. Through the expansion of Vacation Club membership (time sharing) and elimination of regular hotel rooms, Disney will finally be in total control of park attendance and all guest owner services. Eventually all of the perks (fast pass, dining plan, early entry, etc.) will be available only for card carrying Vacation Club “owners”. And with less and less regular hotel rooms (those remaining will be used for conferences), it will be difficult and expensive for the non Vacation Club members to vacation. Those few that are lucky and financially able get a room, will then have to endure the parks without those perks mentioned above. I hear that non-Vacation Club owners will be required to wear striped prison uniforms and dunce caps.

    This move towards total Vacation Club ownership will essentially make Disney World a private theme park. So, to those of us that say “if they raise the prices another penny, I’m never coming back”, don’t worry, we’re not going to be invited back anyway.

    1. Disney opened up fast passes to off property hotels. DVC isn’t the problem, the problem is the parks are not any larger and there are not more guest experiences so we have more folks crushed into the four parks.