Is There ANYTHING Original Left at Walt Disney World?

When you’re visiting Walt Disney World, there’s almost always a construction project going on somewhere. And throughout time, Disney World Resort hotels have changed a lot!

Cinderella Castle

We’ve seen as Disney hotels have gotten refurbishments (and even some major retheming), which has left many Disney fans wondering if there is anything original left in Disney World. And if you haven’t been keeping up with all the changes, we’re covering them all here!

These Disney World Resorts have changed a lot
since their opening days!

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

We’re starting off with the refurbishments over at Disney’s Pop Century Resort! This hotel was one of the first Value Resort to get a massive makeover back in 2018, and it made this spot a popular place to stay for Disney-goers.

Pop Century Resort

All of the guest rooms were completely redone to include a queen bed and desk…

Pop Century

…that doubles as a murphy bed…

Pop Century

…new furniture and a coffee station with shelving and a mini-fridge…

Coffee Shelf

…plus extra storage space under the bed and in the bathroom and a sliding glass door in the shower.


So, the rooms themselves were heavily altered, but this was one refurbishment that Disney fans (mostly) weren’t complaining about!

Check Out a FULL Tour of the Refurbished Rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort HERE!

Disney’s All-Star Resorts

Shortly after Disney’s Pop Century Resort got an update, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort (another Value Resort) got a very similar look! The refurbished rooms opened in 2018 and feature the same layout with a queen bed and murphy bed (that is also a small table)…

All-Star Movies Standard Room

…though the theming is a little different because it is a different resort after all!

Pull down queen-sized bed

In the rooms, you’ll find the same features like a coffee maker, wood-grain laminate flooring instead of carpeting, a mini-fridge, extra storage space, and an updated bathroom.

Extra storage space below and above the sink

Disney’s All-Star Movies isn’t the only resort getting the new look; Disney’s All-Star Music has been under refurbishment and is set to reopen on September 16th (likely with the updated rooms), and Disney’s All-Star Sports will receive a refurbishment next.

Click HERE for Our FULL Tour of the Refurbished Rooms at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort!

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

But Disney doesn’t always makeover an entire resort when they’re making changes. For example, only a portion of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort was redone, as Disney rethemed select rooms to be inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean!

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Known as the Pirate Rooms, these come with the standard double beds, but what makes them unique is that they’re designed to look like you’ve stepped right into the middle of a treasure hunt! The beds are made to look like they’re a pirate ship…

Pirate Rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

…and the furniture looks like crates, trunks, and barrels instead of dressers and cabinets.

Pirate Guest Room at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Of course, the rooms do still come with a coffee maker and mini-fridge, but you’ll have to search for them because they’re hidden in the details!

Check Out Our FULL Tour of the Pirate Rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort!

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — Riverside

A portion of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — Riverside also received a major update back in 2011! A selection of rooms was rethemed to be Royal Guest Rooms with the idea that Princess Tiana from Disney’s Princess and the Frog invited her princess friends on vacation and they brought along some of their most treasured items.

Port Orleans Resort — Riverside

You’ll find princess details like portraits, icons, and even a headboard that has fireworks when you’re staying here.


And though these rooms have a completely different look, you’ll still find the standard features like two beds, a mini-fridge, and a coffee maker.

We’re Comparing Port Orleans: French Quarter and Port Orleans: Riverside! See Which Is Best For YOU Here!

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Value and Moderate Resorts aren’t the only hotels getting updated anymore — there are also some BIG changes that have already debuted (or are coming to) the Disney Deluxe Resorts!

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Lobby

We’ll start off with Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, which recently reopened with brand new Moana-themed rooms in every guest room! The rooms have been completely overhauled with a Pacific Ocean-inspired color palette including flooring and textures…

New Moana-Themed Rooms

…AND wallpaper and furniture.

New Moana-themed rooms

Previously, the rooms did have an island theme to them, but now you’ll find some well-known Disney characters from the movie including Hei Hei at the coffee bar…

Hey, Hei Hei!

…Maui in the light fixtures…


…and more!

Moana and Pua on an adventure!

And the rooms aren’t the only spaces at the hotel getting a Disney movie-inspired update — both the main entrance and monorail station are currently undergoing refurbishment and will reopen with similar color patterns and styles.

Click HERE for a FULL Tour of the Rethemed Moana Rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort!

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Over at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney is also working to give the hotel its first major refurbishment since it opened in 1971. And for the first time, the modern rooms are transforming to be themed after the Pixar movie The Incredibles.

Contemporary Room Renovation ©Disney

Similar to other hotel refurbishments, the rooms will be completely overhauled with new furniture, a new color palette, and details from the movie! You’ll find some outfits from the Incredibles family hanging in the closet…


…and some other things “stowed away” inside the drawers.


Plus, even the bathrooms are getting redone with details from the movie.


Once complete, it will be hard to remember what the rooms used to look like!

Check Out More Details Coming to the Refurbished Rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Lastly, many updates are currently in progress over at one of Disney’s oldest Vacation Club propertiesDisney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Currently, the resort’s entrance and lobby area are receiving updates in three phases

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

…and a portion of the rooms are currently closed as Disney adds new furniture, flooring, appliances, a pull-down murphy bed, and more.

Learn Why This Old Walt Disney World Resort Is So Underrated Here!

There really aren’t many Disney World Resorts that still look entirely the same as they did on opening day, but as Walt Disney would say, “Disneyland [well, the resorts of Disney World, in this case] will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”


Check out Nine Walt Disney World Resorts You Should Visit, Even if You Aren’t Staying There

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3 Replies to “Is There ANYTHING Original Left at Walt Disney World?”

  1. I think some of the charm is being lost, because it seems they’re trying to IP every Disney resort. I don’t mind it for Art of Animation or the Pirate and Princess rooms for the moderate resorts, but trying to squeeze The Incredibles in Contemporary for example might be taking things A BIT far.

  2. Refurbishment can be a good thing. We are looking forward to staying in our Moana room in the spring 2022. Not all the refurbishments are good. I’ll admit that. I don’t like the Contemporary refurbishment (Incredible rooms). They seem plain compared to the Moana rooms. The Incredible rooms look like they can be changed easily, like the wall paper in drawers and closets. The refurbished rooms in Wilderness Lodge not listed in this article seem too modern. They lost their rustic element. Port Orleans Riverside refurbished Bayou rooms inspired by Princess and the Frog are very nice. Choose a preferred room so that you are close to the theme pool and food court. In any case, WDW visitors do not spend much time in their rooms.