Seven Walt Disney World Hotels That Completely CHANGED in 2021

The Resort hotels at Walt Disney World have undergone a lot of changes recently!

Disney’s Contemporary Resort Construction

We’ve seen room makeovers, new restaurants, and a lot of resorts reopening.

It’s hard to keep up with everything, so we’re telling you about the hotels that completely changed this year at Disney World.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

The Contemporary has had a LOT of things change recently! For starters, the rooms received makeovers themed to The Incredibles.

New rooms at the Contemporary

They have a whole new look to them. They’re themed, but still maintain their mid-century modern aesthetic.

Even the couch has a contemporary look to it!

And it wasn’t just the guest rooms that got a fresh new look! The theming starts in the hallways!

Elevator Lobby

The lobby of the hotel also got a fresh new look.


Another big change at the Contemporary is the new restaurant, Steakhouse 71. This replaced The Wave in the hotel’s lobby and is themed after the year Disney World and the Contemporary both opened — 1971.

Steakhouse 71 Entrance

They have breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a bar and lounge you can hang out in.

Be sure to check out the decor!

We’ve tried the food here, and it’s pretty great (it’s even become one of AllEars Molly’s favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World!)! Check it out next time you’re over near the Contemporary.

12-oz Roasted Prime Rib

It makes sense that the hotel received a bunch of upgrades — it is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year!

Click here to see more about Steakhouse 71

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Just like the Contemporary, the Polynesian is also celebrating it’s 50th birthday! The hotel’s rooms recently got a Disney-themed makeover as well but themed to a different movie — Moana!

New Moana-Themed Rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

The rooms have all new decor inspired by the movie with a Pacific Ocean-inspired color palette that Disney has said should evoke “undulating ocean waves and tropical flowers.”

Moana-themed rooms at the Polynesian

There is also artwork featuring the characters! The overall look is a different take on Polynesian decor.

Hey, Hei Hei!

In addition to the rooms, the monorail station and entrance to the hotel have both been re-done, too.

New Monorail station look

They both now have a new look with colorful panels.

Polynesian Front Entrance

Head on over to the Polynesian to see the new updates!

Click here to see more about the Moana rooms at the Polynesian

Disney’s All Star Sports Resort

What’s completely changed about All Star Sports this year is that it’s closed.

All Star Sports Hoops
Disney’s All Star Sports Resort

The hotel was supposed to reopen in December of 2021, but that has been delayed so that Disney can “refresh the Sports theme area.”

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

And opening date will be announced at a later time.

Click here to read more about All Star Sports

Disney’s All Star Music Resort

All Star Music has reopened, but it is undergoing a major renovation right now. Some of the rooms have already been updated, but the last time we visited the hotel, two buildings were completely gutted.

Renovated Master Bedroom

A Cast Member also told us that they were working on redoing the family suites as well. You can see a renovated famiy suite here!

Click here to read more about All Star Music

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Old Key West underwent renovations this summer with the closure of the den area near the lobby, then moved to working on the lobby.

So pretty!

Now completed, the lobby looks completely different! There is a new blue color palette giving us all the beachy vibes.


It features an “enhanced check-in experience offering an open, free-flowing layout with a variety of smaller counters.”

New lobby look

There are also new sitting areas that tie in with the new look.


A much needed update for an underrated Disney World resort!

Click here to learn more about Old Key West

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Another resort that’s having renovations done is Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort!

Saratoga Springs

Three phases of renovations are happening: first on the hallway connecting to the main lobby, next on the port cochere, and finally on the main lobby.

Saratoga Springs Lobby

We can’t wait to see how the renovations turn out, but be aware that the hotel is in the middle of construction!

Click here to learn more about Saratoga Springs

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

When Wilderness Lodge reopened in June, the rooms had received a makeover!

New Bedding

The beds have a completely different look, and the rooms have a new color palette overall.

Chest of Drawers

There’s also laminate floors in the rooms now instead of carpet.

Room Makeover

And there’s new furniture that gives the rooms a more up-to-date appearance.

Wilderness Lodge Chairs

And the lighter tones overall make the rooms feel bigger and brighter!

Click here to see more about the new rooms at Wilderness Lodge

Those are all of the Disney World hotels that completely changed this year! We’ll keep you updated as changes continue to be made, so stay tuned to All Ears for more.

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