Last year, Disney CEO Bob Iger told stockholders during an investor’s meeting that, despite declining attendance, Disney is hoping to increase revenue from its domestic theme parks by boosting up the amount of hotel rooms on property. And as you might already know, this plan has already been put in motion at the Disneyland Resort, as a new as-yet-unnamed high-end hotel is set to be constructed before the end of the decade.
However, at Walt Disney World, Disney’s tactics are a little different, as the central Florida resort has opted not to build any new hotel properties for the foreseeable future. Instead, Disney's east coast resort is looking to expand and refurbish its current hotels in a way that will add 1000 new rooms (or more) to the resort over the next two years without constructing a single new property. And here’s how:
1. Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge adds much-needed DVC inventory
Disney Vacation Club announced last year that an all-new expansion named the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins are being constructed at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. When complete, this new development will include over two dozen single-family cabins that will be constructed in the formerly forested area next to the waterfront, some with views of the Magic Kingdom.
This project has been well underway for the past year, and while no opening date has been made official yet, the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge are expected to welcome their first guests in just a few months, well before the end of 2017. However, though this is just a small expansion, Disney has BIG plans for two of its most popular moderate resorts...
2. 15-story tower expansion coming to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in 2019
Though an expansion for the Coronado Springs Resort had been rumored for some time, Disney confirmed earlier this month that they will be adding a 15-story tower to this resort that will add about 500 guest rooms (bringing this hotel's total room count to 2400), including suites and concierge level services, to this popular hhotel. In addition, this new building will include rooftop dining options with theme park and waterfront views.
Construction on this new tower, which will be located near the main entrance, is expected to kick off in the next few weeks, with the project slated to finish sometime in 2019, likely just in time for the opening of Star Wars Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Also part of the project is a refurbishment of the current resort rooms, the addition of a floating garden feature, and a tropical oasis that will connect the resort through a series of newly-constructed bridges.
Though nothing has been confirmed yet, this is one project that actually isn't currently linked to the Disney Vacation Club. Coronado Springs is a popular spot for convention-goers as well as guests who like the extra amenities of this moderate-level resort (it's actually the only moderate on property with a fitness center), which is one of the reasons why this seems to be an easy choice of property for Disney to expand. But it's not the only one..