Most Disney fans already know that Walt Disney World has a lot of new attractions in the works, but guests might forget that the resort also has a lot of new hotel projects in the works too. From the boutique Star Wars-themed hotel being built alongside Star Wars Land to Disney's Riviera Resort and expansions at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort as well as Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney is adding an unprecedented number of rooms to its already impressive inventory. And though it was rumored for nearly a year, Disney has finally confirmed another impressive hotel project... 

River Country will finally be demolished to make way for a new Magic Kingdom hotel

Whoop 'n Holler Hollow

One of the most infamous locations in all of Walt Disney World is River Country, which was a well-liked water park at Walt Disney World near the Magic Kingdom, which was unceremoniously abandoned and left to rot for nearly two decades, with slides, pools, and other structures slowly being overtaken by nature. 

However, though this decaying park seemed like it was going to be a permanent part of Walt Disney World, it looks like Disney is finally ready to do something with this wasted space, as Disney has confirmed that they are building a new, nature-inspired resort in this area that will open by 2022. This brand new hotel will include over 900 rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas across a unique variety of accommodation types. To celebrate the official confirmation of this project, Disney has released the following concept art of the resort below, which shows off this new project's modern, yet natural, vibe. 

Image: Disney

With the addition of this mixed-use resort, Walt Disney World will have added a total of 1700 rooms and villas to the resort specifically for DVC, which is definitely good news for those who have invested in this program. And while this new hotel project still remains unnamed, we do know a few preliminary details about this upcoming property. 


Add new comment

About Theme Park Tourist

Theme Park Tourist is one of the web’s leading sources of essential information and entertaining articles about theme parks in Orlando and beyond.

We are one of the world’s largest theme park guide sites, hosting detailed guides to more than 80 theme parks around the globe.

Find Out More About Us...

Plan Your Trip

Our theme park guides contain reviews and ratings of rides, restaurants and hotels at more than 80 theme parks worldwide.

You can even print them.

Start Planning Now...