Disney breaks ground on Cotino, a Storyliving by Disney community

Apr 27, 2022 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Wednesday April 27, 2022 8:34am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney broke ground earlier this week on Cotino, a Storyliving by Disney community being developed in Rancho Mirage, California.

Michael Hundgen, Exec Producer, shared how the project team is drawing on the region’s past and present to inspire the story of Cotino – one that is connected to the natural beauty and rich history of Coachella Valley, as well as its continued influence in arts, music, and culture.

Disney anticipates the first residents moving in during early 2024.

Learn more about Disney Storybook Living from the original announcement earlier this year.

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Beacon Joe6 hours ago

You know, if Disney customer service was what it used to be, that really would be a brilliant idea on paper. And one I'd consider - again, if their customer service was what it used to be. I know people who moved into an all-inclusive retirement community and visiting them is like staying at a high end resort. Albeit, a very, very pricey resort that also happens to have everything ranging from single family homes to hospice beds and every type of lodging in between.

UNCgolf6 hours ago

HOAs aren't all bad and can serve a useful purpose (especially with the huge rise in Airbnb etc.) -- it's just that far too many of them get bogged down with silly rules and/or tyrannical behavior.

Sir_Cliff6 hours ago

Sure, you don't want a society where no-one is ever born and there are no families with children. I was just querying the proposition that perpetual population growth is better than the global population stabilising at some point. Personally, I think this obsession with endless growth will more generally be the end of us and is why WDW risks being nickel and dimed to death, but that's another issue! I think it is exactly an upscale masterplanned community that is Disney branded. I assume the whole business case for Disney is that their brand is associated with the kinds of things they mention in the video such as service and attention to detail which allows them to charge a premium. It makes some sense to me pitching it as a retirement community with a resort lifestyle rather than trying to attract young families more worried about work, school, etc. and who might be put off by the idea of telling friends and family they had moved into a planned community run by Disney.

mightynine6 hours ago

"Excuse me? You have four Disney yard art pieces in your front lawn, when the HOA agreement clearly states no more than three. The only exceptions are Huey, Dewey and Louie and the Seven Dwarves, which each count as one. Your life-size Zootopia characters - especially the disturbingly detailed Gazelle - are NOT listed!"

bhg4696 hours ago

Yeah sounds like the one our Tavern exists in hunters creek. I laugh at he stories that the GM would tell us about the president of the HOA thinking it was some parody. Ours has been good, but that could go badly the other direction.

Beacon Joe6 hours ago

Yeah, when my family moved to the mainland the very idea was totally foreign to us. I just always thought it was some weird east coast thing, but it was also pretty foreign to my wife who grew up in the (rural) northeast. I still remember when we moved here and got a nasty letter complaining about our "themed garden" (literally a couple of small Japanese lanterns and some semi-tropicals) and we were like "no, buzz off, you people have no taste." And then our dock tag was 1.5 inches from the corner and not the 1.0 inch they wanted or some crazy stuff like that. And then that we rolled out trash cans out a half hour too early in the evening. I swore I'd never, ever live in an HOA when I grew up. Which is something that may really hurt my retirement location plans.

Lilofan6 hours ago

Some neighbors also report on other neighbors regarding HOA violations .

bhg4696 hours ago

We are from NY originally and the idea of an HOA was completely foreign to us. It seems down here they are either breathing down your neck (our favorite tavern gets complaints about tree trimming) or in our case, they just seem to collect paychecks while our front gate has been stuck open for 2 weeks.

Communicora7 hours ago

Oh hell no. I never thought about it that way before!

Beacon Joe7 hours ago

OMG. I can't even bear to imagine an HOA run by Disney Adults. Living the no HOA dream right now.

bhg46912 hours ago

Hidden Mickey's in this case will be replaced with very obvious Karen's in the HOA

Lilofan12 hours ago

I'd be looking for the Hidden Mickeys.

Disstevefan113 hours ago

Just slap a label on it and call it Disney.

Andrew C13 hours ago

Back on topic, I’m having a really hard time differentiating this between any other significant and upscale master planned community. Anyone else? Short on details seems to be the theme still.