Disney announces plans to build a nature-inspired resort at Walt Disney World

Oct 18, 2018 in "Reflections - A Lakeside Disney Lodge"

Nature-Inspired Resort concept art

Disney has today officially announced its new Disney Vacation Club property to be built on Bay Lake between Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resort.

The deluxe resort, which will be themed to complement its natural surroundings, will include more than 900 hotel rooms and proposed Disney Vacation Club villas spread across a variety of unique accommodation types.

“Walt Disney World is in the midst of our most significant expansion in the last two decades and the combined 1,700 new hotel rooms and proposed Disney Vacation Club villas we are building at four different resorts will create thousands of new construction and permanent jobs and will drive economic opportunity and incremental revenue for Central Florida,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “We continue to add new attractions, new lands — and these beautiful accommodations will be right in the heart of all that magic.”

The soon-to-be named resort is slated to be Disney’s 16th Disney Vacation Club property.

“This resort experience will be a celebration of Walt Disney’s lifelong love and respect for nature, with some fun and even surprising accommodation types that families will find irresistible,” said Terri Schultz, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club. “It will give our members and guests yet another opportunity to stay in close proximity to all the newest attractions and experiences in our theme parks, and with the flexibility, value and world-class service families expect from Disney.”

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Article Posted: Oct 18, 2018 / 2:42pm ET
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Love Ft WildernessAug 13, 2020

Grrrrrr. I want them to get the project done and open up the trail before I get there in December. ;) Thank you for the update.

danlb_2000Aug 13, 2020

I can't find any dates in the permit. This is not unusual, sometime these permits will mention dates, other times it will now. The permit still has not been approved, it's waiting for some more information from Disney.

Love Ft WildernessAug 12, 2020

@danlb_2000 Is there any way to tell when they intend to start/end this project? Thank you.

peter11435Aug 11, 2020

Oh ok. That makes sense.

castlecake2.0Aug 11, 2020

Yep! I should clarify that they’re using the seating area for trails end for P&J southern takeout, trails end itself is not serving. I think they said crockett tavern was also available starting at 4. Did a weekend stay at the cabins.

ELG13Aug 11, 2020

Ah good point. I didn't think about that aspect. It would be a lot to get them all squared away.

peter11435Aug 11, 2020

Last week?

castlecake2.0Aug 11, 2020

im so divided on that. My family has been staying there since 1972 and I love the nostalgia, but last week I ate at trails end and I couldn’t help feel that the restaurant had moved past nostalgic and was aging terribly.

SirwalterraleighAug 11, 2020

That I don’t know for sure...I’m guessing they could if they’d like. It’s been long rumored that they’d like to “upscale” the pioneer hall area

castlecake2.0Aug 11, 2020

is there space on the shore of bay lake to keep expanding around it past fort wilderness?

note2001Aug 11, 2020

Those are fun, the local girl scout camp offers similar accomdations for families. I don't think Disney would want the man power involved to take down and store all the tents and accessories whenever a hurricane approaches. The trailers/cabins they offer now are much easier and self contained/protected.

ELG13Aug 11, 2020

Where I live we have a campground with "glamping" tents. Safari tents on a platform with Tempur-Pedic mattresses, mini fridge and power. So you can hook up a coffee maker and an electric skillet to cook and have lights and fans, but you still are camping, have a back area for a fire pit etc.

SirwalterraleighAug 11, 2020

I was thinking more campsites than cabins... But if I recall...the overall plan after building this awful, unnecessary mixed use was to “upgrade the waterfront area over time with high end stuff...the “rustic riviera”

mgfAug 11, 2020

The cabins generally go for north of $300 a night. Seeing prices over $400 per night currently. I would assume the cost of the unit is low compared to cost per room in a new resort build. It could make fine financial sense. Not saying they will do it or would be inclined to do it.