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
Posted: Thursday October 18, 2018 2:42pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

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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lentestaSep 17, 2022

Perfect. Thank you!

danlb_2000Sep 16, 2022

The main permits expire at the end of this month.

lentestaSep 16, 2022

@danlb_2000 - just to be clear: Have all the permits expired for Reflections? I'm guessing yes.

BocabearAug 26, 2022

A new resort and the Wilderness Junction addition would be great... Properly lay tracks for a train to link the three resorts over there with a couple restaurants and shops...Get rid of the whole "reflections" concept and do the resort between the two, theme it to Wilderness Junction. The train station and boat launch would make it fun and an interestingly connected place to stay... there is also much they can do with the theme... if they want to...

jkh36619Aug 24, 2022

Tent site for $100. There is of course power and lots of grounds to upkeep, etc. But still, it has to be high right?

JoeCamelAug 24, 2022

$100 a night for a plot of ground with no hookups? I would open a thousand site place on reflections if I were them and only cared about the money

jkh36619Aug 24, 2022

So now I'm thinking, I wonder what the profit margin % of The Fort is compared to the other resorts.

danlb_2000Aug 24, 2022

Can I get this on a t-shirt?

JoeCamelAug 24, 2022

Why would they want a 5th park when they can't handle what they have?

Chupaca BruhAug 24, 2022

If they got rid of Ft. Wilderness there is plenty of room for a 5th park / boutique park and many hotels and dvc. ;)

Andrew CAug 24, 2022

I don't know the full details but from what I understand, the track was not put down properly on the clay soil....or the soil as it was just couldn't handle it.

Beacon JoeAug 24, 2022

Didn't the company employ imagineers to develop and construct the track for that, and none of them having railway experience, they just had to figure it out as they went along? Or is that an urban myth?

Andrew CAug 24, 2022

It only ran for a few years and was an operational pain in the rear. Track issues all the time. Also, it was an upcharge during most of its short lifespan. You know how much we love those... :hilarious:

BocabearAug 24, 2022

I remember the Wilderness Junction plan...that was really lovely and a great idea. We imported Lights Motors Action from Paris, why not the Wild West Show at Wilderness Junction... a new restaurant, Micro Brewery (Country Bear branded beer and Wilderness Ale) and a few cute shops. It would give that side of the pond a nice lure and a little evening entertainment all in a spot away from the two resorts... but close enough to be relevant.