Construction update from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort as new DVC villas take shape at the Big Pine Key building

Apr 13, 2022 in "The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort"

2022 DVC Villas construction at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort - April 13 2022
Posted: Wednesday April 13, 2022 11:12am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Construction at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort for the new Disney Vacation Club villas is continuing at Big Pine Key with a lot of exterior work now visible.



A significant amount of work is underway on the roof, with a large section of tile already removed.

Scaffolding is covering much of the side facing Seven Seas lagoon, and the stairway facing the main building has been stripped to steel.


Workers can be seen bringing in new fixtures and fittings ready to be installed in the new rooms.

The side facing the pool area is largely still intact, but some scaffolding is appearing on the far end nearest to Magic Kingdom.


The expansion will add approximately 200 proposed resort studios, a Disney Vacation Club room type unique to The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Learn more about the DVC addition to the Grand Floridan and see the new resort studios.

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MisterPenguin8 days ago

larryz9 days ago

She's well known for her association with penguins.

nickys10 days ago

This is a better video of the new resort studios, IMO.

lazyboy97o10 days ago

The modules are more of an asset. They were manufactured so they are a lot more consistent than rooms you would find in typical construction. It’s really no more of a limitation than typical methods. Moving plumbing is always a pain but it’s been reconfigured in the modules. Even recently at the Polynesian they changed some of the accessible rooms which involved moving plumbing and electrical.

Chip Chipperson10 days ago

True. They're not a good source for WDW news, but they usually don't pretend to be. In fairness to him about the points, he said that part after he had spoken to someone staying in one of the new rooms so either those people gave him bad information or he misunderstood what they meant. The room size issue seems like he pulled it out of thin air and I honestly don't know why he would have assumed that the new rooms are smaller - especially since he had the chance to ask the DVC representative hosting the room tour.

Ayla10 days ago

Good lord, I now 100% understand why so many people are annoyed by Tim. 🤪

Disone10 days ago

I don't really think the modular construction ("pods" as you call them) of Disney's contemporary resort is really that much of a factor. The original buildings at the Polynesian were also modular construction. They're actually the same rooms as the Tower rooms at the contemporary. In each case, the contemporary and the Polynesian, have both gone through several renovations in their history prior to their most recent Moana and Incredibles themed overlays. The Incredibles just wasn't executed greatly. Moana was a rather easy fit into the Polynesian, but I'm not really sure. The same could be said for the incredibles into the contemporary. I feel like that was very forced and it shows. Just my opinion.

James Alucobond10 days ago

The problem with the Contemporary renovation isn't the room size or plumbing. It's that the color scheme is a bit off-putting, several of the finishes and furnishings come off as cheap, and the IP details are poorly implemented (crudely rendered decals in closets and dressers, ugly curtains, etc.). Some of it literally feels like something you'd find on Pinterest. The Grand Floridian, by contrast, feels more like the elements of the room are things Mary Poppins might "pick"; it's not just trading on character iconography outside of places where it makes sense, like in the toille and wall art.

helenabear10 days ago

Polynesian didn't suffer the same fate....

TheGuyThatMakesSwords10 days ago

There MAY be a very basic reason. The basic construction of the original Contemporary. Unlike the current Hotels? The Contemporary was built with "pods". I have to believe that the basic architecture severely limits what WDW can DO with it. Consider Electrical and Water runs, or room dimension alterations :(.

sndral10 days ago

There are 202 ‘new’ resort studios in BPK v. 47 deluxe studios in the original VGF building, so I’ll take deluxe studios book faster for a $1,000 Alex.

helenabear11 days ago

To be fair a lot of info is out there. I put this more on Tim for not caring to learn about the rooms. It's like he made it up on the fly. Makes me think he pretends to know DVC when he really doesn't. Not sure fact sheets on the rooms would have saved saved him from his wrong assumptions. Full disclosure this vlogger has annoyed me in the past with things said (foot in mouth more than once) so I'm not terribly positive on him anyway.

Chip Chipperson11 days ago

I had 2 thoughts when watching: 1. He had some bad information (points needed and room sizes, for example) that should have been confirmed before he made the video (or, won't case, had corrections added during editing). 2. Why did Disney invite media to tour/review the rooms and not have some sort of fact sheet to hand out before the tours to ensure that the correct information was reported?

helenabear11 days ago

Someone said they saw one at 32 which truthfully is bad too but likely it was a gun. After having a fridge die on me I trust old school thermometers more. You need full ambient temps with the door closed on it for a while. No way I would trust a temp gun for food spoilage. Sadly some are convinced it is safe. I'd rather share pics of actual thermometers in said coolers.