Disney Vacation Club reveals new details about the expansion coming to the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Sep 30, 2021 in "The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort"

Posted: Thursday September 30, 2021 12:32pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney Vacation Club has today shared a first look at the new rooms coming to the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort beginning in the summer of 2022.

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. At the same time, existing villas including deluxe studios, one- and two-bedroom villas, and three-bedroom grand villas will be enhanced.

The proposed new resort studios will feature two queen-size beds and a day bed with room for up to five guests.

The existing villas will also receive exciting enhancements.

The deluxe studios at the resort can also accommodate up to five guests and will feature a queen-size bed, a pull-down queen-size bed that tucks away seamlessly into the wall, and a charming pull-down bunk-size bed – perfect for the little ones.

One or two-bedroom villas accommodations offer full kitchens and large living areas as well as added conveniences – like modern appliances, a farmhouse sink, and a washer and dryer. Living areas will feature a new pull-down queen-size bed along with a pull-down bunk-size bed that folds away to be hidden beneath the media center.

The three-bedroom grand villa accommodations sleep up to 12 guests, with two bedrooms that include two queen-size beds each, along with a primary bedroom that features a king-size bed. Three-bedroom grand villas also boast a dining area and expansive living room. Accents in the rooms include Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Victorian-themed silhouettes and other artwork featuring Mary Poppins and Dumbo.

Work is expected to begin early next year to convert the Big Pine Key building.

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Skibum1970Dec 26, 2022

Not that it comes into play but I saw a funny Allears video where Molly, Quincy, and Breedlove race from Epcot to Studios. Walking was the fastest, the boat came in second (due to all the stops), and the Skyliner was slowest by far and one reason was that line at CBR. This annoys me so much even at home. One, choose which temperature of bulb you want and be consistent. At WDW, soft/warm lighting (which is the coolest Kelvin, ironically) should be the only one utilized. Cool/daylight lighting looks either like a surgery or office space. I suppose that you could use that lighting in rides/areas that are supposed to be more sterile or something but soft/warm lighting is more pleasant. At least, to my eyes. Agree completely that this isn't a good look for a hotel that is charging $600+ per night (approaching $700 undiscounted for a standard room).

TouchdownDec 26, 2022

As long as you don’t have a line, I’ve waited 30+ min in CBR station. I’ve never missed the next train at TTC.

Chip ChippersonDec 26, 2022

That is true but to be fair, the transfer between Skyliner routes is easier than the Monorail transfer at the TTC that has you walking down a ramp so you can walk up another ramp to get to the other Monorail line. The Skyliner transfers at Caribbean Beach are all on a flat surface over a short distance, maybe 30 seconds to walk from one to the other for the average guest.

TouchdownDec 25, 2022

You need to transfer to get to DHS at Riveira if we are going to count the transfer to Epcot as not direct for GF.

CompedDec 25, 2022

Riviera is accessable to more parks via the skyliner directly, unlike GF with only the monorail direct - and to get to even Epcot you need a transfer. No question this would play into many discussions, specially for DVC members. While GF is a great resort, it's isolated to 3/4 of the resorts that aren't MK...

CastAStoneDec 25, 2022

Grand Floridian phase 2 has already opened and Riviera is outselling it pretty significantly. I know, I’m surprised too. But the numbers don’t lie.

SirwalterraleighDec 25, 2022

That was never a hard case…just don’t

SirwalterraleighDec 15, 2022

…what year is it?🤪

ToTBellHopDec 15, 2022

This building should have never been released for booking in this state. They need to protect the brand better.

JoeCamelDec 15, 2022

I hope so, between the cold LEDs and wiring it reeks of Motel 6 repairs

Disstevefan1Dec 15, 2022

This must be temporary for safety purposes.

DisoneDec 15, 2022

They might. They are aware and unsatisfied with the awful look of the stairs at big pine key. Pulling the workers now to address that would slow done the construction of the rooms rehab which is already behind. Building 6 and 7 were suppose to be down at the same time but due to potentially emergency regressed issues, it ended up that had to do them separately. This was not the plan. And it has slowed down the plan. I think you'll see them go back to the building nine stairs after all the other buildings get completed.

SpaceMountain77Dec 15, 2022

So, we were hoping that this was work in progress, but it seems to be complete. For whatever reason, the Big Pine Key stairwells will not match the recently renovated Boca Chica lodge and remaining lodges. The resort lodges will have updated wall sconces and under railing lighting. Moreover, no electrical wiring will be exposed. In contrast, Big Pine Key will reuse old lighting, which will be connected to overhead linear lighting, and wiring will be exposed. The south stairwell has the under railing lighting, but the north stairwell does not. The first photo is of the newly opened Boca Chica stairwell. The other three are of the entry, linear lighting, and wall sconce in the Big Pine Key. The last photo showcases the difference side by side. I guess it is sad that I care and the people overseeing the visual direction of the flagship resort do not.

AylaSep 26, 2022

I wonder if they removed the benches in order to move larger machinery around the resort on the pathways. Hopefully, they'll be replaced when the project is finished.