WDW Update- Resort updates and new at Hollywood Studios!

Walt Disney once said- “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”  With that in mind, Walt Disney World is constantly evolving and changing.  Change to the property is inevitable, and there are some exciting changes coming soon to the WDW property!  There are some confirmed, and some just rumored.  We will start first with what we know for sure to be true.

  1. The Coronado Springs resort will be adding a 15 story tower, adding nearly 500 hotel rooms to its resort. Coronado Springs is in the moderate category of properties, but in addition to housing park going guests, it is also home to many conventions and meetings.  CS is one of 6 Disney resorts that host conventions.  At this time, it has 2 ball rooms, an exhibit hall and 45 breakout rooms. The facilities can hold over 6,500 people and are equipped with state-of-the-art lighting, audio and projection systems.  The addition of the tower is confirmed, but I can only guess that this addition will add to its convention hosting capabilities.  In addition to the rooms being added, it will also be adding a new “rooftop” dining experience  that overlooks the resort’s lake -“Lago Dorado,” and offers a panoramic view of the nearby parks and views of the fireworks show.screen-shot-2017-02-18-at-11-17-54-am(Artist rendering of the new tower at Coronado Springs.)
  2. Caribbean Beach’s “Centertown” will be undergoing some reimagination.  This update will include a new restaurant with waterfront dining, and more shopping opportunities.DSC04305.jpg
  3. Hollywood Studios will now be adding meet and greets with everyone’s favorite new droid from the Star Wars franchise, BB-8.  The adorable and spunky little guy will join Kylo Ren and Chewbacca at the Launch Bay for daily meet and greets.  No official date has been released, but Disney says “this spring.” screen-shot-2017-02-18-at-1-53-22-pm

 

Now for the rumor that is floating around.  If you follow the Mouskaholic on Facebook, you may have seen an article that I posted from the Inquisitor.  According to “WDW Magic,” permits have been filed to build various structures around the property for a new skyway system.  There used to be a small scale skyway system in place at the Magic Kingdom, and Disneyland, but those disappeared quite some time ago.  Rather than a small scale feature ride in the park, it is speculated (based on where the permits are filed for placement) that this will be a much larger scale skyway system in which large gondolas would be able to transport guests from select resorts to the parks.

Based on the permits filed, it looks like the skyway system would connect Pop Century/Art of Animation, Carribbean Beach, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios.  While there are currently transportation systems in place, Disney is always looking for new ways to maximize efficiency, and be on the cutting edge of new things.

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