Disney Trip Membership has launched its timeline for room refurbishments, resort reimaginings, and different development tasks at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and past in 2023 & 2024. This useful resource supplies the scheduled dates and particulars for work on the Deluxe Villas, and what to anticipate from every overhaul.
Sometimes, resort refurbishment schedules are launched on the annual Condominium Affiliation Assembly. Throughout this, Disney Trip Membership executives current their plans for updating villa interiors over the following 2 years. There’s normally a timeline shared as a part of the presentation that signifies every resort scheduled for updates, and the dimensions of the challenge.
The previous couple of years have thrown a monkey wrench in these plans, with a number of resort refurbishments being delayed because of the closure and its aftermath. Maybe because of that, a timeline was not introduced throughout final yr’s annual assembly. Luckily, a brand new timeline was unveiled for 2023-2024 on the Disney Trip Membership Condominium Affiliation Assembly held in mid-December 2022. Right here’s what we realized from that…
First, a number of Disney Trip Membership resorts will obtain a smaller scale refreshes subsequent yr. For those who’re accustomed to our Walt Disney World Resort Building Tracker, you’ve most likely seen this known as a tender items refurbishment. This usually means updating furnishings, together with however not restricted to wall coverings, flooring, linens, decor, and a few furnishings.
Lately, the definition of a ‘tender items’ refurbishment has “developed” and I imply that in a great way! (All too usually, utilizing air quotes round evolve in relation to Disney means a downgrade. Not on this case.) Each the Grand Floridian and Polynesian Villas acquired tender items refurbishments within the final year-plus that included set up of the brand new Inova pull-down couch mattress and sofa combo. This characteristic first debuted at Disney’s Riviera Resort, and was subsequently added to Saratoga Springs Resort throughout its full refurbishment.
It’s unclear whether or not resorts receiving tender items refurbishments in 2023 and 2024 will proceed to have the Inova pull-down beds added, however we definitely hope so. This can be a colossal improve over the pull-out couches, and has been an enormous hit with Disney Trip Membership members. It has been certainly one of a number of useful enhancements which have actually improved the ‘high quality of life’ of DVC rooms–whereas Imagineering has additionally accomplished a strong job weaving themed design into the upgraded items.
There are additionally a handful of Disney Trip Membership resorts slated to obtain full refurbishments within the subsequent two years. Sometimes, this can be a full gutting of the room, and ends in a wholly new villa inside. The footprint of the room normally stays the identical, and its general sq. footage dimension all the time does. Adjustments usually embrace new furnishings, cupboards, counter tops, home equipment, flooring, tiling, fixtures, and extra. Some objects may be reused from the prior rooms, particularly little particulars that members get pleasure from, however these are normally thought-about “new rooms” whereas tender items refurbishments end in “reimagined rooms.”
Disney Trip Membership makes an attempt to schedule resorts to obtain a tender items refresh each 7 years and a full refurbishment each 14 years. In the previous few years (since round 2018, so even earlier than the closure), that they had began to fall behind this schedule. That drawback solely bought worse within the final couple of years, however it seems DVC is lastly turning the nook…possibly/hopefully.
If you’re not a Disney Trip Membership member, this put up nonetheless might need relevance to you! For one factor, all of those lodging are bookable instantly from Walt Disney World or Disneyland through the “Deluxe Villa” tier, which is handled similar to a standard lodge. For an additional factor, you should use our Suggestions for Renting Disney Trip Membership Factors to step into the sneakers of a DVC member–and get monetary savings within the course of. (We strongly advocate the second route, as Deluxe Villas are normally considerably overpriced, whereas renting DVC factors affords super financial savings–they’re principally like polar opposites.)
We do common resort stays at each Walt Disney World and Disneyland, normally emphasizing properties the place there are new issues, modifications, or ongoing development to see how that harms, improves, or in any other case impacts the visitor expertise. For those who’ve but to e book lodging on your trip in 2023 or 2024 and wish to be notified about the entire newest resort modifications, join right here for our FREE Disney e-newsletter right here.
When reserving a Walt Disney World or Disneyland trip, we extremely advocate bearing in mind recently-completed and ongoing development tasks on the varied resorts, as these completely can influence the standard of your journey. Reserving a lodge with a closed pool or development noise and cranes proper outdoors your window is clearly going to be a worse expertise than a resort that simply completed its huge refurbishment and nonetheless has that contemporary feeling and ‘new lodge’ odor.
Suffice to say, a lot is going on on the Disney Trip Membership development entrance on each coasts. Let’s check out the entire present and upcoming tasks which have the potential to influence company…
Now By means of 2024: Polynesian Village Resort Villas – Work is at present underway at Walt Disney World to construct a new DVC tower at Polynesian Village Resort, changing Spirit of Aloha Dinner Present, between the prevailing Polynesian longhouses and Marriage ceremony Pavilion, close to the Grand Floridian.
To date, land has been cleared and the foundations are beginning to be poured for this new tower adjoining to the prevailing Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The proposed Disney Trip Membership tower addition that’s being constructed at Polynesian Village Resort is at present slated to open in late 2024 at Walt Disney World.
For those who’re staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (lodge facet) anytime within the subsequent 2 years, this development may influence you. As such, we advocate requesting a room that’s not within the Aotearoa, Fiji, or Tuvalu longhouses. These buildings are adjoining to the development website, and the one ones that needs to be impacted in any materials manner.
Nonetheless, the Polynesian Villas are all on the opposite facet of the resort, so the influence to anybody staying within the present Disney Trip Membership lodging on the Poly shouldn’t be impacted. (A bit ironic that these least impacted by DVC development are DVC company!) The DVC tower development will likely be seen from different areas within the resort as soon as it goes vertical, however the influence ought to in any other case be minor.
Previous to this tower, work wrapped up on the Nice Ceremonial Home, porte-cochère, new monorail station, and gardens. Room refurbishments had been additionally a part of the Poly’s overhaul and people are actually completed. See our Assessment, Pictures & Video: New Moana Rooms at Polynesian Village Resort for a tour and ideas on the modifications from our most up-to-date lodge keep. For those who’re trying on the DVC rooms, see our Assessment, Pictures & Video: New Rooms at Polynesian Villas.
Now by way of 2023: Villas at Disneyland Resort – One other tower that’s at present below development–however a lot additional alongside–is the Villas at Disneyland Resort. This new 280,000 sq. foot tower is positioned instantly subsequent door to Frontierland Tower, behind the characteristic pool and subsequent to Goofy’s Kitchen.
The brand new 12-story Disneyland Resort DVC tower will (supposedly) mirror the prevailing 1955 design of the opposite Disneyland Resort towers. These are styled after Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Frontierland. The brand new DLH tower won’t change any of the prevailing towers or guest-facing services. It should characteristic 350 rooms, with 253 being deluxe studios, 20 two-bedroom villas, 19 one-bedroom villas, and two Grand Villas. It’ll additionally supply 38 two-person studios which can be just like these launched at Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Regardless of being very far alongside, Disney has introduced little or no concerning the challenge. There have been a few press releases again in late 2019 and early 2020 revealing the proposed (on the time) DVC challenge. Most particulars have come from public evaluate in entrance of the Anaheim Metropolis Council, throughout which Disney submitted a 198-page information packet concerning the Disneyland Resort DVC tower. Extra just lately, Disney Trip Membership had a sales space on the D23 Expo in Fall 2022, however not a lot of substance was proven there. They revealed the resort’s brand however had no new info.
As for when the Villas at Disneyland Resort will open, that’s anybody’s guess. When initially introduced, the timeline merely known as for a 2023 opening. To our data, Disney has not publicly modified that or formally pushed the challenge again into 2024. Nonetheless, that was earlier than the year-long closure and sluggish reopening of the parks, however it seems that had a negligible influence on plans. Given all of that, our guess is that the Villas at Disneyland Resort gained’t open till Late 2023 on the earliest, with Spring 2024 additionally being a risk.
Late 2022 by way of Spring 2023: Boulder Ridge Villas – Lastly. The unique Wilderness Lodge DVC room renovations had been initially slated for 2020, however delayed because of the closure after which to prioritize tasks on the Polynesian and Grand Floridian. Earlier this yr, DVC management emphasised that this challenge was time slated to happen, and permits had been filed over the summer season.
Since then, work has began in earnest and the primary spherical of rooms needs to be wrapping up and reopening very quickly. If the sneak peek photographs of the brand new rooms at Boulder Ridge are any indication, it’s going to have an enormous edge over Copper Creek. The overhauled rooms will likely be redone equally to Polynesian and Grand Floridian villas in structure, however clearly not fashion.
We’re big followers of Wilderness Lodge and themed design, and as such, are sometimes skeptical about modifications to this property. Nonetheless, we’re excited for these new rooms. They need to be huge upgrades in each type and performance. Whereas an finish date for this challenge has not been introduced (to our data), we count on this to complete by early Spring 2023.
2023 (TBD Date Vary): BoardWalk Villas – Walt Disney World introduced earlier this yr that Disney’s BoardWalk Inn will likely be reimagined over the following few years. No timeline has been given for when the work will begin or finish on every section of the challenge, however some modifications have already been made.
Walt Disney World is including and altering components of the beloved turn-of-the-century promenade and contained in the Deluxe Resort, together with a brand new foyer design, close by espresso bar, delectable eating choices, refreshed visitor rooms, and extra. The largest change is that the brand new Cake Bake restaurant will change ESPN Membership, and can open in 2023.
Up till the newest Condominium Affiliation Assembly, it was unclear whether or not the DVC villas would even be included within the room refresh. Fortunately, they’re–and as a full refurbishment in 2023. That is very a lot wanted, because the BoardWalk Villas had been the final rooms to be redone earlier than the present technology of overhauls. It exhibits. The previous rooms (pictured above) are the worst of each worlds: devoid of theme and character, in addition to revolutionary and space-saving options. They’ve huge ‘nondescript chained-brand lodge from the early aughts’ vibes consequently.
2023 (TBD Date Vary): Seaside Membership Villas – Additionally added to the timeline on the Condominium Affiliation Assembly was the DVC resort throughout Crescent Lake from the BoardWalk Villas. The Seaside Membership Villas had been final redone extra just lately than BoardWalk Villas, however endure from a number of the identical issues in being bland and boring.
Getting the Inova pull-down beds could be an enormous win right here, as would restoring some components of themed design. We don’t dislike the Seaside Membership Villas as strongly as their BoardWalk counterparts, however time has handed each by. Right here’s hoping this tender items refurbishment delivers outcomes on par with the Poly’s current redo.
2023 (TBD Date Vary): Hilton Head & Vero Seaside – In some unspecified time in the future in 2023, each Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort and Disney’s Vero Seaside Resort will obtain tender items refurbishments. No different particulars or idea artwork had been supplied on the Condominium Affiliation Assembly.
I’ve mixed these not as a result of they’re sister properties (they’re actually separated by states), however as a result of they’re past my space of experience. Our final keep at both of those was 2018, whereas we’ve stayed at each different property on this listing within the final 2 years, and visited all of them inside the final 3 months.
2024 (TBD Date Vary): Bay Lake Tower at Modern Resort – Per the Condominium Affiliation Assembly in December 2022, Bay Lake Tower is slated to obtain a full refurbishment in 2024. No different particulars or idea artwork had been supplied, however it was the final resort on the timeline.
Bay Lake Tower is at present overdue for a refurbishment, and our earlier expectation is that this may begin as soon as the Boulder Ridge Villas challenge is completed in Spring 2023. This was largely our assumption as a result of the BLT rooms have been worse for put on for no less than 5 years now, so this has been desperately wanted for some time.
The rooms at Bay Lake Tower had been poorly constructed within the first place and constructed simply earlier than the present ‘wave’ of revolutionary lodging that marry space-saving types with well-themed ones. The studios are additionally small by Disney Trip Membership requirements, particularly when contrasted with the Polynesian.
Consequently, BLT may gain advantage tremendously from getting the Riviera therapy. We actually sit up for returning to Bay Lake tower as soon as that occurs…however gained’t till it does! Shocked and disenchanted that this wasn’t bumped up into 2023.
??? (Not On Official Schedule): Villas at Grand Californian – I’m truthfully shocked that the Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa weren’t on the official timeline. For one factor, the rooms are trying actually drained and Disneyland wrapped up an exceptionally well-received renovation to the lodge facet about 4 years in the past. Take design components of that and the brand new Inova pull-down beds and this may be an enormous win.
For an additional factor, this challenge was talked about on the final Condominium Affiliation assembly in the course of the Q&A. At the moment, there was a big enhance in dues (7%, I believe?) and DVC management indicated that an upcoming 2024 refurbishment was the primary cause why. Right here’s hoping this isn’t delayed, and its omission was merely an oversight. We love the Grand Californian and can keep within the previous rooms if it means not paying the lodge’s pricing, however they’re undoubtedly displaying their age–similar to Boulder Ridge was.
??? (Not On Official Schedule): Animal Kingdom Villas – Related story right here as with Grand Californian. Animal Kingdom Lodge accomplished an superior room reimagining just a few years in the past that completely threaded the needle on type and performance. I do know on the time, the DVC rooms weren’t fairly able to obtain an replace. Some would argue that they’re now. I’m not a type of individuals, but when these are accomplished with the identical steadiness because the Jambo Home lodge rooms, I’m effective with it.
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