Disney Announces New Nature-Themed Walt Disney World Resort Hotel for River Country Site

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Earlier this week, we got word of a Disney survey describing a potential new resort called “Disney Discovery Lodge.” While we don’t know whether or not that is the settled name of the resort, we now know that Disney is indeed moving forward with the concept, and we have our first look at concept art.

A new nature-inspired, mixed-use Disney resort will welcome families in 2022 along the picturesque shoreline of Bay Lake located between Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground at Walt Disney World 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. (Proposed Artist Concept Only, Disney)

Set to be built on the former River Country site between Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, a new, nature-inspired resort will open by 2022. The hotel will include over 900 rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas across a unique variety of accommodation types.

Terri Schultz, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club, said in a statement: “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. 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.”

The new hotel joins the upcoming Disney’s Riviera Resort and massive renovation of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort as part of a large hotel upgrade centered around the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World in 2021.

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