CONCEPT ART: First Look at Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge Hotel Rooms Featuring Bambi, Brother Bear, Fox and the Hound, Pocahontas, and More; Room Types Revealed

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We’ve been releasing bits and pieces of concept art on Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge throughout the week, analyzing its design and the choices of characters displayed throughout its public spaces. Today, we’re going to take an in-depth tour of the more private and intimate spaces of the lodge, namely its rooms.

Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge is actually set to be a Disney Vacation Club resort, meaning that in addition to its standard King and Double Queen rooms, the resort will also feature one- and two-bedroom villas, three-bedroom grand villas, studios, and the latest trend in DVC rooms, minimalist “pod-like” rooms which only contain a murphy bed and/or sofa.

Through the tour, we’ll start at the resort entrance, recap some of the lobby and open spaces, and move right into each room type.

Resort Entrance

The resort’s porte cochere features glass walls, rock formations, and a nestled rooftop. Right off the bat, you can see some of the standard room balconies which will face this entrance area and likely the parking lot. There’s even a covered bus stop, which at this point has become a much-appreciated standard for Deluxe resorts.

Lobby

Once inside the lobby, a small check-in area will be nestled off to one corner. Disney has realized that guests prefer online check-in and more personalized check-ins seated at a lounge chair with a Cast Member wielding an iPad than standing around at a counter for 20 minutes, and wants to offer that to its Deluxe resort guests.

For a detailed tour of the lobby at Reflections, which includes that gorgeous Pocahontas statue, click here.

Off to the side of the lobby, there’s a quiet space with lots of casual seating, including some fun additions like hanging nest chairs. Monarch butterflies line the walls in a flutter of color.

A lobby hallway on the second level features landscape scenes from various of the featured animated films displayed throughout the resort’s design.

Lobby Elevator

What appears to be wood cutout vignettes of woodland creature characters line the lobby elevator waiting area. Note the mid-century modern look of the elevator shafts themselves.

2-Level Fireworks Viewing Lounge

Remember that lobby hallway from earlier? It leads into this fireworks viewing lounge, with small islands of moss and large dandelion light fixtures illuminating the space.

Lobby Restrooms

Tell everybody you’re on your way as soon as you get your paws clean after using one of these Brother Bear bathroom stalls. The branches on the stall doors and the hanging butterflies on the changing table add a more serious nature tone to the whimsical characters that fill the space.

Elevator Lobby

We see more muted decor in the guest elevator lobbies, with the exception of the Mickey floor indicator, of course.

Room Corridors

As we get into the rooms, you’ll start to see a trend (if you haven’t already.) Characters will be sprinkled throughout the spaces, be it worked into the wood furnishings or as backdrops to unfolded Murphy beds.

Speaking of Murphy beds, you’ll get to see a lot of them here, as well as sofa beds. Another notable design element is the integrated storage packed into every piece of furniture. Beds and sofas will have retractable side tables for drinks and tablets. Beds feature even more storage underneath. Benches can be opened and used as storage as well. They’ve definitely taken that guest complaint and tried to remedy it, despite the minimalist design.

Take a look at the 2-Bedroom Villa, 1-Bedroom Villa, 3-Bedroom Grand Villa, the VP Suite, the Presidential Suite, the two Standard King and Double Queen Rooms, Studio, and the all-new Pod Rooms below.

2 Bedroom Villa

Living Room

Murphy Bed Folded Down

Master Bedroom

Grand Villa

Living Room

Master Bedroom

Master Bath

Second Bedroom

Bathrooms

Guest Bedroom

Guest Bathroom

Standard King Room

Bed, Balcony, Living Area

Bathroom

Standard Queen Room

Bed, Balcony, Living Area

Bathroom

One Bedroom Suite

Bedroom

Bathroom

Living Space

Vice Presidential Suite

Bathrooms

Living Space

Bedroom and Entertainment Area

Guest Bedroom

Bathrooms

Presidential Suite

Living Area

Bedrooms / Entertainment Area

Bathrooms

Guest Room

Pod Rooms

(With sofa)

(With Pull-Out Sofa Bed)

Studio Lock-Off Room

What do you think of these new and upcoming rooms? At this point, I know some staff is looking to cash their retirement funds for DVC points, but to me, these look like nothing more than overlaid Hyatts.

Recent permits showed us the general layout of the resort, with the locations of the new cabins to be built. We expect further details to be released at this year’s D23 Expo, if not sooner.

About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
Contact Tom at [email protected]

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Dan

Looks really pretty. Happily shocked to see a Fox and the Hound theme element used. Equally shocked that Bambi, Brother Bear and Pocahontas are being utilized.

Hilly
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Hilly

I am really torn with the aesthetics of this hotel. On one hand I really like the inclusion of the Disney animated nature films, but on the other hand, as one of the panelists said on the WDWNT weekly show, it really does look like a tech start up company work space. Unrelated to the aesthetics, I really hope that this doesn’t just add big crowds to the Fort Wilderness area. So peaceful and out of the way.

Thomas
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Thomas

I like the design of this resort quite a bit. I agree with Tom that it could be argued that the rooms “look like nothing more than overlaid Hyatts” but I personally enjoy that it is a departure from other Disney resorts. The wood elements, less intense colors, and geometric designs are visually appealing. I recently stayed at the Contemporary and found the room designs to be dull and boring.On the flip side, rooms at value resorts tend to be very colorful, bright, and obtuse. I know my family members who aren’t hardcore Disney fans would enjoy and prefer the… Read more »

Christa
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Christa

Murphy beds give me the creeps!

John miller
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John miller

I think this looks like crap , just another Marriott with some lipstick , where is the imagination Disney is known for ?

Mary Kendall
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Mary Kendall

I’m a fan of mid-century modern, so I’m loving this. I also live in an area very near Fallingwater, so a lot of that style is around me and I get to indulge frequently. It’s not for everyone though, and that’s ok.

Hope
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Hope

DVC better be using the 2 bath/3 bath layout in the 1BR and 2BR if they want me to add on points here.