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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We see more muted decor in the guest elevator lobbies, with the exception of the Mickey floor indicator, of course.
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
Murphy Bed Folded Down
Standard King Room
Bed, Balcony, Living Area
Standard Queen Room
Bed, Balcony, Living Area
One Bedroom Suite
Vice Presidential Suite
Bedroom and Entertainment Area
Bedrooms / Entertainment Area
(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.