PHOTOS: The Cove Hotel Construction Progressing Rapidly at Walt Disney World

The Cove hotel is the newest tower coming to the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort. Announced back in 2018, the tower has been under construction since early 2019. That construction, unlike so many other projects, continued throughout the shutdown of Walt Disney World earlier this year.

The building went vertical in March and has continued plugging away despite the health crisis. We saw in June of this year that the building is raising floor by floor, with the striking blue glass windows that are sure to become the hallmark of this hotel being added with each floor. And then just recently, our friendly flier @bioreconstruct showed us an aerial view of the progress on the hotel. Now, we have a boots-on-the-ground look at where construction stands and how the project is shaping up.

At the top, you’ll see The Cove’s rooftop restaurant and lounge, which we first broke news on back in February 2018. The rooftop restaurant and lounge will feature a dedicated ground floor entrance and elevator for those not staying at the resort. It will be a 375 seat upscale restaurant with a partial expo kitchen. The bar will have about 40 seats. The windows will be floor to ceiling to provide a great view of Walt Disney World, including a rooftop trellis area for unobstructed views.

The glass window paneling is trailing behind the concrete additions, but only by a few floors.

Upon completion, The Cove hotel will join the Swan and Dolphin Resort complex near EPCOT with 349 rooms, taking the total rooms available at the Swan, Dolphin and Cove Resort complex to 2,600. The resort will have walking access to EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s BoardWalk, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

Are you looking forward to staying at The Cove when it opens? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Absolutely excited for this! I have always thought the Epcot area resorts the most centrally located on property. Specifically, Yacht, Beach, Swan/Dolphin, and Boardwalk. For those that enjoy walking (like me!) how great to stay in a location with walkability to 2 parks! And before COVID, you could walk through Epcot to hop on monorail back to MK area.

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