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Disney Launching ‘Storyliving’ Residential Communities Designed by Imagineers

Disney is launching a new series of neighborhoods called Storyliving by Disney, with the first, Cotino, coming soon to Coachella Valley in Rancho Mirage, California. These communities, designed by Walt Disney Imagineers, are intended to “inspire residents to foster new friendships, pursue their interests and write the next exciting chapter in their lives.”

There will be a club membership, with access to wellness programming, entertainment, philanthropic endeavors, seminars, and more. Some neighborhoods will be reserved for residents 55 and over.

Check out concept art and read more from Disney below.

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For centuries, humanity has been drawn to the sands, mountains, springs, and valleys of the Palm Desert. Its unique climate, diverse flora and fauna, and boundless beauty have inspired generations of makers, from original inhabitant Cahuilla basket-weavers and storytellers, to contemporary artists and innovators. All for good reason. The many colors of this natural wonderland surprise first-time visitors with vivid greens, liquid blues and dynamic reds and yellows bringing unexpected life to the ruddy cocoa tones that frame the landscape in grandeur.

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Now, inspired by both the landscape and its history, the unique magic of the region has been combined with the imagination of Disney to make something new – Cotino™, a Storyliving by Disney™ community. This brilliant living painting is not only fueled by its own dynamic energy, but empowers all who live here, creating a vibrant atmosphere that encourages residents to keep dreaming and keep doing.


Offering a range of home types to choose from, including condominiums and single-family homes. In addition to the residential component, the Cotino community has zoning approvals for the development of a hotel and a range of shopping, dining and entertainment offerings anchored by an approximate 24-acre grand oasis featuring the clearest turquoise waters with Crystal Lagoons® technology and a promenade area offering vistas of the oasis and the Santa Ana mountain range in the distance. A portion of the oasis will include a professionally managed beach park with recreational water activities that can be accessed by the public through the purchase of a day pass.

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The result? A place to discover new passions and new beginnings. A place where charming gathering spots foster new friendship. Where nature intersects with human curiosity. And where each day is a new chapter in the most exciting story yet to be written… yours.

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The Greater Palm Springs area has helped the famous unplug for decades—from U.S. presidents to the most glamorous Hollywood stars. But key to our story of inspiration is the man himself, Walt Disney. Of all the destinations in the world, Walt chose Palm Springs as his favorite, special retreat… as he referred to it, his “laughing place.” Though not many are aware of this source of his inspiration, those among us who fondly remember gathering by the TV to watch Walt conjure colorful dreams on Sunday nights, certainly know the result.

The Palm Springs area is also a popular area for retirement communities. Notably, the first “Disney Generation” is reaching retirement age and is likely the target market for Cotino.

Thanks to a new generation of dreamers, this same land of inspiration can be yours. Inspired by this legacy are some of the latest visitors to this wellspring: the Walt Disney Imagineers whose magic infuses this one-of-a-kind place as well as the expert staff of DMB Development, a Scottsdale-based developer specializing in unique communities in the Western U.S.

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The very heart of any Storyliving by Disney community rests in Disney’s vision of vibrant settings and magical possibilities. Imagination and inspiration have been carefully infused into every detail to provide invigorating and rejuvenating environments and activities. In Cotino, a Storyliving by Disney community, a voluntary club membership offers access to a waterfront clubhouse, a club-only beach area and recreational water activities, as well as Disney entertainment and activities throughout the year at an additional fee.

Watch a video about Storyliving by Disney below.

Disney is looking at other areas in the U.S. to develop more Storyliving communities.

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    1. Hello. Walt wanted to have a community and this is possibly inspired by his dream, also it may look like offices on the outside but the inside might be better.

  1. Building a lagoon/oasis in the middle of a California desert during a historic drought? What the heck? At leas this will make a cool ghost town to explore in 20 years.

  2. The only thing it needs is a big sign when you’re exiting of Chapeck waving with the words “Thanks for the money!”.

  3. The super rich folks on the Left coast need their Disney fix too, and the state does need as many taxpayers as they can get to support the less fortunate folks who live there.

  4. Will there be any close to WDW for seniors who would be working at WDW. Will they be priced to high for Castmembers to afford or would they be for the rich!

  5. I am a regular white male human, but don’t see anyone that looks like me in their advertising… does that mean that we aren’t welcome in their “community”? Do they not care about our stories? And what about our cat… I don’t see his kind represented either.

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