Walt Disney World Is Building a Nature-Themed Resort on Bay Lake

Everything we know about the immense expansion plans

Disney continues its ambitious expansion plans with the announcement of a nature-inspired resort, to be completed by 2022.

Reflections — A Disney Lakeside Lodge will add more than 900 rooms to the attraction's Central Florida location, bringing the total projected room count throughout the expansion to 1,700 new hotel rooms. The resort will be located right on the shoreline of Bay Lake, adjacent to Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground and Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort, on the grounds of Disney's River Country, which has been shuttered for years. The company states that the new destination represents its most ambitious expansion in the last two decades, and will be the sixteenth Disney Vacation Club property.

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

Disney's Coronado Springs is also undergoing renovations to add a 15-story tower that will include 545 new rooms and suites, in addition to rooftop dining with panoramic views. The existing 1,800 guest rooms are also receiving full renovations, and additional meeting spaces are under construction.

Anticipated to open in 2019 near Epcot, Disney's Riveria Resort will add 300 new accommodations, and will connect to the Disney Skyliner, a gondola skylift transportation system that will open in the near future. Star Wars Galaxy's Edge attraction is also slated to open at the end of 2019 at Disney's Hollywood Studios, making Disney an even more popular destination. The company also has an immersive Star Wars-themed resort in the works, but a completion date has not been announced for that project.