Walt Disney World Announces Expansion of Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach Resorts

Walt Disney World on Thursday unveiled expansion plans for its Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach hotels.

The expansion at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will include a new 15-story tower that will add 500 rooms, featuring suites and concierge level services. The resort will also refurbish its current resort rooms and transform its landscape with floating gardens and an island oasis that connects the resort through a series of bridges.

The new tower overlooking Lago Dorado, the resort’s centerpiece lake, will allow guests to experience something truly unique, rooftop dining with panoramic views of popular nighttime fireworks from nearby Disney theme parks.

Also there will be additions to the Caribbean Beach Resort, including new waterfront dining and retail shopping areas at the Centertown marketplace. Disney said in a blog post “this centralized location will offer the resort’s guests more convenient access to services, amenities and dining.”

The Southwestern-themed Coronado Springs opened 20 years ago, aiming to capture the convention market.

Caribbean Beach Resort has been around since the late 1980s.

Walt Disney World Files Plans for Expansion of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Walt Disney World has filed permits for a large expansion project at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

According to the filed permits there will be an addition of seven new buildings that will include one large multi-level building, which appears to be home to a large number of guest rooms.

The plans show that the new large building will occupy land that is part of the existing Barbados village of the resort, which will apparently be demolished for the expansion.

Along with new construction, there are also changes planned for the roadways and retention ponds.

According to the permits work will begin in 2017 with an estimated completion sometime in 2019. Disney has not made any official announcement regarding this project. It isn’t clear yet whether Disney Vacation Club villas, that have been rumored for the resort, will be part of the development.

Height test balloons were spotted over the resort in September of 2016, which has lead to heightened speculation that a new development was imminent.

Old Port Royale Bridge Closed at Disney’s Caribbean Beach for Refurbishment

Caribbean Beach

The bridge that links Aruba and Jamaica to Old Port Royale food court and shops is currently closed for refurbishment.

The work began on September 5th, and will continue through to November 26th. If you are staying in Jamaica or Aruba, you will be able to use a shuttle from 6:30 AM to 12:30 AM daily, with pickups every 20 minutes from the parking lot area.

A boat will also be available from 9 AM to dusk, with service from the Barefoot Bay Bike Works to the Aruba beach.