Plans include Star Wars-, Marvel-themed hotels
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts unveiled a roster of new attractions and experiences, including expansion plans for its cruise line and hotel portfolio, today at Disney’s D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, California.
The unit’s chairman Bob Chapek confirmed plans to create a Star Wars-themed hotel at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, as well as to launch Disney's Hotel New York—The Art of Marvel at Disneyland Paris. The latter property will display the Marvel Universe and its super hero characters—such as Iron Man, The Avengers and Spider-Man—via a contemporary art gallery that features the company’s comics, movies and costumes. Timelines for the projects were not disclosed.
A rendering of the lobby at Disney's Hotel New York—The Art of Marvel. Image: Courtesy of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
In conjunction with today’s opening of the 184-key Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, a Disney Vacation Club property at the company’s Wilderness Lodge in Orlando, Chapek announced plans for Disney Riviera Resort. That proposed 300-unit development is expected to open in fall 2019 and will mark the 15th Vacation Club property when it makes its debut at Walt Disney World Resort near Epcot.
A rendering of Disney Riviera Resort. Image: Courtesy of Disney Vacation Club
Meanwhile, Disney Cruise Line is adding a seventh ship, which will join two new vessels that were announced last year. All three ships will be powered by liquefied natural gas and are scheduled to be completed by 2023, nearly doubling the size of the cruise line’s current fleet.
An artist’s concept of what will be Disney Cruise Line’s seventh ship. Image: Courtesy of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
In addition to these hospitality-related updates, today’s expo highlights included plans announcements to transform Disney’s Epcot theme park; to add new rides and entertainment offerings to its Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom parks; and to open Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios.
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