Disney is always working to improve and better the parks, the food, the merchandise, and the resorts at Walt Disney World. With the huge 50th anniversary celebration coming up quickly in 2021, Disney is making sure many of their resorts get a nice update so they look their best for the grand celebration.
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Art of Animation
Art of Animation’s main lobby floors were recently redone to help eliminate the noise caused by the small tiles and luggage wheels. It looks much cleaner and sounds quieter. All the rooms at Art of Animation have also been refurbished. You can click below to view our video room tours of each refurbished room on YouTube.
– Refurbished Cars Family Suite Room Tour
– Refurbished Finding Nemo Family Suite Room Tour
– Refurbished Lion King Family Suite Room Tour
– Refurbished Little Mermaid Room Tour
Art of Animation Resort is currently not open, but is scheduled to reopen on November 1.
The Wilderness Lodge rooms with club level access have finished their remodel on the seventh floor. The only rooms with club level access that still need to be remodeled now are the deluxe rooms. The rest of the rooms on the other floors have started their remodel recently and should be done by this fall. One of the bigger changes coming is that the bunk bed rooms are planned to be removed, leaving only 1 king or 2 queens as the bed configurations.
– Wilderness Lodge Refurbished Room Tour Club Level
Wilderness Lodge is currently not open, and does not have an announced reopening date.
Contemporary Resort was scheduled to be refurbished starting in 2020. With the park closures, the start date for this has been delayed, and we don’t yet know when the process will begin. Not much is known about this refurbishment, but with the fact that Contemporary Resort is supposed to be, well, contemporary, it definitely needs an update. You can watch a room tour of the current rooms below.
– Contemporary Resort Tower Theme Park View Room Tour
– Contemporary Resort Tower Lake View Room Tour
– Contemporary Resort Garden Wing Deluxe Room Tour
– Contemporary Resort Garden Wing Garden View Room Tour
– Contemporary Resort Garden Wing Standard View Room Tour (Accessible)
The Polynesian rooms will be getting complete remodels with many of the issues fixed that guests have raised awareness about over the years.
UPDATE: The refurbishment is scheduled to begin in October 2020 with the rooms being refurbished to include a Moana theme, and the Great Ceremonial House is also getting an update. We look forward to seeing what these rooms will look when they’re finished. You can watch room tours of the current rooms below.
– Polynesian Theme Park View Room Tour
Polynesian Village Resort is currently closed and is scheduled to reopen “Summer 2021” once the refurbishments are complete. The Polynesian Villas and Bungalows currently OPEN and plan to remain so.
The Grand Floridian
We were told in 2019 that there would be some updates at Grand Floridan in 2020 (details below). We have not been able to find out any updated information on this since the closure and subsequent reopening, so this is likely postponed indefinitely.
The Grand Floridian main public areas will be getting updated with some new carpet and new paint. We haven’t heard whether the wallpaper will be changed at all. The rooms will be getting remodeled as well, but only the bathrooms will be updated as the rooms were refurbished a few years ago. You can watch a video here to see what most of the rooms currently look like at Grand Floridian.
All-Star Sports will be the last of the All-Star resorts to begin its remodel. This resort will not begin refurbishment until All-Star Music is complete. They were expecting to begin work on this in 2020, but the timeframe will depend on when All-Star Music is finished. The rooms and family suites at All-Star Music have already begun their remodel and look amazing. Scroll down below for more information on All-Star Movies.
All-Star Sports (as well as the other All-Star resorts) are currently closed and do not have an announced date for reopening.
All-Star Music is the currently undergoing refurbishment. All-Star Movies has been completely remodeled, and we love how it turned out (watch the All-Star Movies Room Tour). These new rooms look so much better, and the All-Stars are going to a universal look in the rooms with a few minor changes for each resort theme.
The biggest change at All-Star Music are the refurbished Family Suites. These rooms have been changed from 1 queen, 1 pull-out full, and 2 pull-out twin beds (see photo below) to 3 queen beds (Murphy beds in the living room area). This is a HUGE improvement to the Family Suite and you’ve got see it for yourself (video below).
– All-Star Music Refurbished Family Suite Room Tour
All-Star Music (as well as the other All-Star resorts) are currently closed and do not have an announced date for reopening. We do not know the status of the refurbishments due to the closure, but they were roughly halfway done when the resorts closed.
Saratoga Springs began its remodel in 2019. The Preferred sections of the resort (“The Springs” and “Congress Park”) are nearly completed. The project is scheduled to finish sometime in 2021, but that may be delayed due to the closures.
You can see room tours of each of the room categories below.
– Saratoga Springs Refurbished Deluxe Studio Room Tour
– Saratoga Springs Refurbished 1 Bedroom Villa Room Tour
– Saratoga Springs Refurbished 2 Bedroom Villa Room Tour
– Saratoga Springs Refurbished 3 Bedroom Grand Villa Room Tour
Port Orleans- Riverside
While most of the resort rooms have been completely refurbished at Port Orleans- Riverside, there is one section that still needs remodeling. The Royal Guest Rooms were scheduled to be refurbished in March of 2020. With the closures, this has been delayed and we do not know when they will begin at this point. We are very interested to see the changes that come in these rooms as they are so well themed. But we trust the Imagineers and look forward to seeing what they come up with. You can see a tour of the existing Royal Guest Room below.
– Port Orleans Riverside Royal Guest Room Tour
Port Orleans Riverside is currently not open, and does not have an announced reopening date.