The Walt Disney World Resorts Undergoing Refurbishment in 2020

First Published: November 11, 2019
Last Updated: November 12, 2019

Disney is always working to improve and better the parks, the food, the merchandise, and the resorts as well. With the huge 50th anniversary celebration coming quickly in 2021, Disney is making sure many of their resorts get a nice update so they look their best for the grand celebration.

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.

The Cars buildings 2 and 3 have already had their refurbishment completed. You can watch a room tour of one here. The first building in the Cars section won’t be completed till all the other rooms at the resort are done. The Nemo suites are being worked on now (end of 2019). You can see a room tour here. Then the Lion King suites will be refurbished and Little Mermaid rooms. All of the rooms should be completed some time in 2020.

Nemo Suite section of Art of Animation

Wilderness Lodge

The Wilderness Lodge club level lounge will begin its remodel in January 2020 and is scheduled to be done in early March. The rest of the rooms will then begin their remodel in the spring.

Wilderness Lodge

The Contemporary

The Contemporary’s remodel is scheduled to begin in January 2020. Not much has been said about this refurbishment, but with the the fact that The Contemporary is supposed to be, well, contemporary, it definitely needs this update.

The Contemporary

The Polynesian

The Polynesian rooms will be getting complete remodels with many of the issues fixed that guests have raised awareness about over the years. The refurbishment is scheduled to begin in 2020 with the standard rooms being the first to get remodeled, and the club level lounge and rooms being the last.

The Polynesian

The Grand Floridian

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 not long ago.

The Grand Floridian

All-Star Sports

All-Star Sports will be the last of the All-Star resorts to begin its remodel. This resort will not get refurbished until All-Star Music is complete. They are expecting to begin work on this in 2020, but the timeframe will depend on when All-Star Music is finished.

All-Star Music Room

All-Star Music

All-Star Music is the next in line to get a remodel and currently has a building and a half down for remodel. All-Star Movies is officially done getting remodeled, and we love how it turned out. 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.

All-Star Music Family Suite

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs began its remodel in 2019 and has finished a building and a half in the preferred section in Congress Park. Once the whole section is done in Congress Park, they’ll begin refurbishing the rooms in Springs section. Disney will finish all of the preferred sections before beginning to remodel the standard sections. The remodel is scheduled to finish sometime in 2021.

Videos of the newly remodeled rooms can be watched from the links here: Deluxe Studio, 1 Bedroom Villa, 2 Bedroom Villa, and 3 Bedroom Grand Villa

Port Orleans- Riverside

While most of the resort has been completed at Port Orleans- Riverside, there is one section that still needs remodeling. The Royal Guest Rooms will begin their remodel in early 2020, and 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.