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Disney’s new residential community in California will begin selling property in less than a year

Disney Parks released a video today from the groundbreaking ceremony for Cotino, Disney’s first-ever Storyliving by Disney community property.

“Today we mark the ground on which Cotino will be built,” a Disney representative said during the ceremony. “Much like the benchmark coins of our country’s national parks, this commemorative medallion is stamped with the coordinates of Cotino, a one-of-a-kind community for all who wish to find us.”

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“To new beginnings in Cotino!” the host says as the commemorative geological survey benchmark was placed onto the sand of the Rancho Mirage desert.

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In the caption for the video, Disney shares insight into the new Storyliving by Disney location and details about the exciting groundbreaking ceremony in the Coachella Valley.

In an area that once felt the footsteps of Walt Disney himself, executives and officials gathered in Rancho Mirage, California, to celebrate work starting on the first Storyliving by Disney community.

Our story is one of boundless excitement for this project and this is just the beginning. Thomas Mazloum, president of Disney Signature Experiences, and Claire Bilby, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Signature Experiences Emerging Businesses, were joined by City of Rancho Mirage Mayor Charles Townsend and CEO of DMB Development Brent Herrington to celebrate this important first milestone.

Executives and officials shared remarks about the new community before unveiling a storybook sand sculpture to mark the occasion. It was the spirit of renewal and rejuvenation that led Walt and Lillian Disney to establish a retreat in Rancho Mirage. So fittingly, the brilliant mountain-ringed valley will be the first site for a Storyliving by Disney community.

In preparation for the ceremony, a beautiful sand sculpture was created in the shape of a storybook with the words “Your next chapter in a brilliant new setting” carved into the sand.

Disney’s new master-planned community, Cotino, is only the first of the innovative Disney branded community plan which features homes, unique amenities, and recreational activities. There will even be a beached swimming area and hotel.

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Though the area is beautiful, the views are scenic, and the heart is Disney, many in the local community are opposed to the new project. Still others have used the Storyliving by Disney community announcements to poke fun at so-called “Disney adults.”

In the video from Disney, President of Disney Signature Experiences Thomas Mazloum announced that the sale of properties at Cotino is expected to begin in early 2023, with the first residents of Cotino expected to begin making the Cotino residential community their homes in early 2024.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!