New Series On Development of Cotino, Storyliving by Disney Debuts

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In its new four-part series, Walt Disney Imagineering will share the origins of Cotino, the first Storyliving by Disney community slated to open as early as 2024. Walt Disney Imagineering has shared that these new living communities, like Walt Disney World’s Golden Oak Private Community, will create “a place where world-famous Disney service is at the heart of it all.”

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Furthermore, the first location, Cotino, a 24-acre site in the Rancho Mirage desert, will offer “a vibrant mix of experiences and activities that will inspire new passions” for Guests, full-time residents, and even the Cast Members who reside there and serve. In fact, the interest list recently opened for the California residential community as housing development continues on condominiums, single-family homes, hotels, and an over 55 residential section.

Of course, founder Walt Disney referred to the Greater Palm Springs Area as his “laughing place” and had his own vacation property here, which will now inspire the project’s developers, builders, and architects. For example, Creative Director Amy Young features in the new Disney Parks Blog series, The Story Behind the Making of Cotino, a Storyliving by Disney community.

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The series will include three other installments featuring a different Imagineer, like “Setting the Stage,” “Magic is in the Details,” and “The Big Idea.” In the first episode, Young, the principal interior designer who says she always wanted to be an Imagineer, shares the origins of this “creative oasis.”

Having come from working on Bistro Chez Remy in Disneyland Paris, which invites Guests to dine at the size of a rat, Amy focuses on storytelling through immersive theming. As she shares in the video below, Cotino will include a creative studio to inspire residents, in addition to world-class service.

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Imagineers drew inspiration from the history of Walt Disney Studios, as well as W.E.D. Enterprises itself, the precursor to the now-Walt Disney Imagineering division. Watch the video below to hear more:

You can catch the other three episodes of The Story Behind the Making of Cotino when it debuts in anticipation of the location’s opening next year.


About Spencer Johnette

Spencer is a lifelong lover of theme parks, princesses, and Disney history that recently relocated to Northern California. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she was the founder and first president of the campus Disney Club. A former Cast Member still mourning the loss of the Disney Store, she now haunts the Walt Disney Family Museum halls and shares her opinions with anyone who will listen @gothelsflower.