Top 7 Changes To Disney Resorts In 2017

Paula K

Changes are to be expected at the Walt Disney World Resorts. Sometimes the changes are for maintenance and upkeep. Other times, the changes are to make the resort even more impressive than it already was. Here are seven changes relating to the Walt Disney World Resorts in 2017. Some are finished, while others are ongoing.

7. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

There are routine refurbishments currently taking place at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. There are no major closures expected during the work. Everything is expected to remain open, including Landscape of Flavors and The Big Blue Pool. The changes taking place here are just to keep things looking their best at the resort.

6. Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Routine refurbishment is taking place at Disney’s Pop Century Resort that is expected to last until May, 2018. At the moment, nothing has closed, including the Hippy Dippy Pool and Everything POP Shopping & Dining. That means that you will still be able to get your Tie-dyed Cheesecake, which is a Pop Century classic dessert.

5. Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

A lot of work has been taking place along Crescent Lake! These two resorts are located close to each other, and there has been similar work at both places. The general refurbishment is winding down, and it is expected to be complete by the end of September. The major change at the moment is that Captain’s Grille, which is normally at Disney’s Yacht Club, has been temporarily related to Ariel’s. That is located next door at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The restaurant is expected to return to its normal location by September 30, 2017. The breakfast buffet is not available while relocated, but a la carte dishes are still available.

4. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

The refurbishment has finally wrapped up at Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter, and the results are amazing. The changes finished with the reopening of the Doubloon Lagoon pool back in January, 2017. The most exciting part of the refurbishment was arguably the reopening of  Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory. This popular eatery features favorites such as Crawfish Mac & Cheese Burger and Beignets with dipping sauce. All three meals are served, and Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory remains open until midnight for late night snacks.

3. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

The main change for 2017 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is construction. That is because a new tower is being built. Once completed, it will be 15 stories high and have 500 guest rooms. It will feature rooftop dining. The location of the resort promises great fireworks views. There will be landscaping changes as well. Work is expected to take at least two years. All restaurants, pools, and other amenities are expected to remain open during the construction.  

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2. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Sometimes changes mean that a step back needs to be taken. The changes taking place at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort are more of a reimagining than a refurbishment. New dining and shopping options are coming to Centertown, but they are still down the road. The 2017 changes at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort are closures. Shutters at Old Port Royale, Old Port Royale Food Court, and Banana Cabana Pool Bar are all closed. Don’t worry, you can still stay at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and eat. There are three Island Markets and a food truck. For a breakfast or dinner buffet, you can stop by Centertown Buffet. Centertown Bar offers a place to grab a drink.

1. Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

The most exciting change for 2017 at the Walt Disney World resorts is also the newest Disney Vacation Club property. Open as of July 17, 2017, there are two parts to Copper Creek. There are 194 villas that have up to three bedrooms, and they include all the conveniences of home. The cabins are even more spectacular. The 26 cabins all have the same floor plan, and they sleep up to eight adults. There are two bedrooms, a full kitchen, a hot tub, and a two-sided fireplace. The view of Bay Lake is incredible. Non-DVC members can expect to pay for the luxury, the Copper Creek Cabins start at over $1800 per night during the Value Season.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.