An Inside Look at New Disney Cabins Construction at Disney’s Ft Wilderness


Guests visiting Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort will likely notice the cabins are taking on an all-new look. Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney World’s Facility Asset Management team are hard at work bringing new Fort Wilderness cabins to life. The construction of these cabins, which takes place in a discreet warehouse in Orlando, Florida is a blend of creativity and innovation.

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The new cabins will offer comforts for guests familiar with the previous cabins, such as sleeping arrangements for six guests, a private patio, and a spacious living room, while also being dog-friendly. Additionally, they will feature upgrades DVC guests have come to expect, like a stove in the kitchen, larger windows for more natural light, and artwork that celebrates Fort Wilderness’s history, including nods to the former River Country water park.

The construction process is a collaborative effort with local Florida businesses, JCQ Services and Friedrich Watkins Company, employing a total of 150 people. This innovative approach emphasizes sustainability, with a technique that limits metal waste to less than 1%, which can be recycled.

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Dean Huspen, Executive Architect with Walt Disney Imagineering, shared, “We developed a pre-fabrication strategy to construct cabin components off-site, ensuring minimal disruption at Fort Wilderness and maintaining high-quality construction” while Jeff Friedrich, owner of Friedrich Watkins Company, added, “We’re using a cutting-edge machine that reads plans from Walt Disney Imagineering to create customized metal studs, saving time and minimizing waste.”

The first set of cabins will open to guests on July 1st, 2024. Guests interested in booking a stay at the new cabins using either DVC points or via a cash booking can book now.

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