Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge Coming to Walt Disney World

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Reflections - A Disney Lakeside Lodge

Walt Disney World will soon welcome a new resort and the 16th Disney Vacation Club property called Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge.

This deluxe resort will house more than 900 rooms including DVC villas and it also has a great location. It is currently being constructed on the former site of Disney’s River Country.

Disney’s River Country was the very first waterpark at Walt Disney World. River Country opened in 1976 and closed permanently in 2005. WDW fans always wondered what happened on the abandoned island in the middle of Bay Lake, but we will soon see what we’ve been missing when Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge opens in 2022.

This hotel will be in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area which leads us to believe you will be able to utilize boat transportation to and from the Magic Kingdom when staying at this resort.

The new resort will be nature-inspired and nestled in between the Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Terri Schultz, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Disney Vacation Club, stated, “ This resort experience will be a celebration of Walt Disney’s lifelong love and respect for nature, with some fun and even surprising accommodation types that families will find irresistible.”

Demolition of River Country and construction for Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge are already underway. You can even spot some fencing and building materials if you walk towards the site on your next trip.

What do you think about another new resort at Walt Disney World?

Source & Photo Credit – Disney.


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6 thoughts on “Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge Coming to Walt Disney World

  1. I agree with the comment about more parks. The sheer numbers of people attending is growing and providing more lodging is not going to alleviate that “problem”, but will exacerbate it. They have already raised prices numerous times to, in my opinion, control the numbers of guests through financial means.

  2. Liked it much better when it was simple with just Ft. Wilderness, Polynesian & Contemporary. River Country was a perfect place to spend the day. The trams were fun also.

  3. Love Disney World, but if theyre gonna keep building resorts they should start by building another new park first. The parks they have are already packed and it seems like they want to just keep pililng more people into the same parks. Not what Walt wouldve wanted.

  4. Theresa, absolutely correct! River Country was not on an island in the middle of Bay Lake!

  5. We love our DVC. As Floridians, driving a few hours on Friday after work,DVC takes us to a new vacation every time we go because we try all the differentresorts

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