Disney's All-Star Sports Resort
Disneys All-Star Sports Resort is a resort that is part of the Walt Disney World Resort. It is one of five Resorts in the Value Resort category, along with Disneys All-Star Music Resort, Disneys All-Star Movies Resort, Disneys Pop Century Resort, the resort is located on the southern portion of the WDW property and has a sports theme. As with the other All-Star resorts, the Miami firm Arquitectonica designed the resort, end Zone Food Court - A sports-themed arena food court which features five food concession outlets. It serves a variety of American cuisine for breakfast, dinner, team Spirits Pool Bar - Pool bar serving sandwiches and snacks. Sport Goofy- A merchandise location that sells a variety of Disney products as well as ESPN, Disneys All-Star Resorts are connected via bus to the various theme parks and activities located throughout the resort complex
Disney's Contemporary Resort
It opened on October 1,1971. It is one of two original properties located at the complex alongside Disneys Polynesian Village Resort, and is listed as a deluxe-priced resort. It is adjacent to the Magic Kingdom theme park, and is identified by its A-frame main building, the Contemporary Resort is one of two resorts located on property when Walt Disney World opened in 1971. The Contemporary Tower, the most prominent of the resorts four stand-alone buildings, was built as an A-frame with outer walls which slope inwards around an inner atrium and this design was a collaboration by Disney, the United States Steel Corporation, and Los Angeles architect Welton Becket. To construct the building, steel frames were erected on-site and modular pre-constructed rooms, most of Disneys Polynesian Village Resort and the Court of Flags Resort were built the same way, except rooms were stacked instead of slid in. In 2006, Disney filed plans for a project on the site of the Contemporary Resorts North Garden Wing, Bay Lake Tower ultimately contained 281 timeshare units.
In preparation for the sale, Disney incorporated a condominium association for the property on January 9,2007 that would manage the units. The project was unveiled on September 16,2008. Timeshares began on September 28,2008 to existing Disney Vacation Club members, in 2005, Disney began an extensive renovation of Disneys Contemporary Resort, and it was completed in 2009. At the same time, the Bay Lake Tower began construction, Disneys Racquet Club was demolished by January 30,2007, while the North Wing itself was demolished between January 31 and April 6,2007. Construction on the new building continued through 2007, without Disney officially announcing what was actually being built, the Bay Lake Tower opened in 2009. The Contemporary Tower houses most of the key facilities, including resort registration. The main hall, named the Grand Canyon Concourse, is located in the tower and houses restaurants. 383 guest rooms line the walls of the Contemporary Tower. The Walt Disney World Monorail System runs through the inside of this building, adorning the concourse walls is a multi-story mosaic designed by Mary Blair.
One three-story wing flanks the south side of the tower and houses an additional 250 rooms, a convention center was added to the resort and opened on November 11,1991, with more than 90,000 square feet of convention space. In October 2007, the resort received designation in the Florida Green Lodging Program, there are several restaurants in the Contemporary Resorts main building. The California Grill is a dining restaurant located at the top of the Contemporary Resorts tower
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Disneys Art of Animation Resort is a resort within Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. It is located where construction on the half of Disneys Pop Century Resort was started. Family suites opened on May 31,2012, and standard rooms opened on September 15,2012, the land the Art of Animation Resort occupies was planned to be part of Disneys Pop Century Resort as part of the Legendary Years section. Several buildings were constructed for these plans, some even to the point of adding decorative details, while one-half of Pop Century opened in 2003, the other half was left abandoned following the tourism halt after the September 11 attacks on the United States. Disney started to prepare the land for the resort in January 2010, at the time of this announcement on May 12,2010, Disney did not say how much construction is expecting to cost, but it was mentioned that approximately 800 jobs would be produced. When the Legendary Years buildings were first being made, a bridge named the Generation Gap Bridge was constructed to connect parts of Pop Century and made them accessible to each other.
The bridge connects Pop Century to the Finding Nemo section of the Art of Animation Resort, the resort is designed with families in mind. It features four of Disneys popular character themes, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, much like the other Disney Value Resorts, giant versions of various items are built around the hotel on each of the ten wings, such as a 35-foot model of King Triton. In total, there are 1,984 rooms, of which 1,120 are family suites capable of housing up to six people, featuring living rooms and bedrooms. The remaining 864 sport the standard value layout, the resort has a total of ten buildings, as well as three themed pools. Finding Nemo, The Finding Nemo section of the resort is themed with the ocean setting featured in the film, with underwater plant and this is the first area of the resort, which opened on May 31,2012. Cars, The Cars section of the resort is themed like the Cozy Cone Motel that has featured in the film, Resort buildings are themed with the movies characters, including Lightning McQueen, Sally and Luigi and Guido.
The second section of the resort opened on June 18,2012, the Lion King, The Lion King section of the resort features a natural setting, such as that found in the wild. The third section of the resort opened its doors on August 10,2012, the Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid section of the resort is themed with 600 cutout objects on resort balconies. Under the Sea decorations are incorporated throughout the section. This section of the resort has exterior walkways, where the sections have enclosed interior walkways between the rooms. It opened on September 15,2012, as the fourth, Landscape of Flavors - a food court selling American cuisine and deli style market items. The Landscape of Flavors Food Court serves omelets, French toast, pasta, salads, burritos, ice cream, the food court seats 606 people. Pizza Delivery - pizza, salad and beverages are available in the evening for delivery to guest rooms, ink & Paint Shop - gift shop that offers a range of items from Disney souvenirs to Disneys Art of Animation themed clothing
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge is an African-themed deluxe resort at the Walt Disney World Resort. It opened on April 16,2001, the resort is owned and operated by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge is located in the Animal Kingdom Resort Area and it gives guests the opportunity to view grazing wildlife outside their rooms and public areas in the resort within proximity of the animals, conveying the feeling of being in an African savanna. This hotel was designed by Denver architect Peter Dominick of Urban Design Group, on October 11,2006, Disney announced to local media that Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge would become home to the newest Disney Vacation Club property, Disneys Animal Kingdom Villas. On February 18,2008, Disney announced the first phase of expansion was complete. A separate building named Kidani Village was built to the west of the lodge, the Sunset Savanna was extended to the new structure and more species of animals were introduced. A new pool was built and features water slides and an aquatic playground, Kidani Village opened 65% of its rooms on May 1,2009.
At that time, the lodge building was renamed Jambo House. The remainder of Kidani Village was completed in September 2009, most rooms are available with either a king-size bed, two queen-size beds, or one queen-size bed and bunk beds. Amenities including room service, ironing boards, hairdryers, in-room coffee makers and refrigerators are available. All Walt Disney World resorts are entirely non-smoking, made effective June 1,2007, jiko - The Cooking Place — This restaurant is located in Jambo House and features African-style cooking with influences from the Mediterranean coast and Europe. Jiko features South African vintage wines, the restaurant was designed by designer Jeffrey Beers and emulates an African lodge with a color palette in earth tones. The dining room surrounds an open kitchen which includes twin wood-burning stoves, the private Cape Town Wine Room seats up to forty guests and showcases a collection of wine-based sculptures. Jiko means a place in Swahili, thus the restaurants subtitle The Cooking Place.
Boma - Flavors of Africa — This restaurant is located in Jambo House. The selection features items from fifty different African countries, the restaurant was designed to resemble an open African marketplace. Food is prepared in view of diners in open cooking areas which allows for interaction between chefs and patrons, boma is a word in Swahili and several other African languages, meaning an enclosure, such as a fort or a livestock pen. The Mara — This is the counter service restaurant serving American and some African food, Sanaa — Located in Kidani Village and overlooking the savannah, this restaurant draws its inspiration from the cuisines along the historical spice route of Africa, India and Europe
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
The Disneys Polynesian Village Resort is a Disney owned and operated AAA Four-Diamond Award–winning resort located at the Walt Disney World Resort. It began operation on October 1,1971 as one of Walt Disney World Resorts first two on-site hotels, the resort has a South Seas theme, and originally opened with 492 rooms. It was designed by Welton Becket and Associates and constructed by US Steel Realty Development, the resort is owned and operated by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Since its opening in 1971, the resort has three major expansions, the first in 1978, with the addition of a longhouse, the Tangaroa Terrace restaurant/support facility. A second expansion took place in 1985, with the construction of two additional longhouses, in that same year, the resort adopted the shortened name Disneys Polynesian Resort. On April 1,2015, the third expansion officially opened, including the new DVC additions, the resort is on the Magic Kingdom monorail loop, providing transportation to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and is part of the route for Disneys Magic Kingdom Resorts Water Launch service.
Other Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and attractions are served by Disney Transport buses, the resort is organized around a central building named the Great Ceremonial House, itself designed after a Tahitian royal assembly lodge. The Great Ceremonial House houses guest services and most of the resorts dining, from its opening until 2014, the Great Ceremonial House featured an expansive tropical waterfall feature in its atrium, with over 75 species of plant life. The waterfall and foliage were removed and replaced, during extensive resort renovations due to health and safety concerns, no rooms are contained in this building, instead several lodges - longhouses - and water bungalows house all guest rooms and are spread out amongst resort property. As of 2008, Disneys Polynesian Village Resort is certified green lodging property with the state of Florida and this method of building caused problems in both Disneys Polynesian and Contemporary Resorts, with guest complaints of a moldy smell in their rooms.
It was found that mold and debris had collected in the spaces between each room, the spaces were filled in, stopping the problem, and Longhouses built as part of the resorts expansions were built using conventional building techniques. With newly found construction photos of the Polynesian Resort found, the rooms were done differently than the Contemporary, the Polynesian Resort, the Contemporary Resort, and the Court of Flags Resort all had the rooms built off site. The difference was instead of sliding the rooms into a frame like the Contemporary, they stacked the rooms. Actual construction photos showing the stacking system The resort design and layout consists of 11 two and three story longhouses, spread throughout the property, the resort originally opened with 8 longhouses, Bali Hai, Bora Bora, Hawaii, Samoa and Tonga. In 1978, the Oahu longhouse was added, the Moorea and Pago Pago longhouses were added in 1985. Between 2013 and 2015,20 over-the-water DVC bungalows were constructed in a new area named Bora Bora, on October 28,1999, most of the resorts longhouses were renamed.
Today the longhouses are named for islands on the Polynesian isle map, the 2013-15 resort reimagining has returned the original names of the DVC longhouses. Two of the current longhouses and Tonga, offer a Concierge Lounge - where refreshments, the resort offers several shopping areas focused on Disney parks merchandise, resort-specific specialty merchandise, and convenience items, located in the Great Ceremonial House
Disney's Pop Century Resort
Disneys Pop Century Resort is a resort located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, opened on December 14,2003. It is the fourth value-priced resort in the complex, following Disneys All-Star Movies, All-Star Music, the resort is themed around 20th century American pop culture. Original plans anticipated the creation of both the Legendary Years and the Classic Years to divide the property by the first and second halves of the century, the three-resort complex opened during the 1990s, consisting of Disneys All-Star Movies, All-Star Music, and All-Star Sports Resorts. The properties proved themselves as successful investments, leading to the development of a fourth value-priced resort in 1999, the resort was originally planned to open in 2001, though the opening was eventually delayed to March 2002. It was delayed once more before accepting reservations on April 22,2003, the original plans for the resort included a second phase of units themed to the Legendary Years, which would have included 1900–1940s themed areas.
These rooms would have resided across a lake from the Classic Years section, construction for both phases were started at the same time, but after the September 11 attacks, Disney scaled back the hotel due to the reduction in tourism. The Classic Years section opened in 2003, while the Legendary Years lobby building plus several of its buildings were left uncompleted, the completed resort was to have an additional 2,880 rooms on the Legendary side, configured identically to the Classic side. The parking lot for the expansion was completed during the phase of construction. The fact that the Legendary Years was never opened has led to calling the Pop Century the Pop Half-Century Resort. On May 12,2010, Disney Parks announced plans to complete the section of the resort as a separate value-priced resort known as Disneys Art of Animation Resort. It is based on four of Disney and Pixars most popular films, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, however, to distinguish it from Pop Century, the hotel has 1,120 suites, designed for up to six people.
The remaining 864 rooms are standard value-resort size, the addition of suites was based on positive guest responses after a number of hotel rooms at Disneys All-Star Music Resort were combined to form larger accommodations. Construction resumed in the summer of 2010, and the resort opened in May 2012, each themed area features motel-style buildings adorned in larger than life phrases and iconography of the particular decade being represented. The resort has 2,880 rooms in ten buildings, three pool areas, and one central area, named Classic Hall, that houses the front desk, gift shop, arcade. The buildings are four-story versions of the three-story All-Star Resort buildings, in the Classic Years section of the resort, each area is themed with a specific decade and giant items related to that decade. This was originally one of two planned construction phases for the resort, but has become the only completed area of the due to a scaling-back of the project. Disney Transport buses provide scheduled service between the hotel and the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs.
The resort has laundry facilities and babysitting options available and it has pizza delivery to guests rooms as well as cable television
A resort is a self-contained commercial establishment that endeavors to provide most of a vacationers wants, such as food, lodging, sports and shopping, on the premises. The term resort may be used for a property that provides an array of amenities, typically including entertainment. A hotel is frequently a central feature of a resort, such as the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island, some resorts are timeshare or fractionally owned, or wholly owned condominium complexes. A resort is not always a commercial establishment operated by a single company, commonly these facilities are of higher quality than would be expected if one were to stay at a hotel or eat in a towns restaurants. Closely related to these resorts are convention and large meeting sites, generally these occur in cities where special meeting halls, together with ample accommodations as well as varied dining and entertainment, are provided. An all-inclusive resort charges a price that includes most or all items. At a minimum, most inclusive resorts include lodging, unlimited food, sports activities, all-inclusive resorts are found in the Caribbean, particularly in Dominican Republic and elsewhere.
Many offer sports and other included in the price as well. They are often located in warmer regions, the all-inclusive model originated in the Club Med resorts, which were founded by the Belgian Gérard Blitz. Some all-inclusive resorts are designed for specific vacation interests, for example, certain resorts cater to adults, while even more specialized properties accept couples only. Other all-inclusive resorts are geared toward families, with facilities like craft centers, game rooms, all-inclusive resorts are very popular locations for destination weddings. A spa resort is a short term residential/lodging facility with the purpose of providing individual services for spa-goers to develop healthy habits. Historically many such spas were developed at the location of natural hot springs or sources of mineral waters, golf resorts are resorts that cater specifically to the sport of golf, and include access to one or more golf course and or clubhouse. Golf resorts typically provide golf packages that provide visitors with all greens and cart fees, range balls, accommodations, in North America a ski resort is generally a destination resort in a ski area.
Ski resort is less likely to refer to a town or village, a megaresort is a type of destination resort which is of an exceptionally large size, such as those along the Las Vegas Strip. In Singapore integrated resort is a euphemism for a destination resort. A holiday village is a type of self-contained resort in Europe, a holiday camp in the United Kingdom refers to a resort where the accommodation is in chalets. The term holiday park is used for a resort where the accommodation includes static caravans, there are 1500+ timeshare resorts in the U. S. that are operated by major hospitality, timeshare-specific, or independent companies
Walt Disney World
The Walt Disney World Resort is an entertainment complex in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, near Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida. The resort is the destination of Disneys worldwide corporate enterprise. Opened on October 1,1971, Walt Disney World is the most visited vacation resort in the world, the resort is owned and operated by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, a division of The Walt Disney Company. It was initially operated by Walt Disney World Company, Magic Kingdom was the first theme park to open in the complex, in 1971, followed by Epcot in 1982, Disneys Hollywood Studios in 1989, and the most recent, Disneys Animal Kingdom in 1998. Designed to supplement Disneyland in Anaheim, which had opened in 1955, the Florida Project, as it was known, was intended to present a distinct vision with its own diverse set of rides. Walt Disneys original plans called for the inclusion of an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Walt Disney died on December 15,1966, before construction began, without Disney spearheading the construction, the company created a resort similar to Disneyland, abandoning experimental concepts for a planned community.
In 1959, Walt Disney Productions began looking for land to house a second resort to supplement Disneyland in Anaheim, which had opened in 1955. Market surveys at the revealed that only 5% of Disneylands visitors came from east of the Mississippi River. Additionally, Walt Disney disliked the businesses that had sprung up around Disneyland, Walt Disney flew over a potential site in Orlando, Florida – one of many – in November 1963. To avoid a burst of land speculation, Walt Disney World Company used various dummy corporations to acquire 30,500 acres of land, in May 1965, some of these major land transactions were recorded a few miles southwest of Orlando in Osceola County. In addition, two tracts totaling $1. Some are now memorialized on a window above Main Street, U. S. A. in Magic Kingdom, the smaller parcels of land acquired were called outs. They were 5-acre lots platted in 1912 by the Munger Land Company, most of the owners in the 1960s were happy to get rid of the land, which was mostly swamp at the time.
Another issue was the rights to the land, which were owned by Tufts University. Without the transfer of rights, Tufts could come in at any time. Eventually, Disneys team negotiated a deal with Tufts to buy the rights for $15,000. Working strictly in secrecy, real estate agents unaware of their clients identity began making offers to landowners in April 1964 in parts of southwest Orange and northwest Osceola counties
Bay Lake Tower
Bay Lake Tower at Disneys Contemporary Resort, commonly known as Bay Lake Tower, is a Disney Vacation Club resort located at the Walt Disney World Resort, opened in 2009. It is located in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, adjacent to Disneys Contemporary Resort, Bay Lake, while the tower is designated as a standalone Disney Vacation Club resort hotel, it is considered an addition to Disneys Contemporary Resort, as they both share the same theme. It occupies the land occupied by a garden wing of the original A-frame Contemporary Tower. In 2006, Disney filed plans for a project on the site of the Contemporary Resorts North Garden Wing, Disneys Racquet Club was demolished by January 30,2007, while the North Wing itself was demolished between January 31 and April 6,2007. Construction on the new building continued through 2007, without Disney officially announcing what was actually being built, approval was granted for an initial sale of 75 units, with the Kingdom Tower ultimately containing 281 timeshare units.
The approval did not, state when Disney Vacation Club would actually begin selling units, in preparation for the future sale, Disney incorporated a condominium association for the property on January 9,1997 that would manage the units. The project was unveiled on September 16,2008. Timeshares began on September 28,2008 to existing Disney Vacation Club members, Bay Lake Tower is the ninth Disney Vacation Club resort, and the seventh located at the Walt Disney World Resort. It is the second Disney Vacation Club resort to be built in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, following The Villas at Disneys Wilderness Lodge, non-Disney Vacation Club members may stay in Bay Lake Tower villas on cash reservations. There is limited availability to trade into Bay Lake Tower using an RCI timeshare exchange, the tower shares design features with the original Contemporary Resort, sharing the same modern theme. As a result of the shape, rooms have a wedge shape that give them a unique floor plan from other Disney Vacation Club villas.
Rooms on the outside of the building have a different design from those on the inside, a sky bridge connects the two buildings. Bay Lake Tower features its own pool, water play area, pool bar. The pool has a spiral waterside designed with light and glass brick accents to match the resort’s contemporary feel. Bay Lake Tower guests are permitted to use the Contemporary Resort’s facilities, access to the Bay Lake Tower pool area is key card controlled. The tower has a Community Hall featuring games and family activities, the units are among the most expensive offered by Disney Vacation Club, presumably because of their proximity to the Magic Kingdom. Some of the features include full-length windows with views into the Magic Kingdom or onto Bay Lake. Some bathrooms on the Magic Kingdom side include movable partitions to permit watching the fireworks displays from the bathtub