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Disney Treehouse Villas to get new life

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Feb 20, 2008 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
The Disney Treehouse Villas will be demolished and rebuilt according to plans submitted to local building authorities.

The Treehouse Villas opened in 1975 and were known for their secluded location and serene setting, as well as being able to accommodate larger parties. The units featured an upper level with two bedrooms, each with a queen sized bed, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room (with sleep sofa). The lower level had a third bedroom with a double bed and utility room with a washer/dryer.

They were renovated in 1987 and were once part of the room choices when the Disney Institute was in operation. The last known date when they were available for guests was in 2002.

The Treehouses sustained considerable damage in 2004 when Hurricane Charley swept through the area. Until recently, a few of them were used for Cast Member housing.

The stumbling block has been the Treehouse's location in a flood plain. It was long rumored that should they be torn down, nothing could be built in their place.

On February 4, the South Florida Water Management District authority approved the plans to tear down the Treehouses and replace them with a design that reduces the foundation from 340 square feet to 84 square feet. The new units will rest on support pilings and will have the living area solely on the upper level.

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