Changes Coming to Walt Disney World Resort Hotels in 2023!

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Disney just shared everything to come to Walt Disney World Resort Hotels in 2023. They are focusing on renovating rooms, refreshing lobbies, and creating new dining experiences. I am most excited about the new dining locations coming to Disney’s BoardWalk Resort and the lobby refresh it will be getting.


New Magic Coming to Walt Disney World Resort hotels

We’ve had a lot to celebrate across our more than 25 resort hotels during our 50th Anniversary celebration, and today we’re sharing an inside look at some big and exciting renovations that have been happening around our world. From new dining offerings, room remodels, and expansions to refreshed lobby spaces, new furniture, smart technology, and more … our Disney Resorts Collection has been rolling out constant, fresh updates ready to welcome you real soon.

New Magic Coming to Walt Disney World Resort hotels

Lately, we’ve been spending a lot of time at Disney’s BoardWalk, which is evolving into something very special as this resort, sitting along the idyllic boardwalk, is being reinvigorated. This year has kicked off a series of refurbishments for the resort, with new furnishings and the start of delectable dining enhancements such as a new Northeast-inspired deli and a lobby café–Carousel Coffee—coming very soon for those craving a specialty latte and pastry.

New Magic Coming to Walt Disney World Resort hotels
New Magic Coming to Walt Disney World Resort hotels

Construction is also underway for The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, a whimsical table service restaurant and bakery expected to open in 2023.

To the BoardWalk sign at Walt Disney World

You’ll soon be welcomed into the BoardWalk Resort with a lively lobby update and newly refreshed guest rooms that complement the artful design throughout the resort.

Goofy in special 50th attire at Walt Disney World

This upcoming year is sure to be an exciting one for Disney’s BoardWalk!

2023 will also be a momentous year for Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa as it celebrates its 30th anniversary on July 1! The resort has been receiving some grand touches that weave familiar storybook charm into the Victorian elegance of this flagship resort. Guest rooms are currently being updated as we speak, with more to come as the beloved Grand Floridian ushers in its third decade of magic. The ongoing renovation will also include an upcoming refurbishment of the lobby, which will maintain the classic theming you know and love with some fresh new enhancements.

New Magic Coming to Walt Disney World Resort hotels

New Magic Coming to Walt Disney World Resort hotels

The story doesn’t end there, as you can dine underneath the lovely London sky at Citricos, inspired by “Mary Poppins Returns”… and maybe bookend your evening with a shimmering sip at Enchanted Rose Lounge, inspired by “Beauty and the Beast.” And our beloved Victoria & Albert’s – the culinary crown jewel of Walt Disney World Resort and AAA Five Diamond Award winner – reopened its doors this year to rave reviews featuring a renovated interior. 

As one of our original hotels, Disney’s Contemporary Resort also recently received thoughtful enhancements that truly tie together the best of retro-modern charm. Within the walls of its a-frame architecture, the lobby now features the flair of color stylist and designer Mary Blair through new murals that complement a lovingly curated collection of modern art and historical photography of the resort’s construction.  

New Magic Coming to Walt Disney World Resort hotels

New Magic Coming to Walt Disney World Resort hotels

Just as the sleek monorail system runs through this hotel, the retro boldness travels into refurbished guest rooms where you’ll find some super touches from Pixar Animation Studios’ “Incredibles” films – the first time our stories have been featured in this resort’s design! 

New Magic Coming to Walt Disney World Resort hotels

Similar updates have graced the shores of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, where we’ve spent special attention merging the heritage and charm of the South Seas with modern touches and even patterns and textures from the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film “Moana” in guest rooms.

New Magic Coming to Walt Disney World Resort hotels

Nearly all elements of this resort have been refreshed in the past few years, from an open and inviting lobby to dining locations, outdoor spaces, and more!

New Magic Coming to Walt Disney World Resort hotels

Like many of our other resort hotels, all three of our cherished Disney’s All-Star Resorts—Movies, Music, and Sports—are finishing up their refurbishments and welcome you with fresh new guest rooms and open inviting lobbies.

New Magic Coming to Walt Disney World Resort hotels

Plus, these resorts are just FUN with their larger-than-life icons, engaging pool areas, and plenty of activities to enjoy!

And last but not least, how could we forget about these *fin-tastic* new designs of guest rooms in the Trinidad area of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

Of course, Disney Resort hotel guests also enjoy free onsite transportation – including our newest mode of transportation, the fan-favorite Disney Skyliner! – as well as our popular early theme park entry benefit (not to mention surprise pop-up appearances from beloved Disney pals). And don’t forget about Hey Disney!, our magical new voice assistant that will roll out in phases across Disney Resort hotels. 

Wow, so many fun new experiences and updates are coming to Walt Disney World in 2023. Disney’s BoardWalk Resort is my favorite resort, so of course, I can’t wait to see what’s to come, but I am excited to see what they do with the lobby of the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. That entrance is already breathtaking, and I feel like Disney will take it to the next level. Out of all these updates and new experiences coming to WDW, which are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

Here is everything Disney released regarding the changes coming in 2023.

Hi, I'm Erica, and I write about all things Disney. Before working for The DIS, I was a theme park performer at SeaWorld, but I also performed at Disney. I have such an immense love for theme parks to the point I studied them in college.


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