Photo Update: Limited construction continues at Walt Disney World

by Tharin White

While construction inside the parks at Walt Disney World has stopped, construction on-property has continued. Two new hotels and a McDonalds may be inside the border of Walt Disney World, but their terms are different. Therefore, while the world seems paused, limited projects continue at the Mouse House.

At the Swan and Dolphin Resort a new tower is currently under construction. Titled, “The Cove”, this new 14 story tall structure will increase the overall Swan and Dolphin Resort’s room size to 2,619.

The new hotel will be located next to the Swan Resort where the tennis courts were once located.

The hotel was originally expected to open this Fall. We are currently unaware if delays have changed this opening date at all.

Not far away at Disney’s Bonnet Creek the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort was already supposed to have guests. This 516-room resort will feature details of indigenous woods, wicker, stones and more, all to promote a relaxing atmosphere. There will also be 50,000 square feet of event space. The Spa by JW is fully-equipped, offering everything from 12-minute mini-spa treatments to full-day renewals.

On the ninth floor, the Illume Rooftop lounge will offer a menu of contemporary sushi, seafood dishes and Asian tapas, as well as handcrafted cocktails and views of the nightly fireworks displays.

The resort was originally supposed to open March 2020. Now though, the resort currently plans to open June 2020.

Over near Disney’s Animal Kingdom, at the entrance to the Disney All Star Resorts, is the nearly finished McDonald’s construction. This brand new structure replaces the old McDonald’s in the same location.

This McDonald’s will feature a new bold design with ample outdoor seating. The large McDonald’s logo hanging from the roof on the left can be seen by cars on the highway passing to/from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

This McDonald’s has a focus on eco-sustainability with a green theme, a roof made of solar panels and individual solar panels for the outdoor lighting. The red circle highlights two pedal machines that may also inspire sustainability and good health. Their exact use isn’t known, but it could be a way to showcase calories lost or allow visitors to help power the building with pedal power.

This McDonald’s is heavily used by early morning or late night guests as a quick and cost efficient meal. The dual ordering drive-thru stations will certainly help things be as quick as possible.

Did you know there used to be a McDonald’s at Downtown Disney (now known as Disney Springs)?

Even in this time of limited work and activities some projects continue strong. We are excited to see the next set of openings at Walt Disney World when it is safe to do so.


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Greg Chin May 8, 2020 - 7:50 pm

For the McDonald’s, near the All-Stars Resort, looks like part of the roof (facing South) has solar panels, or photo voltaic cells, on the rooftop. Not all of it, but some of it.

Gary Valencia May 9, 2020 - 6:36 am

This has to be the ugliest building on Disney property.


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