Disney Deluxe Resort Changing, Gets Hugely Disappointing Update

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Disney's BoardWalk Inn at night

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Walt Disney World Resort has a plethora of hotels spread across its multi-thousand-acre site. From the value to the moderate to the deluxe, guests pack into the various offerings all year round. But, a Disney hotel is not always fully functioning, thanks to year-round construction and developments that keep the locations modern and maintained. For one deluxe resort, a disappointing update may force guests to change their upcoming plans.

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A Walt Disney World vacation is often complete with a stay on property in one of the resort’s popular hotel offerings. There are value resorts like Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, moderate selections such as Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, and prime deluxe options including Disney’s Contemporary Resort and the orange and white jewel in Disney World’s crown, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

For guests heading out to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Central Florida, they should be sure to check the official Disney World website for upcoming changes; closures (like this one at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter) are common and usually for routine maintenance, but can be disruptive nonetheless.

Grand Floridian Resort, exterior aerial shot
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Currently, at Disney World, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is under construction as the company continues to construct a new Disney Vacation Club (DVC) tower alongside its already popular rooms and villas. While extra accommodation is certainly a win for the company, even if attendance has dropped in the last few quarters, many have called out the DVC tower-style building as feeling too commercial, like a “Marriott.”

Another one of Disney’s deluxe resorts is also facing continued developments, and it seems those planned to be wrapped up by the end of 2023 are no longer going to be ready by year-end.

Disney's BoardWalk Inn at night
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Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is part of the EPCOT resort area and is one of Disney’s deluxe offerings. Boasting food options like the Flying Fish, easy modes of transportation like the Disney Skyliner, and the Luna Park carnival-themed pool, the BoardWalk is a popular option among guests.

However, at present, the deluxe resort is under ongoing maintenance. “Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Disney’s BoardWalk Villas are being refurbished with new offerings; plus, updates are coming to our Guest rooms, lobby and more,” the official Walt Disney World website notes. “While most Resort hotel amenities will remain available, you may be able to see and hear construction during daytime hours. Additionally, please allow for additional travel time.”

The Cake Bake Shop® Bakery by Gwendolyn Rogers coming to Disney's Boardwalk
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The Walt Disney Company announced last year that extensive developments were coming to Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. “Over the next few years, we’ll be bringing new enhancements and offerings to life along this beloved, turn-of-the-century promenade – from a charming new lobby design and nearby coffee bar to delectable dining options, refreshed guest rooms and other special touches,” the Disney Parks Blog wrote.

So far, guests have seen Carousel Coffee open at the resort, albeit not to rapturous acclaim, and soon Disney will welcome The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers and Disneyland Resort fan-favorite Blue Ribbon Corn Dogs.

While both of these were slated to open in 2023, The Cake Bake Shop was announced earlier this year to have pushed its opening into 2024. Now, also joining The Cake Bake Shop as opening in 2024 will be Blue Ribbon Corn Dogs.

Blue Ribbon Corn Dogs stand sign
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In a new post on Instagram, Disney Eats (@disneyeats) revealed that the new opening for the corn dog stand will be 2024, a delay from what was expected. They wrote: “Hot diggity (corn) dog! Have you heard the news? Blue Ribbon Corn Dog is heading to Walt Disney World Resort at Disney’s BoardWalk in 2024. This new location will have some favorites from Disneyland Resort as well as some brand-new ones exclusive to Disney’s BoardWalk. Get your sneak peek!”

This disappointing update will mean two highly-anticipated additions to Disney’s BoardWalk will not be happening before the end of 2023. Hopefully, no guests specifically booked their trip to try out these locations. The famous pickle corn dog will simply have to wait.

Boats of Motanui and a spinner ride in concept for Moana-themed land in Animal Kingdom
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The development of this deluxe resort comes amid a real change in the Disney Parks business. Earlier this year, a $60 billion investment into the theme park, experience, and products space was revealed, with many fans hoping a chunk of that will be towards a new theme park in Florida — and maybe one in Anaheim, too.

What do you think about these delays at Disney’s BoardWalk? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

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