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Disney Extends Refurbishment Through Most of the Year at This Deluxe Resort

Disney's Beach Club Resort
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Staying at a Disney Resort can make any vacation to “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” even more memorable and convenient. By staying on Disney property, Guests can enjoy complimentary transportation to each of the four theme parks, along with early entry giving them access to some of the most popular attractions before day Guests arrive.

Guests who opt for Disney Deluxe Resorts specifically can take advantage of even more amenities, like multiple table-service restaurants, the closest proximity to Disney Parks (particularly EPCOT and the Magic Kingdom, both of which have Resorts in walking distance), and perhaps the greatest perk of all, Extended Evening Hours.

EPCOT Area Resorts

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For Guests hoping to stay close to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the EPCOT Area Resorts located around Crescent Lake offer the best in theming, amenities, and proximity to two Disney Parks. With the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, and Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, all in walking distance of each other and the two theme parks (or accessible via FriendShip boat launch) it’s easy to see why this area is a popular place to stay.

This Resort Area is currently undergoing several refurbishments, however, and you will want to be aware of them before you book your next stay. And while most are moving along according to their original schedules, the refurbishment of one of these Resorts has recently been pushed back almost to the end of this year.

Exterior of Disney's Beach Club Resort

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At Disney’s Beach Club Resort, a refurbishment has been underway across the property since January of this year, with Disney originally projecting that work would be done by April. Unfortunately, according to the latest update on Disney’s official website, the Beach Club’s refurbishment has been extended to late fall:

From January 7, 2023 through late this fall, Disney’s Beach Club Villas will undergo refurbishment. During this time, Resort amenities will remain available for your enjoyment. While you may see or hear construction during daytime hours, you should not hear noise from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 AM.

While work takes place at Disney’s Beach Club Villas, the rest of the Resort will remain accessible to Guests, including fan-favorite restaurants like Beaches and Cream, and character dining at Cape May Cafe. (Note: The Beach Club Villas as the Disney Vacation Club accommodations at this Resort, so if you have a standard room booked and are staying away from the DVC rooms, you should not notice too much of a disruption.) Additionally, its sister Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and its shared amenities like Stormalong Bay, will be operating as usual.

FriendSHip Boat

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The refurbishment to Disney’s Beach Club Resort is just a small piece of a massive overhaul of several Resorts currently taking place around Walt Disney World. Nearby, Disney’s BoardWalk recently debuted renovations to its lobby, along with the opening of Carousel Coffee (to mixed reviews). Outside on the BoardWalk itself, work continues on transforming the former ESPN Club into the Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers. And, the BoardWalk Deli opened at the Resort last year.

Near the Magic Kingdom, Disney has confirmed that the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will eventually be completely done over, while restaurants around the Resort could see renovations as well (especially as some are still closed from 2020….)

If you are currently planning a trip to Walt Disney World and hoping to avoid construction at your Resort, you can always check Disney’s official website as the company notes when work could cause any kind of disruption in Guest areas.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."