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The Cove at Disney? Construction update? We thought construction at Disney World stopped to due COVID-19. True, Disney World did stop all construction projects due to social distancing, but. There is always a but. Why is there always a but? Anyways, The Cove at Disney World is not a Disney construction project. It is a new resort being built by another company. Alright, I think the stage is set, let’s dig into this The Cove at Disney construction update!

Concept Art for The Cove at Disney World

What Is The Cove?

A resort? Well, yes that is a given, Nate. Within Walt Disney World, not all resorts are owned and operated by Disney. In the Epcot resort area, both the Swan and Dolphin hotels are owned and operated by Marriott. With many people preferring to use their Marriott Rewards points to travel, in 1990 Disney decided to expand its hotel offerings to include Marriott hotels with the Disney resort benefits. In addition to the hotels, the Swan and Dolphin included larger conference spaces. The Cove will be an expansion to the Marriott footprint at Walt Disney World.

The Cove at Disney will be a 14-story hotel tower with 349 guest rooms. The room options will include 149 suite-style rooms that will have a capacity that ranges from 6 to 8 guests per room. These rooms will be great for families and business executives. This boutique-style hotel is mainly being added to expand the overall available conference space for the Swan and Dolphin hotels and is focused on business travelers. Included within the new resort will be 22,000 square-feet of meeting space, broken down into two ballrooms, a rooftop reception space, and 12 meeting rooms.

Passholder Insights: When staying at the Swan and Dolphin hotels you can usually find better rates via hotels search tools over booking directly through Marriott or Disney World.

Location of the Cove at Disney World

The Location

Why did the guest cross the road? To get to The Cove at Disney resort! Ba Dum Tss! Oh, the dad jokes. The new resort expansion for the Swan and Dolphin will be across the street from the main resort area next to Fantasia Gardens (the yellow area). Replacing the tennis courts, the resort will be a standalone resort with its own lobby, parking, dining, etc. What is still unknown is if the resort will have its own bus stop or if guests will use the stops located at the Swan and Dolphin. We believe it will have its own.

Passholder Insights: If you’re looking to head to Fantasia Gardens for mini golf we recommend taking a bus to either the Swan and Dolphin and it’s a short walk from there.

Breaking It Down

It’s all about the details! The glass-clad tower resort is a $150-million upgrade to the Swan and Dolphin resort area. The resort will leverage a lot of the dining options and amenities of the current area. However, The Cove at Disney will have a 90-seat restaurant atop the tower, along with a 50-seat lounge, both of which will have firework views of Hollywood Studios. The food continues on the second floor with a grab and go market and lobby bar serving up craft cocktails.

Beyond the food options, the resort will have a 16,800 square foot pool area, fully equipped with a fire pit, fountains, and an array of seating choices.

The Update

With Marriott leading the construction effort for The Cove at Disney, construction has not slowed. The new resort is projected to open on March 1, 2021. At the time writing the resort tower, has reached its halfway point in height. Doing a little quick math, that means the resort is currently seven-stories tall. Everything is currently on track to meet the resorts scheduled opening date. Once complete the Swan, Dolphin, and Cove resort area will be 2,600 guest rooms and 350,000 square feet of conference space, making the area the third-largest hotel at Walt Disney World.

Passholder Insights: The Swan and Dolphin are the only hotels at Walt Disney World that have a resort fee. When booking a room the resort fee is usually not included in the pricing.

Our Thoughts

We’d go to a conference there! Ok, let’s be honestly we would take any reason to go to Disney World. We’re excited to find out more about the restaurant and lounges at The Cove at Disney, especially since the current restaurants at the Swan and Dolphin are fantastic. Alright, construction update complete! As they say the building will go on!

UPDATE: On August 29, 2020, Jeffrey Davidson, Director of Creative Marketing at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort announced the new name of the resort will be the “The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve”.

UPDATE: On October 12, 2020, Early reports are estimating the night Marriott Points per night to stay at The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve will be 40,000 to 60,000 points per night. This would be on similar levels as the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.

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