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Jan 24

Disney Files Permits For Expansion Of Caribbean Beach Resort

It looks like Disney has plans for a fairly large expansion of one of its moderate resorts in the near future. Earlier this week, Disney filed permits for a large expansion project at the Caribbean Beach Resort.

The new plans reveal that Disney will replace many existing buildings in the Barbados village area of the resort with 7 new buildings as well as a single multi-story building. In late 2016, height test balloons were spotted, causing a flurry of rumors and speculation online about changes coming to Epcot park. However, it looks like those balloons were being used to determine if a new multi-story building would cause any line-of-sight visual intrusions into Hollywood Studios or Epcot.

Rumors also speculate that this new expansion will become a new Disney Vacation Club property. The only upcoming addition to the Disney Vacation Club is the new villas at Wilderness Lodge, currently under construction. So the addition of more DVC properties is something guests have been anticipating for awhile now, although no official word from Disney about the expansion of Caribbean Beach Resort has been announced yet.

Work on the expansion of Caribbean Beach Resort is expected to begin sometime in 2017 with completion expected in 2019. There is also a series of roadway and waterway improvements planned as well.

Disney definitely has a need for increased hotel capacity in the moderate level of their resorts. The moderate level resorts are commonly sold out for the majority of the year, so the expansion of Caribbean Beach Resort should make more moderate level rooms available for vacationers. 

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