Seven Walt Disney World Resort area renovation projects under way

The Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels (, a consortium of seven hotels in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., have millions of new reasons to visit in 2007, as all of the properties have completed or are in the process of completing major renovations. When finished, the properties' combined renovations will total more than $100 million in upgrades, rangaing from new restaurants and additional meeting space to flat panel televisions and spa-quality amenities in guest rooms.

“With major renovation projects recently completed or soon to take place, each of the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels has millions of new reasons for guests to visit in 2007,” said Bill Green, chairman of the Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels’ marketing committee. “In addition to the new amenities and upgrades, our location inside the gates of the Walt Disney World Resort makes each of these unique hotels ideal for families and business travelers alike.”

The following includes a complete list of property upgrades at the Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels:

The Doubletree Guest Suites, the only all-suite hotel inside the Walt Disney World® Resort, has recently completed a $4 million renovation project. As part of the project, all guest suites have been upgraded with new high-end amenities including granite countertops in bathrooms, bedding from Sweet Dreams£ by Doubletree sleep experience, sofa beds, lighting and artwork, case goods and new tile, carpet and paint. The hotel also has a completely new fitness center featuring PRECOR USA equipment.

The Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa recently wrapped up a $45 million renovation project, which included complete upgrades to their 1,012 rooms and 124 suites. Highlighting the project, each guest room and suite has been outfitted with numerous plush amenities, including an LG 32" flat-panel LCD television, Herman Miller Ergonomic chair, wired and wireless Wayport Internet access, Pacific Coast pillows and duvets, spa quality robes and new carpet, case goods and wall coverings.

Beyond the individual room and suite upgrades, the resort added the Kook Sports Bar. The restaurant offers a full menu and bar and features 40 flat screen televisions for guests to enjoy their favorite sporting events.

The Hilton located in the Walt Disney World® Resort, which has completed more than $25 million in total renovations during the past three years, recently improved all 814 rooms and suites as well as common areas. Included in these upgrades are flat screen televisions in all rooms and suites, MP3 clock radios, Hilton Serenity Collection£ bedding and amenities and wired and wireless Internet access throughout the resort. Additionally, the 18,000 square foot Palm ballroom debuted in 2005, increasing the total meeting space at the resort to more than 74,000 square feet.

Apart from the room and suite renovations, the Hilton significantly enhanced its dining options in late 2006 with the addition of Andiamo Italian Bistro & Grille as the property’s signature restaurant. In 2007, the hotel will debut a new, state-of-the-art health club, Hilton Fitness by PRECOR USA. Additionally, the Hilton reopened John T’s Lounge complete with an elegant, sleek bar and lounge offering a full menu and bar, featuring flat screen televisions for guests to enjoy their favorite events.

The Royal Plaza completed a multi-million dollar renovation project in 2006 after sustaining damage from 2004’s Hurricane Charley. As part of the renovation project, all of the Royal Plaza’s 394 oversized guest rooms have been outfitted with new carpeting and drapes, over-stuffed pillow-top “Royal Beds” and premium linens. In addition, all rooms have been upgraded to include granite countertops and Bath & Body Works amenities, plus pull-out sleeper sofas and an in-room media package (featuring first-run movies, video games, high-speed Internet and more). Many of the hotel’s guest rooms have oversized tubs and will soon feature plasma televisions. Beyond guest room renovations, all public areas (including restaurants, lounges and ballrooms) now feature wireless Internet access, new artwork, carpeting, tile, wall coverings and furniture. New landscaping and repainting the exterior of the hotel from pink to warm honeysuckle was also part of the makeover.

The Grosvenor Resort will begin a $20 million facelift in the second quarter of 2007. The project will touch nearly every inch of the hotel from new linens and pillows to new heating and air-conditioning systems.

The Best Western Lake Buena Vista has recently added a garden gazebo adjacent to the pool area for special events and weddings. During 2007, the Best Western will also upgrade its guest rooms with new flat panel televisions, case goods and ceramic bathroom tile. Additionally, the property has added wireless Internet through the hotel. Other amenities include three onsite restaurants and lounges, two convenience/gift shops, guest service desk, children’s play area, a heated swimming pool and video game room.


The Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels consist of the Best Western, Holiday Inn, Doubletree Guest Suites, Grosvenor Resort, The Hilton Resort, Royal Plaza and the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa. With a total of 27 restaurants, more than 3,600 rooms and scores of amenities, the hotels offer a rate, space and menu to please every guest.

Located on Disney property, the Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels are within walking distance of some of the area's best shopping, dining and entertainment. Plus, guests staying at these “Official Walt Disney World®” hotels receive special perks not available at hotels outside of the Disney Resort – such as the ability to purchase Disney tickets on the Web site and at their hotel; complimentary transportation and guaranteed admission to all four Disney Theme Parks, both Disney water parks, Downtown Disney® and Pleasure Island; advance tee times and discounts at all five Disney golf courses; priority seating arrangements for Disney dinner shows and theme park restaurants, and discounts at selected area restaurants, attractions and stores.

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