Disney has revealed new concept art that gives a first look inside the new Disney Vacation Club (DVC) cabins that are coming to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. The new cabins are replacing the current log cabins, and will transform a portion of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort into the newest DVC property at Walt Disney World.
The new concept art was shared by Disney Vacation Club on Facebook. As always, Disney’s concept art is subject to change and may not reflect the final product.
The interior concept art shows that the kids will once again be sleeping in close proximity to the adults. Bunk beds are returning to the cabins at Fort Wilderness, albeit with an updated modern design.
We also have a first look at the kitchen and living space.
Here we can see a a pull-down bed over the couch that has become a staple of recent Disney Vacation Club projects. In the kitchen, we can see an oven and range, full sink, and other appliances that should allow for making full meals possible. There’s also a small peak into the bathroom, but Disney didn’t share a full view.
There’s also concept art showing the opposite view.
This piece of concept art has a better view of the pull-down bed, as well as showing where the TV will be mounted.
We can’t help but remind that these pictures are just concept art, and the finished product could look different by the time guests book their first stay. That said, the overall layout of the cabins should line up pretty closely.
Here’s Disney Vacation Club’s description of the new cabins, from the DVC website:
Introducing The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort—the newest Disney Vacation Club Resort—set within a forest oasis of cypress and pine. Retreat to your own private cabin featuring plenty of modern amenities and charming, convenient comforts. Wake up to the buzzing of life and its endless fun, from poolside relaxation to fishing excursions to fireside sing-a-longs. And create cherished family memories, nestled in the magic of nature. As a Disney Vacation Club Member, you can save on future Disney accommodations—including The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort—as you enjoy vacations, near and far, year after year.
Now, it’s time for a small side tangent that pops up each time Disney updates a familiar resort space. Forgive us and feel free to skip the section below if you’re tired of hearing about Disney design critiques.
There’s no question the old cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort needed to be updated. And there’s no question the new cabins look very nice. But, some Disney fans will be disappointed by Disney’s decision to move away from the rustic camping vibe in favor of what appears to be more of a glamping vibe – at that. It’s a safe, cautious design that could belong to any company, and could be placed in any location once you remove the art off the walls.
No one should be surprised the cabins match Disney’s current trend of designs that de-emphasizes theming. A lot of Disney’s resort transformations around Walt Disney World have stripped out unique theming in favor of modern designs that match what many hotels are doing in the hospitality industry. One of the big Disney differences – unique and immersive theming – is gradually disappearing.
That decision seems shortsighted, as many guests love staying at Disney because they feel transported to a new place. It’s why many are willing to pay such a premium. It’s a big reason why resorts such as Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge are treasured in the Disney community. Many of Disney’s recent resort designs are going to feel dated within a handful of years, which is the risk of matching current trends rather than designing to a specific theme.
So, what do you think of the new cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort?