It looks like the rumors have been confirmed. After months of speculation, Marriott confirmed that it was planning a third resort hotel at Walt Disney World next to its Swan and Dolphin hotels.
It was only clear that the new project would focus on business travelers, with meeting spaces and business suites. Nearly half of the 343 rooms in the new hotel will be business suites. The hotel will provide more professional meeting space with built-in AV systems, large conference tables, and other meeting-focused amenities.
With 350 rooms, the new tower would be extremely small for Disney World compared to the Swan that has 756 rooms and the Dolphin with its 1509 rooms.
The Cove would be the fourth hotel currently in the works for Walt Disney World. We currently only have few details on the Star Wars hotel that will be nearby, it is rumored to have roughly 400 rooms at its debut and around 1,000 rooms at full build-out. Also, there is a 15-story tower that is currently under construction at Disney’s Coronado Springs. That hotel will have 500 rooms. Another tower is also under construction at what was Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, named the Disney Riviera Resort, and with 300 suites.
Let’s not forget that the Swan and Dolphin received $140 million update recently that included renovated public spaces and updates to all guest rooms. The project was done by Manhattan-based design company ICRAVE that also designed the entertainment areas aboard the Disney Dream and Fantasy cruise ships.