New lodging, dining, and other guests experiences are coming to two Walt Disney World moderate resorts over the next two years.

The most dramatic addition is a new 15-story, 500 room tower coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (pictured above). The tower will overlook Lago Dorado, include concierge level and suites, and will feature “rooftop dining with panoramic views of nighttime fireworks from nearby Disney theme parks,” like Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Additionally, current rooms at Coronado Springs will be refurbished, and the landscaping will be transformed to include “floating gardens and an island oasis.”

Over at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, waterfront dining and retail shopping areas will be added to the resort’s current Centertown marketplace. While details are scarce on this, it makes it sound like Centertown will become more of a dining and shopping hub, similar to Disney’s Boardwalk.

Overall, it’s fantastic news to hear that Disney is expanding its hotels without having to type the letters “DVC.” It does sound like this expansion is an effort to bridge the gap between Disney’s moderate resorts and deluxe resorts. Some of the features of the tower at Coronado Springs sound downright “deluxe.” Tom Bricker at DisneyTouristBlog has described this tower as “business class,” which I think is a pretty apt depiction. He has some very good thoughts on where this expansion fits in with Disney’s larger plans for Walt Disney World, including attracting and concentrating business and convention guests to Coronado Springs. Be sure to check it out.

(Source: Disney Parks Blog)