So, we just got back from staying at Fort Wilderness Cabins and continually noticed construction occurring to the East of the Osprey Ridge golf course. And I don’t mean a little bit of modification, I’m talking 300-400 acres of clearing land, heavy equipment, construction trailers, etc. It’s right at the intersection of Bonnet Creek Pkwy and Vista Blvd. Something BIG going on. I asked one of the cast members at the resort what was happening and she said that Disney has sold the land to a non-Disney developer and they’re putting up a 5-star hotel and million dollar houses. She also said that Disney has sold “a bunch” of land in other places around WDW lately and similar development plans are in the works.
I was (and still am) a bit disappointed in hearing this. Assuming the land sales are all around the periphery of property, I would imagine the theme parks and resorts will not be infringed upon too much and wind up with the Disneyland problems of the “outside world” encroaching in on the magic. But I kind of feel like Disney has sort of folded their arms across their chest and said that “Well, we’re done developing WDW. No more parks, resorts, etc, so let’s sell off some of this land and make a huge profit.” Far be it from me to stand in the way of Mickey making his cash, but I had always heard Walt bought up all the land so that WDW would be a constantly evolving and growing entity - a place where all of the dreams they could come up with would come to fruition. And heck, wouldn’t a 5 star resort so close to the Magic Kingdom put the hurt on the other Disney resorts??? I don’t know. Maybe I’m making a mountain out of a mole hill, but I sure hope I’m wrong.
Anyone else have any feelings one way or the other?