CONCEPT ART: First Look at Resort Lobby and Pocahontas Statue at Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge


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How high does the Sycamore grow? If you cut it down, then you’ll never know. And in the case of Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge, they cut it all down just to start construction on the new resort…

At least we get to know what the lobby will look like.

Large glass orbs, stained glass sheets, and carved wood seating fills the glass-walled space. The ceiling features wooden beam sections to contrast against the steel beams hoisting the various lobby levels up. To the right, you see a small counter service area with barstools.

In the latest piece of lobby concept art, we get to see the bright and airy nature of the new “wilderness-inspired” lodge. We say wilderness-inspired and use it lightly, because whereas the actual Wilderness Lodge next door embeds elements of nature within its design, like a simulated slab of Grand Canyon rock strata comprising the lobby fireplace, at Reflections, it’s more a pick-and-choose modernist take. With characters.

A large Pocahontas statue stands atop a ledge, with the wind blowing in her hair. Can you paint with all the colors of the wind? Well, the artists must’ve run out of ink, because gusts of wind are depicted white and lacking any color at all. Still, the ’90s kid in me is excited that the Powhatan princess is finally getting the recognition she deserves.

If you saw those spherical structures lurking in the back of the first photo, here’s a closer look at the general space they occupy. I’m a huge fan of all the hidden cubbies and living spaces that Wilderness Lodge features, so here’s an interesting iteration of that, with a large space sectioned out into more intimate spheres. Free-form sofas in hues of orange, green, and purple with watercolor-like rugs make the space feel organic.

If “lifestyle hotel” were the buzz words for Gran Destino Tower, we reckon “organic living” will be the terms for Reflections, what with it already sounding like some nature retreat and all. All along the glass-paned walls are even more seating spaces and orb-like light fixtures. In the back left corner, you have what seems to be the gift shop. Pay no mind to the foosball table on the left corner. We Photoshopped that in.

If we’ve piqued your curiosity on Reflections, check out some more of the details we’ve covered on the upcoming resort. So far, we know that the resort will feature waterfront dining, with a table service restaurant on Bay Lake. The main building of the resort is set to have a counter service restaurant on the first floor. That might just be it in that right corner of the first photo.

Recent permits showed us the general layout of the resort, with the locations of the new cabins to be built. We expect further details and concept art for the resort to be released in the coming months, if not sooner.

RIP River Country. In spirit, you’ll always be just around the river bend.


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