Rumor: Contemporary Convention Center to be Razed for DVC

In the fall of 1973, then-President Richard M. Nixon made his famous "I am not a crook" statement during a press conference at Disney's Contemporary Resort.  If one rumor is to be believed, Walt Disney World may be ready to discard a piece of that history.

 

Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Tower during construction

Plans were recently filed to expand the convention center at Disney's Yacht Club Resort.  While this move does not send shock waves across the Central Florida landscape, the next move may be a bit more dramatic.  

According to one rumor, the Yacht Club convention center expansion is a precursor to removal of convention facilities at another Disney resort: the Contemporary.  One commenter at WDWMagic.com indicates that following the Yacht Club addition, Disney would proceed with demolition of the Contemporary convention facilities to make way for an added Disney Vacation Club presence.  

The Contemporary's existing DVC development--Bay Lake Tower--opened to guests in the summer of 2009.  The building was constructed on property which formerly housed the Contemporary's North Garden Wing.  Over the years there has been speculation that the resort's South Garden Wing may someday host a similar DVC building, bringing a symmetrical look to the resort.  Other unconfirmed reports have suggested that the land under the South Garden Wing may not be suitable to support a 16-story tower.  

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World, Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is about 42% sold after 18 months on the market.  Disney's Wilderness Lodge is currently in the midst of an extensive renovation project which will add additional Disney Vacation Club to the property.  Based upon recent sales performance of the Polynesian, these two projects should provide DVC with enough points to meet its sales needs until at least 2021.  

Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge construction site

A variety of other sites have been linked to future DVC developments including Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney's Beach Club Resort.  In 2010, Disney filed plans and permits related to the Fort Wilderness DVC, only to later shuffle that project to the back burner. (Click links for details.)

Take this rumor with an enormous grain of salt.  Even if DVC has its eyes on a Contemporary expansion today, many factors can contribute to those plans being altered in the coming years.  Still, this does help illustrate the type of creative options Disney will pursue to grow its timeshare program.  Although Disney Vacation Club now has a presence at every Walt Disney World Deluxe resort other than the Yacht Club, there is little doubt that they plan to continue expansion for many years to come.  

Reader Comments
Re: Rumor: Contemporary Convention Center to be Razed for DVC -- kazrak
2016 Aug 17 01:46:55 PM
Interesting. I'd have almost expected the opposite - replace the Yacht Club convention center with DVC units, growing another one to make up for it.

(Just because Yacht Club is now the only deluxe resort hotel without associated DVC villas.)
Re: Rumor: Contemporary Convention Center to be Razed for DVC -- BethBruin
2016 Aug 17 02:37:02 PM
I was hoping a DVC would go into the YC.
I guess Disney wants a bigger convention prescense in the more "grown up" area of WDW!
Re: Rumor: Contemporary Convention Center to be Razed for DVC -- denlo
2016 Aug 17 04:41:55 PM
I thought that the ground was determined to not be stable enough on that side of CR for a tower like BLT. Even if they tear down the convention center, which I highly doubt they would do, they need to add a lot more parking places to accommodate another large DVC resort.

I thought conventions are money makers for Disney, often large blocks of rooms are booked at fairly high prices. And conventioneers often bring in the family for a weekend.
Re: Rumor: Contemporary Convention Center to be Razed for DVC -- TimK
2016 Aug 17 06:35:10 PM
denlo wrote:
I thought that the ground was determined to not be stable enough on that side of CR for a tower like BLT.

That's one of those statements which has been repeated so often that it's now accepted as "fact." However, you'll never find Disney going on record confirming it. We really don't know if it's truth or just another Disney urban legend.
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I thought conventions are money makers for Disney, often large blocks of rooms are booked at fairly high prices. And conventioneers often bring in the family for a weekend.

Per the argument here, that's why Disney is adding convention facilities at Yacht Club. The theory seems to be that Disney wants to shift its convention business to the more adult-oriented BoardWalk area (facilities at BW and YC/BC), along with Coronado Springs as the moderate.

I have to admit that line of reasoning does make some sense. BW has Atlantic Dance Hall, Dueling Pianos, ESPN Club, Flying Fish, Big River Grill, plus Epcot. Not that the MK area is lacking for adult entertainment, but it is much easier to find (visible) clustered around the BoardWalk for adults coming into the area for a convention...easier than reading a Disney guidebook to discover Trader Sam's or Narcoossee are a short monorail ride away from the CR. And to families, the parks are just a boat or bus ride away.
Re: Rumor: Contemporary Convention Center to be Razed for DVC -- beachclubdvc
2016 Aug 18 01:56:01 PM
Wonderful. ..so more traffic like Gartner produces making it harder for vacationers to book rooms around the boardwalk are resorts...not only that but constant nightly beach parties the pedestrian areas being cordoned off ..harder to book dinners ..harder for us dvc members to get rooms cause even though there's only a certain percent of cash rooms st boardwalk and beach club they must take more out of inventory during times like Gartner for them to stay behind the scenes....
And that's only in october...now we could get it year round

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