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Disney Is Building an Exclusive Resort on a Private Island in The Bahamas

Isabel Garcia
Photo credit: Disney Cruise Line

From House Beautiful

If you love both Disney World and a tropical beach vacation, you're in luck: Soon, you’ll be able to experience Disney magic on two tropical islands. Disney Cruise Lines is building an exclusive resort on a private island in The Bahamas. Disney already owns a private island in The Bahamas called Castaway Cay, which is reserved for Disney Cruise Line guests on Bahamian and Caribbean cruises. South of Castaway Cay, Disney is spending between $250 million and $400 million to build a new resort on the island of Eleuthera at Lighthouse Point.

Photo credit: Disney Cruise Lines

Once Lighthouse Point is open, Disney Cruise Line guests will be able to enjoy the island’s gorgeous beaches and surrounding verdant nature. Renderings of what the resort will look like show numerous umbrellas and chairs along the sandy shore. Amid palm trees and greenery, there are also bungalow-style buildings connected by elevated walkways, which are meant to help reduce environmental impact.

Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde will help bring Disney’s vision to life on the island. Having previously designed a Disney Resort Spa in Hawaii and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in both Orlando and Aulani, Rhodes is more than qualified to design this new project. He plans on incorporating the existing Bahamian culture into the resort. “The Lighthouse Point site is so beautiful and so full of nature that we want to preserve this and use our designs to call attention to the extraordinary quality of the place itself–a place of natural beauty with a rich and fascinating cultural tradition,” Rohde said in a press release.

Photo credit: Disney Cruise Lines

Construction is projected to begin this year, and the resort should be open in 2022 or 2023. Don’t want to wait a few years to vacation at Lighthouse Point? You can plan a trip at Castaway Cay here.

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