Unveiled: Disney Cruise Line sets to work on the new ‘authentic’ private island resort of £ 308 million
- The Florida headquarters purchased a 751 hectare plot called Lighthouse Point in the Bahamas
- Renderings show how cruisers have excellent access to the beach with different activity options
- Highlights include a family beach, a wellness spa, an arts and culture center and a nature conservation facility
In an effort to lure more Mickey and Minnie-loving customers on board, this year’s Disney Cruise Line sets to work on its second private island resort – a £ 308 million ($ 400 million) project.
The Florida-based company purchased a plot of land called Lighthouse Point on the Bahamian island of Lenny Kravitz, where Eleuthera last year and will develop it into a destination with strong Bahamian themes and numerous activities offered.
Renderings show how cruisers have excellent access to the beach with different food and entertainment options available on the low-lying piece of paradise.
Disney Cruise Line is set to work this year at its second private island resort on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera (above)
Renderings show how the resort will offer cruisers excellent access to the beach and various dining and entertainment options
Instead of a strong Disney theme, the conceptual drawings show how the buildings will be more in line with Bahamian culture
Instead of a strong Disney theme, the conceptual drawings show how the buildings will be more in line with Bahamian culture.
A concept plan for the private beach shows how ships moor at a long access pier.
Passengers then pass a security center to a small marina where they can then explore different areas.
Highlights include a family beach, a wellness spa, an art and culture center and a nature conservation facility.
This view shows a proposed Lighthouse Point dining area, with colorful backrests and table parasols
For the more intrepid holiday maker there is an ‘adventure camp’ complete with ‘paths and lookout towers’.
Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde gives a taste of what cruise passengers can expect and says in a promotional video: “The project is based on two inspirations. One is the living nature of Lighthouse Point itself.
‘The second inspiration is cultural and we are going to bring a local idea and local people and local feelings and stories to life and bring them to life in this place.
‘But to make this authentic, we have to do this together with Bahamian artists and Bahamian thinkers and people from the Bahamian country.
“There are story experiences, they become musical experiences, they all come together to create this very unique, vibrant, colorful art.”
Construction is expected to start this year, provided the plans and permits have been approved by the Bahamian government
Disney Cruise Line currently has four ships – the Magic, Wonder, Dream and Fantasy – and three more are currently being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany
Construction is expected to start this year, provided the plans and permits have been approved by the Bahamian government.
A Disney Cruise Line spokesperson told MailOnline Travel that the company “has submitted an extensive environmental impact assessment based on more than two years of work from highly regarded scientists and conservationists and is currently being assessed.”
Disney says it will develop less than 20 percent of the 751-hectare site it has purchased with 190 hectares of private property donated to the government. But it is not yet clear how the government intends to use this.
The entire project – expected to be completed by the end of 2022 or 2023 – has an expected cost of between $ 250 million and $ 400 million
Castaway Cay, the other island of Disney Cruise Line, also in the Bahamas, was opened in 1998. It was used for filming scenes with Pirates of the Caribbean.
The company has four ships – the Magic, Wonder, Dream and Fantasy. Three more ships are now being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany.