Wyndham Palace starts first phase of $30M refit

LAKE BUENA VISTA -- The Wyndham Palace Resort & Spa in the Walt Disney World Resort at Downtown Disney launched a $30 million renovation.

The project stems from focus group research conducted with meeting planners who fill the bulk of the resort's 1,014 rooms and suites.

"Our research with meeting and convention planners showed that they want three features from meeting space: flexibility, state-of-the-art technology and beautiful surroundings," said Greg Hauenstein, general manager. The property has 90,000 square feet of meeting space.

The renovation is to be completed during the next 17 to 24 months without disruption to customers, according to Hauenstein.

"Our plans call for a dramatically enhanced interior design to create a crisp, light and elegant environment as well as advanced technology in the areas of lighting, sound, video and networking capabilities," he said.

The initial renovation project involves a $4 million reconstruction of the 17,000-square-foot Great Hall Ballroom. That project is scheduled to be completed in January.

The redesign will include custom-designed wall upholstery, a new ceiling and floor coverings. There also will be acoustical improvements and new digital processing analog-digital systems of audiovideo equipment.

Following the completion of the Great Hall, renovations and upgrades will continue on adjacent meeting space, the pool area and the property's 100 one- and two-bedroom Island Resort Suites.

The hotel recently completed a $4.6 million upgrade of its original 27-story tower -- which has 826 rooms.

The tower rooms received new furnishings, bed coverings, wall and window treatments, lighting, artwork and bath fixtures during the renovation.

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Phone: (800) WYNDHAM

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