Disney has unveiled its latest project, and it’s aimed at adults: Storyliving by Disney is a new neighborhood community.
the first Storyliving neighborhood announced Wednesday is called Cotino and is located in Rancho Mirage, in the Greater Palm Springs area. It includes condos and single-family homes and has zoning approval to build a hotel and offers dining, shopping, and entertainment like shows, cooking classes, and seminars.
There will also be a 55+ community area.
Disney plans for there to be a 24-acre “big oasis” in the center of the neighborhood.
The oasis will feature “the clearest turquoise waters with Crystal Lagoons technology and a boardwalk area offering views of the oasis and the Santa Ana Mountain Range in the distance,” Disney said. The oasis will include a beach park with water activities, accessible to the public by purchasing a day pass.
Buying property in the community will also come with the option to purchase a club membership which provides access to an oasis clubhouse, beach area and recreational water activities for club members only. and Disney entertainment and activities throughout the year. “
No word yet on the cost of voluntary club membership, or the price of houses.
Palm Springs was chosen as the setting for Disney’s new community development project because it was Walt Disney’s favorite retreat, an area he called his “laughing place,” the company said.
Palm Springs has also “inspired generations of creators, from the original basket weavers and storytellers of Cahuilla, to contemporary artists and innovators,” according to the Disney’s Storytelling website.
Disney is also “exploring other location options” across the United States to continue developing Storyliving. All built communities will “draw inspiration from each region’s authentic culture and heritage, designed with comfort and design in mind,” according to Disney.
The community was designed by Disney’s imaginers, but is developed and built by Scottsdale-based DMB Development. Once built, it will be managed and operated by Disney cast members.
Disney already has a few communities, including the luxury community Golden Oak Quarters in Orlando, Florida, which includes Disney World Tickets with Membership.