“The Bahamas offers a fascinating multi-cultural tradition of food, music, dance and storytelling. Eleuthera in particular is home to many artists and we will be working with painters, sculptors, writers, storytellers, musicians, weavers and artists of every kind, much like we did with Aulani in Hawaii, to create a completely unique experience that is rooted in Bahamian culture and imbued with Disney magic.” -Disney Imagineer, Joe Rohde
Since its maiden voyage in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has introduced countless families to the beauty and spirit of The Bahamas. At the same time, the company has provided significant economic impact while demonstrating a strong commitment to the environment and the community. Within the next few years, Disney Cruise Line will be adding 3 more ships and a second island. Here’s what we know about Lighthouse Point, Disney Cruise Line’s future destination.
Construction is set to begin this year on Lighthouse Point, with the 751-acre resort on the island of Eleuthera expected to open in late 2022 or early 2023. The total cost of opening the resort including the purchase of the land and construction could fall between $250 million to $400 million.
Renderings of what the finished resort is expected to look like show that it will have bungalow-style suites, restaurants and entertainment venues, plenty of greenery, and lots of white sand beaches to play or relax on. A long pier will allow Disney cruise ships to dock, and there will also be an “adventure camp” with trails for visitors to explore.
The design for Lighthouse Point will be inspired by the natural environment and celebrate the culture and spirit of The Bahamas.
Over the past year, Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, whose work includes the design of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, has spent extensive time with local artists and cultural experts in The Bahamas. Together, they have explored arts and cultural sites across New Providence and Eleuthera, from Junkanoo shacks to noted art galleries. Kevin Cooper, a master artist from Eleuthera and Antonius Roberts, a master artist from Nassau, are anchoring Disney’s efforts to work with the local creative community.
Disney has also said it will only develop about 20% of the property, while also donating more than 190 acres of the land to the Bahamian government so it could be used by the people of the Bahamas.
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