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Disney World reimagines a resort, with designs inspired by Salvador Dali

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    Guests preview the stunning two-level lobby of the new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

One of Walt Disney World’s many resorts just got a fresh face, with designs and colors inspired by famed Spanish artist Salvador Dali.

Last month, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort completed a multiyear reimagining, marking the official debut of a new tower and new restaurants.

The Gran Destino Tower is on the southeastern shores of Lago Dorado, the resort’s 22-acre “Golden Lake.” The tower offers 545 guest rooms, a two-story lobby, meeting venues and a rooftop restaurant and lounge.

Gran Destino Tower takes its name from the Disney film “Destino,” which was originally a collaboration between Walt Disney and Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali.

Drawing inspiration from the animated short, Disney said, “the tower is a whimsical, magnificent visual feast, diverse in its design and execution.”

The starting rate for a room in the tower is $234 a night, and it goes all the way up to $1,382 a night for the Presidential Suite.

The lobby of the tower is designed in the Catalan Modernism style, which means guests arriving can see wooden screens with rows of Moorish hanging lanterns and bronze screens inspired by Spanish tile patterns.

The Catalan theme doesn’t end at the lobby — it extends throughout the tower. The new guest rooms and suites feature a wall covering in each room inspired by Spanish tile medallions.

On the rooftop of the tower is Toledo — Tapas, Steak &Seafood and Dahlia Lounge. Toledo has a Spanish-inspired menu with chuleton, a 32-ounce, Spanish-style rib-eye for two, as well as sustainable seafood and classic Spanish sides.

It’s all served under live olive trees and a vaulted ceiling with stained-glass accents.

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