December 30, 2003 – The Hotel Chain Holiday Inn Replaces Downtown Disney’s Courtyard by Marriott
“Guests can experience world-class accommodations and service at the only Holiday Inn located in the Walt Disney World Resort area.”
On December 30, 2003, the hotel chain Holiday Inn purchased the former Courtyard by Marriott hotel located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near the Downtown Disney area. Before becoming a Courtyard by Marriott, it was originally a Howard Johnson’s. Unfortunately, the hotel was closed on August 14, 2004, after Hurricane Charley caused extensive damage to the property. The hotel was reopened on July 15, 2010, after a $35 million renovation, and still remains under the Holiday Inn banner. The hotel has since won a certificate of excellence by TripAdvisor, and a JD Power Award for Guest Satisfaction Index.