artist's rendering of Cotino, a Storyliving by Disney community
An aerial view of the first Storyliving by Disney community, named Cotino, which will be built in Rancho Mirage, CA. (Photo: The Walt Disney Company)

The Walt Disney Co. teased out details for the first Storyliving by Disney master-planned community last week. The first phase of development includes homes for those aged 55 or more years.

Cotino, the first Storyliving by Disney community, first was announced last year for Rancho Mirage, CA, where Walt Disney once owned a home. Home types will include condominiums, single-family homes and what the company refers to as “estates.” Sales are expected to launch later this year. Each location will include some neighborhoods for residents aged 55 or more years, Disney said.

“As we prepare to enter our second century, we are developing new and exciting ways to bring the magic of Disney to people wherever they are, expanding storytelling to storyliving,” Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney parks, experiences and products, said in a previous announcement.

Disney “cast members” (employees) will operate the community associations at Storyliving by Disney communities, the company noted. Through a club membership, residents will have access to wellness programming, entertainment such as live performances and cooking classes, seminars and more.

Plans for Contino call for 300 homes and are set to include a variety of amenities and landscaping features. The age-restricted portion of the Storyliving community is to be called the Longtable Park residences.

“The name Longtable Park is inspired by the experiences that originally drew Walt to the Coachella Valley,” the company said. “When he visited the area, he often enjoyed desert activities in the morning and joined his neighbors for a group breakfast and good conversation around a friendly table.”

Longtable Park residents will have exclusive access to a dedicated gathering place, Longtable Park. This space is meant to bring people together around a large, centerpiece table surrounded by palo verde and olive trees. Park features will include desert landscaping, shaded seating, bocce ball courts and barbeque grills, according to the company.

Pre-sales appointments are expected to start later this year before the launch of home sales.
Cotino is being developed in collaboration with Scottsdale, AZ-based DMB Development, with creative input from Walt Disney Imagineering.

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