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Main Street Emporium columns refurbishment

Discussion in 'WDW Parks News, Rumors and Current Events' started by WDWtraveler, Jan 13, 2017.

  1. WDWtraveler

    WDWtraveler Premium Member

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    Photo update as of Friday, Jan 13. The columns on both sides of the Main Street Emporium are being refurbished. Construction walls are on either side of the columns, with a passage between the construction walls and the window displays of the Emporium. There is also a passage at the street corner into the main Emporium entrance. Not many people realize the passages exist. It's one way to avoid the congestion on Main Street if you just want to walk towards the hub a little faster.

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  2. rob0519

    rob0519 Well-Known Member

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    Nice to see more maintenance being done.
     
  3. WDWtraveler

    WDWtraveler Original Poster Premium Member

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    Photo update as of Friday, March 31. Half of the Main Street Emporium external refurbishment is completed.

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  4. ChristianG

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    Is that a red roof I see or is it just the way the light is hitting it? Thanks for the pics!
     
  5. Bacon

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    It is indeed
     
  6. Animaniac93-98

    Animaniac93-98 Well-Known Member

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    I'm not a fan of the new red roof. I think they wanted it to match the red of the shop's sign, but the combination of it and the yellow brick suggests McDonalds more than anything else. Maybe if the brick were a more muted colour? The Grand Floridian's red roof works for that reason.

    The brown roof was fine for 45+ years. I guess this is another way to "improve" the park.
     
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  7. disneyC97

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    Main Street has gotten brighter over the years...both here and California
     
  8. Goofyernmost

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    I'm afraid that I cannot see even the slightest resemblance to a McDonalds. Nothing about it says that. If it had big yellow arches I would agree, however, even McDonalds doesn't have those in any of their new or remodeled stores. Just the double arch "M" as a logo. There hasn't been a McDonalds built in the last 20 years that even had any red in it to speak of. Now if you want a reason to have OCD kick in, we have a Red Roof Hotel in our town with a very, very dull brown roof. Talk about abandoning theme. :eek::)
     
  9. PREMiERdrum

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    The use of muted colors in the type of Stick Victorian architecture we see on Main Street, USA is largely (wrongly) assumed based on the looks of early color photos. Bright pastels, jewel tones, and high-contrast trim are hallmarks of the style. The muted colors seen in earlier iterations of MSUSA are more in line with the Second Empire and Itianiante styles.
     
  10. Disney2017

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    It's actually not really bad, I kinda like it.
     
  11. mikenatcity1

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    I love how bright and vibrant it looks! I enjoy how Main St is becoming more bright and cheery feeling.
     
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    I also believe any exterior painting at WDW is made a shade or two bolder to compensate for the intense sunshine and rain that Florida receives. So while it may seem a bit bright brand new, within a year it fades to the intended appearance.
     
  13. SpoiledBlueMilk

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    Good point made above of the more vibrant colors used in Victorian architecture. I think we all have the perception that the past was much more muted than it actually was based on the early photos and paintings of the time. More vibrant color would make Main Street more accurate. I love it.
     
  14. WDWtraveler

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    Photo update as of Tuesday, April 11. The Main Street Emporium external refurbishment was completed recently and all the construction walls have been removed. It's been a long, long time, but now Main Street is scrim free....no obstructions.

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    Here is a closer view of the new roof color and design.

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    That looks fantastic!
     
  16. Goob

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    Man, some people find the dumbest stuff that bothers them.
     
  17. gmajew

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    It looks great all of main street is looking incredible. This has been a well done refurb of all of the building on this street. The only negative to me is still Starbucks in the bakery location.
     
  18. WDWtraveler

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    Photo update as of Wednesday, April 26. Oops! I guess I spoke too soon. The construction walls and scrims have returned to the Main Street Emporium.


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  19. JoeCamel

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    They took them down for the brits to do their show?
     
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    Only partially, they wanted it down to help with spring break and Easter crowd flow.
     
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