I don’t think you can go back to the og TL theming as it’s all space racey unless you went retro-80’s ala Stranger Things or Space Station 76. I wouldn’t be a huge fan of a retrofuturism theme as I described, but it’d at least be a cohesive theme instead of City Center Business Convention Hotel That Happens To Be At Disney (with a splash of The Incredibles for the kiddos).I like where you are going with this... The Contemporary predated Space Mountain by 4 years, but yes it was meant to harmonize with Tomorrowland. If you look at the opening pictures and see the bold exciting color palate in the atrium and elsewhere, it was much more whimsical...not serious contemporary or modern. The lucite trees in the concourse brought color and sparkle out into the vast open spaces without making it feel crowded like the ridiculous center shop that was installed a few years ago...
As in most cases, if you go back to the original design and concepts they can find their way to the future of The Contemporary Resort without making it look plain and usual...
The lack of IP characters actually heightened the sense of being somewhere special...It was the real world, not a cartoon location...and just as colorful and fantastic as the movies... Both the Poly and Contemporary didn't need any characters to convey their stories.
Perhaps, but the subject matter was the American Southwest. However, the artwork, furniture, fixtures, and finishes and Blair’s were in created a Modern style, no?But the whole theme of the concourse at the time was American Southwest. That might be the least contemporary theme there is.
The Ale and Compass Restaurant used to have - more or less - simulated windows before it was remodeled. Calling them windows isn't quite correct because they were obviously not real windows, real water or real boats. I thought they were a great touch, but they perhaps didn't move/change quite enough. The changes were subtle. I'm sure many people ate there and never even noticed that the pictures changed. The boats themselves looked a bit like toy boats, but they were somewhat window-esque.That would be pretty cool, but they'd never do it since it's a convention restaurant.
It would also be a lot harder to make any simulated windows seem realistic if they were supposed to be looking out on something other than space (or the sky, I guess). You'd need so many things happening all the time to keep it from being obviously fake.
And at least one pool. Everyone simply loves what they did with BLT's pool and dining options. What else should they add? Seems beyond enumeration.They’ll want to finish with The Grand, first. But this is an easy replacement for Reflections.
They better include dining, though. The Main Tower can’t support two DVCs.
True...But fashion is ever-changing... They chose that moment in 1970 to make something engaging and beautiful. They have remode3led many times, and as we have seen, everything old is new again... Brighter tones now feel fresher like in the downstairs lobby. The color schemes do not get used in the same ways... shades are tweaked and freshened up...Yes, but just saying. There's a reason they stopped making harvest gold and avocado appliances.
I think the form may now be working against the “theme” or whatever we are calling it. An atrium of this cavernous size was awe-inspiring in 1971. Arguably, the first modern hotel with an multi story atrium was the Peachtree Center in Atlanta by John Portman in 1967. Then malls began having more open atriums from floor to floor (also in part due to Portman and his influence). Huge indoor atriums were still impressive in the 70’s and into the early 80’s. By the late 90’s into the present, the form just simply failed to evoke any sort of experience other than “I’m at the mall”. It’s now become a very large canvas that they seem to be unsure as to what do with it. I hate “floating cloud” ceilings but I think some elements held in suspension above the concourse might bring the scale (which was at one time breathtaking) down a notch to a slightly more human level.I think the southwest thing was a play on architectural forms ie the shape of the building relating to pueblo indian buildings of the southwest...using that as a springboard to bring color and whimsy into the interior...Not that it was themed to the Southwest at alll but used some design motifs for decor.
and the original color scheme for the hotel was a little shocking and marvelous. Orange, hot pink, avocado and lavender blue shades... It was gorgeous.
That's what I said when I first saw it! It looks just like a corporate cafeteria.OMG the Steakhouse 71 looks dreadfully plain...Reminds me of a cafeteria or modest motel restaurant trying to be a little nicer...Certainly not a steakhouse in a premium resort.
Wow that is bad. Completely misses the mark...unless "better than Denny's" is the mark.
The Wave was a 1 credit. The prices are lower than I was expecting, they’re about what they were before.The menu pricing suggests it is aimed at conventioneers with an expense account. Not absurd to make HR question but at the upper end for hotel meals at a convention. Not aimed at the premium deluxe monorail resort patrons at all. DDP is 2 meals here?
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