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News Mizner's Lounge to be expanded at Disney's Grand Floridan Resort into a Beauty and the Beast inspired lounge

Andrew C

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Because kids love character photos.
Sure. But nothing about this lounge screams in your face IP. Only an inspiration...that is weirdly placed in the GF. Assuming a M&G doesn't seem to align with the direction of this particular lounge that caters to adults. Seems like quite a leap...unless he was being sarcastic...
 

rkleinlein

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Why would you assume that?
Because it's Disney World where cartoon theming and IP overlays make EVERYTHING better. Right? Who WOULDN'T want an "immersive character experience" with a Disney cartoon in an upscale hotel bar for adults? We need some more Beauty and the Beast theming. Maybe all the waitresses will dress like Belle. Maybe the liquor bottles will break out into song. Fingers crossed.
 

rkleinlein

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You consider this lounge revamp to be cartoon theming and an IP overlay? What concept art that you have seen points to that?
It just logically follows, doesn't it? They need more than just a name. It's a Beauty and the Beast inspired lounge. . . For adults. . . At the Grand Floridian. And on the topic of the Grand Floridian, has anybody heard the rumor that they're changing the name of Victoria and Albert's to Buzz and Woody's?

And yes, I’m joking. But at this point it wouldn’t surprise me.
 
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durangojim

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I would love to have a photo op with a drunk Belle and a drunk Beast. It would be so fun watching Belle slur her words as she spills wine out of her wine glass, complaining about how the beast never takes her anywhere and how she has to stay in the stupid library when she’s read all the books.
 

lazyboy97o

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Where is the outdoor patio going to be?
The existing patio that was opposite the gift shop.

You consider this lounge revamp to be cartoon theming and an IP overlay? What concept art that you have seen points to that?
How is it not a franchise overlay? Even if the design elements are “subtle” they are pointless contradictions to the larger environment [for now].
 

monothingie

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Sooo stupid question. But how does the whole Enchanted Rose Beauty and The Beast immersion stuff work with the Grand Floridian Orchestra Society dishing out Dixie Land, Ragtime, and Jazz melodies right next door?

They aren’t going to repeat “Be Our Guest” every 5 minutes?
 

Andrew C

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The existing patio that was opposite the gift shop.


How is it not a franchise overlay? Even if the design elements are “subtle” they are pointless contradictions to the larger environment [for now].
Not going to consider a bit of inspiration a franchise overlay. It’s just not there based on the concept art.

And I have already said the revamp doesn’t seem to go with the GF environment...which is my problem with it.
 

SeaCastle

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Sooo stupid question. But how does the whole Enchanted Rose Beauty and The Beast immersion stuff work with the Grand Floridian Orchestra Society dishing out Dixie Land, Ragtime, and Jazz melodies right next door?

They aren’t going to repeat “Be Our Guest” every 5 minutes?
Not a stupid question! They're thematically dissimilar. At the risk of sounding pedantic, the Grand Floridian has Victorian style-architecture common in UK and former British colonial holdings, and BatB is supposed to take place in France. The idea here with the IP is clearly "this stuff looks fancy and expensive, let's stick it in Grand Floridian because guests aren't going to know the difference"! And again, this is at a supposed flagship hotel where people can shell out close to a grand a night.

If you think that attention to detail doesn't matter, remember that this is the same company that spent a small fortune amassing yeti memorabilia for Expedition Everest, designed Harambe in DAK, and went out of their way to install a fake spring and backstory for downtown disney. They can do better. Shoehorning IP like this and charging the prices they do is a great way to demonstrate just how little respect they have for their customers these days.
 

rowrbazzle

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There is a giant chandelier based on Belle’s dress right there in the middle of the space. It’s the focal design element.
I'd never get that connection unless I was told; it just looks like a cool chandelier to me. Either way, I think that still fits Andrew C's description of inspiration rather than a franchise overlay. If they'd shaped it vaguely like waves I wouldn't think it was The Little Mermaid. 🤷‍♂️
 

rkleinlein

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I'd never get that connection unless I was told; it just looks like a cool chandelier to me. Either way, I think that still fits Andrew C's description of inspiration rather than a franchise overlay. If they'd shaped it vaguely like waves I wouldn't think it was The Little Mermaid. 🤷‍♂️
This is a very good point. Whether or not you think a Beauty and the Beast "inspired" bar in a high-end hotel with a turn-of-the-century Floridian theme is appropriate (I certainly don't), it seems tentatively executed and unclear. Why bother?
 

larryz

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This is a very good point. Whether or not you think a Beauty and the Beast "inspired" bar in a high-end hotel with a turn-of-the-century Floridian theme is appropriate (I certainly don't), it seems tentatively executed and unclear. Why bother?
Nobody complained about a restaurant called Remy on a cruise ship...
 

trojanjustin

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Nobody complained about a restaurant called Remy on a cruise ship...
I thought it was obvious and low brow but there's no cohesive theme to the venues on the ship. This is tonally out of place. Even the concept art looks nothing like the rest of the GF. It's like if they put a Marry Poppins "inspired" bar at DAK Lodge. It just... doesn't fit.
 

larryz

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I thought it was obvious and low brow but there's no cohesive theme to the venues on the ship. This is tonally out of place. Even the concept art looks nothing like the rest of the GF. It's like if they put a Marry Poppins "inspired" bar at DAK Lodge. It just... doesn't fit.
And I thought it was obvious that Disney's new philosophy is "All IP, All The Time."
 

Bocabear

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And I thought it was obvious that Disney's new philosophy is "All IP, All The Time."
But this is not even IP... If you want to do Beauty and the Beast Bar, put it at the Riviera...which has a vaguely international feel... But not a turn of the century California Seaside Hotel...
The "Inspiration" is like saying the Top Of The World Chandelier is inspired by Cinderella's dress... There is nothing remotely similar between Belle's dress and that modern gold crystal and metal chandelier...
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Epcot82Guy

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That's the point I'm seeing here. If they want to say everything needs to be inspired by, that's fine. And, arguably, a really cool approach. Gran Destino shows how that can work. But, the point is - it totally stands on its own where it is without any knowledge of the IP. If this new venue used things like the chandelier inspired by her dress. Wall sconces inspired by Lumiere. A library as a lounge room that was inspired by Beast's library. But, in each case, where you wouldn't say "BATB" by just seeing it - that would be HIGHLY successful. But, it should also fit its surroundings. And, be named accordingly.

I was holding out hope on this until the name. "Enchanted Rose" tells me this is definitely an IP lift pure and simple. Not meant to have subtle references. But be a BATB bar plopped into the GF. We'll see how blatant it is in the end. But, I don't think "fit" is going to be present there.
 
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