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Old 01-28-2013, 09:52 AM   #1
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Area between Poly and contemporary earmarked for anything?

The undeveloped area just north of the transportation depot between poly and contemporary seems like that would be an ideal space for a resort.
Was that space ever earmarked for anything either in the original plans or anything more recent? Any place on the net or books that discuss the development history of wdw?
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:57 AM   #2
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It was at one time going to be The Venitian resort and then not too long after the Grand Floridian opened they were going to make it into a Greek type resort. However when they went to do the survey they found that the ground was too soft and it would be too costly to put the foundation in the ground so they abandoned it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:00 AM   #3
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Back in the original plans, when the magic kingdom was first being built it was supposed to be the site of the Venetian resort. After those plans went down the tubes the Mediterranean was supposed to be built in the late 80s. However when doing tests on the soil it was deemed too swampy for use. Twenty years later I don't know if technology has evolved to the point where that could be overcome
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It was at one time going to be The Venitian resort and then not too long after the Grand Floridian opened they were going to make it into a Greek type resort. However when they went to do the survey they found that the ground was too soft and it would be too costly to put the foundation in the ground so they abandoned it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:09 AM   #5
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Thanks, with the name Venetian I was able to google a bunch of info. The rendering of the Mediterranean resort doesn't look like my cup of tea, I guess I'm not too heartbroken.
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Twenty years later I don't know if technology has evolved to the point where that could be overcome
Put a Disney cruise liner there and it would have no problem floating on the soil, and it would cross promote there other business venture.

It's too bad, as I think the location would be good for sunset viewing etc. Realistically the tech is there to build it, it's just less cost effective. Then you have to wonder if they they need the additional beds in the deluxe segment(I assume it would be a deluxe).
I do wonder if there is room in the lodging side of things for a demographic between the moderates and the deluxe resorts. My recent booking shows a pretty big price jump from moderate to deluxe, but not nearly as big a gap between moderate and value.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:22 AM   #7
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Put a Disney cruise liner there and it would have no problem floating on the soil, and it would cross promote there other business venture.

It's too bad, as I think the location would be good for sunset viewing etc. Realistically the tech is there to build it, it's just less cost effective. Then you have to wonder if they they need the additional beds in the deluxe segment(I assume it would be a deluxe).
I do wonder if there is room in the lodging side of things for a demographic between the moderates and the deluxe resorts. My recent booking shows a pretty big price jump from moderate to deluxe, but not nearly as big a gap between moderate and value.
It would be incredibly cool and would make the lagoon area more full as it was originally envisioned. Personally, I think the most likely thing to fill the site would be another dvc. Seeing as they're already adding on to the deluxes around the lagoon this would make the most sense to fully tap into the market of guests that cant get into the other two. But being a dvc member myself I would prefer a hybrid deluxe or moderate with a dvc addition
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:37 AM   #8
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For an interesting look at things, what is, and what might have been, try this:

http://www.disneydrawingboard.com/WD...ea/MKArea.html

OK. Now tell me, isn't that cool!? I mean the original plan, of course!!
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:52 AM   #9
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For an interesting look at things, what is, and what might have been, try this:

http://www.disneydrawingboard.com/WD...ea/MKArea.html

OK. Now tell me, isn't that cool!? I mean the original plan, of course!!
That is cool.
Google found this for me.
http://jimhillmedia.com/editor_in_ch...x#.UQalVPLhd8E

I totally would love a Thai based Asia resort. Seems almost too perfect.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:02 AM   #10
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I totally would love a Thai based Asia resort. Seems almost too perfect.
Too bad the "Disney Decade" guy didn't feel the same way. Instead he gave us a dumbed down copy of a California hotel that had nothing whatsoever to do with the theme parks!! Even just in looks!! Now that's 'magic' for you!!!
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. . . Personally, I think the most likely thing to fill the site would be another dvc . . .
Alas, I think you are right. Bummer if it is so.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:25 PM   #12
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There were rumors last year that there were site balloons up in that area. I am sure there will be a resort on those grounds someday.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:15 PM   #13
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The chances of that area being a DVC unit are roughly 1000%...

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Old 01-28-2013, 02:16 PM   #14
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There have been rumors of Site balloons going up in that location every year since I don't know, At least since I registered for this site.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:42 PM   #15
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There is a lot of room on the EPCOT line do you think they would ever build a hotel somewhere along there.
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