I'm not sure that Iconic "themeing" is invalid. Afterall, the Worldshowcase uses Icons to establish place to great effect. Themeing, as Disney uses it is a storytelling tool. It generally establishes an emotional connection to place and time using various cues both overt and subtle. The Poly uses South Seas colors, materials and architecture (modified of course), names, music etc to establish an emotional connection with the guest. A connection for someone who may have never been to Polynesia. Is Poly a perfect replica of a resort in the South Seas? no, but it doesn't need to be. AKL in my opinion is adequate, but doesn't put in the effort to trigger those western emotional cues of what is african. Certainly it doesn't hit those cues the way the proposed African Village would have. The Grand Californian has a similar problem. The art and Architecture of that hotel is incredible. I love it. The leaded glass lamps, the woodwork. It's neat, but...Arts&Crafts/Mission style is for bungalows, not 4 story atriums. the emotional cues are being attached to an inappropriate building. For the Values, They really aren't trying to put you in any place emotionally. They aren't trying at storytelling. They're just decorating. There aren't any emotional cues. To use a Literary criticism, they tell you you're in a themed resort rather than showing you. Well, the snarky part of me would say, they aren't wrong. The Values are what Disney has become. What Eisner turned them into. If you want to experience Eisner's Disney. Stay at Pop Century. That is what Disney has become. As to your actual point. Of course they are not wrong. This is entertainment and people are free to enjoy what they enjoy. And I certainly don't agree with their preference, but so what. And "need" an education? They don't NEED an education. I have no interest in ruining people's enjoyment. HOWEVER, if you want to come post on a discussion board about how you think Michael Eisner saved Disney. Well, that's a horse of a different color. You're entering into a larger world when you have that kind of discussion. Once you start down that path, well, now we're discussing a far larger topic than what you personally enjoy. We're talking about what made Walt Disney and his company the global icon that he was and it became. There is a reason that Disney became what it became and the Values do not match with that Even if you think they are the greatest things ever, they do not fit in the Walt Disney mold.