Disney's Meditteranean Resort

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  1. Jennasis

    Jennasis DIS life goes on

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    On the resort board there is a thread about a rumor I've heard before. It is that Disney is building (soon) a new deluxe resort that will put the GF to shame. It will be built on the Seven Seas Lagoon...that's right actually inside the lagoon, on stilts (from what I heard from a bus driver). It will be part of the monorail line too and reports range from situating it next to the Contemporary to between Poly and GF. I personally think ii should be next to Cont.

    Apparently the hold up in ground breaking and greenlighting the project is several engineering concerns ranging from the possibilit of having to move the monorail line a few feet to accomodate the new resort (which would require the monorail to shut down temporarily) and be $$$$$$, to the concerns about the reosrt sinking.

    Anyone care to comment? It IS an old rumor from what I understand.

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  3. Testtrack321

    Testtrack321 <font color=blue>Good GOD, man, quit banging your

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    Though it sounds amptitious, it is a little optomistic. First, a hotel on stilts is very out there. Second, moving the monorail tracks is also very unlikely.
     
  4. mrgoofy

    mrgoofy Hopelessy Hooked on Epcot

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    The monorail tracks at disneyland were moved a couple of yards to accomidate the Indy ride, so I see no real problem, other than the cost, to moving the tracks a few feet at WDW.
    Yes this is an old rumor, but let us remember a good idea never dies at WDI, it just takes a vacation for a few years and returns when the time is right.
     
  5. HorizonsFan

    HorizonsFan DIS Veteran

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    Sounds like the Venitian. That was part of the original plan. Depending on whom you believe, the resort was never built because of the unstable nature of the ground on the site...
     
  6. gary

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    Actually, a hotel on "stilts" doesn't sound too outrageous to me. Considering the swampy nature of the WDW soil, all of the significant structures in the area almost certainly need to sit on some kind of piling (one of the oft-quoted problems with extending the monorail is how deep the supports need to be sunk to provide stability). To simply lay a foundation in the area (without pilings) would cause the muck to flow out from underneath the structure - massive settling problems. Putting the structure above the ground (or water), rather than on it, is more complicated, but definitely a possibility.

    Gary
     
  7. DVC-Landbaron

    DVC-Landbaron What Would Walt Do?

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    See. This is why I don't pay attention to Disney rumors unless there's a bit more to them. And for a change it is not an Ei$ner problem alone. "Back in the day" it was just as bad.

    Want to know the first time I heard this rumor? And, BTW, I was totally blown away by it and excited for years!! Well, I think it was 1973 or 1974. They had decided to change the Venetian into the Mediterranean, but on the same location.

    Even to this day, EVERY time I pass by that parcel of land on the monorail (between the Contemporary and TTC) I remember the CM (monorail driver) who let us in on this "sure thing".
     
  8. HBK

    HBK Mouseketeer

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    Let me chime in here....

    I've been involved in many of the same discussions as DVC....and not only has he been polite, he's seems to enjoy the boards for what they are....a medium for all of us Disney nuts to talk.

    Not only do I enjoy his posts, I respect his passion for all things Disney. You may not always agree with what his stance is (I usually do), but the man cares deeply about all things Disney.

    If memory serves, he wasn't "Banished" from the debate boards. I think he just needed a break...which was self imposed.

    I've never seen any of your previous posts....so I can't say the same for you.
     
  9. DVC-Landbaron

    DVC-Landbaron What Would Walt Do?

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    Hmmm. I let quite a bit of time go by before posting on this subject. I saw it the day it was posted (I think within an hour) and had the same initial reaction as I finally posted. And I certainly didn’t want to rain on anyone’s parade. In fact I kind of thought the thread was pretty much over. So, I had a notion to lend a little perspective to those of you who were in diapers when I first heard the rumor.
    Ahhhh! As fate would have it, of all the threads to post this on, you picked the wrong one. I would have absolutely no solid ground to stand on with almost any other thread on the “Rumor Board”. But not this one. I only gave my perspective to a rumor. I can’t for the life of me see anything worth debating over. I didn’t think my perspective, on this particular subject at least, was even remotely debatable. However, if you think there is cause for debate, feel free to post it on the debate board. I’ll be glad to hop over there and defend my position.

    We must be on the same wavelength though. I mean it’s funny that we both decided to finally post on this subject within minutes of each other. Call it “karma” I suppose.
    Not Mickey… Mikey. Mikey issues. A subtle difference, really only one letter, but a very important one.

    HBK!! Thanks!! And the same back at you. You are truly one of the most intelligent posters I’ve ever met!!! ;)
     
  10. Sarangel

    Sarangel <font color=red><font color=navy>Rumor has it ...<

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    I'd like to take this oppurtunity to remind posters that negative comments about individuals is strongly discouraged! You may disagree with anyone's position, but to assume things about them personally is NOT allowed. Kindly keep this in mind in the future.

    Sarangel
     
  11. Basefoot

    Basefoot Earning My Ears

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    thedscoop, do you know when and for how long Buzz is going to be shut down? We are leaving in 2 weeks.
     
  12. YoHo

    YoHo If you have any poo to fling, now is the time.

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    Look, A happy rumour, Lets all have a warm glowing smile for the happy rumour. Buzz is going down for some improvments and refurbs. Just like the old days. everybody happy happy Joy joy?


    Now then Just an FYI, the rumour board "Debated" Disney with a slant on rumours (which DVC has) well before DVC joined, so I don't see what the problem is. the Debate board used to have some good similar topics until it was taken over by competing Political Hot heads and got boring.
     
  13. DVC-Landbaron

    DVC-Landbaron What Would Walt Do?

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    I agree. It's not that I don't care about gun control, the drug war, political things and all the other "hot-stuff" that is talked about on the Debate Board. I just don't care to post on it. And Disney threads seem to die a quick, but painful death on that board. I'm here to talk Disney!!!! And the Rumors Board seems to be "PURE" Disney.

    And I, for one, LOVE it!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
     
  14. All Aboard

    All Aboard Por favor mantengan se alejado de las puertas

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    Below (if it works) is an image from the preview guide. I think the resort pictured roughly where the GF sits now was to be an Asian themed resort. Notice how it is built out in the water. You can also see the other monorail resort between the Contemporary and Poly.

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  15. DVC-Landbaron

    DVC-Landbaron What Would Walt Do?

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    OH MY GOD!!!! Thank you!!!

    If you study the picture you can see the Persian BEHIND the MK!! I haven't seen this since the mid seventies sometime! WOW!!!

    Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!


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  16. Jackie H.

    Jackie H. It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how!

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    Check out this website by Tikiman (who posts on DIS boards). The site is mainly about the Poly resort, but on "The Beginnings Page" he has quite a few photos, sketches and preview views of the original plans for WDW and the resorts planned for around the lake.

    http://www.homestead.com/tikiman2001/index.html
     
  17. airlarry!

    airlarry! Did you know some ferns date back to Prehistoric t

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    DVC, you may have seen this, but the article above has a link to this website with more info on the Asian:

    http://home.cfl.rr.com/omniluxe/asian.htm

    Cool stuff to look at! But DVC, I think that 'dome' behind the MK is the Venetian, not the Persion, if I'm looking at the map correctly.
     
  18. DVC-Landbaron

    DVC-Landbaron What Would Walt Do?

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    Yes!! You are right. The LandBaron's memory isn't what it used to be!! Since we started talking about this with YoHo, I had remembered that the Venetian was going to go between the Contemporary and TTC and the Persian, behind the MK. And now I find my memory was at fault!! Ahhhhh! The credibility!!!

    So, OK - Mr. Airlarry. Sir… I'm from Chicago. I know how the game is played. How much will it take to keep this between you and me. ;)
     
  19. airlarry!

    airlarry! Did you know some ferns date back to Prehistoric t

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    Tattoo this saying from Mike Lee(http://home.cfl.rr.com/omniluxe/wyw.htm), proprieter of the Widen Your World website, anywhere on your forearm, and that should be payment enough.

    "Contrast Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland with Mickey's Toontown Fair at WDW and you get the unshakable notion that somebody should be hung out to dry. "

    Kind of sums up what you've said here from time to time, doesn't it?

    Reading Mike Lee's words on the site gives you the impression of a man in love with the WDW of today, but with the idea that he realizes that WDW has not grown to its full potential, though it should have. There is a wistfullness in his words for, not what could have been, but for what *should* have been.
     
  20. YoHo

    YoHo If you have any poo to fling, now is the time.

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    So, what hotel was supposed to go near Contemp?


    That spot for Venetian/Med is interesting and the only spot on bay Lake besides the Fort Wilderness/Wilderness Lodge that has even the beginnings of enough space for a resort. I wonder what they do with it now?
     
  21. airlarry!

    airlarry! Did you know some ferns date back to Prehistoric t

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    YoHO:

    The map says the Persian. But the model doesn't look anything 'Persian' to me. Your guess is as good as mine? Perhaps an early rendering of the TTC?

    In fact DVC's idea of the Persian above the Contemporary looks sort of right. That 'dome' could be Persian, right?
     

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