#ImagineeringFriday – New Resort in Town

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Today on #ImagineeringFriday, Walt Disney World is in desperate need of a new resort….any type of resort….anywhere on Walt Disney World property.  It’s our job to create a new resort for this week’s #ImagineerFriday.


  • Can be any type of new resort (value, moderate, or deluxe)
  • No Disney Vacation Club property
  • Can not have a theme of any existing Disney resort
  • Can be anywhere that a resort or park DOES NOT already exist

With that, let’s start to create some new Disney resorts.  I am going with a new deluxe resort.  I am also going to make this a throwback to when Walt Disney World was first being developed.  I’m creating the Venetian Resort and I am creating the property on Discovery Island.  The type of resort was planned twice in the history of Walt Disney World.  First, when the property was first being developed and second, during the 80’s and 90’s in an area between the Contemporary and the Ticket and Transportation Center.

Why am I choosing Discovery Island for this resort?  Two reasons.  First, the island is big….11.5 acres.  Second, an island is a great place to set up canals to run through the island to give that Venetian flair.

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The primary downside to using an island is transportation off the island.  A stop on the Contemporary, Fort Wilderness, and Wilderness Lodge boat loop could be added for the Venetian or a new direct boat from the Contemporary to the Venetian could be created.  A new direct boat would be add for the Venetian to and from Magic Kingdom.  After that, things start to get a bit sticky.  A bridge that could support bus traffic would need to be added to link the island to the main land.  This would guests to and from the other parks and for the Magical Express.

Layout of the resort

The layout would be very similar to the Grand Floridian with clusters of buildings.  These clusters would be woven through the man-made canals which will require a lot of bridge work to link the foot traffic throughout the resort.  The bridges will also need to be tall enough to allow gondolas to pass under them.

venetian boat #1

What will be on property

  • There will be a central swimming pool with smaller quiet pools sprinkled throughout the resort
  • A main hall done up in traditional Venetian and Italian architecture.
  • A 24-hour quick service restaurant
  • A two-credit table service restaurant serving seafood and other Italian specialties native to Venice and northern Italy
  • A one-credit table service restaurant focusing on pizzas and pasta dishes.
  • Pizza from the restaurant could also be purchased by the slice at the 24-hour quick service restaurant

I think this would be an interesting new restaurant on Disney’s property.  It would be the largest property but I think it would add something new and different to the current lineup of restaurants.

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Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary

I don’t spend a lot of time talking about Disneyland (mainly because it’s been a long time since I’ve last been there) but last night Disney announced some of its plans for the 60th anniversary of Disneyland starting in May.  Some of these events look really good and make want to make a trip out to California this summer to experience them.

  • Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and the Carthay Circle Theatre will get Diamond medallions and sparkle with diamond overlays to the building
  • A new fireworks show “Disneyland Forever.”
photo from disney parks blog
photo from disney parks blog
  • Paint the Night Parade which debuted at Hong Kong Disneyland late in 2014.
photo from disney parks blog
photo from disney parks blog
  • A brand-new World of Color show: “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Disney”
  • Plus many more announcements and special merchandise to come as Disney builds to the 60th anniversary on May 22, 2015

If these new events are on par with the new Festival of Fantasy parade, then Disneyland has three new shows which will be must-see attractions.  These events sound and look great.  They make me want to plan a trip to Disneyland to experience them and everything else that Disneyland has to offer.

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Be Our Guest Lunch Review

Day 5 of my November trip can be described in one way: WET.  The morning started with a tornado warning which scrubbed my morning plans of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and other Fastpass+.  So, those got rolled into the evening but then round 3 of the rain came at night and those plans got scrubbed altogether.  The Walt Disney World Resort received over six inches of rain on this day in three distinct waves (morning, afternoon, and evening).  The only reservations were really kept were our dining reservations.  My daughter had a breakfast at 1900 Park Fare with her grandparents while my wife and I had a lunch reservation at Be Our Guest.  This quickly turned into the highlight of a very soggy day.

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Pirates of the Caribbean – The Wax Museum?!?!

Pirates of the Caribbean was the last attraction at Disneyland where Walt Disney had input in the design process.  The initial designs had the attraction as a walk-through wax museum.  The 1964 World’s Fair, however, changed those initial designs.  Mr. Disney and Walt Disney Imagineering designed the highly popular It’s a Small World and the audio-animatronics behind the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

Pirates of the Caribbean #1

From a story-telling perspective, the audio-animatronics and the regulated pace of a boat ride would bring the story of the Pirates of the Caribbean to life more than people walking, at their own pace, through a museum.  As a result, the designs for the attractions were scrapped and replaced with the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction which we see at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and coming later this year to Shanghai Disneyland Park.

#ImagineerFriday – Building a New Walt Disney World Land

On Friday’s this year, I’m going to start something called #ImagineerFriday where I will pick a topic and play Imagineer and shape a certain park or land into what I would like to see.  Readers can play along as well leaving a comment in the comment section of the post.

Today’s topic is Building a New Land where I will be creating a new land in a Disney park using existing attractions and shows from the current Walt Disney World parks.  Here are the rules for today’s #ImagineerFriday:

  • One attraction or show per Walt Disney World park (past or present)
  • One meet and greet with characters not presently available at the parks
  • One counter service restaurant
  • One table service restaurant
  • Restaurants must be within the park walls – resort restaurants and Downtown Disney restaurants are not eligible

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