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    As you may or may not know, the Disney Village entertainment district is set to undergo some radical changes in the next few years, with the introduction of a number of new venues, along with an extensive beautification project.
    Things have already got off to a good start with the opening of the Gaumont IMAX cinema (and for those of you who haven't seen it yet, it's a thing of beauty!) but there is plenty more in store.
    First of all, the Disney Village will be getting a whole new look. The industrial, claustrophobic feel of the place has been seen to be a problem for far too long, so most of the giant metal pylons that line the central street will be removed, creating a lot more space. This means the "starry sky" effect will also have to go, but this will be replaced by strings of large coloured lanterns closer to ground level. (A lot like Downtown Disney's Westside.)
    Once these changes have been made, the ground will be re-paved in warmer colours, and a series of flowerbeds will be introduced to add a little greenery to proceedings.
    There are plenty more changes to come after that, but I'll have to save those for my next post.
    So what do you all think? Do you welcome these changes? Are they long overdue, or do you like the Village the way it is? Let's get a discussion going, people! I don't think I've seen a single Disney Village thread on this site yet.
    Last edited by soundtracker; 07-19-2005, 08:35 AM. Reason: Just tidying up
    Originally posted by fizzog
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    Originally posted by soundtracker
    The industrial, claustrophobic feel of the place has been seen to be a problem for far too long,
    Too long indeed!
    Anyway, this is a GREAT news! I've never been a fan of the Disney Village, even if I think that some good things appeared recently.
    Beautification, I think that it's what the Disney Village really needs. :smart:


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    • #3
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      Well I always enjoy my experiences at Disney Village, but I don't dispute it could be improved greatly. Downtown Disney at the WDWR feels to expansive for me though, I think it needs to be a bit more intimate.
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      • #4
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        i heard that at the Cast Members Rendez Vous in January 05 and i've seen the Future of the Disney Village . The Future of DV is Great and they will also add before 2008 a World OF Disney instead of the old parking lot next to the Mc Donald's .
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        • #5
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          Great news indeed. Especialy the greenery. That will help a lot. Now there's only some at the Rainforest Cafe. Why don't they even throw in some more amusement like a DisneyQuest. The new cinema and of course the balloonride are a good start...
          - Milo

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          • #6
            Originally posted by fizzog
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              I am so glad to hear this. The area has always been tres UGLY.

              (But, well, it gave me a new appreciation for our own Downtown Disney in Anaheim, which I began to think of as an architectural masterpiece after experiencing DLP's Disney Village (heheh, fka Festival Disney).

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                I am not sure that emulating the bland look of WDW's west side is such a great idea. This happens to be WDW's worst looking area on property.

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by soundtracker
                  The industrial, claustrophobic feel of the place has been seen to be a problem for far too long
                  Thats what happens when you hire Frank Ghery to design an outdoor space when he is (not much) better at buildings. Dam Eisner.
                  Last edited by drnilescrane; 07-21-2005, 12:55 AM.

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                  • #10
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                    Personally, I quite like the look of Downtown Disney Westside. I was there just over a week ago, and was impressed at just what an attractive space it is. Admittedly, not many of the buildings stand out, but I think that's a problem that Disney Village would be able to overcome fairly easily - just look at the King Ludwig's Castle restaurant. Either way, Disney Village will never be an exact copy of Downtown Disney, but it would definitely benefit from importing a few features.
                    Anyway, where was I? Ah yes, working along the main Village street...
                    Rumour has it that the dark and poky Sports Bar will soon be gone. This makes sense, as a new ESPN sports bar, restaurant and night club will be built alongside the new Village parking structure. A second sports bar would be somewhat superfluous, so the existing bar will probably become either an Irish pub (Lord help us) or an Italian bar/restaurant.
                    You've probably noticed that a lot of the brand new facilities (IMAX, World Of Disney, ESPN bar, etc.) are being built OUTSIDE the original Village area, along the new boulevard that was recently driven up to the Fantasia Gardens, between the Gaumont building and the new car park. This area is set for even more development - a games room will be added to the IMAX building later this year, containing a bar, miniature bowling and other activities for families. There will also be a Chinese restaurant appearing next door to the IMAX within the next few years.
                    In addition to this, the new boulevard will be lined with a few fixed kiosks - once agin, taking a leaf from Downtown Disney's books.
                    Ultimately, this boulevard will becaome a long awaited second street for the Disney Village, almost doubling its capacity. But perhaps the most exciting addition to this new section is the rumoured construction of... wait for it... A MONORAIL STATION!
                    More news on that in future posts.
                    Originally posted by fizzog
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                    • #11
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                      A MONORAIL. Wouldn't that be the best!!! :imtheone:
                      Any other rumoured stations?
                      - Milo

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                      • #12
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                        A monorail? I doubt anyone here will live long enough to ever see Disney add (or expand) a monorail system in any resort, let alone Paris.

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                        • #13
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                          Please Please PLEASE Style it like the MKVI rather than the Tokyo Monorails!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by fizzog
                            Soundtracker you cheeky chipmunk

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                            • #15
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                              I'm not sure what to think of another Disneyhotel. If it generates more money (-> eventually new E-Ticket) i'm ok with it, but i'm not certain if the other Hotels are overbooked. The same goes for the office building. Only if it will generate enough money so that visitors can enjoy it by getting a new ride...
                              - Milo

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                              • #16
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                                Originally posted by milo_vhw
                                I'm not sure what to think of another Disneyhotel. If it generates more money (-> eventually new E-Ticket) i'm ok with it, but i'm not certain if the other Hotels are overbooked. The same goes for the office building. Only if it will generate enough money so that visitors can enjoy it by getting a new ride...
                                If that Exhibition Centre ever gets built, there will be demand for hotel rooms.
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                                • #17
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                                  Oh honestly, they're not going to build another hotel for God's sake. That would be like hurling the ten million it will cost right into Lake Disney. They're hardly able to fill the ones they already have, or even maintain them properly. And there really, really, really isn't going to be a monorail. Let's keep some perspective, people.

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                                  • #18
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                                    Well pussinboots, don't forget the fact that any new hotel might be built by another company, which would involve them paying Disney some hefty rent. When you look at it like that, it doesn't seem such a far fetched idea.
                                    As for the monorail thing, I admit I was surprised when I first heard of the project. But I never said it would definitely be going ahead, and the plans are only provisional at this stage anyway. See the monorail thread for full details.
                                    Originally posted by fizzog
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                                    • #19
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                                      I remain sceptic on the monorail (read: pigs will fly sooner, Joan Rivers will wrinkle sooner), but the hotel idea seems plausible that way. DLRP loves to sublet things and have them done by third party companies, and they love to build lots of hotels that never remotely reach their capacities.

                                      Though when you take reality (that tiny detail that's often overlooked) into consideration, and look at past examples of such third party work, I guess it's safe to say that this hotel isn't going to be the perfect BoardWalk dream hotel we're all dreaming of. Its Disneyness will surely not extend beyond the gift shop they'll shoehorn in, and it will have a hideously bland theme like circus or the wild west, and this theme will be executed in the popular tradition of sticking flat props onto bland concrete buildings.

                                      All in all, let's try not to think about it and focus on, er, Buzz Lightyear? What's left?
                                      Last edited by pussnboots; 07-22-2005, 03:13 PM.

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                                      • #20
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                                        I don't believe that the Monorail will happen simply because it isn't necessary!
                                        All parks/Disney hotels are five min walk max, and I for one enjoy the trek.

                                        I'm sad to hear about the loss of the "starry sky" effect - I think that's pretty cool. I read somewhere that the metal pylons were designed to echo the architecture of the station, and providing the figures/signs on them are well maintained I think they're good focus points.

                                        A World of Disney store a la WDW is sorely needed in the Village (get all those plushes under one roof) and a Virgin Megastore sounds like a great addition.
                                        Surely there's no need for another hotel on Disney property, third-party or otherwise.

                                        And the stage should be the first area addressed. It causes a bottleneck and the arcade/toilet area behind it is one of the least "Disney" looking places I've seen on site.

                                        But any progress in DLRP is to be welcomed (within reason!) :thumbup:


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