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  • Fantasia Shop Grand Opening, Contemporary, T-Rex, other pics by Denise

    I'd pushed my Disney day from yesterday until today, and happened to be there for the Fantasia shop grand opening at the CR. It was planned for 2 months ago, but the doors weren't installed until last week. I am still getting the hang of my new flash (it's very nice!)

    I also took other pics around the Contemporary and T-Rex.


    There are 100 or so photos here: http://www.mousesteps.com/index.php?...d=34&Itemid=65















    A couple of new things at the Contemporary, including this post/pole thing (I don't know what it does!)





    Kerri Macpherson, WDW Ambassador:





    Earliene Anderson, a Contemporary Resort CM who has been there since the beginning. She helped cut the Fantasia gift shop ribbon:




    T-Rex. You can see that there is a secondary fence with also a T-Rex sign on it, I don't know when they plan to remove the outer fence:









  • Iluvdisney
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    great pics as usual

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  • nbodyhome
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    Originally posted by halltd View Post
    You're paying for the monorail and proximity to the MK more than anything at the Contemporary. As illustrated by the rumored prices of the Kingdom Tower, location is everything.
    I haven't seen the rumored prices yet. But it will go very, very quickly.

    The funny thing, the CR is really on the low end pricewise for deluxes - with just about the largest rooms on property. WL and AKL are less expensive - but not by a whole lot when talking about a standard room, and the WL/AKL rooms are much smaller.

    I remember back around 2000, at Disneyana times - being able to snag rooms for like $120 per night AP/FL resident. Maybe as low as $100 or so going only a couple of years back from that.

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  • halltd
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    You're paying for the monorail and proximity to the MK more than anything at the Contemporary. As illustrated by the rumored prices of the Kingdom Tower, location is everything.

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  • MJMcB
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    Originally posted by WDW1974 View Post
    Yes, I do. And you KNOW how I feel about WDW being way overpriced in so many ways.

    Look at the crackpots who pay $125 for the AllStars at the holidays etc ... but I travel enough to have a good idea of what's worth what. Of course, a $250 room at the Contemporary is (sadly) a bargain!
    True enough. Although you can still find bargains if you are persistent.

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  • WDW1974
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    Yes, I do. And you KNOW how I feel about WDW being way overpriced in so many ways.

    Look at the crackpots who pay $125 for the AllStars at the holidays etc ... but I travel enough to have a good idea of what's worth what. Of course, a $250 room at the Contemporary is (sadly) a bargain!

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  • TDLFAN
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    It's OK to disagree, but do you think it's worth $250++ a night?

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  • WDW1974
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    Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
    Exactly why I detest the convention center, the changes it caused and everything that came with it afterwards. And yes, I remember the wall art featuring Mary's grand canyon in my rooms at the hotel, which were an extension of the mural as well... That is what separated Disney from the rest, just like the exquisite Pinnochio art elevates the hallways and room decor of the Miracosta. The Contemporary has become as ordinary as every other luxury hotel in town... faux italian decor what mirrors everything else found in today's pricier resorts.
    I disagree about that now. It certainly was very ordinary until its recent renovations. But the rooms there are the highest end rooms on property as far as I'm concerned (although I have yet to see a new GF room in person).

    I was in those rooms when they were redoing them and they gutted them and used very high quality, upscale components.

    The resort, though, is definitely not a cohesive design anymore.

    And they're taking forever getting things done. The Wave is still under construction and then they get back to the Concourse and remove the Steakhouse. Then, when all that is done, they finally remodel the California Grill. By that point, the rooms will be a mess again!

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  • TDLFAN
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    Exactly why I detest the convention center, the changes it caused and everything that came with it afterwards. And yes, I remember the wall art featuring Mary's grand canyon in my rooms at the hotel, which were an extension of the mural as well... That is what separated Disney from the rest, just like the exquisite Pinnochio art elevates the hallways and room decor of the Miracosta. The Contemporary has become as ordinary as every other luxury hotel in town... faux italian decor what mirrors everything else found in today's pricier resorts.

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  • WDW1974
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    Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
    I do not want to see the Mary Blair mural removed. It's a representation of the Contemporary's opening day southwest decor. Furthermore, while it may or may not be in theme with the current trend, neither is the World of Disney feel the Fantasia store has brought to this area, nor it is the cheap looking Chef Disney place nearby. Plus, I would hardly call the current theme of the Contemporary "futuristic" anymore. It's elegant and modern but futuristic? No.
    Exactly. It's amazing how many WDW 'fans' who never visited say pre-early 90's have no clue that beyond being a fantastic modernist building, that the Contemporary also had a theme: the Grand Canyon and SW USA.

    Rooms had similar decor to Blair's masterpiece and every resturant and bar on the GRAND CANYON COUNCOURSE had names/themes to places/landmarks in that region of the country.

    Ever since they added the Convention Center and tarted the place up with Chef Mickey's, it's been a very muddled theme.

    But at least the purple and red and black 90s decor is out in place of upscale, boutique type type furniture, carpeting and general decor.

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  • TDLFAN
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    Originally posted by WDWizard View Post
    Fantasia looks a bit out-of-place, it was fine where it was before. Couldn't they put the arcade in the new building?? I think they need to make the Contempoary Resort more "Contempoary" looking...and remove the Mary Blair mural (which is great, but also seems a bit out of place in a futuristic themed resort).

    Anyways, great pictures!
    I do not want to see the Mary Blair mural removed. It's a representation of the Contemporary's opening day southwest decor. Furthermore, while it may or may not be in theme with the current trend, neither is the World of Disney feel the Fantasia store has brought to this area, nor it is the cheap looking Chef Disney place nearby. Plus, I would hardly call the current theme of the Contemporary "futuristic" anymore. It's elegant and modern but futuristic? No.

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  • WDW1974
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    Originally posted by halltd View Post
    I think that "post/pole thing" is a support for the new "connector" to the Kingdom Tower.
    That's exactly what it is for. And it is a recent addition ... you can the markings and measurements if you go out on the 4th floor balcony and look down (if they haven't been removed).

    As to Fantasia I can't believe so much is being made of a generic Disney crap shop reopening 100 feet away from where it used to be. There is nothing special or unique about this place ... except for it clogging up an area that used to be spacious and open.

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  • WDWizard
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    Fantasia looks a bit out-of-place, it was fine where it was before. Couldn't they put the arcade in the new building?? I think they need to make the Contempoary Resort more "Contempoary" looking...and remove the Mary Blair mural (which is great, but also seems a bit out of place in a futuristic themed resort).

    Anyways, great pictures!
    Last edited by WDWizard; 02-28-2008, 01:43 PM.

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  • nbodyhome
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    Thanks! The T-Rex should be open much earlier than that.

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  • seenoevil
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    I like the reflection pics too! I hope the TRex is open when I'm there in December!

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  • nbodyhome
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    Originally posted by MJMcB View Post
    is it just me, or does this seem a tad sarcastic?
    It's TDLfan - so yup! But he's a sweetie in person (I was going to say a word that was blocked, that ended with cat!)

    I wonder if the other monorail display may be up again at Christmas.

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  • MJMcB
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    Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
    But hey! Your adventure in bad food is about to begin!! And Stitchy-poo's dream came true. All is well in the replica of DLR that Walt never saw.
    is it just me, or does this seem a tad sarcastic?

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  • NeverNeverland
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    Yay Contemporary pics!
    Thanks for the update Denise!
    Im' sad they took out the monorail display - I was looking forward to seeing that!
    But omg... http://www.mousesteps.com/images/sto...5/IMG_0868.JPG LOOK at all those pins!!!! )

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  • TDLFAN
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    Originally posted by Monkey joe View Post
    Is the oringal Fantasia store gone with the Mickey statue?
    Last time I checked, it was turned into one of those unnecesary Video Arcade areas. Very cheaply done.
    Originally posted by MJMcB
    and your time while you wait in line
    But hey! Your adventure in bad food is about to begin!! And Stitchy-poo's dream came true. All is well in the replica of DLR that Walt never saw.

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  • Monkey joe
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    Originally posted by nbodyhome View Post
    You are welcome, thanks!
    Is the oringal Fantasia store gone with the Mickey statue?

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