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7 WDW Resort area renovation projects under way - Hotel & Motel Management, 2/22/07

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  • 7 WDW Resort area renovation projects under way - Hotel & Motel Management, 2/22/07

    Hotel & Motel Management, 2/22/07
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    Re: 7 WDW Resort area renovation projects under way - Hotel & Motel Management, 2/22/

    Its highly unlikely Disney is putting much, if any, money into this.
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      Re: 7 WDW Resort area renovation projects under way - Hotel & Motel Management, 2/22/

      I'm sure that the word "amenities" is being used as liberally as "attraction" was in HKDL (benches as attractions). Look for a new character themed "Do not disturb" door knob signs or perhaps Shampoo AND Conditioner in the better rooms.
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        Re: 7 WDW Resort area renovation projects under way - Hotel & Motel Management, 2/22/

        Originally posted by Cousin Orville View Post
        I'm sure that the word "amenities" is being used as liberally as "attraction" was in HKDL (benches as attractions). Look for a new character themed "Do not disturb" door knob signs or perhaps Shampoo AND Conditioner in the better rooms.
        If you actually read the article, you will see it goes far beyond door knob signs.

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          Re: 7 WDW Resort area renovation projects under way - Hotel & Motel Management, 2/22/

          Originally posted by kirbilicious View Post
          If you actually read the article, you will see it goes far beyond door knob signs.
          I believe Cousin Orville was being somewhat facetious as he implies that these renovations won't be as major as implied; however, we'll have to wait and see how they end up. :cwink:

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            Re: 7 WDW Resort area renovation projects under way - Hotel & Motel Management, 2/22/

            It's about time these hotels upgraded. They really are in a great location.

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              Re: 7 WDW Resort area renovation projects under way - Hotel & Motel Management, 2/22/

              Many of these hotels have been wanting to do major rehabs for some time now, including exterior ones, but anything involving their exteriors has to be coordinated through Disney.

              I've seen the new Doubletree suites and they are very nice - the granite countertops make them feel very high end, and all the "soft" stuff - carpets, curtains, bedding, etc - is new. The walls have been redone, and, honestly, they feel like brand-new rooms. The lobby areas have been spruced up as well.

              I've also been to the Hilton recently and it's also much improved - again, the rooms basically feel almost new. However, I'm usually at this hotel for conferences, and the conference facilities are incredibly dated still. The decor, carpeting, and so forth is just very old-feeling and shopworn. The pool area of the hotel is nice and well-maintained, but I think the overall property was just built with a very Sixties feel (in terms of the design elements, at least to me), and it still comes through.

              The Royal Plaza is also much improved - again, the rooms feel practically new, and the new materials seem very hard-wearing, so hopefully they'll stand up to the incredible traffic these hotels get. The Royal did the most work in their public areas, too, and they also look very fresh and new.

              Losing the pink exterior paint on at least some of the properties has helped tremendously, as well. I don't know what Disney was thinking with that (several folks at the hotels have told me it was Disney's color choice, not theirs - they've never liked it).

              It's nice to see the wireless access being added, although I imagine it's all run by SmartCity which isn't always so smart about coverage and helping you when things don't work.

              There are a few other things I wish these hotels could focus on, like the horrible bus transportation (one bus for all the hotels per theme park - sometimes for two theme parks - is just crazy), and I've found the concierge desks (who help with restaurant reservations) to be incredibly inefficient, since they have to basically call Disney Dining. It'd be nice if they could have the same access that Disney's own people do, perhaps via some private Web interface or something.

              But, overall, it's nice to see money being spent. I think it's probably a few years overdue; these properties have all been feeling pretty shopworn for some time now, and I always sensed a hesitation to close off rooms (for renovation) which could have been filled with paying guests. Glad they finally got to it.

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