What do you guys think about the rumored plan to build DVC units at the Grand Floridian. It seems like everyone is exciteted to have DVC rooms at this resort but I see the plan as all negatives.
While I'm sure Disney will do a beautiful job on this new building, I think it will be a huge mistake.
First, the Grand Floridian is supposed to be Disney's premier, most luxurious resort in the entire world. Adding this new building will completely destroy the elegance of the original resort. From the plans, it seems as if the new building is encroaching on the spa and even the wedding chapel. When Walt built WDW, he wanted lots of open space. Why would Disney want to put multiple buildings on top of each other? The views from the Polynesian will also be compromised. Also, it would be horrible to lose the grassy field, large sand beach, and small forest located in this area. I would much rather prefer to see open space and natural landscaping rather than a large, imposing building.
Secondly, the Grand Floridian's facilities will become overcrowded with this new addition. The Grand's facilities are designed for maximum comfort, relaxation, and elegance for its guests. With more people introduced to this resort, the pools, restaurants, and other services will face an influx of new guests, making it less exclusive for the guests of the original resort. Additionally, resort monorail service will see a large influx.
Lastly, I believe that if Disney wishes to continue the DVC concept at WDW, they need to construct new build resorts instead of adding on to the deluxes. I believe these new DVC additions ruin the original intimacy the architect created when the resort was built. Personally, the DVC at the Contemporary compromised the architecture of the original resort and will no longer be the landmark it once was when it was the original resort. Beach Club Villas seems not to fit in with the original resort and it ruins the symetric design of the resort, in addition to ruining the canal on the front side of the resort. Kidani Village to me ruins the African feel for some guest rooms at AKL. Instead of viewing the natural wilderness, guests view a building instead. I do like BWV at Boardwalk Resort because they were originally built into the hotel and that combination works. That is the only way Disney should incorporate DVC and resort hotels. Also, I think Saratoga Springs and Old Key West provide the best DVC resorts as they are designed only as DVC resorts, and they have their own services and provide a new experience for WDW guests, instead of adding on to original experiences.
Just my thoughts.
So, what do you think of the possible DVC addition to the Grand Floridian???