They squandered the opportunity.
They squandered the opportunity.
The hotels around the Magic Kingdom don't seem so much a problem. There are fun transpertation options around to make the trip to the hotels fun. I more have a problem with the hotels around Epcot. They all seem to blend together. Also since they are so close, they loose some of the mystery and magic. For example, at the Wilderness Lodge. You can take a boat over and feel like you are staying in a national forest. Near Epcot, you can see the other resort across the river, so it feels less like it is in its own world, thus less magic. I really wish that the Epcot resorts had an international theme. That really would have made them special.
I think what might bother me more than the layout is that each individual theme park is lacking in variety and things to do. There's way too many shows, too many walk-throughs, too many movies... it makes me want to park hop and then I'm stuck on this long wait for a bus that takes 20 minutes to get to the next destination.
The layout and far distances just add to this feeling that there is vast tracts of nothing. I suppose what I expect from a Walt Disney "World" is more Disney and less Florida.
As for the overall resort, I like something like this:
Ideal Buildout: Guest Feature
Well it just goes to show the 'random' nature of the development.
I think the most colossal failure by Disney was/is never utilizing the TTC like it should have been.
Disney World, should have only ever had 1 Parking Lot/structure All guests should have been directed to the 1 Super Lot. At this super lot they would be able to board a monorail/boat/bus to the park or hotel of their choice.
Epcot, DHS, DAK would all be much better off without their parking lots. If there was just 1 parking lot, you could have put a DTD area in the center where people get their transportation.
It would have in the long run cut down on costs, would have cut down on staff, would have preserved a lot more land for other development, would have driven merchandise, and food sales.
Sadly they thought that each park needed it's own parking debacle.
Very good point. It was at that point that they went with sprawl.
I guess it would only be annoying for the daytrippers who had one destination in mind. Perhaps they could have done a Parking lot West and a Parking lot East? Or would that be too confusing?
I almost feel as if Downtown Disney should be a part of the massive parking area because the way things are handled at the parks now, t hey're basically forcing people to Downtown Disney to finish their shopping needs. It only makes sense for people to be able to get their shopping, late night dining fix, and then hop in their car.
I'd love to see it become a center for activity again and putting Downtown Disney there as well as the obvious transportation expansions is a good way to do it. The area could and should be a magnificent centerpiece that ties all of Walt Disney World together. However, if all guests did have to pass through it to get to their ultimate destinations, I think the place would be absolutely insane around park openings and closings.
Transportation should have been the central driving focus for the resort. Connectivity.
There's no reason that the Fort Wilderness Railroad couldn't have been the transportation to Frontierland. There's no reason that Frontierland's position in the Magic Kingdom couldn't have been closer to Bay Lake with Tomorrowland and the Contemporary on the West side.
Monorails could have connected Tomorrowland to Epcot and the futuristic hotels to the TTC, the train from Frontierland to TTC to Animal Kingdom and perhaps the boats could have been purposed to shuttle you from the Studios to the TTC.