This was originally a post within the Contemporary DVC concept art thread, but I really think it is a subject deserving of it's own thread for discussion.
The EPCOT resort hotels were mistakes, and the area around EPCOT is where the Asian and Venetian should have ultimately been built. Just as the hotels in the Magic Kingdom resort area mimic the different lands of the Magic Kingdom (Grand Floridian - Main Street USA, Polynesian - Adventureland, Contemporary - Tomorrowland and the Wilderness Lodge/Fort Wilderness - Frontierland) so should the hotels around EPCOT have been themed around that park, specifically World Showcase. The Yacht and Beach Clubs, the Boardwalk...what the hell do they have to do with EPOCT? How do they relate? Not only that, but Disney built three hotels all right next to each other that all mimic about the same time periods. Stupidity!!! But this is all Michael Eisner could see. All he could think was that everthing Disney built had to be about "nostalgia". In the case of the themed hotels, he was off. Around EPCOT would have been the perfect place to build the Asian Resort, the Venitian Resort, and in place of the Persian, I would have suggested instead the Morroccan Resort. The hotels could have been built around the perimeter of World Showcase, connected by a canal with boat transportation. The boats on this canal could have been Gondolas, Dhows, and Thai style river boats, as well as the "Friendship Boats" currently found. In addition, it would have played better into the resorts name - Walt Disney World and the old Mickey globe head logo (which I miss dearly). There is not a single hotel outside of the Magic Kingdom area that I find thematically interesting in the least, save for perhaps the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and that is pretty boring too as it's just an African version of the Wilderness Lodge (albeit with views of real live animals). Oh but the Asian, Venetian, and how I would have loved a Morroccan themed hotel all around EPCOT!
Don't even get me started on those monstrosities, the Dolphin and Swan hotels.