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Disney Mega-Resorts?

Walt Disney World: Will Disney Hotels ever become mega-resorts like Las Vegas?

From Andrew Mooney
Posted January 23, 2011 at 7:10 PM
I would love to hear what people's stance is based on the idea of mega-resorts. In my view mega-resorts (especially in Las Vegas) contain several different attractions ranging from casino's, to several different restaurants, theatre productions and shopping malls. Even with the fairly basic mould of entertainment options, some top level Las Vegas resorts manage to provide some kind of theme and magic that provide them with an original character. Don't get me wrong, I love the theming of the Disney resorts especially Animal Kingdom Lodge but I cannot seem to spend the full day relaxing and enjoying it's facilities. With only two restaurants I don't feel that every night I can enjoy flavours from different parts of the culinary spectrum. And a lack of theatre shows or the like means that I need to leave my resort to spend the evening.

Any naysayer would bite back and say that these Disney resorts are only a segment of the WDW pie and if i want entertainment I need to go to DD or one of four theme parks. But the time involved in travelling to another part of the World takes away that enjoyment. I don't want to waste time waiting in a bus line when my time could be better spent enjoying my holiday (vacation?).

In my view, the Boardwalk is the perfect Disney "mega-resort" as it features several different restaurants as well as nighttime entertainment. Not that it entirely bothers me one way or the other but I heard rumours that a casino was on the cards if/when the Florida state legalises gambling. I may not gamble but this resort offers and could continue to offer a mix of options that satisfy the guest.

So I pose the question, does it bother you that you need to travel around the World to do things or is that part of the fun? I love the current themes of Disney resorts but having a Venetian or Bellagio styled property ( with the variety of entertainment, restaurant and amenity options) on the map of WDW (in my eyes) would be a good thing. I look forward to reading your opinions :)


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From Hermione Potter
Posted January 23, 2011 at 7:53 PM
I think it would be really nice if they actually did that because it could be a place older teens and adults could enjoy without screaming children, but I don't think it will ever happen for that reason. Disney's main purpose with the hotels is to give people a place to stay while forcing them into their parks at every opportunity.

Downtown Disney has anything else a guest could want (minus nightclubs) for a family vacation and all the Disney buses go straight there all day long. They designed it so that instead of having to build all those things at every resort, they only had to have it in one place. They can bus them in and it's still fine because Disney controls the transportation so it's still a captive audience.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted January 23, 2011 at 9:43 PM
I think it is fine the way it is going right now, but many of those resorts do fall into your description, especially around the Magic Kingdom.

Disney will never make a casino. It was a big deal that they didn't put it on the cruise line!


As for screaming children, what resort has screaming children? I have been down to WDW and almost every resort over the years, and I do not remember screaming children (except for Whispering Canyon Cafe-but that is encouraged!)

From Andrew Mooney
Posted January 24, 2011 at 9:17 AM
To me a casino doesn't mean anything. I really couldn't care if they added it or not. To me gambling isn't what makes the mega-resorts of Vegas exciting; it's the other fantastic entertainment.

Granted that the resorts around the Magic Kingdom area are fantastic and have many facilities for the guest to enjoy - primarily due to the lake amenities but also the Grand Floridian has six restaurants.


From Andrew Mooney
Posted January 24, 2011 at 9:43 AM
*The forum is being quite a pain so I am going to post the rest of my reply here PS I now see why the TPI apprentice people were mad*


However a resort such as Animal Kingdom Lodge isn't as full of activities of facilities. Being a teen from Scotland I would love to go to an integrated resort outside of the Magic Kingdom area where I have access to several different amenities that isn't require transportation. To me that is a relaxing holiday.

But at the end of the day, theme parks and Downtown Disney provide a lot of entertainment options even if it requires travelling around the "World" to enjoy and take advantage of them. For a Scot like me i can purchase a 14/21 day pass to Disney and can enjoy their amenities entering and leaving as I wish, but do most American's not need to purchase a ticket to access the parks each time they go (unless a hopper is used)? Thus adding to the cost of your holiday.

An integrated resort based on the the Mediterranean or Tuscan lakes with several different facilities and entertainment options would really grab me and help me part with my money.

From Nick Markham
Posted January 24, 2011 at 4:54 PM
I think the closest theme park hotel to this idea is the Loews Portofino Bay which I happened to stay at last summer. It Is huge with 3 swiming pools and a variety of restaurants and shops.

From Ray Schroeder
Posted January 26, 2011 at 11:19 AM
Nice idea but it will never happen. Disney doesn't want it's guests hanging out at their resort. They want them in the parks spending $$$.
As for the screaming kids, OMG, the value resorts are filled with them.

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