Saturday, February 16, 2013

Five "International" Hotels?

Walt Disney World Preview Edition
1970, pg. 8
"Phase One" of Walt Disney World was introduced in the 1970 Preview Edition.  Five "international" hotels were planned as part of the first five years of development.  Pages 8 and 9 show artist renderings of the "Contemporary-style" and "Polynesian" resorts that were scheduled to open in the first year.  I have yet to figure out how the Contemporary is an international hotel.  Any thoughts?
"The hotels are called 'themed resorts,' because everything from the interior decor to employees' costumes and dining room menus will carry out an overall theme."  The Contemporary is described as a 'streamlined' resort with a "...spectacular open mall lobby, more like a landscaped park..." and the Polynesian as "...the leisure-life of the Pacific Islands" coming to the East.
Three additional hotels were planned for later in Phase One.  "The Asian hotel will be strongly Thai in its motif."  The Venetian resort "...will recreate the old world charm of the famed Italian 'City of Canals.'"  And "...stepping right out of The Arabian Nights is the Persian resort."
I am really looking forward to the completion of Phase One.  How about you?