Lou Mongello / Monday, September 17th, 2007
- Currently, only the Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Resort and Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (all of which are Deluxe Resorts), are located on the Monorail line.
- New York architect Robert A. M. Stern served on The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors from 1992 to 2003 and has designed many buildings for The Walt Disney Company. Robert A.M. Stern’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas at Disney World suggests an American seaside village from the early 20th century. There is an ice cream parlor, a piano bar, a 1930s dance hall, a vintage roller-coaster, and an authentic 1920s carousel. Across Crescent Lake from the Boardwalk, the Yacht and Beach Club hotels were also designed by Robert A.M. Stern. The Yacht Club is modeled after America’s Atlantic coast at the turn of the century, while The Beach Club also reflects 19th century American resort architecture. Stern also designed the Casting Center, an employee training area on Route I-4 near Orlando, and was one of the master planners for Celebration, Disney’s permanent community. Since 1998, Stern has served as dean for the Yale School of Architecture.
- Theming was key to the design of Walt Disney World. In fact, Walt wanted the entire property to be a themed experience, so the resorts not only had their own individual look, but were specifically planned and positioned as extensions of the Magic Kingdom. That means that the Contemporary was positioned close to and themed after Tomorrowland, the Polynesian to Adventureland and Fort Wilderness to Frontierland