|the former lobby at the Polynesian|
And now that’s all gone, replaced by something much more mundane and far less special. Gone are the beautiful orchids, spectacular greens and fantastic waterfalls. When the midday light shone in upon this scene people just couldn’t get enough, or at least I couldn’t. My only regret is that I couldn’t afford a SLR camera back then and was never able to really capture it in all its glory.
|the new lobby|
Folks will continue to flock to the Polynesian, and pay through the nose for it. It’s location is enough to guarantee that. And Disney will save a ton, and therefore make a ton, with this new lobby instead of the costly old one. But is that really what Walt Disney was all about? Did he ever opt for the cheaper model? In a word, no.
There are even more changes underway at the Polynesian including changes to the pool, dining and the addition of new bungalows. It may very well be that after all of these projects are completed the Poly will be a better place then it was before. But it certainly won’t blow you away upon your first view like it once did. That’s the standard Walt wanted for this signature resort, and that has been replaced with “low-maintenance” and “functional”, two words hardly ever associated with ideas of Mr. Disney.
by Dave McBride (@RadioHarambe)