Sunday, December 21, 2008

Another Magic Corner of the World

Those of you who are in personal contact with me know that in addition to the text I've written for the excellent Widen Your World about the original Snow White's Adventures at Walt Disney World, I've also been compiling a resource on probably the single vanished Walt Disney World component which obsesses me most, which is the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village a.k.a. the Walt Disney World Village a.k.a. the Disney Village Marketplace a.k.a. Downtown Disney Marketplace. Not only is this seemingly minor establishment important in showing just how far ahead of the ball WED was in the 1970's (and they were way ahead of us today, more than ever!), but in demonstrating the fading but carefully constructed variety of options available to vacationers in the resort's pre-Eisner years - with four theme parks and something like twenty resorts, how could an intentionally discreet shopping district possibly keep up?


It was also, as will be revealed on the WYW Walt Disney World Village resource in the next few months, a very real stepping stone towards realizing Walt Disney's EPCOT, perhaps more than most people have ever known - but all that is in the future, along with a near complete list of shops which once inhabited the Village, more photos than you can shake a stick at, and more. But in the interim, please enjoy this history text on the Village, Walt Disney World's forgotten gem.

Also, be sure to take time to absorb all of Widen Your World, still the internet's premiere resource for revisiting Walt Disney world when it was really something special.

3 comments:

Richard Harrison said...

FoxxFur, I've always wondered how Walt's relationship with James Rouse directly impacted the Disney Village Marketplace. Rouse's coronation of Disneyland as the greatest single piece of urban design was in 1963 and I'm sure thoughts were exchanged shortly thereafter.

-- Ryan P. Wilson said...

I read the WYW piece before I caught on to this article. The WYW piece is, as always, stunning in its detail and availability to the reader. Thank you, once again, for elevating the Walt Disney World discourse.

Johnny Yanok said...

Great Article as always! I really miss the ol'village. While looking on Ebay, I cam across this sign from Toys Fantastique...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Disney-WDW-Display-3D-TOYS-FANTASTIQUE-Horse-Store-Sign_W0QQitemZ270317176575QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item270317176575&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318