California-themed resort for Walt Disney World?

The website of architectural firm George Coon Inc. reveals some interesting details about a possible future Disney Vacation Club resort project.

According to a promotional brochure posted to the site in PDF format, the firm is designing a "California Coast Resort" for eventual construction at Walt Disney World in Florida.  The design integrates elements from famous California landmarks including Venice Beach, Casa del Mar, Montage, the Balboa Pavilion, Laguna Hills, Newport Beach, and Santa Barbara.

The project size is listed at 1,208 units, which would make this the largest Disney Vacation Club resort by a wide margin.  Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is currently the largest resort with 828 units spread over 18 buildings, plus 60 Treehouse Villas.

Estimated design completion is 2012.

Among Coon's past projects is Disney's Vacation Club and Resort at Eagle Pines.  This DVC property was famously announced in late 2001 only to have construction halted a few short weeks later.  The intended site has since been utilized for the Four Seasons Resort / Golden Oak housing development.

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California-themed resort for Walt Disney World? -- DVCNews
2010 Nov 04 08:53:57 AM
The website of architectural firm George Coon Inc. reveals some interesting details about a possible future Disney Vacation Club resort project.

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Re: California-themed resort for Walt Disney World? -- imdizfan
2010 Nov 04 11:03:40 AM
dvcnews wrote:
The website of architectural firm [URL="http://www.georgecooninc.com/"]George Coon Inc[/URL]. reveals some interesting details about a possible future Disney Vacation Club resort project.

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Very interesting. First thing that comes to my mind is the rumor of a DVC near Coranado Springs and Blizzard Beach. California theme would seem to fit perfectly with the Coranado Springs area.

Location would be great. My only concern would be the number of units. That would be a very, very large DVC.
Re: California-themed resort for Walt Disney World? -- denlo
2010 Nov 04 11:24:17 AM
I have to admit that after looking at George Coon's projects, http://www.georgecooninc.com/file/web%20site%20george_projectsreduced(1).pdf I'm pretty impressed with his work. He was involved with Coronado Springs which I still think is a very well designed and beautiful resort, SSR, the plans for Eagle Pines Resort (never built but I love that design) and Celebration Inn. All are very beautiful designs.

I don't think the area between Wilderness Lodge and Ft Wilderness could handle a resort this massive so perhaps imdizfan's suggestion would work. It should be be easy to connect a resort built in that area to a back entrance to DHS (which could be added).

But my one reservation is that's a lot of villas. Surely the resort would not be DVC only.
Re: California-themed resort for Walt Disney World? -- imdizfan
2010 Nov 04 11:46:36 AM
denlo wrote:
I have to admit that after looking at George Coon's projects, http://www.georgecooninc.com/file/web%20site%20george_projectsreduced(1).pdf I'm pretty impressed with his work. He was involved with Coronado Springs which I still think is a very well designed and beautiful resort, SSR, the plans for Eagle Pines Resort (never built but I love that design) and Celebration Inn. All are very beautiful designs.

I don't think the area between Wilderness Lodge and Ft Wilderness could handle a resort this massive so perhaps imdizfan's suggestion would work. It should be be easy to connect a resort built in that area to a back entrance to DHS (which could be added).

But my one reservation is that's a lot of villas. Surely the resort would not be DVC only.

The area between WL and FW is larger than many realize. Even with the images people have expanded on (from the leaked pdf), it would not encroach upon the previous Buffalo Junction area. Buffalo Junction was to be a 600 room resort located between WL and FW.

While it fits the Western theming, the George Coon, Inc description makes me think it's based on more modern design than the Old Western Theme of Fort Wilderness.
Re: California-themed resort for Walt Disney World? -- denlo
2010 Nov 04 12:04:32 PM
imdizfan wrote:
The area between WL and FW is larger than many realize. Even with the images people have expanded on (from the leaked pdf), it would not encroach upon the previous Buffalo Junction area. Buffalo Junction was to be a 600 room resort located between WL and FW.

While it fits the Western theming, the George Coon, Inc description makes me think it's based on more modern design than the Old Western Theme of Fort Wilderness.

I realize the area might be large enough for the buildings, even though the plans mention 1200 rooms (and if it's villas that would be larger that regular hotel rooms) but what about parking? I suppose they could reduce the footprint and build a parking garage instead at the Ft. Wilderness site. But like you Dan, I don't think the California Design would blend in with Ft. Wilderness.

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