Former Walt Disney Imagineer Asks Bob Iger to Preserve Grand Floridian Theming With Refurbishment Underway

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Grand Floridian Theming

Former Walt Disney Imagineer Asks Bob Iger to Preserve Grand Floridian Theming With Refurbishment Underway

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is getting a lobby renovation. We aren’t sure what exactly might change but we hope the Grand Floridian theming remains much the same. A former Disney Imagineer took to Twitter in December to share his thoughts as well.

Related – Grand Floridian Resort Lobby To Undergo Refurbishment to Celebrate its 30th Anniversary


Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and the lobby refurb is getting an update for that celebration. Disney has said that the lobby refurbishment will “maintain the classic theming you know and love with some fresh new enhancements.”

That hasn’t stopped former Imagineers from commenting on the upcoming changes. Former Disney Imagineer, Eddie Sotto, posted on Twitter that he thinks Disney resorts are becoming too generic. He also tagged Disney CEO Bob Iger in his post.

It seems that all those holistic cues that make Disney hotels themed and unique (why we go) are being “sanded down” to be more like spaces in the “real world” hotels ( we pay to escape from).”

It appears quite a few people agree with him. There were multiple replies to his tweet from Disney fans saying how they feel many of the recent updates to the Disney World hotels have made them more generic and not as immersive. Some were even comparing the updated interior designs at Disney hotels to IKEA and Wayfair.

What do you think of the most recent refurbishments at Disney World resorts? Do they still feel unique and immersive or generic and bland?

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