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Contemporary Resort Updates 8/22/07

Jack Spence Reports...

I visited the Contemporary Resort yesterday (8/22/07). Construction abounds.

First, the lobby is undergoing a complete makeover. When you enter the building from the main entrance, the first thing you’ll notice is the statue of Mickey has been removed. I have no idea if this is temporary or permanent. Only time will tell. Also, half of the check-in desk has been boarded off as construction begins on the remodel.

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Additionally, the concierge desk has replaced what use to be the “Contemporary Grounds.” If you remember, this was the small coffee and pastry shop just off of the check-in desks.

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The Food & Fun Center is still located on the first floor, but a cast member told me that the move upstairs should be completed within a couple of weeks.

There are a number of changes occurring on the 4th floor of the Contemporary Resort (the Grand Canyon Concourse). The biggest change is the addition of a new shop. It’s being placed in the open space between Bay View Gifts and the Arcade. I have attached two artist renderings and it looks like it’s going to be very attractive – a vast improvement over the temporary shops that once filled this space.

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The next noticeable change is the replacement of the tile floors. The rough, dark brown tiles are being replaced by a smooth, lighter tile that is reminiscent of stylized bamboo. This is another nice upgrade. Also gone are the planters that once surrounded the elevators. Nothing has replaced these yet.

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Directly across from the entrance to the Concourse Steakhouse is another construction site where the temporary fast food restaurant (the Tempo Grab & Go) will eventually be located. This area is walled off so I can’t give you any details.

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Construction continues where the North Wing once stood. Pylons and concrete walls have sprouted and the outline of a building is beginning to become apparent. This is the rumored site of a new Disney Vacation Club.

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I ate lunch at the Concourse Steakhouse. As always, the service and the food were top-notch. However, the noise from the jack hammers breaking up the tile floors was more than a bit disturbing. Guests might want to think twice before eating lunch here for the next couple of weeks.

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