Thursday, October 30, 2014
Club 33 and New Orleans Square
I finally got the chance to see the changes to New Orleans Square for myself. The current view (above) of Club 33 from Café Orleans vs. the previous view (below). While it's all a matter of personal taste, this particular blogger is really not crazy about this version.
The original assortment of shops, restaurants, and façades seemed well executed and tastefully decorated. Due to space constraints, the additions to Club 33 have caused Imagineers to shoehorn a number of elements in that look…well, shoehorned in. This is what people often refer to as a "re-muddle."
I can't help but think that even though there is a lack of real estate to work with that there couldn't have been a much more tasteful solution. One that still took you to a different place and time. Not one that looks like it had been decorated by a salesperson at Home Depot or Michael's Craft Store.
One of the worst offenses is this ostentatious entrance to Club 33.
What was once a not-so-secret secret that casually blended into the background is not visible to all who walk by.
Here's what was there previously:
I believe this little grate on the door is an actual antique or a recasting of one, as I own one myself.
The doorbell doesn't quite mesh with the antique grate. It is a somewhat modern take on Art Nouveau:
These poorly executed stained "glass" (aka acrylic) doors also hurt. Nothing vintage or charming about them. Again…I am expressing a matter of taste. I am sure there are those out there who love these (BESIDES the people who designed them).
Meanwhile, changes to the Royal Court are occurring. Not enough progress to know what the Imagineers have in mind here.
What it formerly looked like:
What do you think of the "new" New Orleans Square?
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