Monday, January 19, 2015

The Not-so-Royal Court

Once again, 21 Royal Street (aka the Royal Court) at Disneyland is open again to guests.

Rumors swirled around the forums that it was closed to either be a private event space for Club 33 or a special Club 33 annex available to regular guests like you and me willing to pay for an Andrew Sutton meal. So far, nothing has been officially announced.

When I was at the Park, it was interesting to see guests buzz in and out of the Royal Court with their cameras. I heard a few mention the closing, look around, and then leave. Very few photos were taken, and you could almost see the disappointment on people's faces at what they saw. It might be called the Royal Court, but it doesn't look very royal.

The current color scheme is a bit garish and most of the interesting decor has been removed. It looks like this space is in transition.

It is certainly no substitute for the former Court of Angels that has now been sealed off.

How it looked before the remodel, when at least sported some plants and props:

And a genuine ©FauxD image from July 17, 1968:

If you're not happy with what you see, take it up with Fortune Red.

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Snow White Archive said...

Hmmm...what's up with that color scheme? It certainly shouts "look at me!" :)

K. Martinez said...

Not only are the colors terrible, but they filled in the area underneath the stairway making it look boxy and ordinary. They've just killed the architectural integrity of this area. It's obvious that the designers and builders who are now involved in the transformation of New Orleans Square, are not movie set design people and/or don't understand the theme park design principles that made Disney unique and above the rest. As I commented before, this really sucks!!

Major Pepperidge said...

Ugh, those colors are unbelievably awful. Instead of trying to look like old New Orleans, they've chosen intense blues and purples more reminiscent of a plastic Mattel play set from the 1980's. I gripe a lot about the color schemes used at the park today, but this is especially bad. How does this happen? Doesn't anybody at Disney have an eye for beautiful, refined color?

Dave Meek said...

Ug. John Hench is spinning in his grave.

Fifthrider said...

One more reason my Disney is dead. Love the Hench reference. He wouldn't have allowed this.