Walt Disney World
A History in Postcards
Chapter 3 The Vacation Kingdom of the World, Page 5: The Resorts
THE POLYNESIAN RESORT
For some reason the Polynesian resort has more aerial
views of it than any other if you think back you will remember there was one in Chapter 2
01110261 THE POLYNESIAN VILLAGE
well there were 3 or four more printed through the 70's and eighties
(7530-628178 " THE POLYNESIAN VILLAGE RESORT " was
printed both as a standard size and also as a continental size card.
One note on the first view of the Polynesian resort below 0111-0363 ALOHA FROM THE SOUTH SEAS
see all the people on the beach . . . and in the water, at some point Disney stopped allowing people to swim in its'
lakes but it is clear that had not happened yet by the time of this first view.
THE CONTEMPORARY RESORT HOTEL
7530-0278 THE GRAND CANYON CONCOURSE,
7530-0277 CONTEMPORARY RESORT -- A VACATION ADVENTURE,
7530-623310 A TOMORROW VACATION TODAY
THE GOLF RESORT
Opened 1973 re-named The Disney Inn in 1986 WDWs' original twin championship golf courses the
Palm and the Magnolia are located here and have been since 1971,
and in 1989 they were joined by Oak Trail a nine hole walking Golf course.
THE VILLAGE RESORTS
What little I know about this resort I mostly gleaned from the PDF supplements
to the 2nd edition of Disney A to Z by Dave Smith of the Disney archives
and his research team. The first units to open in this area opened in
November of 1971 but mostly for lease to corporations and there were only 27
units at the start later, as the focus shifted from development of a
potential "Town" to rentals to resort guest the number expanded to 133 and
"by 1977" they were called Vacation Villas, in 1975 the striking Treehouse
Villas went into service, and in 1978 the Fairway Villas came online, in
1980 a conference center was built with an additional 136 rooms called the
Club Lake Villas.
The villas near the Walt Disney World Village (which opened in
1975) at first came in three varieties
Fairway Villas, Treehouse Villas,
and Vacation Villas. This resort had pretty much all the amenities the other
resorts did, including a
restaurant (named the Pompano Grill Source village resort brochure 1988)
still, it must have seemed quite far from the action with so little
else nearby other than the Shopping Village.
I think most folks find the Treehouse Villas the most
striking and, even though not currently available for guests, I'm
glad that they have been kept as the Disney Institute has been
re-developed into the Saratoga Springs DVC resort.
7530-626149 GOLFERS PARADISE, 7530-626150 TREETOP HIDEAWAYS,
7530-626152 QUIET CORNER OF THE WORLD