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Cory Doctorow at 7:05 am Thu, Apr 24, 2008
I know this post was from quite a while ago, but while down in Disney World over Christmas I asked about that hotel, and it is scheduled to open in 2011. They ran out of money to finish it, but are working on it again.
Just for everyone’s information, this “ghost resort” will be open for business in 2011, after a change in theming. The “new” resort will be “The Art of Disney Animation Resort” and will feature themed rooms… themes being Finding Nemo, Little Mermaid, Cars and one other.
That video reminded me of one of the levels in Call of Duty 4.
aww, when I read the headline I was hoping for a Haunted Mansion themed hotel.
^ that would ROCK
I don’t know about anybody else, but my favorite part of the video was when the tiny bug walked across the lens of the camera at 1:01. That really completed my experience of the environment. :)
FYI, this is located here, in google maps.
It does the same for me, Xian, which in turn reminded me of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl.
I love the post, and all the links in the comments.
One of my favorites for photos.
I believe this was a casualty of 9/11, when the tourism dropped so did the need for all those rooms.
It makes me sad that we have so many homeless that could live there comfortably, and yet there it sits behind razorwire. It’s not like Disney will EVER finish this project…
that’s nothing…I know a certain United States Air Force Base that has a fully equipped Shuttle Launch pad that has NEVER been used. It was created in the 1980s and is absolutely massive, yet nobody really ever mentions it.
Yeah, “urban exploration” is a real thing. Google it.
Also, check this out:
There’s an irregularly updated website I read (Matthias Wandel’s Home page) where the guy talks about his tech/woodworking projects and other hobbies — the most interesting section to me is where he explores modern ruins. It makes trespassing seem fun!
Why does abandoned stuff seem more interesting than stuff thats being used?
It’s the lack of people. People ruin everything.
Interesting. In the photo group it says that the place was apparently expected to be finished and ready to be moved into by vacationers in ‘late 2007 or early 2008′…
This reminds me of the Ryugyong hotel in Pyongyang.
#7 – I ran across the Ryugyong following links on the Sinai Hotels post earlier this week. Now that’s a big, creepy, empty building. I can’t decide whether it’s creeper than Prora (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prora) but they have somewhat parallel backstories–both of which make this WDW thing look pretty small potatoes.
My favourite urban ruins site: http://detroityes.com/home.htm
Matthias Wandel’s page was awesome.
Wow! It’s hard to believe that any building located that close to the Epcot sphere could be so desolate!
Thanks for the link, Yorgle!
I love open doors, it does look newly abandoned.
These sites are some of my favorites for the urban explorer…
#4: The one on the California coast, meant for launching military missions on polar-crossing orbits?