[QUOTE=Dana;1095093]I am most definately expecting it to be different from POP. This resort will be unique is design with the themed interactive play areas, the largest pool on property and the price tag per night for a suite. I hope I am not expecting to much…lol. I am excited though. This is a great concept. I assume the family suites at ASMusic did well enough for WDW to make almost an entire resort dedicated to the family suites.[/QUOTE]
In the end, the main building was built from the same blueprint as the main buildings at Pop and the 3 All Stars. The general configuration of the 10 buildings is the same at all 5 resorts, the only difference being the two “Pop” resorts were built with four floors and not three, but they are the same otherwise. The rooms are all the same size at all 5 properties, even the family suites are comprised of two standard adjoining rooms, so their volume is the same as two regular rooms.
The largest pool is essentially the same as putting tail fins on a car and the various icons scattered throughout the properties amount to no more than variations on trim (think about a Chevy Vega and a Pontiac Astre, or even more to the point the Chevy Nova, Pontiac Ventura, Buick Omega, and Olds Apollo).
A Disney example would be the Yacht and the Beach. They are in reality two hotels sharing one building and one overarching theme with very slight variations between the two (an “upscale NJ beach club” and a “New England yacht club”), but at the heart aren’t really any different at all and largely interchangeable.
I know I’m really raining on the parade here, but when you get down to it, how different can AoA really be from Pop, especially when they are pretty much following the original layout of “The Forgotten Years”?
Does anyone expect the service to be any different in one over the others?
I know I don’t.
Form will still follow function and the only real difference between AoA and the other values would be the inclusion of a sit down restaurant and a health spa, as well as boat rentals on Hourglass Lake. Not that those things are in the plans.
This is the way that I view the whole subject.
Opinions will vary.