Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Kill~Refurb~Marry: Spots for Watching the World Go By

It's time for another round of Kill~Refurb~Marry with Mouse on the Mind and This Happy Place Blog! If you're not familiar with this game, it's the one where you choose three related things within a given theme: one you have no use for (Kill), one you'd like to revamp a bit (Refurb), and one you love (Marry). This month's theme is Spots for Watching the World Go By!

Here we go.....

Kill:  Communal spaces at the Value Resorts

I spent some time at a few value resorts recently, and found the people watching very lack-luster. The communal spaces were not at all conducive to people watching. Comfortable spaces were hard to come by, the dining areas were loud, cafeteria-like, and chaotic, and the lounge options were almost non-existent.

Refurb:  The Land Pavilion

RUSH RUSH RUSH! The Land Pavilion ranks among my favorite spaces, but I have to admit, it leaves something to be desired in this department. Everyone is racing full speed ahead here- either to get to Soarin', to get to the rest rooms, or to get up and out after eating or riding. Slow down, people! I'd love to find a way to add some plants and soften the communal spaces (hey, it's the Land pavilion, after all), maybe carve out a few more sitting areas, and employ some traffic calming techniques to get people to slow down. Soarin' isn't going away, and Sunshine Seasons will not run out of food- no need to be on high speed at all times. Take time to smell that glorious Land Pavilion smell, people!

Marry: Sitting in Word Showcase, outside the Morocco Pavilion

It's not near either entrance/exit to World Showcase. This is not Mexico or Canada. It's well on the interior curve, and people seem to be able to...amble more here. They're not so rushed. It's arguably one of the most beautiful pavilions, and people tend to slow down, look around, and enjoy their surroundings here- which makes for better people watching on my end. There's plenty of seating, so you can settle in with a beverage or a snack, and leisurely watch the world go by.

There you have it! Make sure to check out all these Kill~ Refurb~ Marry entries from around the blogosphere! 

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