architecture disney lake buena vista village
Walt Disney World, Florida - 1973

The Project
As a member of a disney design team, to explore preliminary building concepts for commercial retail structures
for a new shopping village set along Lake Buena Vista in Walt Disney World.
Structures would house all types of retail spaces as well as eating and drinking establishments.

Design Concepts
Large retail and restaurant spaces with office space above were designed in a contemporary "rustic" style
with the use of woods, stone, and glass.
Roof planes were broken up to keep a "village" atmosphere that would disguise the actual of the structures.
The structures would be set among extensive landscaping and spaces for outdoor entertainment designed to
soften the common spaces between them.

The small scale clay model above, done by the architect, featured a full-length skylight running the length of the building.

One of the interesting concepts discussed by the team was for a restaurant pub which would incorporate special effects
used in the Haunted Mansion ride. A full length mirror behind the bar would actually be a two-way mirror with
animated "human" figures behind it in the dark that when softly illuminated would appear on the mirror as ghost-like figures
overlooking or standing beside customers sitting at the bar.
As far as is known, this concept was never included anywhere in the final plans.

This recent aerial photo of the area from Google Earth shows that while the final designs followed the general concepts
used by the team, none of the actual structures designed by the team were used exactly as presented.

copyright  d holmes chamberlin jr  - architect
page last revised may 2013