A couple weeks ago, Patrick was sent to Walt Disney World on a top-secret project, and I got to tag along. (And when I can tell you more about what he was working on, I surely will!) I’m working on a post about all the differences we noticed after an 18-month absence that included the introduction of MyMagic+, but it’s kinda depressing me just writing about it, so here’s something AWESOME we saw instead!
Just days before we left, the first photos emerged of the newly remodeled Captain Cook’s counter-service restaurant at the Polynesian (Village) Resort. I immediately zeroed in on the retro-fabulous travel posters lining the walls and knew I had to drag Patrick there to document them all.
When you later read about our awful experience with MyMagic+, please remember that these posters are something I think Disney got completely right. Often they will take an artistic idea halfway to awesome, getting it almost right but then careening off the rails with the addition of a bulbous, off-model Mickey or a “2014” emblazoned across it in neon glitter.
These posters are perfect. This isn’t the calculated retro-whimsy of latter-day Shag. These feel like real relics of the golden age of travel, evoking a feeling of nostalgia while still being absolutely fresh. Sure, posters are a small detail, but they make all the difference, especially in the potentially dreary setting of a resort counter-service restaurant.
Now it just remains for Disney to capitalize on them by selling prints, postcards, magnets—anything that would let us take a few (or all) of them home with us!