Disney converting hotel rooms into 'princess,' 'health' suites


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Walt Disney World is converting some of its 25,000 hotel rooms into moderately priced, princess-themed rooms and high-end, “health-and-wellness” suites, in a bid to carve out new niches from within its existing hotels.

The overhauls are part of a directive across the Walt Disney Co.'s theme-park division to develop more specialty hotel rooms that appeal to targeted demographics. The initiative includes the company’s first new hotel in Orlando in nearly a decade: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, in which more than half of the roughly 2,000 hotel rooms will be basic suites aimed at budget-conscious families.

“We are really putting significant focus and intensity and resources into driving that strategy,” said Mark Rucker, vice president of lodging for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Disney converting hotel rooms into ‘princess,’ ‘health’ suites - Orlando Sentinel


#2

The POR rooms look great! I hope they have some done we I go in November.

From the Disney Parks Blog…

Exciting enhancements also are taking place over at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, with 512 Royal Guest Rooms planned to debut by March 2012. The story behind these lush rooms is that Princess Tiana (“The Princess and The Frog”) invited some of her royal pals – Belle (“Beauty and the Beast”), Jasmine (“Aladdin”) and more – for a vacation getaway. Princes and princesses of all ages can enjoy their luxurious lodging quarters, which will include ornate beds that feature headboards with fiber-optic special effects, and gold and crystal accents. Guests also can enjoy artwork and special mementos left by Tiana’s royal friends.


#3

Oooh, I like the idea of Princess Tiana rooms at Port Orleans!


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[QUOTE=papa bear;1074413]
The initiative includes the company’s first new hotel in Orlando in nearly a decade: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort,

Disney converting hotel rooms into ‘princess,’ ‘health’ suites - Orlando Sentinel[/QUOTE]

Are they using the abandoned resort that sits across the lake/pond from Pop Century…this is exciting! We’ll have to check this out when we’re at Pop in May to see if there is anything going on over there.


#5

I think the theme rooms in the moderate makes sense.

I think the spa rooms in the Contemporary, may not work out.


#6

I love the idea of the themed rooms at POR, one of my favorite resorts. IF they come out anything like the concept art, they will be fantastic! I wonder what the other rooms at POR will look like after their refurb. We really liked the look of the refurbed rooms at POFQ when we were just there.


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I agree w/ LMM!!!
That sounds awesome… other princesses though? Hmmm… That would be a bit odd in the setting I think…
My DD is so past princesses that I would have to seriously beg her to stay in one anyway! LOL


#8

Princess rooms sound so cool! And the POR room looks awesome!


#9

[QUOTE=buzz2001;1074414]The POR rooms look great! I hope they have some done we I go in November.

From the Disney Parks Blog…

Exciting enhancements also are taking place over at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, with 512 Royal Guest Rooms planned to debut by March 2012. The story behind these lush rooms is that Princess Tiana (“The Princess and The Frog”) invited some of her royal pals – Belle (“Beauty and the Beast”), Jasmine (“Aladdin”) and more – for a vacation getaway. Princes and princesses of all ages can enjoy their luxurious lodging quarters, which will include ornate beds that feature headboards with fiber-optic special effects, and gold and crystal accents. Guests also can enjoy artwork and special mementos left by Tiana’s royal friends.[/QUOTE]

I know where we will stay next year so cool.


#10

The Princess rooms are perfect if you have a DD that loves said Princesses. But I have to be honest, if a Princess room was booked for me without my knowledge, it would be the WORST prank of my life… Talk about feeling emasculated! LOL