I was given an opportunity to tour a concept room for the new royal guestrooms at Walt Disney World today, and I am so excited by what I saw. The room opened up to the media is not the final version, so we were not allowed to take any pictures inside, but Disney did provide these two images, which are of the room I saw. I am convinced that many Walt Disney World guests will be clamoring to stay here.
The Royal Guestrooms are rooms themed around the Disney princesses (and, to a lesser degree, their princes). Disney is renovating 500 hotel rooms at the Port Orleans Resort — in the Magnolia Bend section — to turn them into these royally appointed rooms.
The “backstory” behind the room is that it is Tiana’s Royal Guest Room in her home, thus the Port Orleans setting. But the princess touches don’t stop with Tiana, because it is a room that Tiana has used to host many of her princess friends, and they have all given her gifts that are placed around the room.
Here are some of the details we saw:
- The table in the room is printed with a letter from Tiana, welcoming you to her Royal Guest Room and explaining that she has placed gifts from many of her princess friends around the room for you to enjoy.
- The room’s colors are rich. Navy is predominant and mixed with other jewel tones. There is gold everywhere – from the light switches, to curtain rods to towel racks in the bathroom.
- The room we saw had two full beds. Their bedspreads were navy, with a print that included all of the Disney princesses’ tiaras.
- The headboards are fantastic. They are huge, wooden frames with a “T” ornament at the top. In the center of the headboard is a large painting of the bayou at night. Push a button on the side of the headboard, and a fiber optic fireworks display lights up the painting.
- Other artwork in the room includes banners with silhouettes of all the princes, and pictures of the princesses set at Port Orleans, presumably taken on their visits with Tiana.
- There was also a three-dimensional portrait of all the princesses at Port Orleans, inside an ornate carved wooden frame.
- The carpeting includes a gift from Jasmine – her magic carpet.
- A coat rack on the wall is a gift from Cinderella, adorned with her pumpkin carriage.
- Belle has provided her enchanted footstool for the room.
- The TV was housed in what Imagineer Eric Jacobson referred to as a “royal shroud” with ornate scrollwork.
- The wallpaper border around the room features many of the “helper” characters from the Disney princess movies, all bringing objects important to the princesses – mice carry Cinderella’s slipper, Chip hops along with the Beast’s rose.
- In the bathroom, the vanity features a sparkly blue countertop and gold fixtures.
- Jasmine has also contributed to the bathroom sinks. The faucets are gold genie lamps.
- The shower curtain has Ariel’s contribution to Tiana’s royal guest room: It is adorned with her “whozits and whatzits” from her collection, like her fork and a starfish.
- The wallpaper border in the bathroom has more of the helper characters from the movies, this time helping get ready for a bath. Think Scuttle and Flounder with soap bubbles.
The princess rooms are supposed to open at Walt Disney World in 2012. I asked when reservations might be available, but there’s no word on that yet. I’m still trying to get that information, as well as price points for the princess rooms.
UPDATE: Disney says that they anticipate booking for the Royal Guest Rooms to open up this fall, with the rooms opening in Spring 2012. The pricing for the rooms should be comparable to the pirate rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.