Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Room Fit For A Princess

Over the past few years, Disney has been trying to plus the experience for their guests in their resorts.  From creating rooms into Family Suites, to including DVC in more resorts, to decorating some rooms in a more whimsical manner.  These entertaining rooms are exactly what we are going to focus on today.

A few years back, over at the Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney included into the mix two fantastic new options.  First were the Finding Nemo designed rooms with touches of the lovable clownfish all around.  In addition a second set of rooms were themed to focus on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.  Now, it would appear that Disney is going to be including these same type of Specialty Rooms over at Port Orleans Riverside.

For those that missed the announcement 512 rooms are going to be turned into spaces themed around the Disney Princesses.  These Royal Rooms will include gold and silver accents, ornate fixtures and unique special effects.  Like the Pirate Rooms, these Princess Rooms will have an additional up-charge in order to stay there as well. 

These new rooms remind me a lot of Cinderella Castle Suite in the Magic Kingdom and I'm sure that's where they got the inspiration for them from.  (Of course, these will be rooms people should actually be able to afford!)  They are extremely elegant and regal, exactly what every modern day princess should be entitled to.

Personally, I think it will be a long time before I experience these rooms.  The idea of specialty rooms aren't something that I need to make my Disney vacation special.  I'm perfectly happy staying at Pop Century, so the extra frills aren't something that I would necessarily feel a need to pay for. 

I don't just feel that way about these new Princess Rooms.  I actually feel that way about all 3 types of the themed rooms.  And maybe that's just because I don't have kids, so I don't have a little princess or pirate in my life clamoring to experience these.  And my husband certainly isn't itching to stay here either.  (I'm lying...he squealed like a school girl when he found out about the Princess Rooms.  ;)  )  For me, this isn't something that is going to make me want to upgrade my room choice. 

The one thing that I do like about these Specialty Rooms is that they make these rooms seem more like Deluxe rooms...but the best part is that they are only at a fraction of the price.  This is especially nice in times like now where money is tight but guests still want the same type of Deluxe experience they may have had previously.

That brings me to you.  What are your thoughts about these Specialty Rooms?  Do you think they are worth the extra money?  Or do they make a nice bridge between a Standard Moderate and a Moderately Priced Deluxe?  (Like the Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge).  Make sure to let me know in the comments section.

1 comment:

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

I think the idea of the rooms is really great. But for us, we are perfectly happy saving our money and using it for something else. For example, the pirate rooms at the Caribbean are located at South Trinidad. Now we love CBR, but we stayed in South Trinidad just once and though it was quiet, it was very far from the pool area and food court. So you actually pay more for a room with very few conveniences, just the theming. I am not sure there was ever a draw to stay at South Trinidad until the themed rooms were in place.