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Rumor: New themed rooms coming to Disney World resorts?

by Leah Zanolla
Aug 9, 2010

It looks like, if a recent survey being performed by Walt Disney World is to be believed, some newly themed rooms might be making their way to Disney World resorts. Questions and photographs in a survey sent to guests have fueled speculation that both Haunted Mansion and princess/prince themed rooms could soon be appearing at either Port Orleans Riverside or Port Orleans French Quarter. A recent DISboards thread contains graphic representations (pulled from the online survey) of what the rooms might ultimately look like.

While at this point nothing has been confirmed by Disney and everything is purely speculation, it wouldn't be the first time the company's Orlando branch of theme parks redesigned existing hotel rooms under a specific theme to cater to its guests' interests. During the "Year of a Million Dreams" promotion in 2007 and 2008, a room inside Cinderella Castle (originally intended to be an apartment for Walt Disney, though never completed) was transformed into the Cinderella Castle Suite as a prize to be given away to randomly chosen guests. Shortly after that, Pirates of the Caribbean and Finding Nemo themed rooms were made available at the Caribbean Beach Resort. The potential of a Haunted Mansion themed room could create powerful synergy for Disney due to the recent announcement that acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro would be rebooting the Haunted Mansion film franchise.

If the rumors are true, coupled with the recent announcement of the "Art of Animation Resort", it seems as if Disney may have found another way to attract potential guests to their hotels. Instead of guests wanting to spend the night in a room designed according to their favorite geographic location, they want to spend the night in a room modeled after their favorite theme park attraction or movie franchise.








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