The Best Themed Rooms at Walt Disney World
What’s the best part of Walt Disney World? Why, it’s the theming, of course! When Walt Disney envisioned the Happiest Place on Earth, he intended to emphasize all the intellectual properties from his movies and television programs. After his death, Imagineers followed his wisdom in constructing the theme park that would bear his name. And to this day, Disney adds theming wherever possible…even in the hotel rooms! Here are five themed rooms that you can book for your next Walt Disney World vacation!
Little Mermaid Standard Room
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is the pinnacle of classic animation at Walt Disney World. Here, you’ll find walls decorated with lithographs and animation cels from your favorite Disney films. It’s possibly the most family-friendly of all resorts, especially in the Value Tier, and Imagineers have themed the rooms in impeccable fashion.
Three of the rooms listed here are from this resort. The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms are the cheapest. Think of them as the default setting at the hotel. These rooms are less expensive than the suites. While discounts are readily available here, the rack rate ranges from $148 to $260 per night, depending on the time of year when you visit.
What do you get for that modest amount of money? Well, the theme here is clearly The Little Mermaid, and the room décor celebrates the aquatic Disney princess. You’ll find clamshell soap dishes, underwater-themed shower curtains, and paintings of your favorite characters from the film. You’ll feel like you’re spending the night under the sea when you stay in these rooms. Best of all, they’re the cheapest on the list!
You can view the room in this video.
The studios at Art of Animation sleep four guests comfortably. Many large families prefer this resort for its suites, though. They hold that belief due to the spacious nature of these rooms. For example, the Cars Suite comfortably hosts six guests thanks its 565 square feet of space. It has the vibe of a studio apartment rather than a hotel room, save for the theming. The main bedroom is even in a closed space, allowing parents a rare respite of private time during a family vacation.
The theming at Cars Suite embraces one of the most popular intellectual properties of 21st century. As I’ve previously mentioned, Cars has grossed more than $10 billion in merchandise sales alone for The Walt Disney Company. Little boys and girls obsess over these talking cars. They want to live in Radiator Springs. Sure, it’s theoretically impossible to do that in the real world. At Walt Disney World, however, the impossible is an everyday occurrence!
As guests approach the Crazy Cone Motel part of Art of Animation, they’ll get an up-close view of several residents of Radiator Springs. Once they enter their rooms, kids will squeal in delight at the thoughtful touches throughout the place. You may have trouble getting your children to take a bath and brush their teeth, but Disney knows how to market better than you. The bathroom areas in the Cars Suites are “Carwash” areas that will get your kids “spiffy in a jiffy.” The theming makes everyday events more fun for kids, allowing them to imagine that they’re anthropomorphic cars spending the night at the Crazy Cone.
You can take a look at a room in Radiator Springs here.
Captain Jack Sparrow Pirate Room
Two of the themed rooms listed here are at Moderate Resorts. Your inclination may be to dismiss these rooms as more expensive than the ones at Art of Animation. I have some pleasant news for you! The Pirate Room at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort starts at $259 per night, and Disney occasionally runs discounts of 20 percent off of stays at Moderate Resorts. These deals bring the pricing right in line with the studios at Art of Animation, and the rooms at Caribbean Beach are quite a bit cheaper than the suites there.
The theming in the Pirate Room is hysterically over the top. You’ll find tables that have compasses on them, helping you…navigate your way to lunch or something? The curtains that block the outside light feature the infamous skull and crossbones and touching swords, the logo for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The design of the beds even makes them look like parts of a ship, complete with steering wheel! You’re the captain of your own mattress!
My favorite touch in the Pirate Rooms is the mini-refrigerator. Disney hides it in a barrel. You won’t have to wonder why the rum is always gone. You can simply hide it in a barrel! You can see all the glorious touches in this video.
Lion King Suite
The other family suite at Art of Animation is the one that I prefer. I quite like the Cars franchise, but come on! The Lion King is Disney royalty. A section of the resort designed to recreate Simba’s realm is like catnip to me.
The room is surprisingly reasonable, too. All of the family suites at Art of Animation start at $354, a remarkable value given the size of these rooms. Yes, you’ll pay more during busier times of the year, but you’ll have ways to save money on your trip if you know the right way to book a Disney room.
For that money, you’ll get what I consider the best themed room at the resort. The Lion King Suite sticks you in the middle of the jungle thanks to some deft design. The accessories in the room skew toward the silly, creating a comforting environment for guests.
My favorite is the painting of five giraffes on the wall. Camouflage is the preferred color scheme here, and the lamps even look like exotic flowers. When you’re ready for bed, you’ll sleep under a slumbering lion, too! It’s such a charming room design.
This video shows everything you’ll love about the Lion King Suite.
Princess Tiana Storybook Room
The Royal Princess Storybook Room is among the newest themed rooms at Walt Disney World. A few years ago, Disney revamped Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside to make some of the guest rooms more magical. Even by Disney standards, this process was a remarkable success.
Fans of Disney Princesses will feel like they’re living out a fairytale as they become a part of the royal family for the night. And even when the clock strikes midnight, your dream night isn’t over! At the risk of mixing Disney metaphors, the only way that I may properly describe this room is that if you could spend the night at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic kingdom, it would look something like this.
The décor in the Storybook Room is refined but functional. The room’s focal point is the bedding, which may seem odd to hear. When you open up the door and see your hotel room for the first time, however, it won’t just feel natural and right. It will seem like the place where you’ve always wanted to stay since you watched your first Disney Princess flick.
Disney’s even added a special trick on the wall. The painting above your headboard is interactive! When you press the associated button, a fireworks display will appear on the wall. The theming is next level with these touches. The premise is that Tiana invites guests to stay in this royal suite. As they prepare to depart, they leave gifts in the gift to show their thanks to their hostess. When you stay here, you can count how many gifts you discover hidden in plain sight!
To view the marvelous Storybook Room in all its majesty, watch this video.
You want to spend a few nights here now, right? Well, I’ve got wonderful news. The base price of a night’s stay is only $278! The highest rack rate for 2018 is listed as $378, so the price is relatively stable throughout the year.
Guaranteeing that you get the room that you want at the lowest cost is easy, too! Simply contact one of the highly skilled and experienced agents at MickeyTravels. They’ll know the best times to travel to maximize your vacation budget, and they’ll work tirelessly to ensure that you get the room that you want at a price you can afford!
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