October 5, 2007
According to Wikipedia, Walt Disney World is the largest and most visited recreational resort in the world. There are 32 resorts located on the Walt Disney World property, and of those, 22 are owned and operated by Disney. The hotels range from the Contemporary to the All-Star Music Resort, and they have attempted to create something for every interest and every budget.
But there’s one room at Disney that no amount of money can reserve: the bedroom suite in Cinderella’s Castle. Nevertheless, last week I got a chance to sneak inside and learn more about Disney’s special brand of hospitality.
Last winter as part of the Year of a Million Dreams campaign, Walt Disney World decided to update the room in Cinderella’s castle that had originally been intended for Walt Disney himself but had been used for various offices and storage space over the decades since the park’s opening. Now, every day at random a park guest is chosen to spend one night in the room.
Kitty Phillips began by giving us the tour of the areas open daily to the public: the archway with the beautiful mosaic tile work, the receiving room where Cinderella herself greets hundreds of little girls in princess costumes daily, the private dining room up the circular stairs on the second floor…
…and then into the suite. The details in the antechambers were incredible--the grandfather clock stopped at 11:59 (“It’s never midnight for Cinderella here”), the remaining glass slipper, one of her earliest tiaras, some of the scenes from the original Cinderella movie.
Cinderella’s suite itself was exquisite. It is complete with magnificent beds, a sitting room, a bathroom fit for a king and special features like the fireplace complete with a digital fireworks display. And behind the scenes, there is always a Disney cast member ready to help with the guests’ every need. It is this attention to detail that captures the imagination and keeps visitors coming back.
The room has been open since the beginning of the year, and every family who stays gets to feel like royalty. They get to ride in the Main Street Parade, and there was even one family from a small town who was treated to a parade in their honor—just for staying in Cinderella’s Castle—when they returned home.
The feeling of royalty is contagious, and the hospitality is incredible. It’s all part of the magic that keeps the millions coming back.
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