Staying at a resort close to a Disney theme park is the dream of many theme park tourists. By vacationing in close proximity to the parks, guests can maximize their time spent enjoying Disney’s finest attractions. And that truly is the point of such a family trip. Nobody wants to spend a large portion of their free time navigating through traffic or waiting for transportation.
Also, everyone in the hotel industry competes to position their resorts as close to Disney as possible. Once they have that optimal position, the Field of Dreams maxim applies. “If you build it, they will come.” Tourists from everywhere on the planet will flock to these destination hotels. The problem that non-Disney resorts struggle to overcome is that Disney takes a large portion of the tourist money. If they hope to compete, their hotels should stand apart as having the finest accommodations imaginable. In turn, Disney has to guarantee that their resorts are so pristine that folks will pay more to stay there rather than choose a cheaper location offsite.
As is always the case with competition, consumers ultimately win. The overwhelming majority of non-Disney resorts close to Disney theme parks are the best that the hotel chains have to offer. And Disney doesn’t have a single disappointing resort in their entire Parks and Resorts division. It’s a point of pride for the dominant force in the theme park industry. The end result is an odd arms race in the hotel industry in cities such as Anaheim, California, and Orlando, Florida. Everyone in the industry must offer the finest possible hotel rooms and amenities to entice potential guests to their property. The same is true internationally as well. Tokyo, Japan, and Shanghai, China, are an older and new example of the phenomenon.
Since strategists in the hospitality industry know that millions of potential guests will visit those cities each year, they can justify nearly any expense in the creation of a hotel. The corollary to this concept is that outdated accommodations quickly fall out of favor. To stay on top of the hotel business, corporations must build spectacular properties capable of hosting thousands of guests at once. And they must update their breadwinner resorts to guarantee a lucrative piece of the tourism pie.
The above explains why the hotels surrounding Disney theme parks are so glorious. Of course, hospitality industry planners recognize that another option exists to boost the bottom line. They can cater to the same clientele but loot their pockets for even more money. In order to do so, they build suites so decadent that the people staying there for the night feel like royalty. I touched on some of these in a different article on the 14 breathtaking hotel suites that few can afford to stay in. In this article, I’ll highlight 16 more, all of which are magnificent in their own unique ways. They’ll run the gamut from “affordable for most” to “must be co-founder of Google to stay there.”
Walt Disney World
Finding Nemo Suite – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Walt Disney World
Out of the three suite options at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, the Finding Nemo Family Suites are the most expensive option. These rooms cost approximately $530 per night during the busiest times of the year and as little as $340 during the off-season. That’s more than double the price of a regular room at the property. Basic rooms there can go for $128 a night in January and February.
That leads to the logical question. What does a guest get for twice the money when they stay in the Finding Nemo Suite? Well, you won’t feel any surprise to learn that a healthy dose of Nemo comes with the package. The wayward clownfish from one of Pixar’s most beloved movies adorns the walls, and an ocean atmosphere permeates throughout the 565 square feet of the suite. Watery pastels provide the color palette for the backdrop, and sea creatures are visible virtually everywhere.
More important, the Finding Nemo Suite functions as an odd way to spend money while saving more money. It’s the rare Disney All-Stars room that includes a kitchenette, which allows larger families to offset the room price by lowering food costs. Nobody will cook a three-course meal in a Finding Nemo Suite, but a microwave and mini-refrigerator provide some nutritional options. A savvy shopper who orders some supplies at GardenGrocer.com can get by for a couple of meals in the room. Alternately, they can save themselves Disney’s upcharge costs on snacks and beverages. Besides, a lot of families don’t really have a choice.
A family of six doesn’t enjoy many options staying onsite at Walt Disney World. They can get two rooms or they can stay in a room like the Finding Nemo Suite. It sleeps six, and clever Disney planning provides parents with a bit of privacy from their children. The suite divides naturally, providing children their own bathroom, bed, and play area. For many parents, that’s reason enough to justify the additional expense. If you want to look at the suite, watch this official Disney video.
Cars Suite – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Walt Disney World
The Lion King Suite – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Walt Disney World
The Little Mermaid Room – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Walt Disney World
Most of what I just said about the Finding Nemo Suite applies to these three options as well. The important difference for travelers on tight budgets is that they’re a bit cheaper. We’re only talking about $20 or less in the instances of the suites, but every little bit helps.
Cosmetically, the difference is in which Disney character appeals to you. More precisely, do your children prefer Nemo, Lightning McQueen, Ariel or Simba? If you have boys, the Radiator Springs option is the most likely, at least judging by Disney merchandise sales. Cars has earned $10 billion in toy sales, which is twice as much as Frozen and even approaches Star Wars.
The Cars Family Suite is similar in composition to its Nemo counterpart, as the square footage is identical, which is true of The Lion King Suite as well. The differences are all in theming. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort offers 1,120 suites as opposed to 864 standard guest rooms. They divide the seats into quadrants or, as Disney describes them, wings.
The Cars wing is a celebration of Radiator Springs similar to the Disney California Adventure expansion. Lightning McQueen’s stopping point during his visit, the Cozy Cone Motel, is the setting. Thankfully, the Disney hotel version offers more than the traffic cones from the movie. They do maintain the cone shape, though!
The Lion King Suites reside against an African backdrop. Guests must traverse the scary wilds inhabited by lifelike hyena statues to reach their hotel buildings, each of which features an animation cel of Simba or one of the other characters from the film. Several of them show up in the suites as well. Zazu the hornbill aka the glorified mascot who advises the king(s) in the movie even provides some comic relief on the headboards of the furniture.
The seaweed is always greener in The Little Mermaid room at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. You’ll never feel more nautical than when you rest your weary feet (or fins) in a clamshell chair. Starfish adorn the bedding, and a happy octopus stares at you from the shower curtain. I won’t lie. That part is a little creepy. Still, your favorite princess, who may or may not be the face you see in the mirror each day, will feel giddy each time they (i.e. you) see Flounder grinning from the wall. This spectacularly thematic room isn't a suite like the other three options, but it is a perfect tribute for the film that triggered the second golden age of Disney animation. And if you can enter this room without singing, “Darling, it’s better down where it’s wetter,” you’re made of sterner stuff than me.
Arcadia Suite - Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland
Mount Whitney Suite – Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland
El Capitan Suite – Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland
Trivia buffs know that it’s the only Disneyland resort designed specifically by Disney employees. The architect of The Disneyland Hotel was a gentleman named Jack Wrather, an oil tycoon by trade who got into the hotel industry at the urging of his friend, Walt Disney. Meanwhile, Japanese investors from the Tokyu Group constructed Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Disney later acquired both resorts in 1988 and 1995, respectively.
At the turn of the millennium, Disney finally had a chance to build their own property near Disneyland. They had anxiously waited 45 years for such an opportunity. Their priority was on size. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa offers more than 1,000 rooms. The available amount of suites is quite limited, though. Guests have their option of approximately 45 Vice-Presidential or Presidential Suites. These rooms are understandably extremely expensive. Disney execs consciously chose to tweak the pricing such that they’re more affordable than the rooms at the Disneyland Hotel.
The Arcadia Suite is one of the Vice-Presidential Suites, and it’s a masterpiece of design. The hotel’s architects sought to pay tribute to the early career of Frank Lloyd Wright. Little touches throughout the multi-bedroom suite accomplish this goal. As an example, hotel designers embedded his Tree of Life stained glass design in the windows and even the brick fireplace. You can appreciate all the dutiful details in this video (complete with stellar narrator accent).
In terms of square footage, the Vice-Presidential Suites at this property are larger than the exotic suites at Disneyland Hotel, meaning they’re better value, albeit at the price of bragging rights. The Arcadia Suite costs about $2,000 per night on average, soaring as high as $3,000 for holidays such as New Year’s Eve. Some lucky guests suggest that they’ve stayed there for $1,500 or less while others swear they received a free upgrade (!) during times when the rest of the resort was sold out. Dare to dream that’ll happen to you one day, fellow theme park tourists!
The Presidential Suites bear distinct names, too. The Mount Whitney Suite is the alpha of the two. Priced at $3,500 a night or more, it’s one of the most expensive Disney-related hotel rooms in the United States. If money is no object, however, the bragging rights for a night’s stay in this suite are off the charts. It’s allegedly Johnny Depp’s preferred spot when he’s in town to perform PR for Pirates of the Caribbean movies. That tells you everything you need to know about the reverence guests have for the suite. Depp could literally stay anywhere in Los Angeles on Disney’s dime yet he chooses the Mount Whitney Suite.
What’s the appeal of this particular room? Well, it’s certainly spacious. At 2,272 square feet, this suite might have more room than your home. And it can also do something that you can’t where you live. The design of the Mount Whitney Suite allows for up to 75 guests. It’s the perfect hotel room for parties where your favorite rock band can destroy all the furniture as groupies stare lustily. Incongruously, the suite also offers a home office area, although you’ll struggle to get any work done while being the life of a 75-person party. The room is truly breathtaking, which is why the narrator of this video sounds so giddily breathless. Staying in the Mount Whitney Suite makes you the de facto ruler of Disneyland for the night.
As for the El Capitan Suite, the room offers similar features. Contained within are a double-sided rock fireplace and an adjoining eight-person dinner table. Combined with the nearby sofa and living room chairs, you’ll never want for a place to sit in this suite. I maintain that the glory of the space is in the master bath, though. Three rooms connect into one larger bathroom suite, and the whirlpool bath section is worthy of royalty. Plus, the view is spectacular. This is what you’ll see if you’re ever blessed enough to stay here.
Tokyo Disney Resort
Panorama Suite - Disney’s Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo Disney Resort
Mickey’s Penthouse Suite - Disney’s Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo Disneyland
Once The Walt Disney Company had conquered the United States, the company rightfully sought to expand its brand into cultures around the world. Their films had already done this, of course, but Disney theme parks stand on their own as a globally recognized brand. Even ten thousand miles away, citizens of foreign lands recognize pictures of the Happiest Place on Earth. And they all know Mickey Mouse.
Japan claims the title of first non-American country to host a Disney theme park. Their Tokyo Disney Resort stands on its own as one of the finest theme parks in all the world. In fact, two of the five most trafficked parks on the planet reside here. The first of them, Tokyo Disneyland, opened to the public for the first time in 1983. You might not know that in 2014, this facility earned more visitors than the original Disneyland itself.
A theme park with such large annual attendance numbers needs accompanying hotel rooms to satisfy its high volume of guests. Surprisingly, the park planners at Tokyo Disney Resort, who technically don’t work for Disney but instead The Oriental Land Company, failed to anticipate this need. This theme park was earning 17.5 million guests in 1999, back when Magic Kingdom was “only” receiving 15.2 million visitors. Despite the fact that it was the world’s most trafficked theme park, no official Disney resort existed.
That odd piece of trivia came to an end in 2000 with the debut of Disney’s Ambassador Hotel. Despite the name, it too is owned and operated by The Oriental Land Company. They license the Disney brand under a complex business agreement that has proven insanely lucrative for both companies. As the first official onsite resort, the facility had to live up to the Disney name, as that is part of the negotiated terms for the deal. Disney has input and a form of creative control over anything that carries the company name.
To live up to the Disney ideal, The Oriental Land Company engaged in dialogue with their American peers, park planners and Imagineers, about how to build the ultimate Disney resort. Cast members revealed their plans for Downtown Disney, a project that wouldn’t even open in California until 2001, although the Florida version had existed in one form or another since 1975. The underlying concept was clear. Meshing shopping and fine dining with a deluxe hotel would give a business a much larger share of a tourist’s vacation money.
Not coincidentally, Disney’s Ambassador Hotel broke ground right beside Ikspiari, an entertainment complex owned by IKSPIARI Co., Ltd, which is, you guessed it, a subsidiary of The Oriental Land Company. Japan’s answer to Disney Springs opened on July 7, 2000. Thirteen days later, Disney’s Ambassador Hotel joined it as joint ventures to shake every dime out of the pockets of Disney lovers living in or visiting Japan. The company running Japan’s version of Disneyland may not be Disney, but they learned from the best.
If you want to stay at Disney’s Ambassador Hotel – and since it’s a five-star resort, you really should – the suite to target if you’re not rich enough to own a private island is the Panorama Suite. That’s roughly a thousand American dollars a night. If money is no object for you, don’t settle for anything less than Mickey’s Penthouse Suite, which costs 300,000 yen per night. That’s just under $3,000, which places it on the shortlist of most expensive Disney rooms in the world.
Whereas the Panorama Suite is primarily selling the views of the neighboring shopping district and various Disney landscapes surrounding the resort (few rooms at Disney’s Ambassador Hotel feature quality park views), Mickey’s Penthouse Suite is a luxurious celebration of all things mouse. You don’t have to bother searching for Hidden Mickeys here. There’s nothing subtle in the rooms.
The only surprise is if you see a large piece of furniture, flooring or wall space that DOESN’T feature the face of Mickey Mouse. Even the dining room table chairs are giant Mickeys. Bright colors shine throughout the suite. Red, Black, and yellow are the preferred choices, and most of the decor takes the shape of a mouse. This is true even of the bookshelves and master bedroom headboard. Even the modular seating furniture takes this shape, although you would have to look down from the ceiling to notice.
The oddity of both the Panorama Suite and Mickey’s Penthouse Suite involves house rules. For reasons passing understanding, Disney’s Ambassador Hotel enforces harsh capacity stipulations for their suites. Even though you’re paying a fortune per night, only two guests are welcome in any of the hotel’s concierge floor suites. Anybody traveling with children simply can’t stay here, which defeats the purpose of a Disney trip for many vacationers. Tourists in search of a romantic getaway, on the other hand, can splurge with some of the ample disposable income they don’t have to spend on children. By all accounts, the occupancy rates for these suites are extremely high despite the two-person limit.
Porto Paradiso Suite - Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta, Tokyo DisneySea
MiraCosta Suite – Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta, Tokyo DisneySea
Il Magnifico Suite - Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta, Tokyo DisneySea
Unquestionably the most novel Disney resort in their entire chain, this property opened in September of 2001. It is a kindred spirit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas in that the resort is irrevocably tethered to its adjoining Disney gate. The Hotel MiraCosta goes one step farther, as it is the only resort located entirely within the confines of a Disney theme park. I appreciate that this is difficult to visualize, so please watch this video of an adorable Japanese child walking through Tokyo DisneySea to reach the hotel lobby.
The oft-discussed Disney bubble means that once a theme park tourist reaches one of their theme parks, the outside world disappears. People lay down their burdens as they reach their happy destination. The Hotel MiraCosta maximizes this philosophy as the theme park and the hotel exist in the same space, meaning that the bubble is omnipresent. Disney can’t take credit for the genius of this strategy, though. It’s The Oriental Land Company behind the initiative.
If you’re unfamiliar with DisneySea, it’s one of the five most popular theme parks in the world. The Tokyo Disney Resort is actually every bit as popular in Japan as Walt Disney World is in the United States. You can think of DisneySea as Epcot’s The Seas with Nemo & Friends expanded into an entire theme park. It’s actually based in a failed expansion plot for Disneyland known as Port Disney. Once they passed on it, they shipped the idea off to Japan for The Oriental Land Company to develop.
While your mind might equate the premise with SeaWorld, that’s a bit inaccurate. DisneySea is much grander in scale. It features areas such as Mediterranean Harbor and Mysterious Island that are equal parts recreation of Italian water cities and depictions of the imaginary inventions of Jules Verne. In terms of style and tone, Tokyo DisneySea is the most unique of all Disney theme parks.
The selling point of the suites at Hotel MiraCosta is simple. These stately rooms feature more than a wonderful night’s lodging. They also offer a singularly inimitable perspective of a Disney theme park. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, guests sitting in the comfort of their rooms can watch animals interact in their natural habitats, relatively speaking. The Hotel MiraCosta beats that. Vacationers staying at one of these suites can witness an entire day’s worth of park activity.
Guests residing in the Porto Paradiso Suite enjoy unprecedented access to Mount Prometheus and the daily performances of Fantasmic. Anyone staying in the MiraCosta Suite gains an overlook of Mediterranean Harbor and Tokyo Bay. And the marvelously named Il Magnifico Suite, the one hotel brags is the finest onsite, lords over everything.
Of course, this access comes at a high price. The cheapest of the three rooms, the Porto Paradiso Suite, costs the equivalent of $1,750 per night. The MiraCosta Suite lists at $2,500 nightly. As for the Il Magnifico Suite, you might want to sit down for this. It’s almost $5,000 per night, making it the most expensive room on the list. And again, Disney enforces those arcane occupancy rules. Only two guests can stay in any of these three suites, which rules them out for family vacations. Then again, if you can afford to pay these prices, you’d likely be renting the Porto Paradiso Suite for your children, the MiraCosta Suite for your nanny, and the Il Magnifico Suite for yourself and someone who probably doesn’t love you for your personality. The Beatles did warn you that money can’t buy you love.
Shanghai Disney Resort
Park View Room - Toy Story Hotel, Shanghai Disneyland
Technically, this isn’t a suite, but I’m going to make an exception here to celebrate the arrival of Disney’s most daring new hotel accommodations in many years. The arrival of Shanghai Disneyland Resort has provided Disney’s Imagineers with a rare opportunity to flex their creative muscle in an original setting. Since this theme park doesn’t follow the established standards of Walt Disney’s rules for design, it’s brimming with a new bravado, a verve the world hasn’t seen since the opening of EPCOT Center in 1982 if not the debut of Disneyland itself in 1955.
In order to accentuate all the positives of this new endeavor, Disney added its usual accompanying resorts. This time, they added a bit more specificity than usual. The Toy Story Hotel is exactly what it sounds like, an 800-room resort whose express purpose (beyond providing a solid night’s rest for guests) is celebrating Pixar’s most celebrated franchise.
Whereas Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, the facility referenced earlier, provides a mix of Disney and Pixar animated titles, the Shanghai Disneyland Resort is all Toy Story all the time. The Toy Story Hotel divides tidily into two sections. Fittingly, they are the Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear wings. Fans of westerns can reach for the sky in Woody’s part of town while science fiction aficionados can't quite go to infinity and beyond. They do, however, have the ability to walk in the footsteps of a proven Star Command soldier. Plus, the hotel provides a gorgeous view of Tomorrowland, which hints that Disney Imagineers favor Buzz over Woody.
Walking through the hallways of Toy Story Hotel is akin to visiting Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, which is understandable since the Orlando property is the basis for the Shanghai hotel. The difference is that only one theme permeates throughout the facility. Every wall onsite features some sort of tribute to the three movies in the Toy Story franchise to date. Animation cels are ubiquitous. Some of them are tiny paintings while others are giant murals that could stand as the centerpiece of any (giant) living room in the world. This video walkthrough of the resort shows several of them. You’ll note that even the carpet has a secondary function as a celebration of Toy Story. Similarly, the exterior courtyards feature life-sized statues of Woody and Buzz plus some other franchise curios such as the rocket ship from Pizza Planet.
The primary difference between Toy Story Hotel and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is that since every room is either Woody or Buzz-themed, Disney hasn’t distinguished its rooms beyond the binary choice of film leads. The “nicest” rooms at the hotel aren’t suites per se. Instead, they’re park view rooms similar to the ones offered at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and the like. For this reason, every room at the Toy Story Hotel is affordable.
The average nightly rate for a Park View Room is ¥1,470 (Chinese Yuan Renminbi), the equivalent of approximately $225 in American dollars. That makes such accommodations roughly the equivalent of a night at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter in Orlando or Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel in Anaheim. For that modest cost, a theme park tourist enjoys a breathtaking view of Disney’s latest masterpiece. Shanghai Disneyland Resort lives up to the hype and then some, and the accompanying Toy Story Hotel accentuates its many strengths.
Magic Kingdom Suite – Shanghai Disneyland Hotel
While the Toy Story Hotel is a lovely resort with world class amenities and that special new car smell, it’s the ugly sibling of its more storied twin. The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel embodies Disney’s obsession with five-star properties. This resort is the signature onsite residence for Disney’s latest theme park sensation. As such, the hotel is every bit as dazzling as the original Disneyland Hotel was in 1955. It’s on a par with Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel & Spa. The primary difference is that it’s brand spanking new.
Debuting in June of 2016 along with the park itself, the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel celebrates classic Chinese temperament meshed with Disney sensibilities. And it accomplishes all this through an Art Nouveau style that will leave you speechless the first time you enter the facility. You’ve never seen Disney characters quite like this before. Mickey and Minnie greet you as you enter the lobby, and their apparel will cause you to feel underdressed as you check in. Their formal attire sets the tone for a stay at the hotel
Other touches will catch your eye throughout the property. Beast and Belle dance eternally as marble statues next to the lobby stairs. Mickey Mouse returns to his roots as a steamboat operator on a vehicle that rises with the watery springs in the courtyard. The entire lobby rests under a massive stained-glass ceiling that might be the greatest achievement in roofing since the days of Michelangelo (or at least the recreation of his work at Spaceship Earth).
Make no mistake on the point. The Shanghai Disneyland Resort is the grandest, most ambitious hotel the company has built in 15 years. It serves as an introduction of Disney culture to Chinese audiences historically blocked from enjoying the Mouse House’s special blend of entertainment. One of Disney CEO Bob Iger’s central achievements is opening the Chinese borders to Disney enterprises, and this theme park and accompanying hotel is the culmination of his triumph. It’s instantly one of the most elegant yet child-friendly properties in China.
To remain consistent with this vision, the suites at Shanghai Disneyland Hotel must stand apart as some of the finest Disney rooms in the world. And they assuredly do. The “cheapest” of these is the Magic Kingdom Suite, which starts at ¥3,270 (Chinese Yuan Renminbi), more than double the best rooms at Toy Story Hotel listed above. That’s roughly $500 a night in American dollars. What do you get for roughly the same price as a night’s stay at the Grand Californian or Grand Californian? A shocking amount.
Technically, the Magic Kingdom Suite is a junior suite. It has two counterparts mentioned below that surpass it, but we’re still discussing an unforgettable room. Every suite onsite includes concierge floor privileges, which any Disney fan who has ever enjoyed them before understands are regal in nature. It’s the reason why the DVC bookings for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge sell out 11 months in advance. In addition to the concierge privileges, these junior suites also include living room areas, a rarity in a city where every square foot of space is coveted.
Sorcerer Suite – Shanghai Disneyland Hotel
Fantasia Suite – Shanghai Disneyland Hotel
These two suites represent the height of modern Disney hotel architecture and room design. This video highlights the majesty of the hotel lobby. If you’re an architecture junkie like me, you can track the actual product against the scale model plans shown in this clip.
Launched in June of 2016, the Sorcerer Suite and Fantasia Suite redefine elegance and luxury. They again face the same issues in terms of square footage, yet Disney worked closely with Shanghai officials to overcome the problem, at least somewhat. These rooms are larger than the Tokyo suites mentioned earlier, which is why they can sleep up to six guests, a vast improvement from the two allowed by The Oriental Land Company.
What’s impressive about staying in luxury at Shanghai Disneyland Hotel is that it’s not as expensive as you might expect. The Fantasia Suite is ¥4,150 per night while the Sorcerer Suite, the nicest room at Shanghai Disneyland Resort, is ¥4,650. These two suites are the equivalent of $629 and $705 per night, which is less than many ordinary suites at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. If you can afford a trip to Shanghai to visit Disney’s state of the art theme park, you might as well go ahead and plus your trip by spending at least one night at the nicest suites Disney offers there. You’ll have a story to tell your grandchildren one day.
Then again, you’ll enjoy bragging rights if you stay at any of these 16 suites. That’s the glory of a Disney vacation. The company works hard to guarantee that theme park tourists can relish in an unforgettable stay close to their legendary theme parks.
Disney park planners have also crafted majestic resorts in foreign lands, some of which are historic in nature. A night at a suite in one of these locations will make you the grand prize winner of social media picture sharing. Your friends will envy you so much that they might explode. That’s especially true of the new resorts at Shanghai Disneyland, the most modern and sophisticated currently available. Interestingly, they’re also not that much more than a night’s stay in a normal suite at a hotel such as Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
That’s in stark contrast to the hotels Disney licenses in Tokyo, whose suites are expensive enough to price out most potential vacationers. Plus, they come with quirky room size limitations that turn them into couples-only retreats. It’s this sort of variation in the Disney suites inventory that reinforces their desire to satisfy customers of all income levels.