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    Disneyland Dream Suite press release

    29 January 2008

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    DISNEYLAND DREAM SUITE WILL BE AWARDED TO A LUCKY GUEST MOST NIGHTS DURING THE YEAR OF A MILLION DREAMS, STARTING JAN. 31

    ANAHEIM, Calif. – January 29, 2008 – For the first time in history, lucky guests will have the chance to spend an unforgettable night inside Disneyland Park during the Year of a Million Dreams, most nights starting January 31, 2008 as part of the 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway. A guest will be escorted on the same day awarded into the most extraordinary accommodations at Disneyland Resort: the Disneyland Dream Suite, an in-park apartment with special-effects surprises and vintage design elements in each room.

    The overnight stay in the Disneyland Dream Suite will be a highlight among the more than a million “dream come true” experiences awarded through random process to eligible Disneyland Resort guests and mail-in participants in the 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway. Mail-in winners of prizes that require use on day awarded, such as the Disneyland Dream Suite, will receive a prize of comparable value.

    Disney Imagineers have devoted months of hard work toward remodeling the suite of rooms above New Orleans Square in the Park, conceived by Walt Disney as a private apartment for his family and closest friends. The rooms, which most recently housed The Disney Gallery, have been restored to Disney’s original vision of deluxe living quarters. Vintage design illustrations, created under Disney’s personal direction, were recovered and used as inspiration for the look, furnishings and other décor elements in the Suite. Special design touches have been incorporated to evoke memories of Disney’s diverse interests and the rich heritage of Disneyland.

    The guests chosen through a random process to enjoy a “dream stay” in the Disneyland Dream Suite will be following in the footsteps of Walt Disney. His dedication to the constant growth and development of Disneyland Park resulted in frequent overnight stays in a small private apartment which remains today above the Fire House on Main Street, U.S.A. In the 1960s, as plans were developed for the New Orleans Square area, Disney brought in illustrator and designer Dorothea Redmond (Gone with the Wind) and set decorator Emile Kuri (Mary Poppins, It’s a Wonderful Life) to help him create a larger, more lavish apartment where he could entertain friends, family, VIP guests and dignitaries.

    Unfortunately, Disney passed away before the Suite was completed. Over the years, the rooms were used as offices and to entertain visiting business associates until, in 1987, the space became The Disney Gallery, a unique venue displaying artwork originally created during the development of various Disney movies and theme park attractions. Only now, 40 years later, is Disney’s dream being fulfilled. The rooms have been returned to their original intended purpose and, as Disney wished, the Disneyland Dream Suite will be occupied by overnight guests.

    “Our plan has been to use the renderings that Walt worked on with Dorothea Redmond and to replicate those as exactly as we can,” said Walt Disney Imagineering Art Director Kim Irvine. “Her illustrations were very specific, with a color and style for each room.
    “But to make it special for the guests, we want it to be more than just a beautiful suite. We want it to be filled with things that might have inspired Walt as he dreamed of Disneyland.”
    http://www.disneylandnews.com/articl...article_id=255

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    Re: Disneyland Dream Suite press release

    Ooohhh..it looks purdy!

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    Re: Disneyland Dream Suite press release

    We still haven't mailed in a entry, probably won't either... (aren't we lazy?) my son is convinced, however, that if we enter... we will win. Deam away... but it seemes extremely unlikely we would win. I'm sure diligence would pay off though.... some luck persons will win.


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    Re: Disneyland Dream Suite press release

    Here are the photos and the rest of that release:



    Located above Pirates of the Caribbean in the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland Park, the 2,600-square-foot Disneyland Dream Suite includes a living room, open-air patio, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. In addition to that night’s lodging in the Disneyland Dream Suite, each selected 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway winner of the Disneyland Dream Suite will also be celebrated as the Honorary Grand Marshal in that day’s Disneyland parade. The winner and their guests will enjoy dinner, late-night snacks and beverages, and the dazzling view overlooking New Orleans Square and the Rivers of America, where a private balcony provides an ideal vantage point on nights when fireworks or the “Fantasmic!” spectacular are presented.
    Guests may enter the Dream Suite by climbing the grand staircase outside the entrance to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. An elevator will be available to accommodate guests with disabilities. Through the doorway at the top of the stairs is the Living Room, designed in a French Provincial style reflecting the New Orleans Square setting. Unusual decorative items like a full-size carousel horse, a mechanical songbird and original wall paintings of European castles will conjure up memories of Walt Disney and the inspirations that went into creating the magical world of Disneyland.
    The Suite features not one, but two Master Bedrooms. In one, the spirit of early 20th century innovation and the American frontier are summoned with an earthy color scheme, leather furniture, a cast-iron stove, an electric train and vintage mechanical toys. The other Master Bedroom is on the side of the residence nearest Adventureland, and its lush décor and atmosphere evoke the exotic flavor of jungle adventure stories as told in the Victorian era.
    The Bayou-themed Patio, central to the Disneyland Dream Suite and open to the sky above, is filled with tropical vegetation, furnished with comfortable chaises and illuminated by Chinese lanterns. Using a type of Disney magic familiar to guests on Pirates of the Caribbean, the Patio is also visited by fireflies.

    As guests settle in for a stay in the Disneyland Dream Suite, they’ll discover special effects surprises in each room. It could be a special tune in a striking clock, a sunset or a starscape that appears when the lights go down, subtle audio enhancements, or something totally unexpected.
    The Disneyland Dream Suite will be the supreme addition to the catalog of “dreams come true” at the Disneyland Resort during the 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway as the Disney Dream Squad delivers dreams, large and small, to eligible guests selected through a random process. For information on how to enter by mail without visiting the parks, please see below.

    The 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway is part of the Year of a Million Dreams at Disney Parks. At Disneyland Park, the popular immersive entertainment experiences will continue to thrill guests at Disney Princess Fantasy Faire, Jedi Training Academy and Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. And at Disney’s California Adventure Park, guests young and old will be dancing to the beat of the new High School Musical 2: School’s Out! street show, inspired by the megahit Disney Channel original movie. For information on new attractions, the Year of a Million Dreams celebration and vacations at Disneyland Resort visit www.disneyland.com, call (866) 60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.
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    Re: Disneyland Dream Suite press release

    I like it. I'd rather have the gallery, but this looks nice.

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    Re: Disneyland Dream Suite press release

    I love the patio area!!

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    Re: Disneyland Dream Suite press release

    I know a lot of Mice Chatters who frequent DL hated the idea of changing the gallery into a hotel room, even if it is just temporary. But I'll tell you what, if I won the right to stay there for a night, I would take it! It looks stunning!

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    Re: Disneyland Dream Suite press release

    As much as I'll miss the Gallery. That area was built to be a suite to begin with. They are really just finishing off what Walt wanted. So it is hard to complain. And I suppose that they can use it for dignitaries and special events after the 10th anniversary of the Years of a Million Dreams is over (whenever that is).
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    Re: Disneyland Dream Suite press release

    looks very nice.

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    Re: Disneyland Dream Suite press release

    I don't really miss the gallery. The suite turned out great! Only one night would be fine by me.
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    Re: Disneyland Dream Suite press release

    Blechhhh! What a waste for this prime spot in New Orleans Square.

    So many more people could enjoy this area as the Disney Gallery,
    than will ever be able to see it as the dream suite. And the finished
    result looks nothing like the way it was originally envisioned in the
    pictures that were on display in the Disney Gallery.

    Certainly there is no Dining room as originally envisioned (and which was recently
    reduced in size, giving half of that room to the Club 33 Kitchen).

    And I'm sure Walt Disney NEVER dreamed of this place being turned
    into a hotel room for contest winners, as the Press Release makes it sound.

    This has got to be one of the most blatent stupid moves in the
    history of Disneyland management. It ranks right up there with
    the horrendous decisions that permeated all of Disneyland during
    the Pressler years.

    I wonder just how much money they wasted on this. It would have
    made more sense to enhance the Gallery Experience, to attract
    additional visitors, instead of restricting it's use.

    It really is a great way for Disney and Disneyland management to
    raise there noses at pretty much ALL DL guests. "Your not good
    enough to come up here anymore"

    This is a real black eye for the DR Press Department, as well.

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    Re: Disneyland Dream Suite press release

    No doubt this is a silly question, but one that I have been wondering about.

    Since the winner stays the night they win, without any warning, what does the winner do about PJs, a toothbrush, and other such things?

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    Re: Disneyland Dream Suite press release

    Quote Originally Posted by Kasey View Post
    No doubt this is a silly question, but one that I have been wondering about.

    Since the winner stays the night they win, without any warning, what does the winner do about PJs, a toothbrush, and other such things?
    "for the low low price of...." heh, it's disneyland, what else do you expect?

    hard to believe I cleaned that about 3-4 times, after my training in store cleaning, this was day 2 of it, cleaning the gallery and all new orleans shops.

    I was so tired that night, that I thought the entrance I took to get to it (through the middle of that courtyard thingie inside the pieces of 8 shop, the stair case) and knowing a little about club 33, I thought it was a "exclusive" gallery for the club 33 members, not the regular disney gallery

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    Re: Disneyland Dream Suite press release

    So...being "new" and all...here goes the dumb *** question of the night...

    how would one "mail-in" an entry? I would so mail one every day if only some kind sole would tell me! After all, I got a prize on my first -ever (hopefully not last) MiceChat Meet, so who says I wouldn't win the dream night!!!

    A girl can hope...if someone can tell me HOW!!!

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    Re: Disneyland Dream Suite press release

    The suite doesn't look to special....
    Har har har

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