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    Details fall into place at Disney - Orlando Sentinel, 11/14/06

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    The plan to give away stays in the Royal Suite of the Cinderella Castle provided a challenge: The suite never existed. There is a roughed-in living space halfway up the castle, which was once envisioned as the Disney family apartment. But it had never been finished.

    So since the campaign was announced, planners have been trying to sort out the logistics of putting a family into a single, lonely hotel room in the middle of a closed theme park. And Disney's designers are trying to create a royal suite worthy of a 17th-century princess living in a 21st-century fake castle.

    And they're having a ball doing so, insisted Disney Imagineer Stephen Silvestri, who's overseeing much of the design. The project was dropped on Silvestri and his team without much warning in June.

    "Exactly. It was about that way. But could you think of a better way to spend your time?" he said. "It's such a pleasure."

    He and his team have been researching 17th-century royal French life and trying to create mosaics and other artwork, accoutrements and furnishings, often by hand, to fit in.

    The suite, he said, will come with a "traditional" big, flat-screen, high-definition TV. But people won't notice it unless they look for it, just like the complimentary shampoos and lotions in the bathroom, bottled in what will look like old, French glassware.

    "You want the fantasy," Silvestri said. "All those things are there, but they're not immediately recognizable to your eye."

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    Details fall into place at Disney- Orlando Sentinel- 11/14/06

    From the Orlando Sentinel- November 14, 2006
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    Does Cinderella have a TV?

    Curious Walt Disney World fans such as Leny Sou of Chicago want to know.

    Of all the prizes Disney is giving away in its big, 15-month "Year of a Million Dreams" campaign, perhaps none is more tantalizing than a night in Cinderella Castle, the signature icon of the Magic Kingdom.

    It's also the one prize that seems to have most taxed Disney officials' imaginations.

    What's a fictional 17th-century French princess's home like, anyway?
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    Re: Details fall into place at Disney - Orlando Sentinel, 11/14/06

    I am glad they are taking this seriously... This could be fun after all. When I read all the reports from Al, I got scared that they were just going to put a bed inside an old telephone operator room.




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    Re: Details fall into place at Disney - Orlando Sentinel, 11/14/06

    Are they going to make the family enter the room at a certain time and then force them out in the morning? How are they going to make to avoid making it seem like the guests aren't prisoners trapped inside?

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    Re: Details fall into place at Disney - Orlando Sentinel, 11/14/06

    Maybe a couple of hours with the park or part of the park all to themselves? then first guests in the park in the morning, a reserved table at the buffet in the castle right at opening.

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    Re: Details fall into place at Disney - Orlando Sentinel, 11/14/06

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyMickey View Post
    Are they going to make the family enter the room at a certain time and then force them out in the morning? How are they going to make to avoid making it seem like the guests aren't prisoners trapped inside?
    A lot of this is covered in the article... the bit shown on here is just a portion of it.

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