What do you want to see added to your theme park hotel room?
What's included in the perfect hotel room? Theme Park Insider reader Joshua Counsil revived that topic on our discussion board this week, with a post about a great room
he found in New York. In his post, Joshua referenced a Blog Flume entry I posted last year, where I listed the features I want to see in a hotel room
when I travel.
A pretty nice, feature-filled room at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland
It looks like Disney's been asking its guests about their wish lists for in-room features, too. This week in the Orlando Sentinel, Jason Garcia reports some of the changes Walt Disney World is making to its hotel rooms as a result of its surveys.
Topping its list is the same thing that topped ours: free WiFi. The on-site hotels at Disneyland have had free WiFi for some time now, but the survey's prompted Disney to accelerate the roll-out of free WiFi in rooms and common areas at the WDW hotels, as well.
Perhaps its not surprising that Disney's hotel guests collectively had different priorities, based on whether they stayed at Value, Moderate or Deluxe hotels on property. The Value hotel guests most wanted in-room mini-fridges, while the Moderate hotel guests most valued getting an extra bed into their rooms.
So Disney's putting mini-fridges in all 8,500 on-property Value hotel rooms, and it's testing Murphy-style extra beds, hidden in armoires, at the Port Orleans Resort for a potential roll-out to other Moderate resorts.
Jason's article didn't mention what the extra features Deluxe hotel guests most wanted after the free WiFi. I'd love to hear from Theme Park Insider readers what you'd have liked to see added to the on-property theme park hotel rooms you've stayed at recently.
Free Wi-Fi is an amenity that I have wanted for years at the on-site hotels. Other than that, I can't really think of anything else. I try not to stay in the resort room for long periods of time other than to sleep at night. Why stay in the room all day when there is so much to do elsewhere? The last time I stayed on property in Orlando was at the Hard Rock Hotel at the Universal Resort. Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't remember free Wi-Fi within the room, only the lobby. It did have the mini fridge which was great. I just don't believe that these companies should be adding too much as it would peel people away from the other great experiences. On second thought, go ahead and put in as much as possible so I can get shorter lines, haha.
Personally, I'm glad they're putting mini-fridges into the value rooms, 'cause we paid something along the lines of.. I think.. $20 a night for a week just for the privilege of having cold drinks when we came back to the hotel room in the evening and in the morning when we woke up.
Glad you asked. Since I own a timeshare, I enjoy some amenities that timeshares have, but hotels/motels do not have and vice versa. The best thing is they are converging rather than getting further apart.
There should be a small LCD screen in all the rooms that display current crowd levels at each park like green, yellow and red. Also they should have all the current wait times of the rides on the screen. They can include weather and news updates as well.
Justin, that is a good idea except they could simply have a channel on the TV to do the same thing. Most resorts have a propaganda channel that gives you an overview of the parks. They could simply stream the weather and ride wait time info across the bottom like ESPN and all the news channels have been doing for years.
I've always wished for a simple curtain to block a bed, both for privacy and for smaller kids with an earlier bedtime than the grown-ups. This has always been a problem for us. Suites cost so much more, but just putting bunkbeds against a wall with a curtain could make life far easier for parents. I've spent quite a few hotel evenings sitting reading in the bathroom as it distracted my kiddo if I was in the main room with the light on.
I would have to add, they should have extra comfortable mattresses and high thread count sheets. This made the difference when I went to a value priced motel (Best Western) a few weeks ago. They cheaped out on the cable shows offered on the television. As an alternative, they offered free DVD checkouts. Luckily, few patrons checked out the latest movies so I got what I wanted. The toilet was fine, but they could have improved upon the bath tub. Deeper tubs is my preference since I'm a tall guy.
NB yes a tv channel would be easier, but I think a interactive touch screen would be better. They also should include a system to allow you to make dinner reservations, and detailed descriptions of all the rides and shows. Having it be an interactive touch screen would allow the user more control than just a tv channel that plays over and over again.
The Universal on site hotels have free internet for Lowe's "You Too" Blue Level & up members.
We always rent a home. Much cheaper then renting 2 rooms at Disney and I hate taking the bus to go to a park, I rather drive a rental car.
Better sound proofing between the rooms. I hate listening to screaming kids and adults alike from the next room.
Better beds can make or break. My husband and I were at Cedar Point a few years ago and stayed in the "high end" hotel there - Hotel Breakers. Luckily it was before Memorial Day and I had a coupon, so the room only cost about 117 a day. Luckily, b/c that place is kind of a dump ( and I think we stayed in some of the newer rooms). But the worst was the beds. WORST beds EVER!!! In addition to be very uncomfortable, they were oddly super springy. If you moved an inch, the whole bed moved like a dingy in a Class 5 hurricane. Halfway through the first night, we gave up and slept in separate beds the rest of the week. Thank goodness we didn't have kids then; don't know how we would have managed.
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