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Veronica Hill: This is the Disneyland dream suite, an apartment originally built for Walt himself. Come on in and I’ll show you around.
Located above the Pirates of the Caribbean, this 2200 square-foot luxury apartment was designed as a place for the Disney’s to entertain friends at the park. It was completed in January 2008 through the Walt’s’ dream. James Orveatt, Disneyland’s Dream Squad workee lead, recently gave me a private tour inside this magnificent suite which was conceptualized during the 1960s by imaginary Dorothy Redmond.
The master’s suite is modeled after adventure land and true Victorian exotic style with florals, vines and an electro luminescent painting above the bed.
James Orveatt: Actually, if you look at the mermaid lagoon painting that’s up above the bed. We actually use electro luminous in lighting, an actual mermaid actually come right into the picture.
Veronica Hill: The sink with its swan motif calls to mind Sleeping Beauty castle. Step inside the large walk-in closet and you’ll find two plash bathrobes waiting for you. In the master bath, you’ll find a gorgeous stained glass replica of Louie comfort Tiffany’s young woman at a fountain.
James Orveatt: Press this special magical button, the lights will dim, beautiful music comes up. If you look stars up above your foot inside the bath tub, and if you keep focused on that star’s cape [voice overlap].
Veronica Hill: Inside the parlor, the fireplace sparks mimic the fireworks over Sleeping Beauty castle. While on the mantle, you’ll find a bird cage that provided inspiration for Disney’s ticky room attraction. Other highlights include a Maxwell table lamp, paintings of the two castles that inspired Disney’s logo and a magical clock that puts on musical shows by the hour. On the rug below, you just may find another hidden Mickey.
The informal sitting room with its two twin beds was modeled after frontier land and the old west style that Walt truly loved. Here you’ll find a gas style lamp from the Disneyland Paris and an original Franklin Cinderella stove. When you’re ready to relax outdoors, head to your private New Orleans style courtyard where you’ll find paper lanterns hanging above in true bayou style. The Trunkwell fountain, purchased by Lillian Disney, bears the Walt Disney family shields on each side of the wall.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this private tour through Disney’s magical dream suites. I’m Veronica Hill and that’s your California travel tip.