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Journey into Imagination - RIDE OVERVIEW

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The Journey into Imagination ride has been completely ruined over the past few years, everybody knows that. From a spectacular, E-ticket dark ride, it became a lame C-ticket ride.
But, let's see the current status of the ride, including the ride's props and environments:

History of the Magic Kingdom

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Have you ever wondered how many times the "Main Street Electrical parade" was replaced by the Spectromagic? Or, what about the opening day of "Magic Journeys"? All of this, and soooooo much more in this great (and long!!) update on Magic Kingdom's history! It took me a long time to sort, adjust and find these information, but I did it:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Closing On September 5, 1994, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea closes as a Fantasyland attraction in the MAGIC KINGDOM®Park at the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort.
"American Journeys" - Opens On September 15, 1984, "American Journeys" (CircleVision 360 film presentation) opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the MAGIC KINGDOM® Park at the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort. (Closes January 9, 1994) (see also "Magic Carpet 'Round the World and "America the Beautiful")
Astro Orbiter - Opening On April 30, 1994, Astro Orbiter opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the MAGIC KINGDOM® Park …

One Kodak sign gone

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Finally, some days ago, one Kodak sign was removed:


By the way, walls are still up all over IMAGEWORKS:

Hope to see more signs removed soon! And, check back this , we've prepared new updates, including  a special update on the "Journey Into Imagination with Figment" ride.

Food & Wine booths

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Here you are a special update today: A photo-update of all the booths (many of them are really nice looking) featured this year in the 2010 edition of the Food &Wine Festival, that will begin by the way on:
Friday OCTOBER 1, 2010!!
Here we go:
CORK, IRELAND:


Tournaments update n°9

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The OTPN Tournaments for the Best rides of the year is almost coming to an end! These are the last weeks you've got to vote, so please, participate!
Here you are the latest polls:
1) PART 2: Expedition Everest VERSUS Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit 
2) PART 2: The Great Movie Ride VERSUS JAWS
3) PART 2: The Amazing Adventures of SpiderMan VERSUS Toy Story Mania!
4) The American Idol experience VERSUS Fear Factor LIVE
5) Jurassic Park river Adventure VERSUS Journey to Atlantis
And remember to vote also in the other polls that are still open:
PART 2: Manta VERSUS MontuBeauty and the Beast VERSUS Voyage of the Little MermaidFestival of the Lion King VERSUS Finding Nemo: the MusicalShrek 4D VERSUS Muppet*Vision 3DBest Theme Park of the year
Thanks for participating! The polls will be closed soon, and then we'll know which are the  BEST RIDES OF THE YEAR!

Snow White subtle changes

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Snow White's Scary Adventures is receiving some very subtle but interesting changes
(WE NOTICE EVERY SINGLE DETAIL!):

Notice the color of the banners on the facade of Snow White's Scary Adventure...
Before, they were light pink, right?:

A small update on Magic Kingdom

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Welcome on a new, very quick update on what's going on at the Magic Kingdom:

Universal Orlando fun facts

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Today, We would like to share with you just a few, less-known facts about the Universal Orlando resort!
From Funtrivia.com: _________________________

How many feet does Doctor Doom's Fear Fall drop? 150 feet. What a rush!
How many dinosaurs do you see on the Jurrasic Park River Adventure? In total, just 16. 
On the Hulk Roller Coaster, how fast do you shoot out of the 'Gamma Ray Booster'? 0-45 mph. The closest you will get to flying in a F -16 fighter jet!
In the now-gone "Back to the Future", which gas station sign did the Delorean crash through? Texaco. This is the first big jolt we felt during this amazing simulation ride.
Which actor does NOT appear in his respective movies' ride? Michael J. Fox.  Paxton appears in "Twister", Fraser appears in "Revenge of the Mummy", and Will Smith appears in "Men in Black Alien Attack". Fox was never seen in "Back to the Future".
What does E.T. say at the end of the E.T. ride? Goodbye, followed …

Disney's Hollywood Studios update

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A new quick update on Disney's Hollywood Studios:
Work continues on the new meet-and-greets:

Please, support us!

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As you know, Orlando Theme Parks News was founded almost an year ago (November 2009), and we've always done our best to give you the latest news, and most importantly, a lot of fresh picture-updates from all over Orlando... and beyond!
We would like to announce that from today, you can contribute too! By submitting a donation (any amount you'd like!) you can help us to pay for some of the many services we offer you!
By donating the money, we assure you that they will be used ONLY for OTPN-related things, including the following:
- Photo equipment (such as the new camera that we bought EXCLUSIVELY for OTPN); - Gas (the price is going up every day, and the distance from our "head quarter" to the park is not little); - Works on the site itself (we bought a special program for the appearance of the site, called "Artisteer"); ...and much more!
To donate, just scroll to the bottom of the sidebar, where you'll see a "DONATE" button, or simply look on the or…

New doors for parking trams

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Just two days ago, while visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom, i noticed that there was a different kind of tram in the parking lot. It actually had... doors, like the ones they are currently using at Disneyland resort in California!
Here you are the pictures, that will make everything clear:
This is the NORMAL parking tram, as seen in any Disney Park in Florida:

New video of Cheetaka

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The third video of Cheetaka, Busch Gardens' newest roller coaster has been released! Go to the following address: http://BuschGardens2011.com/
You will see 3 spaces.
FOR THE FIRST VIDEO, THE PASSWORD IS:CHASE FOR THE SECOND VIDEO, THE PASSWORD IS: RUSH FOR THE THIRD AND NEWEST VIDEO, THE PASSWORD IS:GRACE
ATTENTION! Spoilers ahead! If you want to see the video by yourself, don't read the following!

Wild Africa Trek construction update

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As some of you may know, a new Safari experience is going to "open" at the beginning of 2011. It will be called
WILD AFRICA TREK

And here you are some pictures of the progress on the new tents that are being built inside the Kilimanjaro Safaris area:

Farewell, Village Beatniks

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Yesterday I had the great opportunity of seeing the last performance of the Village Beatniks, a lively band that gathered near the entrance to Disnoland U.S.A. inside the Disney's Animal kingdom theme park.
Here you are a couple of pictures of them:

Future World extends hours!

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A great news for all Epcot fans (including myself!)! All the attractions of Future World will open from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. daily, starting OCTOBER 3rd, 2010! Before, only Spaceship Earth, Mission:Space, Test track, Soarin' and The Seas with Nemo and Friends were open until 9 P.M., while all the other rides and attraction used to close at 7 P.M.
Now, even the Universe of Energy, Innoventions East, Innovention West, Captain EO, Journey into Imagination, Circle of Life and Living with the Land will remain open until 9! I'm very happy about this, especially because I normally visit the parks after 4 p.m.
It's a great move in my opinion, as people can now choose which attractions they want to see, whenever they want to. What's your opinion?

Animal Kingdom update (Sept. 2010)

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Today we proudly present to you a new update on Disney's Animal Kingdom!:

Let the memories begin?

Yes, that's the name of WDW's newest celebration that will begin January 2011. What's the question mark for, you may ask. Well, it represent the doubt of the successfulness of this week's "incredible' announcement.... which was not really that great.
Here's what the Orlando Sentinel wrote: ________________________________________ Disney followers wanted more scoop from announcements
Disney Parks’ announcements were met with yawns, barbs and isolated enthusiasm on the Internet on Thursday. The company’s news conference, available through live streaming, revealed details about  a new marketing campaign (“Let the Memories Begin”) and an opportunity to have families’ pictures projected onto the spires of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom. It also rehashed news regarding the Disney Cruise Line and the re-imagined Star Tours ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The public may have been anticipating bigger developments after the Disney Parks Blog announced the event We…

When night falls over MK...

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When night falls....

New robots for Star Tours 2!!

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The Disney Parks Blog has finally announced that new "droids" will join the new Star Tour attraction when it will open, in fall 2011!
The Complete news (with some pictures) from the official Disney Parks Blog: ______________________________________
"Since everything we do at Imagineering starts with the story, it probably comes as no surprise that one of the first things we set out to do with the new Star Tours show was to figure out when our story should take place within the Star Wars timeline.
The existing Star Tours show we internally refer to as “6.5,” since it takes place time-wise after Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Story development for the new show began “a long time ago,” back in 1998, and a story treatment from that year carries the title “Episode 7 – A Star Tours Classic” – referring to the Boonta Classic race that was to be the main feature of the show.
But by the time Episode I hit the screens, we were all anxious to know what would surface in Episode III that…

Disney's Yatch Club resort

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So, today we'll be returning from our second, small vacation (we're staying at the... Wilderness Lodge!!), but here you are some pictures from last week's vacation.

We stayed at one of the best resorts I've ever seen:

Disney's YATCH CLUB RESORT!:
Our room:


The Disney Look... to the Past! (09/20 - 09/26)

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Here you are this week's look at the past of the (Disney) World, land and company!:
This Week in Disney History: September 20-26

September 24, 1961 - "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" debuts on NBC The original "Disneyland" show in 1954 was one of the considerations given to ABC in exchange for helping financing the first Disney theme park in Anaheim. By 1960, Disneyland had turned enough of a profit for Walt Disney to buy out ABC's stake in the park, and Walt wanted to take advantage of the latest technology for the television medium. General Electric's NBC network had the ability to broadcast in color, and many episodes of "Walt Disney Presents" had been shot in color for the still-black & white ABC. In 1961, Walt relaunched the show on the Peacock Network, featuring the classic kaleidoscopic title sequence and theme music penned by Richard and Robert Sherman. The first episode also marked the debut of Ludwig von Drake, the bumbl…

Which is your favorite land?

Orlando theme parks have a lot of different themed areas. Each one of them is great, but some are timeless, just the best of the best.
So, this leads to our newest guest poll: "Which is your favorite land of Islands of Adventure?":

Your favorite land of IOA:Market Research

Now, please tell us in the comments why you chose that themed area as your favorite. But wait, there's more! What about your favorite themed area... at Universal Studios Florida?:

your favorite themed area at USFcustomer surveys

Thanks for participating, and once again, please share your comments!

General MK update

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We have some more pictures from Magic Kingdom for you this week! (FOR FANTASYLAND'S EXPANSION PICTURES, PLEASE CLICK HERE).
Here we go!:
Machineries near MK:

How to make a perfect pizza?

Do you want to know how to make a very good pizza? Yes? Then look at this great video from the  Disney Parks Blog:
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We can’t get enough of the classic Margherita pizza at the new Via Napoli at the Italy pavilion in Epcot World Showcase. (Did you know that the name came from Queen Margherita who was served a pizza resembling the colors of the Italian flag during a visit to Naples in 1889: red tomatoes, white mozzarella and green basil?)

Take a look at this video with Via Napoli Chef Charlie Restivo, pizza man extraordinaire. He shares the restaurant’s secrets – the water; imported flour, tomatoes and cheese; and hand-stretching the dough. And his pizza is crisp in two minutes – with the ovens cranked up over 700°F, that’s still surprisingly quick.


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Oh, yes. This is a good pizza!!

Epcot update (September 22, 2010)

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Here you are a quick update on what's going on at Epcot this week!:
Nice and quiet:

REMEMBER!

Remember that TODAY, at 12:45 p.m. EST. there will be a live coverage of a NEW YORK meeting, where Tom Staggs himself will reveal many exciting news about the future of the Disney theme parks!!! There will be a live streaming on this channel embedded below!:



In case the above player doesn't work at 12:45, don't worry, you can go HERE! This will be great! And please, since we won't be here, if somebody can write all that they've announced here in the comments, we would appreciate a lot!!! Thanks again to all of you that follow our site!
Have a great, exciting DISNEY day!

Tournaments update n°8

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Welcome to a new update on the latest polls that have been posted on OTPN's OFFICIAL "Best Rides Of The Year Awards! Here you are some of the highlights of the week:
1) PART 2: Expedition Everest VERSUS Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit 
2) Shrek 4D VERSUS Muppet*Vision 3D
3) PART 2: The Amazing Adventures of SpiderMan VERSUS Toy Story Mania!
4) PART 2: Manta VERSUS Montu
5) The American Idol experience VERSUS Fear Factor LIVE
And please, remember to vote on all the other polls that are still open, as the Tournaments have to end before October 9th, 2010! Here you are some more poll where you can vote (if you didn't do so already):
Maelstrom VERSUS Gran Fiesta TourJurassic Park river Adventure VERSUS Journey to AtlantisBeauty and the Beast VERSUS Voyage of the Little MermaidLights, Motors, Action VERSUS Terminator 2:3DMickey's Philharmagic VERSUS It's tough to be a Bug!Best Theme Park of the year
Thanks a lot to everyone that is (and will) participate to our Tournament…

Follow the announcements right here!

Remember that thanks to Ustream, we were able to host th Disney Parks Channel channel where the announcements will be LIVE! at 12:45 p.m. EST.
So, remember, come here to OTPN at about 12:30, and follow all the announcements LIVE!!

Did you hear??

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Tomorrow, at 12:45 p.m. EST, The Walt Disney company will announce some news about what's coming to our Disney theme parks!!! Unfortunately, we won't have the opportunity to see it (as we're going to do one last, small "daycation"), but as soon as we come back, we'll check this out!
But you don't have to miss it!! Remember, it's tomorrow!!!
The whole announcement, from the official Disney Parks Blog: ___________________________________

Have you heard? We’re unveiling some exciting plans for Disney Parks in New York City in less than 24 hours. And you bet we’ll be announcing some good stuff that you’ll want to know about. So, on Thursday we’re offering live coverage of the event here on The Disney Parks Blog. You’ll be able to watch and interact in real time as we raise the curtain on what’s coming. We don’t want to give away any of the surprises but expect to see a few faces you’ll instantly recognize along with Disney characters and Walt Disney Parks an…

New Fantasyland update (PART 2)

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Here you PART 2 of our new update of the New Fantasyland project, with many OVER-THE-WALL PICTURES!! (For PART 1, please click HERE):

ATTENTION! It may take a whiles to load completely (depending on your internet connection). Please, be patient. Thanks a lot!

A new crane was spotted on site:


New Fantasyland update (PART 1)

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Here you are this week's new update of the New Fantasyland project:

ATTENTION! It may take a couple of minutes to load completely (depending on your internet connection). Please, be patient. Thanks a lot! (PART 2 of the update is available HERE)

Winnie the Pooh is becoming great, but there's still a lot of work that needs to be done:


Let's try another one...

We're trying to go and visit another Disney hotel very soon!!! More informations coming soon....

Block Party Bash parade video

Since the "Block Party Bash parade" is going to leave Disney's Hollywood Studios soon (the Block Party bash parade will have its final run January 1, 2010 while the new parade will begin on January 16, 2010), the OTPN staff has realized a video of it:

So, have you ever seen this parade in person? Did you like it, or you didn't even want to see it? Please, tell us what you think about it!

Disney's Hollywood Studios update

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Here you are a quick new update of Disney's Hollywood Studios!:

Busch Gardens' teaser videos

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Two of Busch Gardens' teaser videos are now available on their official site dedicated ti the great, new roller coaster - CHEETAKA! By the way, this new coaster will indeed feature up-close encounters with cheetahs, and it will be mostly focused on speed, rather than on inversions (even though some rumors indicate that there may be a couple of inversions).

Just go to Busch Gardens 2011, and you will see some blank spots where it says "INSERT CODE" or something like that. There are two videos that are available as of today. The first video requires the password "CHASE", and it will show you the start of the ride itself, while the second video (that has been unlocked just yesterday) can be seen by submitting the password "RUSH".
Judging by these two new videos, what do you think? Will this new ride be thrilling enough for you? It sure will! And the theming will be top-notch (not comparable to Disney standards, but close enough.)
More info are coming soon! C…

Even more bad news.....

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Bad news never come alone. There's a new piece of information that may hurt many of you that would like to ride Universal Studios' newest rollercoaster "Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit". The ride has been closed "indefinitely" (it doesn't mean that it will be destroyed or abandoned, but it means it will take much longer to fix it). Indeed, the timeline to fix the ride has been extended.

Here's the sad news from the Orlando Sentinel: _________________________
Universal's Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster closed indefinitely Reason for last week's shutdown of the Universal Studios ride is still a mystery.
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, the year-old roller coaster at Universal Studios that shut down last week for repairs, will remain closed longer than initially expected.
Universal Orlando said Monday it decided to perform annual maintenance now that the thrill ride is already offline. "We added annual maintenance to the work schedule for efficiency," sp…

More info about Aulani resort

The great Disney resort that is being built in Hawaii is really coming along nicely, and the Disney parks Blog has posted a nice update that includes a video that shows some information about the resort and its "history".
From the official Disney parks blog: _________________________
A Closer Look at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa,  With Joe Rohde and Djuan Rivers
In an earlier post I talked about the beauty of the location for Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, but – wouldn’t you know – a picture is worth a thousand words. I think this video at least begins to convey what a spectacular, fun and magical resort Aulani will be.
Imagineer Joe Rohde is the leader of the creative team on the project. Anyone who’s heard Joe talk about a project – he led and continues to oversee the Imagineering team for Disney’s Animal Kingdom – knows his passion for storytelling and his dedication to the real world people and places represented at Disney Parks and Resorts. In this…

NEW Hacienda de San Angel pictures

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Finally, after many months of construction, the new Hacienda de San Angel is now open, and boy, isn't it great! Here's a big photo-report of the restaurant, but we didn't get to eat there yet, so you'll have to wait a bit more for a complete review...
Here you are the pictures!:

Report cards are coming soon....

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Yes, even though school may have just started, here at OTPN we are already giving out... the report cards! Coming soon are report cards of all four Disney theme parks, with votes and explanations, to see which rides and shows are the best... and which are not-so-good, according to us.
By the way, remember to continue to vote on our Tournaments of the Best Rides of The Year, where you decide which rides deserve a prize! The Tournaments are scheduled to end by the beginning of October (the timeline has been extended a bit more), so please vote! Thanks!
Our report cards are coming... next week.

More news on HRRR

Thanks to the great Screamscape, we have some more news regarding the temporary closure of  "Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit". It seems like the coaster may remain closed until the end of the year (2010)!  More news from WDBO local news: _________________________
Sources told WFTV early Friday afternoon that the 'Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit' roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida is shut down and has been shut down since September 14.  According to those sources, the shutdown is due to "structural" issues, but the theme park says it's for maintenance.
Skywitness 9 HD flew over the ride Friday and it was clearly not operating.  Universal Studios released a statement Friday afternoon saying, "We are obsessive about safety. We have aggressive inspection and safety programs in place for all our rides and attractions. Those programs meet or exceed all manufacturer guidelines. Anything in a September 2nd manufacturer's advisory would have been dealt with weeks …

What's happening to HRRR?

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Everybody knows how many problems "Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit" roller coaster is giving to Universal Orlando, but now the matter is getting very serious.
Here you are some more informations about the issues of the coaster directly from Screamscape: _________________________
 I’ve got a public confirmation about one of the issues that has caused the temporary shutdown of the Hollywood Rockit. A technical service alert from Maurer Sohne was released this month that reports that the ‘coupling bar’ between the cars on all of the X-Car / Sky-Loop train systems are “not fatigue endurable”. In other words, they are showing signs of stress that could lead to a possible failure.      As such, Maruer will be redesigning the parts and offering up the fix in approximately 2-3 months. “Any operation of the Sky Loop or X-Car Coaster with tandem train must be immediately and strictly stopped until the examination has been evaluated!” So… the ride’s shut down for the short term at least because …

Duffy the Bear special event!

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Yesterday there was a special event that took place inside the old Odyssey restaurant, where all the Disney Annual Passholders were invited to discover something new about a character that is not very famous here in the United States..... YET!
I'm talking about DUFFY, the DISNEY BEAR! He's coming to both Epcot and Disney California Adventure to stay and meet and greet people!

First, let's see the pictures of the event (they didn't allow pictures during the show itself, but I took some photos before it started) and then I'll explain to you what's coming!:

News about The Art of Animation resort

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A new page has been dedicated to the next resort of Walt Disney World:
DISNEY'S ART OF ANIMATION RESORT!
Here you are the news from the new resort's page: _______________________________
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Coming soon: a new Walt Disney World Resort! Disney's Art of Animation Resort hotel, a Disney Value Resort hotel, will draw its inspiration from 4 classic Disney animated films: The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Disney·Pixar's Finding Nemo and Cars.
Booking dates for this family-friendly resort, scheduled to open Summer of 2012, have not been announced yet. Please continue to check back for more information and details.

Step into some of your favorite stories! Each one of the Disney's Art of Animation Resort buildings are being designed to make you feel like you are part of one of 4 beloved animated films. Trace the movie's theme, from the playful courtyards to the festive room interiors.
The 864 rooms planned within The Little Mermaid …