12 Most Amazing Disney Hotel Rooms in the World
You may go to Disneyland for the rides, but you stay for the hotels, literally. And it ain’t just a place to sleep; those Disney Hotels can add to the whole immersive experience! Disney Parks around the world offer up epic lodgings for discerning guests that go from over-the-top opulent to incredibly themed to totally filled with Disney magic. It’s no secret that we love luxury hotels, but we heart them even more when they’re attached to our favorite Disney theme parks.
1. Adventureland Suite at the Disneyland Hotel: Disney’s Imagineers had a field day with creating the carefully curated Adventureland Suite at the Disneyland Hotel. The vibe is part explorers’ camp from the 1930s mixed with a swanky Adventurer’s club. The master bedroom is fashioned to look like a classic safari lodge and has an old-school claw-foot bathtub right in the room. If you’re not feeling like a bath, head to the “grotto,” a cave-like rain shower that features lighting and sound effects (so you feel like you’re in the middle of the rainforest). The second bedroom, designed for kids, looks like a safari tent. Throughout the suite are nods to the Jungle Cruise and art of Adventureland.
2. Big Thunder Ranch Suite at the Disneyland Hotel: If you’re ALL about the Big Thunder Railroad (and really, who isn’t), then you’ve gotta stay in the 1,400-square-foot “wildest suite in the wilderness.” Sleeping up to “six pioneers,” this luxe rustic suite has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a Big Thunder suite. There’s even a button on the wall that triggers sound effects from the attraction, as well as concept art from the ride and a free-standing copper tub (surrounded by a stone wall).
3. Fairy Tale Suite at the Disneyland Hotel: Sure, there’s a massive princess-worthy canopy bed, a crystal castle encased in the wall and grand detailing. But the show stopper (and where we’d wanna spend all our time) is the massive bathroom. LOOK AT THAT TUB!
4. Dream Suite at Disneyland: Here’s the thing about the Dream Suite: You can’t just book this extra elite lodging that happens to be right smack dab in the middle of the park. This uber fancy set of rooms, located above Pirates of the Caribbean, is only for dignitaries, the occasional celeb and for various promotions and charitable instances. Note: I’ve visited the suite a couple of times (yeah, I’m lucky), and have to say it lives up to the hype. My fave details include the train that goes around the picture molding in the kids room, the paintings that suddenly become animated and the master bedroom that turns tropical complete with music from the Jungle Book.
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5. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Villas: No, this isn’t a photo of a hotel in Bora Bora. This is a photo of the new-ish villas at the stunning Polynesian Village Resort in Walt Disney World. The deluxe over-the-water bungalows are part of the unique offerings of the Disney Vacation Club. Each villa has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, kitchen and dining area, as well as an unobstructed view of Cinderella’s Castle. Oh, and each one has its own private plunge pool out back.
6. Animal Kingdom Lodge Royal Asante Suite: You know what’s really cool about staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge? You get to see the giraffes, gazelles and zebras that reside in the lush savannah right outside your window. And cooler than that? Seeing the animals outside the window from the 2,100-square-foot Royal Asante Suite. This two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath “home” has a kitchen, a small office space and a wraparound balcony.
7. Cinderella Castle Suite: Like the Dream Suite in Disneyland, the over-the-top Cinderella Castle Suite, located in — of course — Cinderella’s Castle, is not an experience you can just buy. This is reserved for extra special VIPs, charities and for promotions and contests (and what a prize that is!). The lavish suite includes the bed chambers, a living room and a totally opulent bathroom (with a ceiling that mimics the night’s sky).
8. Walt’s Apartment at the Disneyland Hotel: For those who want to embrace their inner Walt, then you’ve got to stay in Walt’s Apartment at the Paris Disneyland Hotel. This unique lodging option was inspired by Walt’s REAL apartment above the Firehouse on Main Street at Disneyland. Although this Parisian version looks way bigger, the real thing is pretty tiny, even by Manhattan studio apartment standards.
9. Roosevelt Suite at the New York Hotel: For a bit of swanky NYC style in Paris, book the Art Deco-inspired Roosevelt Suite, which boasts a lake view, a grand piano, a whirlpool bath and a kitchen. But really, if you’re staying in this suite, you probably won’t be doing much cooking. But playing chopsticks on the piano? For sure!
10. Tinkerbell Room
11. Alice in Wonderland
12. Beauty and The Beast Room: While most of the suites we have on this list are either extremely pricey (in the thousands per night) or priceless (the Dream Suite and Cinderella Castle), there are (relatively) more affordably themed luxury rooms at the various resorts, including the newly remodeled rooms at Tokyo Disneyland. The suites pictured above can run in the neighborhood of $650 a night.
Other worthy themed suites at other spots across the globe include the Royal Guest Rooms (featuring touches from Princess Tiana, Jasmine and Belle) at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort at Disney World, the pirate-themed rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, the Donald Duck-themed rooms at Tokyo Disney Resort and the Pixar-themed rooms at the Toy Story Hotel at Shanghai Disneyland.
Which room would you most want to stay in? Let us know @BritandCo.
(Photos via Disney Parks)
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com