It may not be widely known that Disney sometimes outsources their resort work to other firms. WATG has been a partner with Walt Disney Imagineering for a very long time, starting with its design of the Grand Floridian Hotel at Walt Disney World. Since then, the firm has also created the Disneyland Paris Hotel and provided conceptual support on the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. The common theme among all of these places? They are of a Victorian style, and the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is the biggest and grandest of them all. Standing 9 stories tall, it overlooks the entrance of Tokyo Disneyland.
The resulting hotel is every bit as beautiful as imagined on computer and paper, and when I visited Tokyo Disney a couple of months ago, I just had to pay a visit to the hotel to see the reality of a project I worked on a long time ago!
|The park-side entrance to the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel at night.|