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Disney to renovate rooms for princesses

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Walt Disney World is renovating some of its hotel rooms with "princess" themes -- though we suspect that there won't be any peas hiding under the mattresses.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Disney plans to convert some of its 25,000 hotel rooms into moderately priced, princess-themed rooms, and high-end "health and wellness suites." The company expects the themed rooms to deliver higher rates than standard rooms.

The thematic idea, the Sentinel reports, is that the rooms will be "billed as rooms that the princesses themselves have stayed in during vacations." (And when Disney says "princess," it means Princess-with-a-capital-P: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella,Tiana, Jasmine and others.)
Disney will renovate about 500 rooms in the Riverside section of the Port Orleans Resort by February or March  into "Royal Rooms," with touches like bathroom faucets in the shape of Aladdin's genie lamp.
Meanwhile, 23 rooms at the Contemporary Resort will get a health-and-wellness theme, with amenities like a yoga studio and concierge services on that floor.

A clip of a clip

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Among the videos going viral this week is a low-resolution clip of what appears to be an Air France Airbus A380 clipping a Comair regional jet during its taxi at New York Kennedy.

According to a report in USA Today, both planes were carrying crew and passengers at the time of the sideswipe, but the FAA said no injuries were reported.

You can see from the video how enormous the A380 is, especially compared with the regional jet -- which is spun practically 90 degrees after the superjumbo's wing clips the smaller plane's tail.  

A New York room with a royal-wedding view

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Clients don't have to fly to London for Will and Kate's wedding to blow some big bucks on accommodations for the occasion.

"If your invitation to the royal, lavish wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey got lost in the mail, you can always celebrate in absentia at the Trump Hotel in New York City," according to a video report from the New York Post.

The Royal Wedding Experience at the Trump International includes a one-night stay in a suite on April 28 and late checkout the next day. Guests watch the wedding on big-screen tellys and attend a special breakfast at the Jean Georges restaurant.

The price goes up to $2,400 for a two-bedroom suite with Central Park views.
The hotel has already sold 25 to 30 of the Royal Wedding packages, according to the Post report.


Cut to the interviews on the street. Eddie Silvera from Brooklyn said that the people attracted to the Royal Wedding package would probably be "pretty crazy."

"That's a lot of money to pay to watch someone else's wedding."

But if you want to pay a lot of money and not watch someone else's wedding, the Mandarin Oriental around the corner has a 820-square-foot, one-bedroom suite with park and city views for $2,059, including breakfast.

On the other side of the park, at the Four Seasons, the appropriately-named Royal Three-Bedroom suite (no apparent connection to the Royal Family) is going for $1,4000 a night.

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