Hang onto your hats and glasses because the Big Thunder Suite at the Disneyland Hotel is the wildest suite in the wilderness. Located on the 11th floor of the hotel’s Dreams Tower, the new Big Thunder Suite immerses up to six pioneers in 1,400-square-feet of rustic accommodations inspired by the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction at Disneyland Park.
The new suite adds to the hotel’s growing portfolio of signature suites that includes the Mickey Mouse Penthouse, Pirates of the Caribbean Suite, Fairy Tale Suite and two regal suites. Each boasts luxurious amenities, sweeping views and a distinct design.
Howling wolves sound to the push of the Big Thunder Suite’s doorbell as guests step into a mine shaft foyer inlayed with Fool’s Gold and hear the rumble of a passing runaway mine train. A button on the wall can be pushed to trigger sound effects from the attraction. The mine shaft leads into a living and dining area that separates the suite’s two bedrooms. In many rooms, repurposed wood from a Midwestern barn is used as flooring and paneling, which is complimented by textured earthen walls.
A stone-hearth fireplace in the living area serves as the suite’s centerpiece and houses a mounted flat-panel TV. When not in use, the TV is cleverly concealed by one of the many pieces of attraction concept art found throughout the suite. The living area also includes a surround sound-stereo system and displays antique tools once used for mining gold, including an 1850s gold scale and pan.
The centerpiece of the dining area is a knotted table with seating for eight, with a wagon-wheel chandelier. Nearby is a wet bar made of petrified wood and above the bar hangs a "living portrait" of a gold miner who magically changes activities over the course of the day.
Rustic décor belies the luxurious amenities found in the suite’s two bedrooms. The master bedroom is appointed with a desk, sitting area, flat-panel TV and king-sized bed with a commanding headboard made of rich wood, brown leather and exposed brackets.
The master bath is revealed through a sliding barn door, where a free-standing copper tub is surrounded by a dramatic stone wall. The tub’s copper finish matches the copper piping in the adjacent steam shower, which is tiled with an earth-tone mosaic. A television is concealed behind the mirror above the bathroom’s bucket sinks.
The Big Thunder Suite is part of the significant "re-imagination" underway at the Disneyland Hotel. The project includes completely new guest rooms, a new pool and water play area with monorail inspired body slides, a new restaurant and bar and the renovation of an existing pool. The work will considerably open up the courtyard and pool area, allowing guests a clear line of vision and easy access across the property.