A short while ago I was down in Orlando and hanging out with some local friends when my buddy Jason of Here With The Magic (Be sure to check out his crazy cool Disney “escapes” in 360 degree video content!) looks at me and says “Have you heard about the hidden room at this resort?” At first, I totally thought he was kidding or it was just one of those elaborate rumors that gets circulated from time to time, but this one was a bit more “odd” for lack of a better word. Here’s how the story goes:
When the Riviera Resort was built, plans or at least a room layout of some type, had to be filed because of the nature of the resort and it being a DVC property. One particularly detail oriented individual somehow, some way, realized that on that plan the number of rooms listed for the resort didn’t fully correspond with the plans. As a result there had to be an extra room somewhere on the property.
At this point, I could just chalk that up to a building oversight, a margin of error in construction, or something that just went a little wonky along the way. However, there’s more to the story.
As it was shared with me, the extra room in question had to be in one of two locations and it turns out the room itself is room number 8347. Naturally, we had to go over there and see for ourselves if there was any credibility to this rumor. Sure enough, there’s one room left off of every piece of insignia and signage at the Riviera Resort. If you pop over there and head to floor number 8, you’ll turn towards the hallway markings and find this typical resort signage as pictured below. If you look carefully, you’ll notice the room numbers stop at room number 8346 on the signage for this floor.
However, if you walk to the end of the hallway you’ll find that the very last room on the floor isn’t room number 8346 but rather room 8347. Hence, the extra room theoretically “hidden” in plain site and left off of the signage. Now, I’m not some weird Disney conspiracy theorist and truly believe this could all just be a mistake, but there’s even more to the story.
While this last piece of the story we did not confirm for ourselves, supposedly if you go to the front desk and ask what type of room this particular guest room is (8347), when the cast member looks it up in the system they’ll respond that there is no room 8347. Once again, there’s even more to the story.
According to the tale, when the particular guest asked about the room the cast member went to the back and then returned saying that the room does exist and even took the guest to the room and showed them that it is in fact a simple deluxe studio. That seems like an odd anticlimactic ending to this story but it does make you wonder. Is this all just one giant oversight or is there a method to the madness? Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not spreading rumors and part of this is second hand information so you may want to take some of it with a grain of salt, but it does have a way of sparking the imagination.
With Disney, 99 times out of 100 there’s a method to the reasoning behind things like this that pop up from time to time. Maybe it’s a safeguard for when they overbook the resort, maybe it’s a held room for an executive if they happen to be in town and the majority of the rooms on property are booked, or maybe there’s more to this than meets the eye. Will we ever know the real reasoning behind it, I doubt it. Nonetheless, this is the kind of crazy stuff that us die hard Disney fans crave. Maybe this isn’t a one time thing for Disney resorts, maybe it’s a commonplace thing to have an extra room at a resort, but either way, be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments on your favorite social media platform. Hopefully today’s post sparked your curiosity even in the most trivial of ways.
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