Today, I had the incredible opportunity to attend a unique event--the grand opening of the Walt Disney Pavilion at the Florida Hospital for Children. Although not a theme park, the expansion to the hospital has been designed by Walt Disney Imagineers, with the Walt Disney Company playing a very active role in the development, financing and execution of this unique concept. Taking pediatric care to a new level of customization and comfort, Disney has infused unique offerings and touches throughout the hotel's seven floors, making the experience far more inviting for patients and guests alike.
The sheer amount of theming behind the property screams "Disney" and it is done so well, it just naturally fits. A marriage of two concepts has arisen in the form of the Walt Disney Pavilion, and I foresee this union to last successfully for a very long time to come!
I would like to take a second to thank the Florida Hospital Media Relations team for giving me this incredible opportunity, as well as everyone at the Walt Disney Company for making this experience (and this property) so incredibly memorable. It was an honor to be there today and I look forward to seeing this hospital's success as it unfolds!
One of the major features carried out throughout the hospital is the inclusion of ambient lighting where ever possible.
It all just works so well!
LEDs. That's light emitting diodes, for those of you who don't know.
Putting a little bit of color in an otherwise dark sign.
Each of the nursing "pods" as they are called features a main desk under an ambient-lit ceiling.
And the colors change!
According to our guide, some of the artwork hung on the walls was picked by patients early on.
Inside of the patient rooms, a projector (in the ceiling) shows off a screensaver that sets the mood of the theme picked by the guest. The touch screen offers the choices and can be changed in a matter of seconds.
Kids will definitely find this to be a favorite feature... Notice the Club Penguin theme?
I tested out the "Robot Space Journey" theme to see a robot space journey in progress. It was quite impressive!
Every room in the hospital (including the lobbies) feature one of these screens. This digital town serves as a hub for all things related to the hospital. Notices can be posted, events can be announced and feedback can be submitted, based on what our guide told us.
Believe it or not, the people behind the hospital have reworked the standard design of the behind-the-bed setup to reduce clutter and make things easier for both the patient and doctor.
Another look at the "Robot Space Journey" theme.
The projection is emitted upside down and backwards to properly display on the wall below. This saves space and makes the projector far less intrusive in the room's overall flow.
And for you Club Penguin fans, I even tried out the theme!
More hallway art...
The art throughout the halls varies in style and theme with each turn. I like it!
More ambient lighting!
The main lobby has a giant screen composed of nine smaller screens...
And of course, some pixie dust!
Giving us a peek at some of the areas we couldn't tour, the screen revealed that almost every room in the hospital has monitors that can be used to entertain patients during procedures or while they wait for the doctors to arrive.
Interestingly enough, Brother Bear was featured heavily in the hospital.
This section of the hospital was closed off for use in the invite-only banquet.
About to enter the most heavily themed area of the hospital.
The play area features characters from the Lion King, Brother Bear, The Jungle Book and The Little Mermaid. These sets have interactive features, several of which I'd never seen before.
Instead of actual water, the waterfalls in the play area were creating using more ambient lighting.
In the Lion King section of the play area, the "cave painting" light up when touched. This effect is achieved using seamlessly blended fibre optics and a little bit of Imagineering magic.
The effect is truly stunning the first time you see it!
Even the iconic Lion King symbol glows when activated!
For such a small section, this area turned out to be my favorite!
Baloo from The Jungle Book is also represented in a small section here.
Next to his figure are a series of "stepping tones" that when stomped on activate animal noises from the jungle.
Also in the Jungle Book set is a musical set of stones and gems. When you touch a colored stone...
One of these gems will glow, producing a different tone.
Baloo's stone throne from The Jungle Book.
Brother Bear's Rutt and Tuke look down on guests. I wouldn't be surprised if they speak, but I didn't hear it during my visit.
There's a small version of Ariel's Grotto as well.
The floor features one of the reactive projection pools...
When touched, the water reacts with waves across the projection. The kids will love this for sure!
There was another effect to be found back here, but since my tour group was leaving without me, I had to move on before I could try it for myself.
Sebastian is present as well!
In the elevator, onboard screens change with each floor reached, revealing the theme that goes with each level of the hospital.
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