In the 1960's, Walt began plans to create a large, private apartment, to be built within Disneyland. The Disney Apartment, dubbed The Royal Suite, was meant to be a private space used by the Disney family or special guests (the apartment is attached to Club 33). The lavish suite was to be built above the Pirates of the Caribbean, but was not completed due to Walt Disney's death in 1966. The large space has served a variety of functions. It served as home to the Disney Gallery (1987-2007), until it was re-imagined as the Disney Dream Suite in 2008.
The composition & concepts for the space's interior were executed by Dorthea Redmond (famed Gone With the Wind set designer, who also designed the interiors for the Plaza Inn & much of New Orleans Square).