National Harbor Travel Guide
About a decade ago, Disney was in talks to build a history-themed park called Disney's America near D.C. It never happened. But Disney is coming to the D.C. area, except this time they're not planning a goofy theme park for history nerds: they're planning a big hotel that will "put a recognizable Disney footprint in the Washington area," according to a spokesman who talked to the Washington Post.
Disney has just purchased a 15-acre piece of land at Prince George's County's National Harbor development near D.C. to build a 500-room hotel resort. But as we entertained visions of what we imagined Disney's America's dorky history-themed Disney-ness to be, our fantasies were squashed by this:
"The National Harbor resort is a completely different kind of project," [a rep] said. "It's specifically zoned for hotel, residential and other commercial development. This project is a hotel resort. It is not by any stretch of the imagination a theme-park project and never will be. We have no intention of building a large-scale theme park in the Washington area."
Oh. Boring. However, the Post article does mention that it's going to be "a fun-filled new destination for local visitors," which means hello silly theme hotel a la Pop Century! (Please say yes!)
Unfortunately, there is no timeline on this project yet, so we'll see what happens.
[Photo: Washington Post]
New Year’s resolutions are overrated, if you ask us. We’re more the types to draft long lists of vices we should really ditch, then resolve to this year not be so hard on ourselves when we can't make a decision. If you’re bad decision makers like us, you might like Wednesday’s blowout party at DC’s “ridonkulously large” Gaylord National Hotel.
Just like the sprawling property, Big Night DC’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza promises to be epic, with open bars, 12 themed party areas, six dance floors, party bands and DJs, party favors, and more for $119 (9 p.m. to 2 a.m.). That’s right, 12 themed party areas, so you don’t have to choose if you’d rather go Mardi Gras or ShamrockFest, hip hop or electronica. You can drunkenly wander through it all, like it’s a perverse cultural rite of passage. And if that’s not enough debauchery, $200 VIP tickets award access to a private casino lounge as well as food and drink upgrades plus exclusive ballrooms and seating areas.
Reviewing DC's shiny new Gaylord National Hotel, a writer for The Washington Post felt adjectives like "glorious" and "mesmerizing" weren't enough to describe the sheer enormity of this sprawling hotel and convention center.
"Ridonkulous" would have to do.
This $86 million dollar complex, part of the Gaylord chain, busts at the seams with atriums and banquet halls, 470,000 square feet of conference facilities, a four-star spa, even on-site shopping.
It's fair to say this place can brag it's a small city -- literally. There are 2000 rooms of all sizes (traditional, premium, and suites). According to the Post, it's a half-million square feet, looking out over the National Harbor docks along the Potomac, and Old Town Virginia, where you can catch a water taxi to Georgetown or Mount Vernon.
And inside the gargantualific atrium are two full-scale recreations of Colonial-era buildings. Bloody hell!