The News: A 200-room expansion of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is scheduled to be complete in late 2009.
Disney's California Adventure theme park is undergoing a multiyear expansion plan that will introduce new attractions and entertainment and offer new private-event options for groups.
Disney World Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The News: An American Idol-themed attraction is scheduled to debut in January 2009. It will follow the model of the television show, and guests will be able to experience auditioning, performing, and judging in an interactive entertainment setting.
Universal Orlando Resort
The News: The Simpsons Ride, based on the TV show is new this year and reached 1 million riders faster than any ride in resort history. And this summer saw the debut of the new Dr. Seuss-themed Kids' Suites at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando.
Specs: The suites complement the Seuss-themed rides at nearby Islands of Adventure theme park, part of Universal Studios. Two-room suites offer a king bedroom and a room with two twin-sized beds. Parents appreciate the feature that allows direct access from the children's room into the adult's room.
Extra: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel has two themed, on-site sister properties, the Loews Royal Pacific Resort and the Hard Rock Hotel, both just a brief walk to the theme parks and CityWalk. Hotel guests receive complimentary Universal Express ride access.
Belle Island Village
Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
The News: The new $114 million development will include entertainment, attractions, retail, and accommodations.
Time Frame: Opening this fall.