The Colony Plaza Hotel, Orlando. Unfortunately, this hotel was razed in 2009. Built in 1968, the rather grand establishment boasted a swimming pool, plush lounge and tennis courts. It also served up as accommodation for Disney staff in the run-up to the opening of Walt Disney World Resort. Despite its pivotal role in Orlando’s tourism history, it had to shut down about fifteen years ago, when its fire sprinkler system was declared unusable.