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Ten Things You May Not Know About Disney’s Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 19th, 2013 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Aloha! Disney’s Polynesian Resort opened in 1971 as one of the first on-site hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort. The South Pacific paradise is a favorite among Disney guests with its famous Polynesian luau – and it was actually the first Disney resort I ever stayed at. I just loved the warmth of the Polynesian as it truly reflects the spirit of the islands.

As part of our resort series, here’s a look at the top ten things you might not know about Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

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Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Opens Today

posted on July 25th, 2013 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Today is a big day for Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa as the resort’s brand-new Senses – A Disney Spa opens its doors after several months of remodel.

Senses-A Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Opens Today

As I have mentioned in past posts, the new spa’s nature-inspired theme harmonizes nicely with Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. As an Aquarius, the tranquil water elements of this rustic sanctuary really draw me in. I also like the sweet hummingbirds that are woven throughout the design, almost like Hidden Mickeys. According to the spa’s storyline, the hummingbird symbolizes peace, love and happiness, which I believe the spa will deliver with its host of rejuvenating and relaxing treatments. So come on in, or take a look at the newest images of Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort.

Guests may call 407-WDW-SPAS to book an appointment or visit Disneyworld.com/spas for more information.

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Celebrates 25 Years at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 1st, 2013 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


I have always loved how Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa captures the essence of seaside resorts of the Victorian era – a playful blend of nostalgia and modernism. I reflect back when the “Grand” first opened its doors 25 years ago today. I was lucky enough to be invited to the media VIP preview June 26, 1988, as a young journalist. The opulent resort made a dramatic first impression — a black tie gala with VIPs like Burt Reynolds, Governor Bob Martinez, the late Frank Wells and several of NASA’s original Mercury 7 astronauts in attendance. It was a night I will always remember. With its snow white towers and red shingled roofs, Disney’s five-story Grand Floridian remains the crown jewel of Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney World Celebrates 25 Grand Years at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Nestled along the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon, the 900 room flagship resort is a throwback to the splendor of an era long gone — like the resorts built by Henry Flagler at the end of the 19th century. While the resort has been enhanced through the years with a convention center, a spa and health club, Citricos, Victoria & Albert’s, a themed pool, suites and so much more, it never lost its elegance. A perfect snapshot of Florida’s past.

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Inside Look at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 21st, 2013 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


When you live in Florida it feels like summer every day. But today – June 21 – officially marks the first day of the summer season. Nothing says summer more to me than the seaside and summer trips to the shore. Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts are a great tribute to those 19th century New England resorts. So to kick off this monstrous summer, here’s a look at the top ten things you didn’t know about two of my favorite resorts – Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts.

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Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort is Now Taking Reservations

posted on June 18th, 2013 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Although it’s still under construction, Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort is accepting reservations as of today for treatments beginning July 25.

Senses, A Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

I recently toured the spa – albeit in a hard hat – and I fell in love with the warmth of the design. It’s a perfect blend of elegance and nature. I think it is the mindful mix of textures like natural stone, pebbles and reed-like wall coverings, plus the wood plank floors, and wood-beamed ceilings that make you feel like you are outdoors.

The theme of this spa is clearly the serenity of nature and it is evident at every turn. Branch-like fixtures and soft amber lighting along with a trickling waterfall built into a rock wall create a tranquil mood and inviting welcome. Native American artwork will adorn the walls of the two-story spa featuring 10 treatment rooms, a co-ed relaxation room and two lounges. A gorgeous mosaic tile mural imbedded with hummingbirds and trees is the centerpiece of the whirlpool and steam rooms. The heated loungers are pretty fabulous too!

This Senses spa carries on the theme of sister spa Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort that opened in December, with relax, renew or imagine – each of which will create a custom experience. And don’t worry this spa will offer the delicious elixirs and memorable miniature cupcakes as well.

So what are you waiting for, book your indulging journey. I know I will.

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Relax, Rejuvenate & Unwind at Disney Resort Fitness Centers, Spas & Salons at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 16th, 2013 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Did you know that Disney’s Yacht & Beach Ship Shape Massage Salon & Fitness Center just underwent a major renovation? It is sparkling with a modern, yet warm, motif that complements the nautical resort. There are five treatment rooms and even a relaxation room for the ultimate in lounging.

Relax, Rejuvenate & Unwind at Disney Resort Fitness Centers, Spas & Salons at Walt Disney World Resort

Around Disney property there are other facilities that offer traditional salon services, plus a limited menu of massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, plus a fitness center to soothe and unwind. Think of these offerings as a super convenient way to get a little “you time” right at your home resort.

Relax, Rejuvenate & Unwind at Disney Resort Fitness Centers, Spas & Salons at Walt Disney World Resort

All six locations are now owned and managed by Disney so that means a whole new menu of relaxing and pampering services with a dash of Disney in décor and guest service. Treatment hours are from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and salon hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center, Disney’s BoardWalk Muscles & Bustles Health Club, Disney’s Coronado Springs La Vida Health Club and Casa de Belleza Salon, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Sturdy Branches Health Club, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort Olympiad Fitness Center. And remember the spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort is now closed for a major renovation and is scheduled to reopen in summer as the brand new Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. (The fitness center will remain opened with limited hours.)

Relax, Rejuvenate & Unwind at Disney Resort Fitness Centers, Spas & Salons at Walt Disney World Resort

For the ultimate in well-being, there’s also the newly opened Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. This full-service spa opened its doors last month to feature 15 treatment rooms with services such as water therapy, sugar exfoliation body treatments, rejuvenating citrus facials and an extensive array of massages, spa manicures and pedicures.

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New Spa Opens Today at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Time for Holiday Season

posted on December 17th, 2012 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


All I want for Christmas is a “me” day at Senses, a Disney Spa at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, which happens to open its doors today. A day of pampering and renewing is just the remedy from the pressures of the holiday season. I can see myself all wrapped up in a luxurious robe, kicking back on a heated lounger, or taking a dip in the whirlpool as I wait for my sugar exfoliation treatment. Ah, sounds lovely.
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This full-service spa is an elegant oasis — and you feel it the moment you walk through the door. The level of service from the cast and the attention to detail in a sophisticated design are all Disney. With 15 treatment rooms, there is everything from rejuvenating citrus facials and herbal wraps to couple’s massages. Even young spa-goers can get the VIP treatment as their toes soak in a playful bright green pedi chair, just the right size. The organic and vegan product lines are an appreciated touch. I am so glad Disney reimagined this spa. It is a nice complement to the flagship resort and the nearby Wedding Pavilion. Hope Santa is reading this!

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Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Opening December 17

posted on November 14th, 2012 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


A soothing escape into a world of pampering and relaxation is just steps away from Disney theme park fun at the newly re-imagined Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

The fully remodeled spa, now owned and operated by Disney, is set to open December 17.

I recently had a chance to duck in for a sneak peek and our Imagineers did a splendid job of blending Grand Floridian turn-of-the-century elegance with modern touches – plus a dash of Disney whimsy. Here are some of the highlights:

Senses - A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Opening December 17

Spa-goers first walk through the new Victorian style entryway and indulge in a relax, renew, or imagine journey that’s determined by your treatment choice.

The centerpiece of the spa’s lobby is an original mural reflecting old Florida landscape and nature. Glass mosaic tiles in the Jacuzzi rooms further enhance the elegance and sophistication of the spa. All the senses are engaged in an ultimate relaxation experience – flavorful and soothing elixirs, color variations in lighting and orchestral music harmonize with the treatment selected.

Senses - A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Opening December 17

Some 15 treatment rooms offer full-service pampering services such as watertherapy, sugar exfoliation body treatment, rejuvenating citrus facial, a restorative hand and foot ritual with Chinese Jasmine oils, plus a Magical Manicure or Princess Pedicure for youngsters. Lounges, whirlpools, and treatment rooms all provide rejuvenation through the healing nature of Florida citrus and botanicals.

Senses - A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Opening December 17

The new menu of services also includes a signature 80-minute Grand Floridian treatment featuring a special aromatherapy massage.

Guests can book spa appointments at the new Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort beginning November 15, by calling 407-WDW-SPAS (407-939-7727) or learn more by visiting www.disneyworld.com/spas.

Incidentally, all of our spas, salons and fitness centers will be owned and operated by Disney beginning January 16. On that same day, the spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort will temporarily close for renovation and reopen in the summer as Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. More to come on that soon.

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‘Old South’-Themed Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside Gets a New Look at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 3rd, 2012 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


There’s been a lot of refreshing going on over at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside lately.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Newly Refurbished

Earlier this year, the majestic royal rooms opened and many of the guest rooms were renovated. Now the resort’s main lobby has a fresh new look. The two-month refurbishment included new tile, colorful rugs, decorative period lighting and some new furniture. The space is very inviting – it sure seems brighter and more spacious to me. Take a look.

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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort: One Month From Opening

posted on April 30th, 2012 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


It is hard to believe but Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is set to open in just one month. A whimsical, watery world unfolds for guests in the Finding Nemo wing, the first phase set to open May 31. This resort, which includes family suites, celebrates rich storytelling while immersing guests inside the sketch books of animators to the playful “worlds” of favorite Disney•Pixar classics. Take a look at the newest video in the “From the Drawing Board” series…

For more in this series about Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, check out the posts below:

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