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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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Famous Race Car Driver Goes Full Throttle with Guests at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

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


Thankfully, both my dad and husband are huge NASCAR fans, which served me well when I met race car driver Kurt Busch earlier this week at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Kurt Busch stepped out of the driver’s seat to take part in a different kind of race – a remote control car race – at the “Cars”-themed wing of the resort. Young NASCAR fans staying at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort were over the moon as Busch offered the kids some racing tips, as his girlfriend Patricia Driscoll and her son Houston joined in the fun.

Kurt was a good sport during his stay at the resort, and even joked, when he saw Tow Mater from “Cars,” that he was no stranger to tow trucks following the weekend’s series of practice sessions and races in Daytona Beach, Fla., in which he was involved in some wrecks. He seem to feel right at home in the setting and posed for pictures with some of the high-octane pals like Lightning McQueen, parked throughout Radiator Springs. The “Cars”-themed wing of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort features 480 family suites, while the other wings at the new resort are devoted to “The Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Finding Nemo.”

Here are a few photos and a funny video that reveal Kurt’s competitive spirit as he takes on some guests off the track at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. So now you know who I will be cheering for at this weekend’s Daytona 500; Busch and his #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet, of course.

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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…

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Hippity Hoppity Delicious Fun at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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


If you are on the hunt for an Easter Eggstravaganza, hop on over to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World Resort for a delectable Easter egg display. We know the pastry chefs there are known for their fabulous sugar shacks at Christmastime, but for 15 years, chocolatiers have also been crafting yummy chocolate egg masterpieces. Each over-sized, 9- to 12-pound hollow chocolate egg is completely edible – decorated with fondant, sugar, royal icing and themed sculpted sugar pieces. The chocolate bunnies are all hand-painted with a rainbow of cocoa butters and adorned with whimsical designs. The decorative display will be presented as a collection for the first time in the resort lobby until April 9.

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New Story Rooms Open Today at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort at Walt Disney World Resort – With a Regal Twist

posted on March 9th, 2012 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


The much anticipated Royal Guest Rooms officially open today at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside at Walt Disney World Resort.

More than 500 rooms have been transformed with beautiful décor and majestic touches – fit for royalty. They really immerse guests in beloved Disney tales full of princes and princesses. There is a lot to discover, from the art work and custom bedspreads to cool fixtures and glittering headboards (I won’t give away the surprise with the headboards…). So if you are looking for a new experience at a Disney resort, these specialty rooms may be just right for you. FYI, all the rooms at Port Orleans are undergoing a renovation that is set for completion in June 2012.

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From the Drawing Board: Take a Look at the Suites Coming to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

posted on March 2nd, 2012 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Animators may be the masterminds behind the theming of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, but Imagineers who designed the resort are making their own “suite” magic. There’s enough space in the resort’s family suites for the entire family to chill out, spread out, and feel like they are part of the story. Get this – the table even folds down to reveal a comfy bed that sleeps two!

Take a peek at this second in a series of videos with the inside scoop. And stay tuned – there’s more to come!

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