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16 Apr 2013

Disney spa magic spreads to Saratoga Springs Resort

BY Aoife Dowling

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida is set to relaunch in July with Disney's new in-house spa concept.

In January 2013, Disney took over responsibility of owning and running all spas, salons, and fitness centres across Walt Disney World instead of being operated by external companies.

The new spa concept, Senses – A Disney Spa, made its first appearance at its Grand Floridian Resort last December.

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort, which closed for renovations in January, will be the next location to adopt the new spa concept. The spa will feature 10 treatment rooms, steamrooms, whirlpools, relaxation lounges and a nail salon.

Developed by Walt Disney Imagineering, the design arm of Disney, Senses – a Disney Spa is a concept that aims to engage all the senses and is themed around three spa journeys: relax, renew or imagine.

The ‘relax’ journey, for example, begins with a flavoursome strawberry elixir, has blue chakra lighting in the treatment rooms, incorporates lavender essential oils in the therapy and culminates with a strawberry basil anti-oxidant jelly.

The senses are further heightened with a signature scent of citrus and botanicals throughout, a mix of wet and heat experiences and healthy snacks in the relaxation areas – including healthy cupcakes and cucumber and basil water.

The product houses, Éminence Organic and the SpaRitual nail brand, have been selected for their high quality ingredients, natural approach and eco-friendly offerings.

Ginger McLean, the group director of Senses spas at Walt Disney World, said: "Senses – A Disney Spa provides a convenient escape to relax, unwind and enjoy some ‘me time’ to round out your total Disney Vacation experience. Our newly-remodelled spa blends Grand Floridian Victorian elegance with modern touches – plus a dash of Disney whimsy like Magical Manicures and Princess Pedicures for younger guests aged five to 12."

Disney owned and operated spas are available in the following health club locations: Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge; Disney's Board Walk Resort; Disney's Contemporary Resort; Disney's Coronado Springs Resort; Disney's Wilderness Lodge; and Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts.

Also available to guests are three salons: Ivy Trellis at Grand Floridian; Casa De Belleza Salon at Coronado Springs resort; and Ship Shape salon at Yacht & Beach Resort.

McLean concludes: “Owning and operating our spas, salons and fitness centres presents an exciting opportunity to provide legendary guest service… We will also be able to integrate spa experiences into vacation planning for guests more seamlessly.”

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