I am up to Part 3 of this Platnium Plan trip report and so far nothing has taken me inside a theme park. I am keeping myself exhausted with plenty of other diversions.
So exhausted I fell asleep.
in the middle of my facial at the Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
|Hidden Mickey! (source: hiddenmickeys.amygelfand.com)|
and with the gentle, relaxing face massage using cooling scented cream, I drifted off to sleep.
|(source: Walt Disney Company)|
The spa is a large complex with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, lounge, treatment rooms, and entrance with shop. It is a fairly new building so everything is very clean and maintained. The atmosphere isn't particularly plush - they maintain a certain level of spartan for easy cleaning. And yet it is not hipster modern. Sort of beige..... and lots of moldings around the doors and walls... and potted plants .. sort of middle of the road classic.
A booking also allows use of entire facility - but I had too much to do!After bringing myself back to life - and she probably did a good job - or she may have just set the timer and read a book for all I know - I headed off to my next event.
Follow me after me the jump to see what's next (hint: food porn is involved)
Cirque du Soleil's permanent show: La Nouba
|Source (Cirque du Soleil)|
In among all the boofy blokes tightrope cycling,
|(all photos sourced from La Nouba)|
La Nouba lives up to Cirque standards - physical acts done wearing imaginative costumes and wacky makeup and painting a surrealist picture to capture your imagination.
Coming out of La Nouba 90 minutes later I had my last booking : dinner at the Crabby Shack
|As flash as a gaudy Saturday night hussy (source: Walt Disney Company)|
|Transported away to crabby goodness (source: Walt Disney Company)|
They have a standard menu and then add specials where something is in season. When I went the specials were stone crab claws and Tasmanian lobster tails. Oh, how I need someone to come with me so I can try that Experience for Two.
|(source disboards.com food pictures III thread)|
|(source: disboards.com "I'm grumpy because you're dopey" trip report thread)|
After much contemplation of the menu and a realisation that even I am going to struggle with over 1 lb of protein, I went for...
|The Alaska snow crab with wild cold water lobster tail! served with red skin potatoes|
when I last visited in 2009 I enjoyed the crab claws
|(source: disboards.com Food Pictures Thread III)|
oh - and yes - there is a complete lack of fibre. You can order a side dish of grilled asparagus if you have to.... I had just given up by this stage.
After all that protein and potatoes I had entered the Mr Creasote zone. But I NEEDED dessert!
|Sorbet - blackberry, mango and lemon|
So I give the Crabby Shack three spoonsfull of sugar for having a menu where every item is my favourite foods ... (oh - I will never get to try them all)
And three Mr Creasotes for being my favourite foods in HUMUNGOUS portions
|Extraordinary self-restraint is required to avoid this rating|
And with that last fresh raspberry I finished my Platnium Plan.
So - how did it all end up? I saved some money - if I had purchased these items individually the total would have been approx. $1,700 and I paid $785 - I could have stayed somewhere cheaper and paid even less. And Disney cancelled my parasailing and aquarium tours which would have added more value. Included in that Plan price was 1 night's accommodation, 1 day park ticket (which I didn't use and will put towards a future purchase), and the PhotoPass CD. As the pricing is based on the room rate, you will make greater savings if you have a couple of people in the room with you.
I experienced a wide style of events - including shows, tours and dinners. I just scratched the surface of what is on offer and none of them required a theme park.
It was fun, tiring, delicious and full of new experiences for me. Before I do it again, I'm going into training.
(ohh - and I snored when I fell asleep during the facial. I must have been a real treat for that young lady)