Creating new princesses, building Cars Land and sticking characters into the historical rides.
|I wonder if UNICEF commissioned a Stitch for the original it's a small world? (source: findingmickey.com)|
This dumbing down leads to this:
Hmmm ....whilst we're here, where do you think the picture of my horsey friends is set? Could it be at the famous Saratoga Springs racing track in upstate New York?
Just like Disney constructing purpose so it can "franchise" the characters, let's pretend we are in Saratoga!
Saratoga Springs was first settled in 1819 and it grew as a tourism destination due to the draw of it's natural mineral springs. It soon became a spa town and several grand European-style spa hotels opened. And then in 1863 the famous racecourse opened.
So why do I suddenly care about Saratoga Springs??
Cause I'll be staying at the Disney fake copy hotel: Disney's Saratoga Springs and Spa Resort!
|One of the least conveniently located resorts. Click to embiggen source: wdwinfo.com|
|see - I told you (source: travelpod.com)|
|For those times when Disney water is not refreshing enough|
Yep - that's right - It was all started with a
Anyway - let's take a look at a Studio room - which has enjoyed a refurb and check out the new franchised inserts
Yep - even the narrator didn't recognise the characters*
Anyway - at least you can see the insertion of the characters has been fairly minimal - unlike those Art of Animation Resorts mentioned above.
Saratoga Springs and Spa would be one of the least kiddie friendly, the least conveniently located, have the smallest rooms and have the most boring decorating. Have I sold you??
|SSR&S - the nadir of DVC construction (source: yourfirstvisit.net)|
Only drugs can produce that level of happy delusion.
At least - it does have reasonably good quality rooms and fixtures (esp. in those newly refurbished rooms), free parking at the door to your building, every room has a nice view - no car parks or loading docks here - all water and golf course.And it comes with all the nice perks of staying onsite. (like additional hours in the parks; shopping transport service; free WDW transportation; free theme park parking; etc)
Most important of all SSR&S is very cheap! That's the reason why I am staying there. I'm doing a budget trip - just to test how it works. See how I sacrifice myself for you - again!
So I don't recommend first timers stay at SSR&S. If you are going to visit the World - stay somewhere in the centre of action, with strong theming (like the Polynesian or Wilderness Lodge) and really enjoy immersing yourself.
If you have a large group coming AND want to pay the same low price, stay at Old Key West Resort or one of the family suites at the All Star Music value resort.
I mean, why bother? You might as well just stay across the road at the non-Disney hotels.
Well - that settles it - The "Why Bother" is my new name for SSR&S.
There is an unoffical SSR&S Fan website.
In an upcoming post I'll explain the different ways you can access accommodation in Orlando - including these timeshare resorts for the most value visit, where you can experience "the wonder of Disney with a hint of nostaligic magic!" (someone got paid to write that)
*BTW - apparently the cartoon horsies are from Disney's versions of Sleeping Beauty and Tangled.