In Las Vegas to go ‘platinum’ means you’ve gambled so much
money at the tables or with the one armed bandits that the casino gives you a
special platinum card. It works as a front of the line pass for buffets among
other benefits; with the whole goal of keeping you on the floor longer so the
casino can suck its 2%-20% take every time you plunk down a dollar.
So, I’m a little surprised that Disney is using the same terminology for its
program, but I’m not surprised at all they’re now offering a platinum level of
service for their guests. Actually, you could always get this service if you
stayed concierge (or were willing to put the package together yourself or
through a travel agent), but now it’s available to the general paying guest, if
they’re willing to pay for it, that is.
The Magic Your Way Platinum Package includes pre-trip
planning, accommodations at selected deluxe resorts, theme and water park
tickets, three meals a day at Disney restaurants, a nightly snack, a fireworks
cruise, a spa treatment, child care, special tours, recreation such as golf and
water sports, admission to Cirque du Soleil and to children’s activity centers,
and a keepsake.
Estimated cost for a 6 night stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Lodge $7065 for a family of four with one youth (10-17) and one child (3-9). Now,
this package sounds very similar to what my wife and I did on our honeymoon (we
even stayed at AKL). I think the $7065 price is probably close to what you’d
pay if you did it all piecemeal. I know our final tally was more than $7000. But
the added benefit of having someone make all the ressies and other arrangements
for you is priceless if you don’t like doing the planning yourself.