It appears that after decades of providing spa services to guests of the Walt Disney World Resort, the ‘Vacation Kingdom’ may be preparing to part ways with Niki Bryan Spas and go with a partner it may find more agreeable — itself. Thanks to a tipster, we’ve learned that Walt Disney World has begun listing senior-level positions on its job site for titles such as ‘Spa Director,’ ‘Senior Spa Manager,’ and ‘Spa Guest Service Manager,’ suggesting the company is looking to manage the resort spas from the inside, as they are currently doing with Laniwai at Disney’s Aulani in Hawaii.
Currently the Orlando-based Niki Bryan manages the spas at the Walt Disney World Resort exclusively, while Steiner Leisure operates the spas on board the Disney Cruise Line Ships as well as the Mandara spas at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin (a Starwood property) and Disney’s own Grand Californian at the Disneyland Resort.
A representative from Niki Bryan declined to comment on the situation but offered instead to defer to Walt Disney World who has not responded as of this time.
The ’30-year itch’ may not be entirely lost on Niki Bryan, however, as she recently announced the creation of Marilyn Monroe Spas, ‘a company formed to launch Marilyn Monroe branded spas, salons, nail boutiques and more around the globe.’ And in the spa business — like most other industries — it all comes down to who you know. Take for example Bryan’s new partner: none other than ‘immediate past president World Wide Operations, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts,’ Al Weiss, who serves as co-chair.