Does anybody remember the villas that used be over by the Marketplace? There were a variety of accomodations -- the Treehouse Villas, Fairway Villas, and I think something called "Club Lake Suites." We often stayed in the latter. Once Pleasure Island opened, the midnight fireworks and live music from the West End Stage really got to my mother when we were in a villa that faced the Marketplace and PI. (Granted she's, shall we say, more sensitive than normal people...but you could hear the music and fireworks in the villas.)
There have been a lot of comments about the elimination of the fireworks and live music on the street simply being due to budget, but has anybody considered that some of these cutbacks may have been (also) driven by the building of Saratoga Springs - where people don't just stay for a few nights, but actually (may) have an ownership stake?