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We recently had the opportunity to stay at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World on two different occasions and we are excited to share with you our thoughts and a full and honest review of this resort and our stay.
Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort. This was the seventh DVC resort to open for the Walt Disney Company and it opened in 2004. Saratoga Springs Resort is themed after the upstate New York town of Saratoga Springs and showcases a late 1800’s Victorian theming throughout.
This is the largest of all the DVC resorts at the time of publication and covers about 65 acres of Walt Disney World Property. The resort is walking distance to Disney Springs and the transportation options to Walt Disney World theme parks are bus (included with stay) or Minnie Van (additional charge).
The main lobby area of the resort includes two dining locations, the Turf Club Bar and Grill and Artist’s Palette. The Turf Club is a full-service bar and grill and Artist’s Palette is a quick-service location with a number of snack options as well as burgers, sandwiches, salads and a large desert case with a variety of sweet treats.
This is also where the large main pool is located. This pool includes a splash pad for kids and a slide. There are five additional smaller pools located throughout the resort and guests are able to use any of the pools at the resort not just the one closest to their room.
There is a spa at this resort as evident by the name of the resort that offers a variety of relaxing and invigorating spa treatments for an additional charge.
In addition, Saratoga Springs has a golf course. Lake Buena Vista Golf Course is located throughout the grounds of this resort and is available for both guests of the resorts and visitors to the resort for an additional charge.
We took the Magical Express to the resort, as we always do whenever we stay on property. When we checked in, we were put in a room at the far end of the resort, close to Disney Springs, a bell services castmember took us and our carry-on luggage to the resort in a golf cart.
For our first stay we had a ground floor studio room with a view of Disney Springs and a garden area off our little patio. The rooms are great in terms of size; they are very spacious, far more than most of the studios in the newer resorts. They are definitely dated but the good news is that Disney is currently in the process of renovating the rooms in the resort. In fact, on our second stay, the room we stayed in on our first day was closed for refurbishment.
The entrance to the room had a lock-off so that if you were adjoined with another party, you could access the room that way. There was a mirror that doubled as a coat rack here as well. The entrance area where the lock-off door was, housed our empty luggage once we unpacked and it worked well because it was out of the way.
The bathroom area had a separate room with a door for the bath/shower combo and a toilet and then there was a large closet with a vanity and sink.
The bedroom itself was nice sized as well and theme of the resort, Victorian, upstate New York was continued in the decor of the room.
There is a fitness center at the deluxe resorts only on Walt Disney World property but this resort, because it is so big, also has a great option for running outside. I prefer to run outside than to hit up a gym when possible so I have actually never taken advantage of the gym at Saratoga Springs and instead take advantage of the gorgeous grounds and take a run.
For our second stay, we requested a room in the same vicinity so that we were walking distance to Disney Springs again and our request was granted. There is a bridge that connects the resort to Disney Springs and it’s a beautiful walk over and back that winds along the water.
If you are a fan of convenience to parks and amenities, this may not be the ideal park for you. It is not walking distance or a boat ride away to any park, only walking to Disney Springs.
There are four bus stops so it is a longer trek via bus to the parks but the resort is gorgeous and now that they are refurbishing the rooms, it is going to be even nicer. Because it is a deluxe resort, you are going to pay a premium for the amenities that are offered.
If you want a value, you are better off looking at a value or moderate resort but if you are looking at a deluxe resort and the amenities that come with it as well as the larger, spacious, calm that comes with a larger resort, this could be the perfect resort for you.
We would absolutely stay at Saratoga Springs again and actually have another trip booked currently at this resort and we are hoping to be able to experience one of the renovated rooms on our next stay.
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