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Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs is themed after the famous racing town in New York state, and at 65 acres is Walt Disney World's largest Disney Vacation Club resort. As with all the DVC resorts, it is not necessary to be a member to stay at this property. For non-members, the benefits include "home-away-from-home" benefits like kitchens and extra space.

In the summer of 2009 sixty new villas were opened in the Treehouse Villas section. Providing room for up to nine guests, these stand-alone, elevated villas are nestled among the trees along the Sassagoula River that runs through the resort.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Address: 1960 Broadway, Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830
  • Resort Phone #: 407-827-1100
  • Resort Fax #: 407-827-1151
  • Reservation #: 407-934-7639
  • Date Opened: May 17, 2004 for original structures, summer 2009 for Treehouse Villas.
  • Resort Category: DVC
  • Room Information
  • # of Buildings: 9 guest buildings and several common buildings.
  • # of Rooms: 612 (552 original rooms plus 60 Treehouse Villas).
  • Room Rates: Units are available from studio size up to a three bedroom villa. See the official Disney page for Saratoga Springs for current room rates.
  • Services Information
  • Concierge Service: No
  • Valet Parking: Yes ($12/day)
  • Room Service: Pizza delivery is available from 4:00 pm to midnight.
  • Internet: Wired in-room ethernet port. $9.95 for 24-hours. Access is free for DVC members staying on points.
  • Laundry: All units except studios have washers and dryers in the room. Free laundry facilities are also available near the main pool.
  • Pools and swimming: The High Rocks Spring pool is a large common pool and includes a waterslide. There are two small quiet pools in the guest areas as well.
  • Gym and Exercise: A full gym is available with a wide range of equipment and free weights.
  • Spa: The Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs is a full-service resort spa with a full range of treatments and massages by reservation. 
  • Turndown service: No
  • Smoking: Only in designated areas. No smoking in guest rooms.
  • Owner's Locker
  • MousePlanet partner Owner's Locker provides a highly useful service for repeat Walt Disney World visitors. It will allow you to to store a large amount of your "only-in-Florida" belongings on-site between your visits. Owner's Locker will deliver your locker to your resort early on the morning of your arrival and pick it up the day that you leave. Your locker will stay in climate-controlled storage until you return on your next visit. Owner's Locker delivers to resorts throughout the Orlando area, not just to Walt Disney World. Some of the many things that Owner's Lockers have been used to store are full-sized liquid containers to avoid the TSA hassle, clothing, holiday decorations for annual visits, pool playthings, and more. Visit their site and check them out for yourself, or order now!
  • Transportation Information
  • On foot: There is a walkway connecting Saratoga Springs and Downtown Disney.
  • Bus: Busses run to Downtown Disney from which other destinations can be reached.
  • Monorail: No
  • Ferries: There is a ferry that connects Saratoga Springs, Old Key West Resort, and Downtown Disney.
 
Dining - Hide Section
  • Other dining — Artist's Palette is a quick service eating location, focusing on sandwiches and salads during the day and basic breakfast items for breakfast. Additional dining options are available across the lake at Downtown Disney, a 10-15 minute walk.
Entertainment and Shows - Hide Section
  • Carriage rides — Horse-drawn carriage rides are available for guests of the resort. Each ride is 25 minutes and can fit four adults or two adults and three children. The cost $35 per ride.
  • The Turf Club has pool tables, and video games are found in the Win, Place, or Show arcade. Bicycles and surries are available for rent and tennis courts are also available.
Stores and Shopping - Hide Section
  • Artist's Palette— A combined retail store and food counter. Sells general sundries with an expanded selection of groceries for the in-room kitchens. Also sells Disney souvenirs and gifts.
Reader Reviews - Hide Section

The following are recent reviews for the Saratoga Springs from our Reader Review system. Click the Show All Reviews link to see every review for this location. To browse all reviews in the system, please see this page.


Average Reviewer Rating: 3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5
Number of Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Reviews: 8
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5.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0   April 5, 2010 through April 8, 2010
Reviewer: BrandonHRich (brandonhrich@gmail.com) Nashville, TN     October 02, 2010
I am a DVC member and Saratoga Springs is one of my two home resorts and I have stayed here several times. This particular trip I was in a stuido on the top floor in The Grandstands section. This room had a fabulous view of the main Saratoga check-in building, the preview center and behind that, Downtown Disney. Also, the room had a view of the golf course. Saratoga Springs, like other free-standing DVC resorts, is not a hotel. It is more like a condo-style resort. The DVC marketing is quite clear that studio accomodations, such as mine on this trip, have a kitchenette, which consists of a mini-fridge, sink, microwave and a few disposable plates, forks, etc. Only 1 bedroom or larger accomodations have full kitchens. I love the aquestrian, Saratoga Springs, New York-inspired theme. The buildings are beautiful as are the grounds and surrounding LBV golf course. If you are planning a stay at Walt Disney World and you want a beautiful setting with the privacy and convenience of a condo-style resort with close parking, kitchen or kitchenette and a large resort grounds to explore, then this is the place for you. If, on the other hand, you prefer a hotel-style stay but want to stay in a DVC resort, I would suggest Animal Kingdom Lodge-Jambo House, Bay Lake Tower or perhaps the Villas at Wilderness Lodge. As for pools, Disney caters to families with children. Shallow pools discourage rowdy behavior and may prevent danger to little ones. Most guests can appreciate this Disney touch. Disney does a great job in their resorts and I would encourage guests to research their prospective resort to know what it is before you stay there. Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is a great place!
 
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2.0/5.02.0/5.02.0/5.02.0/5.02.0/5.0   April 23-30, 2008
Reviewer: OneForTheTeam Boston, Massachusetts     May 09, 2008
My wife and I recently took advantage of a passholder discount on a studio at Saratoga Springs. We usually stay at deluxe resorts on property, so we figured that staying in a Deluxe Villa could only be an improvement. We were wrong. Here is our list of complaints:

1. Disney's web site suggests that there would be a full kitchen. There is no stove and only a mini fridge in the studios.

2. The studio is equivalent in size to any other hotel room on property. What makes this a studio? The microwave?

3. The pools are only 3 ft. deep. Can't there be one pool for adults?

4. The complex is massive. It's a hike to get anywhere. Yes, there are busses, but we spent enough time on the bus going to the parks. And waiting for the bus...

5. The bus service is erratic. With all on Disney's automation and technology, they still have done nothing to make the busses arrive on a regular interval. The wait could exceed 40 minutes.

6. There is really no theming here. Disney suggests that there is Victorian architecture (it isn't) and breathtaking views of the night sky (there is, but they can't take credit for that). A bronze horse is the only artifact unique to this resort.

7. Bell services are inadequate. Upon arriving (with no bags), we were told to wait 30 minutes for a ride to our room. I asked if we could walk, but were asked to wait. I still don't know why. We were not even shown to our room.

8. Overall, the term "Deluxe" is misleading. In a comparison to all other Disney resorts, Saratoga better compares to a "Moderate" resort. There is nothing deluxe about it. The pools are not elaborately themed. There is no room service other than pizza delivery. The grounds are unmemorable.

Our recommendation is not to stay at a DVC resort unless you are splurging on a 1 or 2 bedroom. Or stay at Port Orleans. You will have a better experience for less money. Otherwise, stay at a true Deluxe resort.
 
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5.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0   December 16th-22nd 2006
Reviewer: dwelty     February 02, 2007
We Stayed at Saratoga Springs December 16th thru 22nd 2006. The party consisted of myself, wife, 3 kids (16,3, and 5 months) and my parents. We found our 2 bedroom villa to be luxurious an roomy. My wife would have liked a little more closet space to store the suitcases. Beds were very comfortable and the grounds were beautiful. We ate at Artists Palette and found the food to be very good, with a nice selection of items. The pool area was well theamed with a large water slide. My 2 oldest kids enjoyed this resort so much, that they asked to spend 2 days out of the parks to enjoy it. The resort is within walking distance to Downtown Disney. The staff was professional and helpful. We had no problem with the bus system, and the busses ran in a timely manner. I would recommend this resort to anyone!
 
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Links of Interest - Hide Section

MousePlanet Links

  • Photo Tour — Sue Holland takes you on a tour around the property (Part 1, Part 2)
  • Disney vs. Reality — Mark Goldhaber compares Disney's Saratoga Springs to the real town in New York.

Offsite Links (we cannot vouch for their accuracy or timeliness)



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