Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

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Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa offers a Victorian-inspired retreat conveniently located near the bustling area of Downtown Disney. As a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort, it’s not just open to club members; anyone can enjoy its serene setting and extensive amenities. My husband and I had the opportunity to stay here a few years ago by renting DVC points, and despite a few cons, the pros definitely made our stay worthwhile.

Pros of Staying at Saratoga Springs

1. Spacious and Well-Appointed Accommodations: Saratoga Springs is known for its roomy accommodations, ranging from studios to one and two-bedroom villas, and even the unique Treehouse Villas. These treehouse-style units are elevated 10 feet above ground, offering a unique experience surrounded by forest along the Sassagoula River. During our stay, we opted for a one-bedroom villa, which provided ample space and since our visit, has been updated with more Disney-themed decor, enhancing the overall charm and appeal.

2. Proximity to Disney Springs: One of the biggest advantages of staying at Saratoga Springs is its proximity to Disney Springs. Parts of the resort are close enough to walk, and there are also two water launches available—one at the Treehouse Villas and another near the lobby—that offer water taxi services to this vibrant shopping and dining district. With Disney Springs just a short distance away, the location becomes even more attractive, especially with its ongoing expansions.

3. Dining Options: The resort features several dining options that cater to various tastes. The Turf Club Bar and Grill offers table service, although we didn’t try it, it comes highly recommended. We frequented The Artist’s Palette, a quick service restaurant that quickly became a favorite. The breakfast options were delightful, especially the vegetable omelette, and my husband still raves about the Lobster Club sandwich. The flatbreads are also a must-try.

4. Multiple Pools and Recreation Areas: Saratoga Springs hosts several pools across its expansive property. The main pool, High Rock Spring, features a 128-foot slide and is zero-entry, making it accessible for all guests. It’s situated near the main lobby and includes whirlpool spas and a Donald Duck-themed water play area for children. We also enjoyed our time at the Paddock Pool, which boasts a 146-foot waterslide and a kid-friendly water play area. For a quieter experience, the pools at the Treehouse Villas, the Grandstand, and Congress Park offer a more relaxed atmosphere.

Cons of Staying at Saratoga Springs

1. Size of the Resort: Due to its vast size, getting around the resort can be time-consuming, especially if relying on Disney transportation. Multiple bus stops mean longer wait times and travel times just to navigate the resort itself. We chose to drive, which alleviated some of these issues, as parking was readily available near our building.

2. Potential Distance from Amenities: Depending on where your room is located, you might find yourself quite far from the resort’s main facilities. It’s important to request a room closer to the amenities if proximity is a priority for you.

Overall Experience

Our stay at Saratoga Springs was overwhelmingly positive. The resort’s tranquil atmosphere made it a perfect place for relaxation, contrasting with the usual hustle and bustle of a Disney vacation. With its thoughtful amenities and close location to Disney Springs, Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa stands out as a top choice for both families and couples seeking a peaceful yet engaging Disney experience.

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