My husband and I travelled with our 2 year old son to Saratoga Springs and I have to say, we loved every moment of our stay.
It was the first trip to Walt Disney World for our son and we chose Saratoga Springs for a few reasons: we wanted to stay on Disney property, the included transportation to the Disney parks and Downtown Disney, and the amount of space in the villa. It didn't disappoint on any count.
Before we travelled, we had requested a room on a higher floor, in the Grandstand area after speaking with someone who had stayed there before. Both requests were granted and we were on the 4th floor in Grandstand. The location was absolutely PERFECT. We were less than 5 minute walk to the Carriage House, Artist's Pallette, the Springs pool and the boat transportation to Downtown Disney, a couple of minutes' walk to the Grandstand bus stop and steps away from the Grandstand quiet pool. Absolutely ideal.
The villa itself was great. We had a one bedroom, and so had plenty of space to live in. We ordered some items from Garden Grocer which were delivered to the hotel, so we made breakfast every morning before heading off to the parks. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed, and everything was in good working order. The villa itself was clean and well maintained, and housekeeping came every day and replenished items such as laundry detergent and washing up liquid (found it very handy to have a washer/dryer). We liked having a separate living area so when our son had gone to sleep in the bedroom after a busy day, we were able to watch some tv or read and unwind in the living area, without disturbing him. We found it very peaceful, and were never disturbed by any outside noise or noise from other guests.
Happily, we found the buses to be absolutely fantastic. I think a big part of that, was staying in the Grandstand area. It was the first stop going to the parks (the order was Grandstand, Carousel, Paddock, Congress Park and The Springs) so always had a seat, and first to be dropped off coming back from the parks after a long, tiring day. The time from the resort to the parks averaged around 10-15 minutes, and we were always dropped off within a couple of minutes' walk from the entrance to whichever park we were going to. The longest we had to wait for a bus one morning was 20 minutes (the buses are supposed to run every 20 minutes anyway) and every other time, they were much sooner. We had similar experiences coming back from the parks, and never felt at any point like we would have been better off with a car. We only used the boat transportation a couple of times to go across to Downtown Disney, and found it a nice and peaceful way to head over. Again, we never had to wait very long for the boat.
We didn't have many meals at the resort, as there are so many fantastic places to eat across Walt Disney World. We had breakfast once to use up a counter service credit, and found it to be good. We also tried a turkey club wrap there which we enjoyed, but we weren't a fan of the meatloaf, which we found rather salty.
I know for some people, the resort doesn't feel 'Disney' enough, in that the theming is very understated. Well for me, the 'Disney feel' comes from the staff. Everyone we encountered made us feel so welcome, and were so helpful and kind. From when we checked in, and our boy was given a '1st trip' badge and Mickey balloon, to housekeeping who made a Mickey with towels and left it on the bed as well as tucking in our son's toys in his bed, to the chatty and helpful cashier in the store (which is very handy for basics like bread, milk and snacks) to the guy who actually took us all the way to Downtown Disney in one of the golf carts with our cases, so we could do a morning check in for our flight home, to the lovely lady on reception when we checked out who nearly made me cry with her kind words...every single one of them made our trip just that little bit more special.
I can't speak more highly of Saratoga Springs Resort. We are already planning when we can return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by historic Saratoga Springs-a late-1800s' New York retreat famous for its spas and horse racing-this charming, Victorian-style Resort hotel is nestled between rolling golf course greens and the shimmering Village Lake. Delight in stately Studios and multi-bedroom Villas, dazzling pools and a spa. You can also explore the fun activities and exciting dining options of the Downtown Disney area, just a boat ride away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Disneys Saratoga Springs Hotel
- Saratoga Springs Disney
- Disney Saratoga Springs Hotel
- Saratoga Springs Resort Florida
- Disneys Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Saratoga Springs Orlando
- Disney Saratoga Springs Resort
- Saratoga Springs Fl