My family stayed at Saratoga Springs over spring break last week (Springs section of the resort). It was our first time staying at a Disney property and we were really excited to be at one. Over all it was a nice place. The room and grounds were clean and the staff was helpful and pleasant. The best part were the life guards at the pool. We have been to Orlando many times and this is the first time that the main pools provided life guards. I am guessing all Disney properties do this. You could tell that the life guards took their jobs very seriously.
The rooms were nice but seemed a bit dated, I think that goes partly with the horse racing theme of the resort. The bedrooms and bathrooms were very spacious (we had a two bedroom/two bath unit). The kitchen and living space were the smallest we have ever had. It was extremely tough to have more than one person working in the kitchen at a time. There also wasn't much seating - the table had a bench that could seat three people and there were two chairs in front of the bar you could move over to use at the table. If you have more than 5 people in your group, I am not sure how you would all manage eating at the same time or sit down together in the living room. The living room has one couch on the small side and one chair. Not enough space for us all to sit down at once and relax. Not a huge deal, but very different from what we are used to.
The resort is very spread out, so be prepared to walk to get places. I was surprised at how quiet the resort was. Even the pools were not that busy. We preferred the smaller paddock pool over the main pool since the water was warmer. There is a kids play area at the paddock pool but it was closed for maintenance the entire time we were there. The kids would have loved to have tried it. The paddock pool also has the grill with it where you can order food. The main pool only has the bar to order from, or you could get dressed and go into the Artist Palette to get food. Both pools had activities going on all afternoon long. I would have preferred an hour or two of activities as it gets loud. It is great if your kids are into the games but I am guessing it gets a bit tiring for the older guests without kids along.
The Magic Bands were very handy to use. You can use them to open the door to your room, pay for anything on any Disney property and you can also load your theme park admission on to them along with your fast passes.
The resort offers refillable drink cups that you can purchase based on the length of your stay. For one week the fee was $17.99 and you could use the cup as much as you wanted during your stay for soda, coffee, tea or cocoa.
We did not use any of the Disney transportation or the spa.
Overall, this was a nice place to stay although we prefer the Wyndham Bonnet Creek and the Hilton Park Soleil over Saratoga Springs. We are RCI members and have traded into all of these properties.
- 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