Resort Spotlight – Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Sitting across the lake from Downtown Disney (Disney Springs) is Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Saratoga Springs is part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) and one of the resorts with an onsite Spa called Senses. Divided into 5 secions and the Treehouse Villas, Saratoga Springs is one of the larger resorts at Walt Disney World and if it's your first time there it can be easy to get turned around. It has a bus running to the Treehouse villas and stops for buses at each section. There is also a boat running from Saratoga Springs over to Downtown Disney. And if you're so inclind you can also walkmover there following a path heading from Congress park around the lake down to the Marketplace area in Downtown near the bus stop there. In all honesty for Saratoga it could be faster to walk, than wait for the Downtown bus or boat.

For your dining pleasue you have several options: Casual dining at the Turf Club Bar & Grill, Quick Service at the Backstretch Pool Bar, Quick Service at The Artist's Palette, Quick Service at the Paddock Grill, or Pizza delivery to your room. There are also two lounges: On The Rocks and the Turf Club Lounge. Along with those options you have everything across the lake at Downtown Disney within walking distance! Of course that carries over for shopping and entertainment as well. To note The Artist's Palette is also the gift shop and whre any items you buy in the parks and tell them to send it to the resort will be waiting for you.

For recreation at the resort, you have several options. You have the pools, bike riding, fishing, tennis courts, basketball courts, walking and jogging trails, playgrounds, and an arcade. As the sun goes down you can also participate in capfire activities. There is also a community hall that has assorted complimentary board games, video games, ping pong, and more. If you're a golfer there is a golf course going right thru part of the resort. Across the lake you have the AMC Movie Theater, Splitsville, La Nouba: Cirque Du Soleil, and till it closes in 2016 there is Disney Quest.

If you want to relax and unwind you can schedule a slot for Senses, the Spa at Saratoga Springs. A list of services will be linked below.

The rooms are amazing, though personally for a Deluxe or higher my favorite is Animal Kingdom Lodge. I stayed with friends and we had a two bedroom suite, which ha plenty of space, a small kitchen with a large fridge. It had a kinggsize bed, a pullout queen bed, and 2 regular queen beds. It had 2 bathrooms, one having a tub and shower, and the other solely a shower. The resort itself offers complimentary wi-fi, though I had better luck at consistant speed with my phone in personal hotspot mode.

As you can see from the map above, it's on the Eastern side of the Walt Disney World Resort, but fairly close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. You'll have about the same time on the bus to get to Animal Kingdom or Magic Kingdom. Being right net to Downtown Disney also puts you near some restaurants and shopping just outside the Walt Disney World Resort. Depending on where, you might could save money at a few meals that way or go shopping real quick to stock your mini kitchen. The map below shows you how the resort lays in relation to Downtown Disney, Old Key West, and the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course.

In general when I travel I don't usually spend much time at the resort, I'm over at the parks. So for me while it is a magnificent resort, it's not worth the extra money unless I'm going in a large group that is splitting the cost. Actually the only resort I changed that up to spend time at was Animal Kingdom Lodge, primarily to watch the savannahs. So what I'm getting at is barring a desire to stay at each resort at least once, consider how much time you plan to spend at the resort. If you are not going to make use of all the assorted resort offering for activities and relaxing, you'll likely be better off saving money on the room and spending it elsewhere on your trip. However, if you like spending part of the day or a whole day or more at the resort, this could be a great place for you to stay. It has lots to do, and plenty of places nearby to eat at.

 

 

Patrick

 

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