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Old 08-11-2018, 12:34 PM   #1
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What are your thoughts on Saratoga Springs

Who has stayed here and can give me some ideas. I'm wanting to stay somewhere new and am wondering how this resort is. Like it, hate it, would go back, wouldn't go back??? Any tips or help would be great!!

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I really love the Treehouses at Saratoga Springs, but they are very inconvenient unless you have a car. And for what they charge for resort parking now, I wouldn't want a car at Disney unless I was using DVC points to pay for the resort.


The rest of the resort is nice, but to me there is nothing "special" about it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. In fact it is really nice to be able to walk or take a boat to Disney Springs. I would go back, but it would not me my first choice.
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Unless you don’t mind dodging closed off areas, I suggest waiting a couple years to stay there.

SSR is slated for extensive remodeling next year, rumored to include some floorplan changes.

Recent reviews I’ve read say the villas are looking worn and much in need of freshening up.
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SSR is my home resort and I love it. Here’s a few reasons why;

Location. Disney Springs is a walk or boat ride away. Losing PI way back broke my heart but DS has blown me away. Not just shopping and dining but leisurely walks in the early morning or late night strolls are awesome. You’re also neighbors with PO resorts which also have nice walking areas and the nightly live entertainment is surprising. All With just a quick boat ride back.

Quiet. This resort is perfect for relaxing. The quiet pools, walking paths, rocking chairs overlooking DS, surrey bike rentals and courtyards with benches are perfect for decompressing. It’s grand size combined with being a dedicated DVC resort (no bustling lobby for instance) make it seem less crowded even during peak times.

Dining. Turf Club is a hidden gem and the quick service is delish. Again, DS in your backyard takes dining to the next level.

Beauty. This resort is not overly “Disneyfied” in any way. It’s subtle. This may be a drawback for some. For me, it opened my eyes to experiences WDW has to offer besides theme parks. Vacations have become less commando style / need a vacation from my vacation but more enjoyable with less meltdowns.

I’m in my seventh year as a DVC member and have stayed at them all except to GF ( with no desire to either GASP!). And SSR is my go to. BRV a close second btw. Last soft goods update was 2009 and it’s still in pretty decent shape. Pool table in common area definitely needs help. I suggest the Paddock area for being quiet and it’s close proximity to main pool and a smaller pool also hosting a grill and bar. Awesome walking bridge to dining areas/ main pool. Congress Park area is literally across the pond from the marketplace in DS but now considered a preferred section.
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SSR is my home resort and I love it. Here’s a few reasons why;

Location. Disney Springs is a walk or boat ride away. Losing PI way back broke my heart but DS has blown me away. Not just shopping and dining but leisurely walks in the early morning or late night strolls are awesome. You’re also neighbors with PO resorts which also have nice walking areas and the nightly live entertainment is surprising. All With just a quick boat ride back.

Quiet. This resort is perfect for relaxing. The quiet pools, walking paths, rocking chairs overlooking DS, surrey bike rentals and courtyards with benches are perfect for decompressing. It’s grand size combined with being a dedicated DVC resort (no bustling lobby for instance) make it seem less crowded even during peak times.

Dining. Turf Club is a hidden gem and the quick service is delish. Again, DS in your backyard takes dining to the next level.

Beauty. This resort is not overly “Disneyfied” in any way. It’s subtle. This may be a drawback for some. For me, it opened my eyes to experiences WDW has to offer besides theme parks. Vacations have become less commando style / need a vacation from my vacation but more enjoyable with less meltdowns.
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We stayed there last year (we're owners at Bay Lake and now at Boardwalk as well -- though have never stayed there), and I would agree completely. We loved it. Very relaxing, beautiful, lovely suite. The main pool is gorgeous. We stayed in the Grandstand section and had a charming "quiet pool" practically right outside our room that we could swim in any time.

And absolutely loved the Turf Club. "Hidden gem" indeed. We are going back to Disney in a few days (staying back at Bay Lake, which we also love) and originally planned to return to the Turf Club anyway, but for various reasons ended up canceling. I'm sad about it, but will probably survive...

But if there are major refurb plans afoot, you may indeed want to stay away.
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I stayed there for a week a couple of years ago. Location to DS is great! It's an easy walk or boat wide over to DS. I wasn't a fan of the bus transportation (a lot of stops and waiting), but we know bus transportation at WDW can be hit or miss at times, especially depending on the time of year. I agree with others that Turf Club is a hidden gem and you should definitely try it and the lounge.
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There are only 4 properties left from Value-Deluxe that we haven't tried yet and I have to say we are always happy to stay at SSR. It seems like no matter where you stay these days there is construction and refurb happening. In our last 6 stays, AKL, BCV, VWL, Coronado, BLT, and BWV there were construction walls, cranes, and refurb going on.

We have had 4 stays there and never had trouble with the transportation, loved the walk to Disney Springs, enjoyed the extra feature pools, and the resort QS is one of the best (we also like AKL). We rarely eat at the resort QS but always seem to get a meal or two there when we stay. If you have a car it is nice to be able to park near your room instead of hike from a remote parking lot. If you don't have a car the resort is a great place to go for a relaxing walk.

I always say if AKL or SSR existed outside of the Disney Resort I would be happy to go on a vacation there without the parks.
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Some really great information. Our family will be visiting Disney World for the first time, so it was great to read some honest opinions on the subject.
Aside from the theming not being as heavy handed as it is at other resorts I don't know why it gets billed as a "last resort" resort. It really is lovely and the fact that it is spread out a bit more than other places allows for those quiet moments we all need on vacation. I will say this as a downside. It is possible to be located far away from a refillable mug station. If they could solve that issue I would be in heaven!
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