Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is the larger, sister resort to Old Key West, located directly across from the expansive Disney Springs
shopping and restaurant area. The sprawling facility is themed to remind of the
horse and leisure lifestyle of the its real-life New York counterpart. The setting is a walkers delight with well-kept greens and parks as far as the eye can see. It feels almost like a
planned community rather than a traditional resort.
Before we get into the nooks of the resort, let us address availability. You may notice on our DVC rental calendar that Saratoga Springs is
available much more than other DVC resorts. This is true. This stems from the fact that the resort was over-built and some renters gravitate to the
resorts on the monorail line first. Do not let that dissuade you from making a Saratoga Springs DVC reservation. The resort is every bit as Disney as all of the others, has a ton to offer, is
a terrific pool and dining resort, and
is a fine choice for any vacation. But yes, it definitely is easier to book.
As said previously, this resort is a walkers dream.
If you like to get out in the air, especially in the morning, and take in the sounds and the sky, the environment is refreshing. Unlike other resorts where the borders
drift into other WDW areas, you'll seldom feel out of the theme at Saratoga. Although large, the resort is easily accessible.
The bridges and pathways make connecting to all corners pretty easy. If you have a car, parking next to the main pool and food area is ample as well.
FOOD AND POOLS: Saratoga is the only DVC facility with TWO main, zero-entry pools. This is due in part to its size but that fact is a bonus for guests. In addition, it has a number of high-end
quiet pools, one with a view of Disney Springs. Do not miss an opportunity to visit the small ones. As such, we rate the pool experience at this resort as one of the highest in the DVC system.
Disney Springs, Disney's premier shopping and dining facility, is located directly beside the Saratoga Springs resort. Disney Springs features
shopping, nightlife and endless food choices and can really be considered an extension of the Saratoga Springs Resort with direct access
to its offerings available by path and boat. Due to this fact, we consider this
the best resort to goto to make use of a disney meal plan (DDP). The restaurants at Disney Springs are also easier to get
reservations at, lessening stress when it comes to the dining reservation process.
Saratoga Springs also has some of the best food in the system on-site. Its quickservice menu with wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads and homemade chips is one of our favorites, especially
when visiting the main pool. And its steak house is a great night out for the adults in the party.
AGE GROUP PLEASING: One of the things we like most about Saratoga is its wide range of experiences, especially from an age perspective. Younger kids have access to tons
of pools, have plenty of room to run and play. Older kids have unique, direct access to Disney Springs and its night-life. Adults can let the older kids go and take a few hours to themselves, perhaps
walking the grounds or taking in the enhanced spa facilities next to the main pool. Due to
these varied experiences, Saratoga Springs can be used as a parkless vacation if one desires. We make the same recommendation for the Beach Club DVC resort due to its large
ROOMS: Once just so-so, Saratoga Springs now has some of the most gorgeous rooms in the DVC system due to a complete refubishment (which completed in late 2021).
The refurb upgrades get rid of pullout couches, replacing that system with pulldown queen murphy beds which previously have only been seen at the Riviera resort. This
murphy improvement adds comfort to the matresses of secondary beds (which no longer have bumps and folds) and adds a lot of flexibility to the rooms. These murphy
upgrades (pictured below) are available in all room sizes. In addition, one-bed villas and two bed-villas have access to pulldown single beds (located under the
television) for the perfect additional private space for the small adult or child.
Bathrooms, kitchens and all other surfaces have also been refreshed. This truely adds bang for your buck.
Elevators are available in every building at Saratoga. As of 2017, areas near the main pool and with Disney Spring views are designated as PREFERRED areas
with all other areas designated at STANDARD areas; however, the rooms and features in both areas are identical. We suggest putting in a request to avoid the Carousel area (see Saratoga Springs resort map) since its the farthest walk. More
room suggestions and reviews from YELP: here.
You will find that the resort prices are some of the lowest per night in the Disney Vacation Club system and it is relatively easy to get a reservation compared to other units. Still, the resort does get busy during peak seasons and sells out just like any other Disney property. If you are looking
for a stay over
3 nights in length, we suggest booking at least 5-6 months out. Holiday and peak periods should always be booked 10 months out.
Distance to parks by bus: Epcot and Hollywood Studios is about 10 minutes away, the Magic Kingdom 15, Animal Kingdom 15-20. Downtown Disney is just down the road.
Stay recommendations: Families of 4 or less fit fine in the deluxe studios. Larger parties or groups staying for longer than 5 days should opt for one and two bedroom villas.
Transportation hints: This resort is a great one if you have a rental car as parking is so plentiful. When using the main pool, try parking at the 3500-3800 parking lot, which is routinely half empty.
DVC Resort Selection
Current deluxe studio and villa resorts available for rental in the Disney Vacation Club system.