Saratoga Springs – Stats and Facts
- First opened: May 2004
- Opening sale price: $98
- Current sale price (direct):
- Average sale price (resale):
- Contract Expires: 2054
- Number of rooms – 888
- Room size (each type)
- Deluxe Studio – 355 sq. ft
- One BR – 714 sq. ft.
- Two BR – 1075 sq. ft.
- GV – 2113 sq. ft.
- Treehouse – 1074 sq. ft.
Some are fond of calling Saratoga Springs the “DVC resort of last resort”. With that being said, buying into this property is often a bargain when it comes to price per point when compared to other properties. Combined with the lower maintenance fees, if an 11-month booking window is not a priority, Saratoga Springs is often a great option for getting DVC points without breaking the bank.
The resort is one of the more expansive properties at Walt Disney World. From the Treehouse Villas all the way to Congress Park, you can almost always find availability here. The amenities like the pool, spa, gift shop, and dining are located in the center of the resort with the villas and Congress Park (which is the area with the Disney Springs walkway) on opposite sides of another. This means essentially you can’t have your cake and eat it too at Saratoga. If you want to be close to the walkway to Disney Springs it will not be a close walk to the amenities of the resort, you’ll actually be a short drive away.
One of the hidden gems at this resort, however, is the Senses Spa. This is arguably one of the best (and largest) spas at Walt Disney World and is often overlooked. If you’re planning a stay at Saratoga, you should definitely consider booking a treatment (or two).
About the Room
I would first like to say the room was beautiful and well kept. It definitely had that “home away from home” feel to it and overlooked Disney Springs. Saratoga is currently undergoing renovations and it seemed like I was in a rehabbed room – however, there were still no USB outlets which confused me a bit. Aside from lack of convenience when it comes to walking to the resort’s main area, I found this resort to be beautiful. However, the distance between most villas and the main area is a big consideration for me.
Dining at Saratoga Springs
You have two dining options at Saratoga Springs. Artist Palate is the resorts quick service location (located inside the main building). This is also where the resorts gift shop is located, and more often than not this area can be crowded and confusing. In our recent visits to Artist Palate, we’ve found the food here to wanting. Wanting of flavor, imagination or basic value. While some like it, we’ve had consistently bad experiences here and feel it’s time for a ‘re-imagination’ of the menu.
The second dining location at this resort is the Turf Club. This is a table service restaurant (1 table service credit on the Disney Dining Plan), and can also be accessed via the main building, or right above the pro shop that supports the golf course adjacent to the resort.
Our dining review is at the Turf Club, and the video pretty much speaks for itself. The Turf Club benefits from a lack of dining options at the resort, but only if you don’t feel like taking the quick walk/drive over to Disney Springs. Given that this restaurant sits in the shadow of some of the most impressive dining options at WDW (Disney Springs), we were surprised that the food wasn’t better. Most of the team didn’t enjoy their meal very much at all while a few of us thought it was just “okay”. Needless to say, this location left much to be desired.
Overall Rating – 7.8
- Check-in experience (10%) – 3
- Overall condition of the room (50%) – 9
- Friendliness of cast (20%) – 9
- Amenities/Common areas (20%) – 6
Check-in – 3, I was told my room would be ready by 3 then waited outside in 100-degree heat until after 5
Condition of the room – solid 9, the room was spacious and beautiful with a great view
Friendliness – again a 9, check-in was brutal but everyone I spoke to was professional, friendly and helpful.
Amenities – 6, a lot is under construction so the quick service is currently a shell and everything is pretty far from most of the rooms. With that being said Cms were all great.