Amy and I are back with our first construction update of 2021, and this time we decided to take you along for the ride! Join us as we take another stroll through Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa to check out the latest refurbishment of the resort and get a feel for what rooms and buildings have been completed so far!
Miss one of our previous updates? Check them out here:
- Congress Park Refurb at Saratoga Springs Complete
- Construction Update: What Rooms Have Been Refurbished at Saratoga Springs? – October 2020
- Construction Update: What Rooms Have Been Refurbished at Saratoga Springs? – December 2020
Construction on this massive overhaul of the resort began in June 2019. New features being added as part of the renovations include all new furniture, flooring, appliances, and more, including pull-down murphy beds, similar to those featured at Disney’s Riviera Resort. Exterior painting is also being performed as part of the project.
As announced at this year’s DVC Condo Association Meeting, refurbishment is continuing to progress at Saratoga Springs, with a target completion date of Summer 2021.
In our last update, we reported that the refurbishment had moved onto the resort’s first standard booking category – The Paddock. Construction crews had previously completed all villas in the “preferred” booking category located in Congress Park and The Springs, making booking a room in the “preferred” category an easy guarantee that you will snag a sparkling new villa!
The Paddock is now completely refurbished, with all five buildings in this standard section finished. Construction at Saratoga Springs has now moved onto The Grandstand, with buildings in various stages of their refurbishment:
- 8101-8436: Refurbishment Completed.
- 8501-8836: Refurbishment Completed.
- 9501-9836: Under Refurbishment Currently.
- 9101-9436: Not refurbished.
After completing The Grandstand, construction crews will make their way to the final two buildings of the resort located in The Carousel:
- 7101-7436: Not Refurbished
- 7501-7836: Not Refurbished
For those visual learners out there, we created the map below to highlight all the refurbished or “New” villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa thus far:
As confirmed by construction plans obtained as part of an ongoing lawsuit surrounding the Saratoga Springs refurbishment project, the Treehouse Villas will not undergo any renovations at this time due to being built several years after the primary section of the resort.
In total, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort has over 800 villas and is the largest Disney Vacation Club property at Walt Disney World.
If you are planning an upcoming trip to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, booking a preferred category room is still your safest bet to ensure a refurbished villa. Those wanting to take the risk and book standard can put in a room request for The Paddock, which, if granted, will also give you a shiny new room. Construction appears to be on track for an early Summer 2021 completion, making it highly likely that all rooms will either be completed or in the progress of refurbishment in just a few short months!
Let us know in the comments if you have had the opportunity to stay in a refurbished room at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and what you think of the updated accommodations!