Saratoga villas advice??

Walt Disney World: Need some opinions..

From Brady Allen
Posted January 13, 2011 at 3:10 PM
We are going to book another trip to WDW for the end of May and first week of June. Five adults and two Children (9 and 11). We were thinking of a two or three bedroom villa at Saratoga Springs Spa & Resort. We were also looking at the treehouses there but didn't seam to be able to get a special offer for one. Ultimately, where we stay will depend on prices. Our second option is three rooms at Port Orleans, but it would be nice to be toghether with the family. (or a Griswold disaster!! but being optimistic.) Any advice or recomendations??

P.S. whats going on at the Haunted Mansion and when is it expected to be complete?

From Tom Rigg
Posted January 13, 2011 at 6:51 PM
First: The Haunted Mansion queue is being expanded and they are creating some interactive elements for the queue. I don't know if the official layout has been released, but from pictures it looks like the queue will now extend out towards the Rivers of America.

Second: Saratoga is really nice, and the rooms are comfortable. However, if you like the hustle and bustle of a Disney Resort, this one doesn't have that. It's very spread out and you can't walk to any of the amenities at the main building in under 10 minutes if you aren't in a building right next to it. Also, if you like theming Saratoga's is subtler than most of the resorts. I am not as much a fan of it as I am the stronger themed hotels (my favorite is Wilderness Lodge.)

On the plus side, you can walk to Downtown Disney from Saratoga, which is really nice on a evening when you don't have anything planned.

As far as Port Orleans, I absolutely love the Alligator Bayou rooms at Port Orleans Riverside. The theming is great, the rooms feel secluded and the pool at Port Orleans is fantastic. Port Orleans Riverside is my second favorite Moderate Disney hotel. The food court is nice, and the table service restaurant at Riverside is great for an easy sit down breakfast. The only major drawback to Port Orleans as a whole is that Riverside and French Quarter (which used to be separate hotels) share one bus route a lot of the time. Because there are so many rooms at this hotel it makes for longer than usual waits for the ride back to the room if you use the buses.

One tip if you go to Port Orleans Riverside:

If you want the alligator Bayou rooms ask for rooms in one of these buildings: 14,15, or 18. They are the closest buildings to the main building. They make it really easy to get to food and the pool.

From Tim W
Posted January 13, 2011 at 8:10 PM
Saratoga Springs is nice, but thats just about it. I would never put it up there with any other Disney hotel, as it is not up to their standards. However, it is affordable and relazing. The food is mediocre at the resort. I would avoid the overprices Turf Club Bar and Grill, but the Artist Palette is nice for an occasional breakfast or lunch. I would suggest to make your own food if you are having a meal mst times at this resort.

As for the rooms, if you want a bit more space, go to Old Key West. At Old Key West, they have better rooms. Unfortunately, I do have to report another negative of Saratgoa Springs. We did find some of the furniture in the room to be somewhat broken. The alarm clock did not work in the bedroom with two doubles, and the Armoir in the room had two broken drawers that came out. We were certainly unimpressed with that aspect.

I wish I could have more to say about the treehouses, they look amazing, and I can't wait till we stay in one in May. But I would advise to try to get into one of the Treehouses, or to vacation at Old Key West resort instead, where they have some nice touches to the resort.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted January 13, 2011 at 10:57 PM
While I am bias, Old Key West sounds like a good option because of the size of the room you seem to need. I don't think you have enough for the tree house to be "worth it".

As for Saratoga Springs, it is a very nice resort, but is pretty void of Disney. OKW at least gives subtle Disney. Still, a pretty good resort and close to Downtown Disney (which is a nice touch)

From Joshua Counsil
Posted January 14, 2011 at 3:21 PM
I'm going to disagree with the previous three posters. Saratoga, in my entire family's opinion, is far nicer than any of the other Disney resorts we stayed in, which include Old Key West and Wilderness Lodge. The rooms at Saratoga aren't as large as Old Key West's, but they are superior in every other way. The furnishings are beautiful and well-appointed. The balconies and patios are excellent for cocktails at sunset. The kitchen has a nice bar area for lounging. The ambience is cozy and serene. Conversely, Old Key West felt like a gated community golf course (think Jerry Seinfeld's parents' home), with a sort of artificial beauty to it. Wilderness Lodge had a beautiful lobby and landscapes, but the rooms were somewhat dilapidated and cramped. Both resorts, particularly Wilderness Lodge, were packed with hectic, noisy families.

Yes, Saratoga Springs is somewhat removed from the others, but we find that to be a plus. The resort has a maturer feel than the others. The pools were not filled with screaming children; rather, they were usually barren and tranquil, perfect for late-night dips. Downtown Disney was a short walk away, which was excellent for late dinners or bar-hopping. The whole resort just felt much more relaxing than any of the others after a long day of sensory overload.

The dining options are sub-par, but Downtown Disney is just a short walk away.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted January 15, 2011 at 12:26 AM
I never thought that Saratoga Springs was bad or anything, but just a bit removed from the rest of the resorts.

And you are breaking my heart Josh! You are talking about my home away from home :( I love me some OKW and I always want to see what Olivia has in her Kitchen.

However, right on with Wilderness Lodge! Nice resort, but bad DVC rooms!

From Joshua Counsil
Posted January 15, 2011 at 3:16 AM
No offence meant, brother Anthony! I just find that Saratoga gets crapped on all the time, which is particularly unfair considering its class.

From Brady Allen
Posted January 17, 2011 at 2:30 PM
Thanx, Just booked Two rooms at the French Quarter. Unfortunatly, one adult had to drop out so only 6 are going now. Maybe a suite is in our future but not this time. The countdown to June 2nd begins........................................................NOW!!

and Go STEELERS!!!

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