Our Disney Experience: Saratoga Springs Resort.

I realised I haven’t done a Disney post for a while now and with only 49 days left until our next trip to Disney World I thought it was time I changed that! What better way to get even more excited about an upcoming trip than to think back to all the great memories we made on the last one!

So today’s Our Disney Experience blog is all about our experience of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort!

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We stayed at Saratoga Springs Resort in June 2014 during our last trip to Disney World. It is the first (and only) Deluxe classification resort that we have stayed at. We managed to get a great deal on price with the free dining plan which saved us some money elsewhere.

Saratoga Springs is a Disney Vacation Club property which means all the rooms are ‘suites’ with kitchen/kitchenette facilities rather than just your standard hotel room. We had booked a studio room which would have had a small kitchenette with microwave and coffee machine etc, however when we arrived we were upgraded to a 1 bedroom suite which had a full kitchen/diner with a separate bedroom area, laundry facilities, jacuzzi bathtub and balcony! It truly was a spectacular surprise!

Kitchen in our one bedroom suite!
Kitchen in our one bedroom suite!
Lovely separate bedroom area
Lovely separate bedroom area
Jacuzzi tub
Jacuzzi tub
Balcony
Balcony

One common complaint that i’ve heard about Saratoga Springs is that it lacks the extensive theming that Disney hotels are famous for, and whilst Saratoga springs may not be as ‘in your face’ with its theme as some of the other hotels, it really was wonderful and had a very subtle equestrian theme throughout that was modelled on the Victorian Era Saratoga Springs in NY which is famous for its horse racing.

One of the many beautiful buildings at Saratoga Springs
One of the many beautiful buildings at Saratoga Springs
Equestrian theming was present throughout - including this lovely statue in the hotels lobby.
Equestrian theming was present throughout – including this lovely statue in the hotels lobby.

The resort itself is very large and sprawling and whilst it was a 5-10 minute stroll to the main complex from our room there was a smaller pool and a bus stop to the parks within about 200m of our building.

The beautiful view from our balcony looking across the lake. This shows only a small part of the resort.
The beautiful view from our balcony looking across the lake. This shows only a small part of the resort.

We also had several meals at the food court in Saratoga springs and had no bad experiences. Whilst the food court was definitely smaller than those at the value resorts, it was still good quality with numerous options.

Some of the arty light fixtures in the food court
Some of the arty light fixtures in the food court
They still serve my beloved Mickey Waffles!
They still serve my beloved Mickey Waffles!

Saratoga Springs was also extremely close to Downtown Disney which is the shopping/dining district. You could walk from the boat dock to the west side of Downtown Disney in about 15 minutes and they have since made a walkway to connect to the Marketplace side which is an even quicker walk. You could also catch a boat to Downtown Disney which we did on several occasions. It made for a nice relaxing journey and was much faster and easier than getting the bus back to the resort.

Overall we found our stay at Saratoga Springs to be really positive! The resort had such a relaxed atmosphere and it was lovely to come back to somewhere nice and peaceful after a long day at the parks. Even though the resort was busy, it didn’t feel that way because of its size and spread out nature. It is also the best location for anyone wishing to spend lots of evenings at the restaurants and bars of Downtown Disney as it’s an easy walk or boat ride back at the end of the evening! We would recommend this hotel to anybody!

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