It can feel so challenging to find the perfect resort for your family, especially given all the different options and opinions. If you’re looking for a Disney resort that has comfort and luxury, then Saratoga Springs Resort may be a great choice for you and your family to stay on your next Disney World Adventure.
Based on a recent stay at Saratoga Springs Resort, here’s a review on the theming, rooms, food, amenities and transportation so you can decide if this is the right stay for you and your little ones.
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort carries a Victorian-era atmosphere set in upstate New York. Most buildings were constructed around 2004, but nearly all rooms have had recent renovations. The color scheme of the villa’s newly renovated rooms is full of warm, neutral earth tones paired with dark pattern carpets.
The resort is one of three of Disney’s stand alone properties. Its location is one of its biggest perks, with close proximity to Disney Springs, located just across the lake and accessible via a short boat ride. This resort has several leisure pools, featuring a mini water slide and splash pad, tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, a quality full service spa, and the award-winning Lake Buena Vista Golf Course.
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort is categorized as a Deluxe Villa Resort, meaning it consists of suites with studios, as opposed to hotel rooms, making it a great choice for larger families or multi-generational trips. Rooms offered include studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, and grand villas.
Deluxe villas are great because the themes are incredibly immersive, making you feel like you are there. My favorite thing about these resorts is the location. The convenience many of the resorts offer of being able to walk to a park makes the price tag SO worth it. This resort is more suited for adults or larger families who want to relax in comfort and luxury.
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The rooms were beautiful at Saratoga Springs. As mentioned, most have been recently renovated and they all share an elegant horse theme. These rooms were definitely larger than some of the other resort villas and felt spacious and comfortable.
Rooming options include studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, and grand villas. There are over 1260 villas total, sleeping anywhere for four to twelve people.
The food was decent, but I was not impressed with quick service. The sit down option is a steakhouse. Although I personally didn’t get a chance to try it, my parents bought my steak-loving daughter dinner while I was on the Starcruiser (for more info, check out our Starcruiser Review). Sadly, my dad and daughter both found the steaks unsatisfactory. Might have just been bad luck as I do have clients who stay here every year and LOVE Turf Club!
The variety of amenities was impressive, most notably the highly rated Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. My four year-old loved the pool, especially the mini water slide. Personally, it wasn’t one of my favorites and I didn’t feel that the splash pad was the greatest, so other resorts with better engagement options would be best for toddlers/ preschoolers.
It was nice that they offered an arcade and surrey bikes rental. It is one of the few resorts with a spa, although it is still closed post-COVID.
There are buses available that take you to all parks. The internal bus stops are very similar to those at the moderate resorts. You take the boat or walkway to Disney Springs, and here you will find a ton of dining options that make up for the lackluster meals at the resort itself.
TIP: We highly recommend that you pay extra for the preferred room for easy access to the lobby and amenities, or secure your own vehicle for more efficient transportation. We loved that our room was the last bus stop before the parks!
This resort is ideal for larger families or multi-generational guests looking for a more reasonably priced villa. This is also a great option for adults looking to enjoy Disney Springs. Because of the subpar splash pad and playground, little ones may be bored or underwhelmed, but the pools are fun and the location offers a relaxed resort vibe.
The right resort can upgrade your entire Disney vacation—but with more than 25 Disney resorts and hotels to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed! I can help you so you can choose the perfect-fit resort for your family—based on your budget, travel style, and family’s interests.
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Christina Vieira, a Traveler, a Planner, and a Mom. She is also the owner of Showcase the World Travel, a modern travel agency that helps busy Moms take the vacation they deserve without adding “planning it all” to their to-do lists. After all, Mom should get to enjoy their vacation too.
She specializes in Disney, Caribbean, Europe and has helped dozens of families have magical vacations that they will always remember. She loves traveling with her four-year-old daughter, Annabelle. Her favorite destinations include Walt Disney World, Wyoming, and Prague.
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