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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa

In march of 2009 my husband (Hurricane Dad) and I took our very first vacation with the Disney Vacation Club.  Though we had purchased our points at Animal Kingdom Lodge, we were given a number of developer points for our first year that had to be used at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort.  At the time, after reading mixed reviews, I was not real happy about the restriction.  However I must say staying at this Resort removed all doubt to it's beauty and quality.  I wasn't blogging back then, but this week I went through all of my pictures to try and put together a small look at this lovely and sometimes maligned Disney Vacation Club Property.

SSR Tower SSR Main Pool
Saratoga Spring Lake
Artists' Palette Entryway Statue

Because it's not connected to one of the theme parks Disney's Saratoga Spring  Resort and Spa is a sprawling, laid back and relaxed property that includes the villas and the treehouses.  The graceful buildings and landscape of rolling hills is designed to transport guests up north to the legendary "late-1800s New York retreat famous for its spas and horse racing."  Sitting across the lake from Downtown Disney the property is both removed from the hustle and bustle, and yet right next to the action.  The perfect retreat for a couple on their own, this resort offers to luxury pools, 18 holes of golf on the Lake Buena Vista course, a full service spa, and some fabulous dining at the Turf Club.  Guests can also hop on the ferry to be transported across the lake for an evening of shopping and entertainment.  This would be the perfect resort for a dedicated runner to stay at with a great 3 mile loop around the lake.

SSR Congress Park
SSR Replica Fountain Lake View from Congress Park

After reading through several Disney message boards I had requested a room in the Congress Park building, and was thrilled to find out home away from home located there.  The location was a pleasure, in the middle of the bus routes we never had to wait very long, or a problem getting where we were going easily.  It was also just a short walk up to the main buildings for shopping, food, or to catch the boat down the river.  The view from Congress Park was way more than I could have expected.  Our first floor room overlooked gardens with the lake beyond, and when the sun went down at night we had a spectacular view of the Empress Lily (known these days as Fulton's Crab House) all aglow in sparkling lights.  

SSR Studio Bed & Sitting Area
SSR Studio Kitchenette SSR Studio View into room

The 355 square foot Studios at Saratoga Springs, like most DVC Studios are extremely comfortable for two adults.  You are allowed to have a maximum of four guests plus one child under age 3 in a crib.  However I like to have some space in my room, so I wouldn't stay in a studio if I were traveling with more than three people. As is standard for DVC Studios, there is a queen size bed and a double sleeper sofa.   A table and chairs pushed against the wall are near ample outlets and a high speed internet connection, you can likely find the ethernet cable in the closet.  The Studio offers a kitchenette with a sink, microwave, coffee pot and dorm fridge.  There is ample closet space and a standard bathroom with a separate vanity area so that more than one person can get ready at the same time.


Towel BirdOf course, no Disney room is complete without it's adorable towel animals. This little bird welcomed us home to enjoy our very first DVC experience.   We were delighted with our stay at Saratoga Springs and simply blown away by the level of customer service we received when our vacation hit a snag.  The magic of Disney is alive and well with these cast members who went above and beyond to make our stay go smoothly.





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