Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Disney Vacation Club Resort
What is the Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa?
The Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa (SS) is the 5th Disney Vacation Club resort to be built at Walt Disney World and the 7th DVC Resort overall. Saratoga Springs is located on the grounds of the former Disney Institute overlooking the lakefront district at Disney Springs.
The resort is themed in Victorian architecture with the historic influence of horse racing. In fact, the motto for the resort is “Health, History, Horses.” The lakeside community recaptures the heyday of upstate New York country retreats in the late 1800s.
The resort consists of studio, one- and two-bedroom, and grand villas. Each of the 18 buildings have 20 dedicated two-Bedrooms, 24 Lock-off two-Bedrooms, and two Grand Villas. There are 46 Vacation Homes per building. There are also 60 Treehouse Villas as part of Saratoga Springs resort.
240 Dedicated 2-Bedroom Vacation Homes
288 2-Bedroom Lock-off Vacation Homes
24 3-Bedroom Grand Villas
Can I rent rooms at Saratoga Springs or do I have to be a member of Disney’s Vacation Club (DVC)?
As with all the Disney Vacation Club resorts on property, anyone can rent villas at Saratoga Springs, subject to availability. You do NOT have to be a member of the DVC.
Where do I check in?
Registration is at the Carriage House. Check-in is at 4 p.m. and check-out is 11 a.m. You will be allowed to check in earlier if your room is ready when you arrive, but based on my experience with other Disney Vacation Club resorts, don’t count on it! If your room is not ready, you can leave your bags with Bell Services and go off exploring. You have a better chance of having your room ready if you pre-check-in using your My Disney Experience account.
What are the different room options?
The Studio Villas sleep four in a room of 365 square feet. There is one queen-size bed and one double-size sofa bed, one bathroom, a wet bar, small refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker, and a porch or balcony. Laundry facilities located near the pool. Accommodates 4 guests and one child under 3 in a crib.
The One-Bedroom Villas are 714 square feet and have a master suite, living room, fully equipped kitchen, and private porch or balcony. They accommodate four adults plus one child under age 3 in a crib. The master suite has a king-size bed and private bath with a whirlpool tub. There is a fully equipped kitchen that includes a coffee maker, dinnerware, pots and pans, microwave, toaster, stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher. There is a stack-style washer and dryer, color cable television with DVD player in living room, queen-size sleeper sofa in living room and a private balcony or porch. The master closet has a small safe for valuables.
The Two-Bedroom Villas provide a second bedroom with a full bath and two queen-size beds. The two-bedroom villas accommodate eight adults plus one child under age 3 in a crib. The master suite has a king-size bed and private bath with a whirlpool tub. There is a fully equipped kitchen that includes a coffee maker, dinnerware, pots and pans, microwave, toaster, stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher. There is a stack-style washer and dryer, color cable television with DVD player in living room and a private balcony or porch. The master closet has a small safe for valuables.
Some of the two-bedroom villas are dedicated (entities unto themselves) and some are “lockouts” meaning a one-bedroom and a studio are combined for a two-bedroom.
The Grand Villa has two floors and will sleep 12. It is 2,113 square feet. Downstairs is the main entrance, with a king size bed in the master bedroom, one queen-size sofa bed in the living room, TV/DVD with a surround-sound system, two bathrooms (one is a master bathroom with whirlpool tub), full kitchen, dining room and table with 12 chairs, laundry room with stacked washer and dryer. The balcony (upstairs) has the 2nd and 3rd bedroom, both with two queen size beds. Two bathrooms are also located upstairs, one in each bedroom. There is also a private entryway.
Fully accessible rooms are also available. (All accessible rooms are also hearing-impaired ready.) Accessible room features include:
–electrical switches 48″ above the floor (including thermostat)
–touch switch lamp
–additional low entrance door viewer
–hand held shower attachment
–grab bars at toilet
–vanity open below sink (roll under)
–low threshold at balcony
What are the various sections close to?
Congress Park (1101-2836) is closest to Disney Springs. The bus stop is located near 2101-2436 at the edge of the parking lot.
The Springs (Sections 3101-4436) are closest to the Carriage House which houses check-in, Artist Palette shop and quick service, the Turf Club Bar and Grill, Magical Express Bus pickup/drop off, boat transportation, guest laundry (for those staying in Studios), recreation rentals (bikes, etc), the main swimming pool and the Win, Place or Show arcade. The Springs also has a bus stop.
The Paddock (4501-6836) is a long stretch of buildings on the opposite side of the lake. There is a guest laundry facility, playground. There is a large feature pool with adjacent kids water play areas also. The Paddock pool also has a quick service grill that serves breakfast (seasonally) and lunch. There are 2 bus stop options here. The first is actually the Carousel bus stop near Paddock 4501-4836 and 5101-5436. The other bus stop is near 5501-5836.
The Carousel (7101-7836) The bus stop is on Union Avenue near 7101-7436.
The Grandstand (8108-9836). The bus stop is located at the edge of the parking lot. It is the first stop for arriving buses, close to a leisure pool with kid’s play area and a pool bar. This is also the stop you can walk to/from the Treehouse Villas.
What are the standard amenities?
Iron and ironing board; television in each bedroom and living room; ceiling fans; fire extinguisher; Graco Pack ‘N Play portable crib; hair dryer; coffee maker; microwave; shampoo/conditioner; complexion soap; deodorant soap; drinking glasses; ice bucket; clock radio; wall safe in closet (laptop size); vacuum cleaner; DVD player in living room (except Studios); whirlpool tub (except Studios); closed captioning available on all television sets. A limited number of full-size wooden cribs are available upon request.
Amenities available upon request (no charge) include: bed boards; bed rails; full size cribs; extra portable cribs; down pillows; high chairs; electric mixer; booster seat; shower seat and toilet seat for disabled; smoke detector and telephone for hearing impaired; electric adapters; hand lotion; and tea bags and decaf coffee. Rollaway beds are not available.
Walt Disney World Resort made complimentary Wi-Fi service available in all of its hotels as of March 2012. See our Internet Access page for details.
Are there smoking and nonsmoking rooms?
All Disney resorts and guest rooms are now smoke-free. There are designated outdoor smoking areas. Check the resort map or with a Cast Member for locations.
What are the room prices?
Saratoga Springs is a Disney Vacation Club Resort. While DVC Members can book with points, you can also rent the villas for “cash” . These are regular rate prices and do not include the Florida Sales Tax nor the county resort tax.
Walt Disney World Resort rates vary by season (there are nine seasons now), and also by day of the week. The holiday season is the most expensive time of the year. It runs from mid-December to early January as well as during Easter Week.
The rates for a:
— Deluxe Studio range from $341 – $441 (Holidays up to $511)
— 1 Bedroom Villa range from $463 – $600 (Holidays up to $724)
— 2 Bedroom Villa Room range from $667 – $990 (Holidays up to $1,181)
— Treehouse Villa range from $829 – $1,249 (Holidays up to $1,389)
— 3 Bedroom Grand Villa Room range from $1,428 – $1,797 (Holidays up to $2,083)
Is there a fee to park at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa?
Disney Vacation Club Members – will not be charged for standard overnight self-parking when staying at a DVC Deluxe Villa, regardless of whether they use vacation points or another form of payment. Members also will not be charged to park when using vacation points to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.
Click HERE for current pricing and other parking-related information.
I hear that there are no more room key cards at Disney resort hotels. How do I get into my room?
Walt Disney World has converted their room keys and admission tickets from plastic cards to MagicBands, flexible plastic wristbands, resembling a watch or bracelet, that use Radio Frequency (RF) technology. Your MagicBand is linked to your My Disney Experience (MDE) account and acts as your Disney resort room key. Simply touch the Mickey symbol on your MagicBand to the RFID reader near your room door to gain entry. Read about using MagicBands for park admission, FastPass+ and more here.
How does the Housekeeping work?
When you arrive at your room, a standard compliment of towels, soap, shampoo, laundry soap and coffee are in the villa. Persons staying on DVC points do not have daily housekeeping. If you are staying on “cash” you do have daily housekeeping!
If you are staying 7 nights or fewer, you will receive trash and towel service on the fourth day of your stay. Trash will be emptied and towels replaced.
If you are staying more than 8 nights, you will receive full housekeeping on the 4th day of your stay and trash and towel service on the 8th day. On the 12th day you will again receive a full cleaning and if you are there on the 16th day service will be trash and towel.
You are able to request additional supplies for a fee. Approximately $1 for laundry soap, $6 for towels, $5 for soap and shampoo and $5 for coffee.
If you are staying on points and would like to pay for daily housekeeping service please call housekeeping and provide 24 hour notice. As of August 2009, a full clean for a Studio is $30, One Bedroom $45, Two Bedroom $60 and a Grand Villa $75. If you wish trash and towel service for a Studio $15, One Bedroom $20, Two Bedroom $25 and a Grand Villa $35.
What about Dining and Shopping?
Artist’s Palette is the eatery, grocery, and market. It is located in the Carriage House and offers counter service dining, snacks, and merchandise. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
There are both prepackaged (ready to go) and fresh-made foods, including salads, soups, sandwiches, pizza and pasta, grab ‘n go family size portions of lasagna, meat loaf, etc. You can either take food back to your villa, sit in the indoor seating area (which accommodates 124), or grab and go pool-side. Also available are bakery items and heartier evening specials.
Merchandise items include: Men’s and women’s resort wear, logo merchandise, grocery items (including milk, juice and soda, snack items, cereal, beer, wine, liquor), character merchandise, plush toys, books, magazines, newspapers, infant supplies, jewelry, sundries, film.
You can also rent DVDs at the Horsing Around Recreation Rentals (no charge for DVC members).
Packages delivered from the parks can be picked up at the gift shop.
The Turf Club Bar and Grill is a casual table service restaurant serving dinner with seating inside and out. It is inside the Carriage House located near Artist’s Palette and features a billiard table, casual seating and large screen TV.
The Paddock Pool has the Paddock Grill offering quick service breakfast (seasonally) and lunch.
Backstretch Pool Bar is open seasonally with limited food and beverage service.
On-the-Rocks Pool bar at High Springs Pool serves beverages only.
Pizza delivery is available from the Sassagoula Pizza Express usually from 4pm – midnight (check with the front desk for times during your visit).
What are Rapid Fill Mugs?
The Rapid Fill beverage program allows Disney Resort guests to buy (or receive as part of the Disney Dining Plan) a resort mug that can be refilled for a certain period of time as designated at time of purchase. These mugs are enhanced by an RFID bar code that enables the mug to deactivate when the designated time is complete. Read more about Rapid Fill Mugs here.
What is the High Rock Spring Pool like?
It starts with gurgling water that cascades down the rock work and into the free form swimming pool. There is a slide with twists and turns through the rock work, which passes under a bridge and then empties into the pool. There are two whirlpool spas.
On the Rocks Pool Bar serves beverages only.
There is a children’s themed interactive wet play area with pop-jet fountains.
There is another themed pool location with kids wet play area in the Paddock Section.
“Quiet” leisure pools are also available at the resort near the clusters of resort room buildings.
What other types of recreation are available?
Be sure to pick up a Recreation Activities sheet at check-in or lobby concierge. These are generally printed monthly and have various activities listed for each day of the week. Pool-side movies are available on select nights!
Two themed heated pools with water slides, two leisure pools, interactive water feature at The Springs and The Grandstand, aquatic play area at The Paddock.
Playgrounds and BBQ areas are also located near the leisure pools.
Horsing Around Rentals, located at the lower end of the High Rock Spring pool, rents bikes and surrey bikes, as well as tennis, basketball and shuffleboard equipment. Its hours are generally 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., but are subject to change seasonally.
NOTE: Must be 18 years old to rent and drive surrey bikes; must have legal guardian 18 or older to sign waiver for bike rentals.
Information about Fishing Excursion, Specialty Cruises, Water Sports and additional recreation offerings is also available at Horsing Around rentals.
Tennis courts are located near the Carriage House and are open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Win, Place or Show is the arcade, located near the main themed pool, and it’s open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
What other things might I want to know?
Ice machines are located on the first floor of each building near room 27 (look for signs).
The Airline Check-in podium is at the Porte Cochere. You must check in no less than 3 hours from your departure. Please visit the podium for specific details.
The Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs offers a full range of services in the tradition of the healing spas found in upstate New York, from facials and massages to manicures and pedicures. There is also a fully equipped fitness center. You can call the Spa to arrange for an in-room massage.
Walkway to Disney Springs – The walkway to Disney Springs from Saratoga Springs is now open. It’s about a 10-minute walk. The Congress Park villas are closest to Disney Springs.
The Ferry Dock is located behind the Carriage House. Go past the Turf Club and out through the patio, then down the stairs or ramp. The Ferry runs about every 20 minutes from 10:00am to 11:00pm. The boat route includes Saratoga Springs, Treehouse Villas and Disney Springs. and runs
The Ferry will NOT run if lightning has been sighted within five miles, so plan accordingly. There is also bus service to Disney Springs, as an alternative.
Where is Saratoga Springs Located?
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
To get to Saratoga Springs from the Orlando airports, visit our Driving Directions page HERE.
Phone: 407-827-1100 (8-293-1100)
Fax: (407) 827-4444
Room Reservations: 407-W-DISNEY (407-934-7639)
Other information about Saratoga Springs:
Phase I opened May 17, 2004 with 184 vacation homes, the check-in lobby, dining/merchandise areas, the Spa, and boat/bus transportation. Phase II saw the opening of an additional 368 units in 2005. Phase III opened in 2007 bringing the total number of units to 828, making it the largest DVC property to date. The Treehouse Villas opened June 2009.