6 Secrets Most People Don’t Know About Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa


My family almost always stays at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa when we visit Walt Disney World, and through our membership in the Disney Vacation Resort, this is our “Home Resort”. With its theming of “Health, History, and Horses, we feel very much at home here and love how beautiful this resort truly is. Saratoga Springs offers best-in-class amenities, including several pools, a top-notch spa, gym facilities, upscale rooms with full kitchens, a living area, and a washer and dryer. It also provides several dining choices, and there are plenty of enticing offerings for kids as well. Even though this is a Disney Vacation Club property, nonmembers can choose to stay here as well. Saratoga Springs is a large resort; however, and several aspects of it aren’t well known. These secrets are why Saratoga Springs is a great choice for your stay at Walt Disney World.


6. The Turf Club Restaurant.

Tucked away in the Carriage House building, the Turf Club is a hidden gem. This full-service restaurant offers excellent views of the waterway, Disney Springs, and the golf course, and outside covered seating is available as well. The atmosphere is casual and suitable for families, with dark wood accents throughout the restaurant. As with the rest of Saratoga Springs, the Turf Club pays homage to horse racing in upstate New York, and the equestrian theme is subtly carried out. The drink menu also carries over the horse racing theme, offering beverages named after race tracks and racing terms, including the famous Kentucky Derby mint julep. The dining menu features steaks, chicken dishes, seafood, and pasta, and I’ve always found the service to be top-notch.

5. The Pools.

The main pool at this resort, High Rock Spring, is a delight with a water slide twisting its way through the high rocks, two Jacuzzi spas, and a zero-depth entry section. Kids can participate in cast member led activities on a daily basis around the pool area. A pool bar offers drinks and small snacks. But that’s not all that Saratoga Springs has to offer. Several other quiet pools located around the resort offer even more fun. The Paddock pool boasts a kid’s water play area, a water slide that starts in a water tower, a zero-depth entry area, and the Paddock Grill for lunch. Still another pool, the Grandstand Pool, features horse-themed water cannons and bubbling jets in a water play area and the Backstretch Bar for refreshments. The Congress Park section of the resort and the Treehouse Villas also offer quiet pools for guests as well.

4. The Treehouses.

Tucked away in the trees, guests can stay in one of 60 Treehouse Villas. Each is 10 feet up in the air and includes three bedrooms, two baths, a full kitchen, eating areas, and a living room. Charcoal grills are also available. Visitors traveling down the Sassagoula waterway to Disney Springs can catch a glimpse of these unique structures through the treetops.

3. Access to Disney Springs.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs is next door to Disney Springs, and guests have a variety of ways to get there. There is a lovely shaded walkway past the golf course that drops you off at the boat dock, where you can hop on a ferry for a relaxing cruise to Disney Springs. The ferry can also take guests to Disney’s Old Key West resort. Another option is to take a short walk from the Congress Park area across the bridge to the restaurants and shopping areas at Disney Springs. In inclement weather, resort buses are available.


2. Artist’s Palette.

If you don’t want to dine at the Turf Club, the dining options at Artist’s Palette are a tasty alternative. My favorite choice from the menu is the flatbread. Available with several different toppings, they really hit the spot after a fun day in the parks. Artist’s Palette also serves many delicious items for breakfast and lunch as well.

1. Picturesque Walkways.

Early morning is a beautiful time of day at Disney’s Saratoga Springs. The grass on the golf course and moss on the trees glisten with dew and the sun peeks up over the waterway. Shady walkways wind around the resort, twisting past fountains and peaceful views, letting guests experience the quiet, natural beauty at their own pace.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is a quick ride away from all four parks and is within walking distance of Disney Springs, yet it’s a relaxing retreat away from the crowds. With its upscale amenities, recreation, lush landscaping, and hidden gems, this resort is worth a second look.

About Melissa Fegely

I have been a professional writer for over 18 years with degrees in Biology and English. I am a lifelong Disney fan and a Disney Vacation Club member of over nine years. Having visited Walt Disney World several times growing up, I really caught the Disney bug after many trips with my husband. Now I am happily addicted to taking our son to Walt Disney World as often as possible and watching him experience the magic and Mickey Bars as he grows up. Traveling to Walt Disney World twice a year, I enjoy attending the Flower and Garden festival held in the spring and strolling around the World Showcase, as well as exploring all of the hidden gems that all four parks have to offer. I love helping my family and friends plan their next Disney trips based on my experiences. I also enjoy reading, swimming, traveling, and cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania, attended Shippensburg University, and current live in suburban Philadelphia with my husband, son, and two cats.