With its graceful fountains, beautiful landscaping, and spacious accommodations, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is more than just the large resort across the water from Disney Springs. This resort celebrates the adventure of horse racing in upstate New York in an era gone by, and this equine influence is tastefully woven in the décor, buildings, and recreation amenities. Saratoga Springs is a Disney Vacation Club resort, and accommodations include studios, one and two-bedroom units, and grand villas, but guests can stay here using cash as well. While Saratoga Springs is perhaps not as well-known as the resorts closer to the parks, it’s equally as wonderful for the quiet beauty and close proximity to Disney Springs. Reserve a stay here and follow these hints to enjoy this resort to the fullest.
8. Artist’s Palette
Guests looking for a quick meal will enjoy Artist’s Palette, the area that serves as a counter service eatery, market, and sundries shop. This isn’t a food court, but rather a unique café with a scrumptious menu that includes fresh salads, soups, sandwiches, and my personal favorite, the wonderful flatbreads. You can take your meal back to your villa, eat it by the pool, or enjoy it under the colorful glass light fixtures that adorn the ceiling in the dining area.
7. Ferry transportation
The resort offers complimentary bus transportation to and from the parks, waterparks, and Disney Springs. If you’re traveling to any of the nearby resorts, including Disney’s Old Key West resort, or Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter, or headed down to Disney Springs for dining and shopping, don’t overlook the peaceful ferryboats. These water taxis glide along the scenic Sassagoula River and offer a fun alternative to the shuttle buses.
6. Walking to Disney Springs
Skip the bus and the boat and take the path less traveled. Hop on the scenic walkway path past the golf course and boat dock, or cross over using the bridge at the entrance to Congress Park. Both paths will take lead you to a variety of dining, shopping, and entertainment choices at Disney Springs.
5. Quiet pools
The well-themed and very popular High Rock Spring pool is located in the center of the resort and boasts two waterslides, children’s activities, changing facilities, and a pool bar. At night, movies are show in the pool area. If you’re looking for a less crowded option, you’re in luck, because Saratoga Springs has several smaller leisure pools across the resort. The Grandstand area, Congress Park, and Treehouse Villas both have a quiet pool and hot tub available. Guests can also enjoy the larger Paddock pool with a water slide, water play area, and quick service grill.
4. Recharge in the spa
Take a time out from a busy day at the parks and check out Senses, a first-class spa that offers manicures, pedicures, massages, and a variety of skin and body-care treatments. The spa features steam rooms, Jacuzzis, and plunge pools in the locker areas, and spa packages are available.
3. Treehouse Villas
Tucked away in the tall trees slightly away from the main buildings, the Treehouse Villas offer a completely unique way to stay at Walt Disney World. Even though they look rustic on the outside, inside guests enjoy three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, separate dining area, and a living room 10 feet off the ground. Each treehouse features a private deck for soaking in the lovely views, and there is a quiet pool close by if you choose not to use the feature pool at the main resort area.
2. Several rapid refill mug locations
Purchase a mug at Artist’s Palette and enjoy your beverages at several locations throughout the resort, including On the Rocks pool bar by the High Rock Spring pool, the Paddock Grill, and the Backstretch Pool Bar in the Grandstand section. The RFID chip in the mug allows guests to get a refill at any of these locations for a predetermined amount of time.
1. Convenient and complimentary package delivery
Not only is Artist’s Palette the spot for quick delicious meals and groceries, it also serves as the location to pick up packages that guests purchase in the parks. Staying onsite at any Disney resort allows you to send any souvenirs purchased in the parks back to the resort’s gift shop and not have to worry about lugging them around all day. Present your receipt to a cast member at Artist’s Palette and they will cheerfully retrieve your packages for you. One caveat: this perk isn’t available if you’re checking out the next day.