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Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa: Good Location and Great Stay

Saratoga Springs is one of our favorite Disney Resorts. It is also part of Disney's Vacation Club Time Share program. The resort is located right across from the Disney Marketplace and Pleasure Island. You can walk, take a shuttle bus or ride a ferry to either attraction. We have stayed at this resort together four times; most recently for a special celebration.

The resort itself has a main building that houses the spa, dining area, gift shop and main pool. The rest of the resort is grouped into sections with it's own pool area in the center. Since this is a vacation club property there are kitchens in the rooms (the studios just have a toaster, microwave, sink and ridge). There are studios, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom suites available. The latest additions to the property are the Tree House Villas; which are perfect for large families. The three bedrom suite is a two level townhouse style suite complete with full dining room vaulted ceilings and laundry facilities in the suite. All suites have washer and dryer in the closet; which is great for getting laundry done before going home.

We always request rooms was in the Congress Park section of the resort (it is closer to the walkway and has nicer views) and had a nice balcony with views of Pleasure Island and the Marketplace. It also provided nice views of the fireworks at night. The theme of the resort is Saratoga Springs New York and horse racing. The furnishings are a light cherry wood with a Victorian flair. Shuttle buses have stops throughout the resort to pick up guests and take them to the various Disney Parks.

We have stayed in both studio and suites. The studios are spacious but I prefer the suite with its full kitchen and large jacuzzi tub. I also love that the suites have a washer and dryer; great for getting some laundry done before heading home.

We have spent time at the spa which was incredible and at the pool in our resort section. The main pool was is just a bit too crowded with kids. It's a favorite resort of ours and if you aren't travelling with kids that want a character themed room; this is a great option.

The spa is a main attraction. There is nothing better than a spa treatment when on vacation.

I like that the resort has a walkway to Downtown Disney as well as shuttle busses and a water shuttle. Taking an evening stroll to the Marketplace is always a nice way to unwind before grabbing a meal, shopping or heading off to Pleasure Island. The walkway does close after dusk; so you have to take the shuttle bus back to the resort after night sets in.

The suites have full kitchens which is a nice touch. The main building has plenty of drinks, food and snacks available for purchase if you would like to stock up your fridge and cabinets. We like having a bottle of wine and our favorite beverages in the fridge and well as some snacks.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written December 12, 2008
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Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa @ Disneyworld: Disney's newest resort- Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is themed in Victorian architecture with the historic influence of horse racing. The motto for the resort is "Health, History, Horses." This lakeside Resort captures the heyday of an upstate New York country retreat in the late 1800s.

The 65 acre resort has a total of 18 Villa Buildings with 828 Vacation Home Units & 1,260 guest rooms. I particularly enjoy Artist's Palette which is a food area & market located in the Carriage House (lobby building) & offers counter service dining.

I also like the High Rock Spring Pool which starts with a water fall that cascades down the rocks into a large pool. There is also a water slide which passes under a bridge & empties into the pool. There are two whirlpool spas. "Quiet" leisure pools are also located near the of resort room buildings.

I have stayed at this resort several times now and have requested the Grandstand Villa twice & received it both times. I like it for its convenience to everything (pool, boat ramp, lobby).
This resort comes highly recommended for everything including facilities, amenities a service.

2007 Room Rates (per night, tax not included):

Room Type Value Regular Peak Holiday:

Studio $279 $309 $359 $399
1 BR Villa $370 $420 $485 $560
2 BR Villa $515 $610 $745 $850
3 BR Grand Villa $1135 $1265 $1430 $1595

Check in: 4pm, Check out: 11am. Late check-out of 1pm can be requested without an additional charge.

Resort amenities

• Food Court, Snack Bars
• Pizza Delivery
• Swimming pool
• Whirpool, Spa
• Video Arcade
• Children's activities
• Playground
• Gym, Health Club
• Jogging trail
• Watercraft Rentals
• Tennis
• Multilingual staff
• Self parking

As with all Disney Hotels, free transportation to the Disney Theme Parks, Water Parks and Downtown Disney from Saratoga Springs Resort is available by: Bus and Water Taxi.

I love all rooms here.

Studios are 376 sq. ft. & like a hotel room with kitchenette , toaster, microwave, under-counter refrigerator with small freezer, coffeemaker, & bar sink. All have a patio or balcony with 2 chairs & table. They sleep 4.

1-Bedroom's are 1,016 sq. ft. & have a large "great room" with queen size sleep sofa & laundry room with full size washer/dryer. The master bedroom is luxurious, with king bed, chair & ottoman, 2 nightstands, armoire with TV, hope chest with drawers & ceiling fan. They also sleep 4.

2-Bedroom units are 1,322 sq. ft. & are a 1-bedroom plus studio combined. There are 2 different layouts for the 2-bedrooms- regular or “dedicated” 2-bedroom which has a 2nd sink & vanity area in place of kitchenette, & a 2nd large closet in the space that would be the outside entrance for the studio. The "lock-off" layout is simply the 1-bedroom & studio with a door between them. These units are well suited for couples traveling together who want privacy. 2-bedroom units sleep 8.

3-Bedroom Grand Villas are 2,265 sq. ft., are expensive & hard to get. All units are 2 stories, with full kitchen, dining room, great room, laundry room, master bedroom & bath, and 4th bathroom on the 1st floor. The 2nd floor is 2 bedrooms, each with private bathroom & TV. 1 bedroom has 2 queen-size beds, & the other has 2 double beds. The great room has an open, 2-story ceiling, 32" TV & stereo, dining area with 4 chairs, & queen size sofa sleeper, loveseat, & chair. The dining room has a large table that seats 8, connecting to a home-size kitchen.

Room amenities
• In-room high speed internet access
• Nonsmoking rooms available
• Irons, ironing boards, hairdryers & make-up mirrors in each room
• Fully stocked minibars
• In-room safes
• Cable TV w/ Disney Channel & ESPN
• Cribs, refrigerators & microwaves available upon request
• Laundry facilities

Kitchens include:
• Coffee makers
• Blender
• Dinnerware
• Pots & pans
• Microwave
• Toaster
• Stove
• Refrigerator
• Dishwasher
• Electric mixer (upon request)

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Spa and Resort, Theme Park Trips, Family Travel
  • Written November 26, 2007

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Seralago Hotel & Suites: Very close to Disney, located in Kissimmee

I have stayed at The Seralago Hotel & Suites several times in the past when Disney resorts were not available or I spontaneously arrived in the area & wanted a safe, clean, convenient & very reasonable hotel room. Seralago meets this criteria perfectly.

614 Rooms & Suites, 2 heated, Olympic-style pools, & less than 3 miles from Disneyworld in the heart of Kissemmee's boulevard of bargains, restaurants, attractions & entertainment.

There is a full-service restaurant & Food Court with small grocery store, & a Kid's-Eat-Free Program - children 12 & under eat FREE breakfast
FREE shuttle to the Walt Disney World® Magic Kingdom Transportation Center & tickets to all Orlando's family attractions can be purchased right in the lobby.
Pet Friendly.
KidSuites from USD $71 with standard features like a mini-fridge, microwave oven, coffee/tea maker, hair dryers & iron/ironing board in every room
2-Room Suites from USD $79
2 large pools and 2 Jacuzzi® whirlpools.
Just next door to the Old Town shopping, dining and entertainment attraction area

Also, there is a Kiddies pool, video arcade game room, 2 kid's playgrounds, Fitness Center, 2 Tennis Courts, Sand Volleyball Court, Basketball hoop, Coin laundry facilities & 1,200 total square feet of meeting space for weddings, small meetings & family reunions, free wireless internet in the lobby & foodcourt, free shuttle to WDW running about 4 times per day

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Family Travel, Budget Travel
  • Written November 27, 2007
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A very nice hotel as an option to Disney resorts

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All Star Sports resort, Pop Century, etc: Disneyworld's value-Priced Accomodations



One advantage about staying at a Disney “Value Priced” property is that rather having than expensive restaurants attached, they have food courts with café & deli priced food for the whole family right on site. Everything is cafeteria style. You can buy a reasonably priced meal for the family without having to drive anywhere. ( ie. cold cereal & milk for breakfasts).They have children’s play areas and themed swimming pools.

Suggestion: Go to a local grocery store and buy a foam cooler ($5.00) & milk, juice, cereal, finger foods) Fill the chest with ice ( from the hotel/motel) if your room does not come with a refrigerator.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Theme Park Trips, Family Travel
  • Written July 17, 2006

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Walt Disney World - All Star Movies: Stay in the Heart of all of the Fun

The fact that you are waking up in Walt Disney World makes the price for this hotel worth it for me.

Even after the parks have closed, you are surrounded by the Disney magic.

There are giant 3D characters on each section of the hotel.
Each room has a Disney Movies theme.
The pool fits in with the theme of the hotel - it has Michey Mouse from Fantasia whipping up the water!

The excellent service Disney is so well known for is carried on in this hotel.

You are always within reach of the parks as there is free transportation right through opening hours.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Theme Park Trips
  • Written May 3, 2003
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Disney's All Star Movies Resort


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Wyndham Palace Resort & Spa: A Highrise View

My room on the 23rd floor had a nice view, especially if you stepped outside onto its balcony! However, since my days were either taken up in meetings or catching up on work-related emails, I did not really have the time to savour it much! It was a bit strange to be able to look straight down from such a height - most hotels that I have stayed in do not permit outside access at such a height! Almost as good as the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland!

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Business Travel
  • Written November 15, 2003
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Disney's Pop Century Resort: A great value resort at Walt Disney World

We loved our stay at Disney's Pop Century Resort - so much so that if we ever go back to WDW, I'd probably want to stay there again. Pop Century is the most recent of the Disney value resorts and it pays tribute to American pop culture from the 1950s to the 1990s. We had a great time just walking around the resort and spotting all the pop culture icons, from a giant foozball game to giant Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head. Our room was quite comfortable and well-designed to accomodate a party of four. We were also amazed at how quiet it was! We stayed in the 80s section, so the computer pool was right around the corner - it's a huge pool and the water was deliciously warm - but we also had access to the resort's two other pools.

We had breakfast at the hotel everyday (see my tip on Everything Pop), did some shopping at the huge gift shop and spent a couple hours at the arcade. When we felt like getting away from all the action, it was also possible to go for a nice walk along Hourglass Lake. The entire resort was very well maintained and incredibly clean, and the staff (or "cast members" as they call them at Disney) were always helpful and friendly. I'd recommend staying there in a heartbeat!

We loved the fact that the pool was open until midnight - it gave us a chance to cool down and unwind after a busy day at one of the theme parks. We also very much enjoyed the music that was playing throughout the resort, from Buddy Holly to the Backstreet Boys!

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Family Travel, Theme Park Trips
  • Written August 9, 2009
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Marriott Vista Grande Villas: Marriott's Grande Vista

I have stayed at most of the Marriott hotels and resorts in the Orlando area and my feeling is that Grande Vista is ideal if you are willing to play golf during your vacation or you need a large 3-room appartment. For any other purpose I believe that Sabal Palms or Cypress Harbour are more convenient.

Nevertheless, this is an excellent property with all the amenities that Marriott envisioned for its superb vacation club resorts like 5 heated swimming pools, whirlpool spas, steam rooms, sauna tower, fitness center, tennis courts and a kids' activity center with organized activities program for children and teenagers.

GOLF:
This resort hosts the Faldo Golf Institute with a nine-hole course, 35-acre practice area and state-of-the-art teaching facilities. Additionally Marriott's Grande Pines golf course is located across the road from Grande Vista.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written May 25, 2004
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Caribbean Beach Resort: I recommend this hotel

I recommend this hotel to anyone. It is ideally located and as all Disney Resort Hotels has its own bus service. The hotel covers a large area (but has its own bus service, so there isn't much walking involved) and is split into deifferent areas, each given a name of a Caribbean Island. They are all situated around a lake which has man-made beaches. This was great at night because you could relax in the warm on a beach but only be minutes from your room. The hotel has it's own swimming pool (unfortunately closed when we were there), shops and restaurants. The staff were friendly and helpful and made our stay much more easy. Overall this is one of Disney's best hotels and i would recommend it to anyone.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Theme Park Trips, Budget Travel
  • Written January 23, 2005
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Swimming Pool Area

The pool area also had a fitness centre and a pool-side bar arrangement for whatever struck your fancy! The conference rate was US$129/night or $144 with taxes. Across the street from check-in is a mini-mall with gas station, pharmacy, food store, asian restaurant, pizza joint and so on - quite convenient.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel
  • Written January 15, 2004
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Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa: Luxury and Calm

The Grand Villas at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa are luxury personified! These apartments offer sleeping for up to 12 guests with a master bedroom with en suite jacuzzi bathroom, two bedrooms (with two double beds in each) each with their own bathroom, whilst the lounge has a sofa bed and the fourth bathroom is located off the kitchen.

We stayed for 5 nights during Ann (TheTravelSlut's) Orlando Meet. This made a great base as the apartment is bigger than my own house! We had a meet and greet session as well as brunch on Sunday within the Grand Villa. There's a full kitchen with all the amenities including fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster, crockery, kitchenware, glassware and cutlery.

It is located a short (free) boat ride from Downtown Disney and has inter-resort buses available to some of the other Disney resorts within Walt Disney World.

Within the resort there is a pool (with lifeguards), spa facilities, restaurants (including fast food) and walks can be enjoyed through the landscaped resort and lake facilities.

Our Villa overlooked one of the small lakes.

The staff at the Disney resorts really take customer care to the maximum; when we arrived, we had a large amount of luggage and boxes and one of the bus-boys took their time to ensure he helped with a trolley and assisted with bringing it all up to our villa - it was very hot and we were all warm and sticky by the end of it but he always had a smille.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Theme Park Trips
  • Written July 25, 2010
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Contemporary Hotel: Deluxe Lodging at Disney World

The Contemporary Hotel was one of two lodgings available at the 1971 opening of the resort, complete with a dedication by Bob Hope. The centerpiece is a 15 story A frame tower with huge indoor atrium extending from the fourth floor Grand Canyon Concourse up to the roof, lined by almost 400 rooms. The absolute highlight, presumably revolutionary at the time, was the fourth floor access to the monorail which passes right through the building (image 1), allowing speedy access to the Magic Kingdom and with transfer EPCOT.

A second highlight is the massive mural (image 2) by Disney idea maven Mary Blair - a 1700 sq meter mural dominating the concourse and entitled Pueblo Village. Hand painted tiles feature stylized wildlife and Native American children. We missed it but on a facing wall is a mural of a 5 legged goat. Ms. Blair apparently housed doubts about anything manmade being without flaw.

Construction was also advanced for the time - a steel building into which prefabricated rooms were placed by cranes. The secondary building, where we stayed, is a three story annex, the Garden Wing. The main building offers views of the Magic Kingdom and the adjacent Bay Lake and manmade Seven Seas Lagoon but may also include views of the parking lot. The Garden Wing faces either a Mickey Mouse shaped pool or a garden, our view, peaceful and quiet. The two buildings do not have an indoor connection and it is a bit of a hike particularly if one's garden room is on the far side of the building.

The Contemporary tower building offers a multitude of services including a shopping arcade, a game room ( expensive ), and multiple restaurants of varying cost and formality.

The recently redecorated rooms in the Garden Wing maintain the contemporary decor. Large, with two queen beds, desk and chairs, and flat screen TV. The bathrooms are reasonable size with dual sinks. Closet space is more than adequate. That said, these rooms are certainly nothing special in decor or conveniences, just adequate. Housekeeping was superb, still surprised how well chaos became order while we were out of the room.

Depending on room location, tower rooms offer great views of the Magic Kingdom especially when lit up at night and a perfect place to watch the fireworks. BTW, for other guests, the fireworks are visible from a terrace on the fourth floor.

Pictures to come.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Written November 13, 2012
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royal plaza hotel: lake buena vista

the royal plaza hotel is located in the lake buena vista hotel complex next to downtown disney. it has an excellent location for visiting the disney theme parks. bus service to all of the disney attractions is short walk from this hotel. this hotel is a disney property.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Theme Park Trips, Family Travel
  • Written April 22, 2007
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disney's contemporary resort: disney property

the disney contemporary resort is one of two original hotels built in the 1970's next to the walt disney world theme park. one interesting feature of this hotel is that the disney monorail runs through the lobby of the hotel. this is the closest hotel to the WDW theme park. the contempory resort offers monorail transportation to WDW. rates start at $259 to $1270. the contemporary is the least expensive of the three hotels on the monorail system.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Theme Park Trips, Spa and Resort, Family Travel
  • Written December 22, 2007
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Howard Johnson Plaza Universal Studios: Horrible reviews....don't believe what you read!

We were pretty anxious before we arrived at the hotel, from all the negative reviews we'd read on other sites. I remember some people saying it was extremely dirty, unsafe...that you'd be better sleeping in the parking lot! Needless to stay we stuck with it - we weren't planning to spend much time in our hotel anyway - & I'm so glad we didn't change!

The hotel wasn't nearly as bad as people make out. The staff were extremely helpful, both at the reception & at the snack bar. Ok, the hotel could do with a lick of paint & some new carpets.....but this didn't bother us....we were usually dashing in/out/too tired to notice that the carpets had seen better days! Our room was cleaned daily, we had fresh towels....I don't see the problem with this hotel. Sure, it was basic, but that's what we wanted....& for the price, that's what we knew we'd be getting.

It's ideally located next to Wet n Wild so we didn't even use the hotel pool once! It's just off I-Drive - a 2-3 min walk & you can be at an I-Ride stop. The shuttle bus was fantastic, it'd pick us up at around 7.45, then we'd be at Disney ready to enter by 8.30am which was perfect. There were lots of return times too & the bus was always ontime, & the driver extremely friendly. As we weren't hiring a car, the shuttle bus was extremely helpful! It's also very close to Universal studios, so a taxi back from there was only around $8 which again is ideal when you've had a long day & you just want to get back to your room.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Study Abroad, Road Trip
  • Written March 31, 2006
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