What Is On Site For Families At Saratoga Springs Resort Disney

When you have pinned so much on a resort it has to be right doesn’t it? I had wanted to stay at the Saratoga Springs for quite some time; we had booked 18 months in advance. I wanted to share what is onsite for Families At Saratoga Springs Resort Disney.

So to say we had built up huge expectations for our stay is an understatement. Here is our account of  Living The Disney Life At The Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa.

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I am very relieved to say it did not disappoint we loved Saratoga Springs, for us it was perfect.

Our priorities were;

  • To be near to Downtown Disney
  • Great pools to enable us to chill
  • A choice of places to eat and drink
  • Easy access to the parks

I mentioned in my last post the feeling I got when we first drove though those gates and checked into Saratoga Springs. The resort in my opinion aims to be a tranquil home from home, an oasis of calm away from the mad but wonderful magic of Disney. And they most certainly achieve that in every way.

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Our villa was in the Paddock area, when I initially saw the location on a map my heart sank, it seemed so far away from the main building and pool. In fact it was an incredible location that if we visit again we will request, we loved staying in the Paddock.

I would say it was a 10 minutes walk up to the main pool, food court, bar, restaurant and water taxi dock. But this walk was such a pleasant walk through the most beautiful grounds that we began to love our evening walks.

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Part of the journey takes you across a huge lake on the prettiest bridge, which we spent quite some time peering over the edge of to watch the fish a turtles swimming up to the surface to greet us as we crossed. Kid you not; a family of turtles greeted us halfway across the bridge every day.

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The buildings that are scattered around the village are all painted in beautiful pastel shades of 19th century America, and really does make you feel like you are living in another era.

The Paddock Pool and Grill are fantastic. Yes, these are 4 other pools on site that all looked incredible but we loved the Paddock Pool, it was so close to our villa and had such a friendly bunch of people using it that we made this gorgeous spot our regular pool.

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The wonderful thing was it consisted of 2 pools, an amazing toddler pool with slides, and a large pool with a big curly slide.

Honestly I have no idea how many times Joe wend down the Paddock slide during our stay, he just loved it and made lots of friends that he could splash about with after a busy day in the parks.

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I can’t mention the pool without giving the wonderful staff a mention, the life guards, entertainment team who hosted pool games every afternoon, and the grill staff who served up delicious quick service snacks were the loveliest people who went that extra mile to ensure the atmosphere around the pool was a happy friendly environment.

There was just so much to do on site, and my biggest regret is we didn’t get the time to see all that Saratoga Springs had to offer. We planned to take a ride on the 4 seater bikes, and visit the spa, when we checked in we received a full programme which included games, movies under the stars and sports. But when we were not in the parks we just wanted to chill and soak up the Florida sun or chill in the beautiful suite.

And lastly I want to mention the transport; we were so lucky that there was also a bus stop located at the Paddock Pool, which was a second’s stroll from our room.

Usually you only had a short wait for the correct bus to come along to take you to your chosen resort for the day.

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The buses take you to the bus stops at the gates of the parks, for us this was so much easier than driving and made the trip to much more enjoyable. Yes, there were times we had to queue but these were generally at park closing times and after the fireworks.What Is On Site For Families Saratoga Springs Resort And Getting To The Disney Parks, www.extraordianrychaos.com

Visiting Downtown Disney was a joy; you had the option of getting the resort bus or getting the water taxi across the river. We just loved the water taxi, crossing the river in the evening felt so special, the view of not only the resort but also Downtown Disney was just stunning.

So, would we visit again? Absolutely we loved Saratoga Springs we felt so at home there. The only thing that would stop us is the fact that I want to stay in all the Disney Vacation Resorts now. They all look so incredible.

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17 Comments

  1. 26th August 2015 / 2:49 pm

    Reading this made me laugh as we sound very similar. Last time we visited Old Key West my heart also sank when I found out where we were. But we found it to be a great location. Like you we were literally round the corner from one of the smaller pools, and a 10 second walk to the bus stop. Our balcony looked out over the golf course, and though I hate golf I did find the view relaxing. We spent our evenings in the main pool, as Katie loved to go to the movies under the stars. Even though you are right in the middle of Disney World you could also be a million miles away when you get back to your hotel x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      27th August 2015 / 10:51 pm

      So true Tracey it is like being in another world away from Disney it is so relaxing isn’t it ? x

  2. 27th August 2015 / 2:06 pm

    I think if you’re prepared for the walk it’s fine, and it helps to explore the resorts a little more.

  3. 28th August 2015 / 10:35 pm

    Oh Sarah, it sounds absolutely amazing. What age do you think it would be best to take the boys? They’re two and four now and while I have no issue travelling so far with them or even if they don’t remember the entire trip when they get older, I’d still like to wait until we can really make the most of everything.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      30th August 2015 / 9:21 pm

      Rachel both the boys were 2 and a half the first time we took them and it was magical for them. The experience for them was just so special and they experience things that they would have missed if they had been older, we then revisited when they were 8/9 and Jack was 14 this time, each experience has been so different, yet so wonderful x

  4. 1st September 2015 / 9:56 am

    It looks like you had a great trip and it looks an amazing place. But really that’s what Disney’s all about isn’t it – the magic, glad they delivered (again!) 🙂 #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st September 2015 / 10:29 am

      Thanks Stephanie and yes they most certainly did deliver it was incredible x

  5. 2nd September 2015 / 2:01 pm

    We once saw an Otter from that bridge over the lake – who knew they had those there?!?! I think I might have actually even SOL (that’s Squealed Out Loud) when I saw it, hehe.

    Such a great resort, deffo one of our favourites 🙂

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      4th September 2015 / 9:49 pm

      I would have squealed too, yes it is an incredible resort x

  6. 2nd September 2015 / 4:39 pm

    I’m so glad Sarah that you weren’t disappointed. I have to say, I really am impressed with it myself – having seen your room review last week too. Is it pricey? Or good value for money? It’s great being able to stay within the grounds, swim and eat without the manicness of Disney itself! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      4th September 2015 / 9:50 pm

      Thanks Ting I would say if you can get get a deal with the dining plan it is a great deal, if you don’t then its not the cheapest resort but worth every penny. Saying that by no stretch is it the most expensive either, we felt it was worth it for us x

  7. 3rd September 2015 / 7:58 am

    Oh I can’t resist a Disney post! Or rather I should say a Florida post as although we have visited Florida several times now we haven’t been to Disney for a while as our two daughters are a bit older (7 & 9) and as a family we have been enjoying Universal, Sea World and Busch. However I am contemplating a return trip to Disney in a couple of years as there will be rides they have never tried as they were too young the last time we went. I’m just not so sure about the Fast pass business and booking everything in advance. However, one thing is for sure – Saratoga Springs looks right on the money as a place to stay on Disney property (which we have never done). #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      4th September 2015 / 9:55 pm

      As for the Fast Pass we just loved it, it was so easy to plan and use x

  8. 15th October 2015 / 6:58 pm

    SSR looks like such a lovely resort. We stayed at OKW and took the boat to Downtown Disney, passing Saratoga on the way, I love the colours of the buildings – very pretty! Thanks for sharing on #100DaysOfDisney!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      16th October 2015 / 8:14 pm

      Thanks Michelle, yes the journey is just so beautiful over to Disney Springs, I used to so look forward to it x

  9. Debbie
    10th August 2016 / 11:17 pm

    We are staying at Saratoga springs in a few weeks , the last time we visited Disney was over twenty years ago , ( we stayed at Dixie landings and loved it) my son is now 31 and my daughter 29 (with a husband in tow ) and are as excited as when they were smaller , blogs like yours have made planning this trips so much easier , thank you

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      11th August 2016 / 9:04 pm

      Ah thanks Debbie that is so lovely and have an amazing time, we loved Saratoga Springs it is incredible such a wonderful hotel and a great location x

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