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Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort Overview
Opened in 2009, this complex of 60 three-bedroom villas lies between Disney's Old Key West Resort and the Grandstand section of Saratoga Springs proper, with a separate entrance off Disney Vacation Club Way. The treehouses are bordered by Lake Buena Vista Golf Course to the northeast and a waterway to the southwest that feeds into Village Lake.
True to their name, the villas stand on stilts 10 feet off the ground (ramps provide wheelchair access) and are surrounded by a densely wooded landscape. Each villa is an eight-sided structure with three bedrooms and two full bathrooms in about 1,074 square feet—about the same size as two-bedroom villas at the Wilderness Lodge, Beach Club, and Saratoga Springs but smaller than those at Animal Kingdom, BoardWalk, and Old Key West.
Each villa holds nine people, one more than comparably sized rooms at the other DDV resorts. The master and second bedrooms have queen beds, and the third bedroom has bunk beds. A sofa bed and sleeper chair in the living room round out the mattress lineup. As with other sleeper sofas and chairs, we think these are more appropriate for kids than adults.
Because of their size, the treehouses cost about the same as a two-bedroom villa elsewhere at Saratoga Springs. When we stayed here, however, we didn't notice the missing space because the layout of the kitchen, dining areas, and living areas was so open. Thus, the extra bedroom might be a good value. Beware the master bathroom, however: the shower and tub are side-by-side in an enclosed glass wall. If you're tilting down in the shower to shave your legs or grab a bottle of shampoo, you could whack your head on the side of the tub if you're not careful. Not good for housekeeping to find you passed out and prunelike on the shower floor.
The interior of each villa is decorated with natural materials, such as stone floors in the kitchen, granite countertops, and stained wood furniture. End tables, picture frames, and bunk beds are made from rustic logs. Bathrooms, outfitted in modern tile, have showers and tubs plus a decent amount of counter space.
Because of its location, Treehouse Villas has few amenities of its own: each villa has a large wooden deck with charcoal grill, and all villas share a small central pool with spa. A walking path connects the complex to the main Saratoga Springs grounds, and Treehouse Villas guests can use all of the facilities at Saratoga Springs. Two dedicated bus stops serve the villas.
How Treehouse Villas Compare to Other Disney Resorts
Even though the treehouses aren't really, you know, treehouses, they still are some of the most unique hotel accommodations in Walt Disney World. The benefit of Saratoga Springs is its location. The resort is located across the lake from Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs), and can be accessed via a short boat ride. Golfers rejoice, Saratoga Springs is also the home to Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course.
Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations
A security gate guards the entrance to Saratoga Springs' grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.
Check-in time at Treehouse Villas is 4:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Saratoga Springs participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you've done this, look for an Online Check-In sign near the Registration Desk. You'll be routed to one of the Online Check-in staff and should be on the way to your room in a few minutes.
If you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card when you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind in a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television showing classic Disney animated films.
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Get theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the right of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain theme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line for tickets just after another adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also make Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them online prior to arrival.
Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's Rooms
Each Treehouse Villa is made up of three bedrooms and a living room area with attached kitchen and dining room. The Treehouses are 1,074 square feet and sleep up to nine people.
Each Treehouse Villa room is furnished with the following:
- Two queen beds
- One bunk bed
- One queen-size sleeper sofa
- One sleeper chair
- Dresser with 4 small-size drawers
- Table with 4 chairs and a long bench
- Nightstand digital alarm clock
- Full-length mirror (on bath door)
- WiFi wireless Internet access
- Flat-panel TV in each room
- Full sized fridge
- Coffee Maker
- Ironing board and iron
- Hair dryer
- Digital thermostat
- In-room safe
- Tiny bottle of H2O-brand shampoo, and bar soap
- Dish washer
- A limited collection of pots, pans, plates, glasses and silverware.
- Washing machine and dryer
The full sized fridge is good enough to hold all the food and drinks you need. It's also cold enough to make sure that raw meats and other perishables will keep for your trip. The kitchen inside each cabin is small but most of the tools to make and serve meals are there if you need them.
Handicap-Accessible Room Options
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort has 4 handicap-accessible rooms. Some feature roll-in showers or bathtubs with rails. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which feature.
Saratoga Springs Pools
The Treehouse Villas have their own pool located near Treehouses 7035, 7036, 7037, 7055, 7056 and 7060. The Treehouse Villas pool is very small so it can quickly become overwhelmed with guests. Luckily Treehouse Villa guests may use Saratoga Springs' other pools
Saratoga Springs has four pools. The largest, High Rock Spring Pool, sits sits near the outside of the resort's lobby, Carriage House. There is also a hot tup, kiddie pool and water player area.
The other smaller pools are located in The Grandstand, The Paddock and Congress Park sections sections of the resort. These pools are basic concrete pools and are considered "quiet pools," meaning that loud play and splashing around are discouraged.
Saratoga Springs' pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to 4 feet 9 inches/1.4m. Pool are open every day, including during winter. The pools are heated to 82°F/28°C throughout the year. We've swum in temperatures as cold as 40°F/4°C; the water was fine, but getting out was a shock. Saratoga Springs also has a hot tubs located near each pool.
High Rock Spring Pool has one water slide that all ages are free to use. Guests can find showers, storage lockers, restrooms, and laundry facilities. Pool hours are at least 10AM to 10 PM, extending to as much as 8 AM to 12 AM during busy times. The main pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours.
Infants and children in diapers are welcome in all of Saratoga Springs' pools, as long as they're wearing swim diapers. Water wings are allowed at all Disney pools, and every pool has free life vests in a variety of sizes:
- Infant/child: Weight less than 30 lbs.
- Child: Weight 30-50 lbs.
- Youth: Weight 50-90 lbs.
- Adult XS: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 31-34 in.
- Adult S: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 34-37 in.
- Adult M: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 37-40 in.
- Adult L: Weight more than 90 lbs. Chest size 40-43 in.
- Adult XL: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 43-46 in.
- Adult XXL: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 46-48 in.
- Additionally, there may be a small supply of even larger vests. Inquire at your resort.
You may need to bring your towels from your room to use at the pool - Disney sometimes stocks extra towels poolside, and sometimes they don't. Our advice is to send someone down to the pool to check the towel situation before you go. If you end up using your room towels at the pool, just call Housekeeping when you get back and request more.
Pool toys are permitted in Saratoga Springs' pools, including "pool noodles," and basic toys that would be appropriate for water use such as rubber duckies and bucket & shovel sets. Some of us will occasionally bring something like a whiffle ball for playing catch in the pool. As long as you’re not disturbing other guests, you’ll be fine. Also note that kids with pool toys become very popular with other kids in the pool who want to play too. If you’re traveling with an only child and want him to have some age cohort interaction during your vacation, a nice strategy is to bring some extra toys. Chances are he’ll make a buddy.
Wheelchair Accessibility at Saratoga Springs' Pool
Saratoga Springs' High Rock Spring Pool has a chair-lift device that can lower guests in wheelchairs into the shallow end of the pool. Check with any lifeguard for assistance on using the lift.
Playgrounds at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort
A small playground set is located near the pool in the Congress Park section of the resort. The set has a small plastic slide and a couple of sections with a few steps for toddlers to go up and down. Safety seems to be Disney's concern here - there are no swings, and the entire area is covered in sand.
Restaurants and Dining
Treehouse Villas do not have their own dedicated restaurants, but there are plenty to be found at Saratoga Springs and Downtown Disney. Saratoga Springs has one table service and one counter service restaurants. If these don't fit your needs you can hop on a boat near the Carriage House and ride over to Downtown Disney.
The Turf Club Bar & Grill
There's rarely a crowd at this out-of-the-way spot, so it's nice to request an outdoor table on a sunny day and enjoy a drink and appetizers on the shady terrace. The grilled Caesar salad is the best salad at Disney World.
When the weather's nice, ask for an outdoor table; you can spot golfers on the adjacent Lake Buena Vista golf course and look across the way to Downtown Disney. Tucked off the lobby of the Saratoga Springs Resort, the dining room is equestrian-themed.
The Artist's Palette
The Artist's Palette is small counter service restaurant with a limited menu of sandwiches, salads and wraps. Prices range from $8 to $15 for an entree so you won't break the bank.
Artist's Palette participates in Disney's Rapid Fill refillable mug program, where you purchase a souvenir plastic mug once, and get free refills for the remainder of your stay. The cost varies depending on how long you're staying at the resort:
- $8.99 for 1 day
- $11.99 for 2 days
- $14.99 for 3 days
- $17.99 for length of stay (4 or more days)
The break-even point for the refillable mug program seems to be around 3 visits on the 1-day plan; 4 visits on the 2-day plan; 5 on the 3- day plan; and 6 visits for stays of 4 or more days. Keep in mind that if you buy a regular $3 fountain soda at any meal, you get unlimited refills during that meal. So for the refillable mug program to make sense, you'll need to drink soda with at least 3 separate meals on the 1-day plan, or 5 separate meals on the 2-day plan. In those cases, it would be hard to get too far from a bathroom, let alone all the way to the parks.
Restaurants at Saratoga Springs participate in the Disney Dining Plan; meals cost 1 credit at Artist's Palette and The Turf Club Bar & Grill. Tables in Wonderland cardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at all resort gift shops.
Pizza delivery is available to your room from Disney's own delivery service. Besides pizza, chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and sodas are also available. However, delivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below average. You're probably better off either walking to the food court or calling Domino's. Pizza delivery hours are 4 PM to midnight daily. A medium (16") cheese pizza costs around $14 and a pepperoni around $16. Minimum order is $15, and Disney will tack on an 18% tip, $3 delivery charge, and 7% sales tax. Thus, a $30 pizza order will cost you $40.50 delivered.
Saratoga Springs has one lounge and three pool bars for guests to consume adult beverages at. The Turf Club Lounge is Saratoga Springs' main lounge. The Turf Club Lounge has indoor seating and a full drink menu with several beers, wines, and a selection of spirits. The lounge is usually open 4 PM to 12 AM daily.
The Paddock Grill is located adjacent to the quiet pool in The Paddock. Paddock Grill has a small selection of specialty drinks, beer and wine.
Backstretch Pool Bar is located near the pool at The Grandstand. It also
offers a selection of specialty drinks, beer and wine. This bar is seasonal
and operates a limited amount of hours.
Transportation to and from Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort
Driving Your Own Car Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort is just off of I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 68 toward Apopka Vineland Rd/Kissimmee Vineland Rd N. Turn left on Hotel Plaza Blvd. Turn right onto Buena Vista Dr and Saratoga Springs will be on your left.
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's GPS address and location are:
Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Latitude: 28.379392 North, Longitude: 81.531384 West
From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free Magical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.
From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. At those prices, it may be less expensive to rent a car and park it at the hotel.
Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney Disney provides free bus service from Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and the Treehouse Villas to Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check-in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along the wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach. Downtown Disney/Disney Springs is accessed via a boat that can be loaded near the Carriage House in Saratoga Springs or the dock near treehouses 7020 and 7021 in the Treehouse Villa section of the resort. The Treehouse Villas have their own two bus stops located at the east and west of the treehouse area of the resort.
Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's Bus Schedule
Ask a Disney Castmember about Treehouse Villas' bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, Treehouse Villas' bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're headed.
For example, if you're headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 15 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios are about the same early in the day, with a bus arriving every 15-20 minutes, on average. Bus schedules to the water parks are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes for a ride.
Buses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people are already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme parks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back to their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should average out to around 30 minutes under most circumstances.
If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks. Disney's bus service is faster to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Treehouse Villas' bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.
Getting to another hotel from Treehouse Villas and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort an open theme park (or ride the boat to Downtown Disney), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower), hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Animal Kingdom, the Saratoga Springs, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.
The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Saratoga Springs to wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride to get to most Disney hotels from Saratoga Springs, and often less. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.
To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.
Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do
Saratoga Springs is home to Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. This 18-hole course has hosted PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour and USGA events in the past and one of it trademark features is its 7th hole with a island green. Prices range from $39.00 to $165.00. Call (407) WDW-GOLF to reserve a tee time.
Senses Spa is Saratoga Springs' spa. Senses Spa is open 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily. Massage, facial, and body treatment services are available. A 24-Hour fitness center is also available at Senses Spa.
Saratoga Springs' gift shop is Artist's Palette. It is located in the Carriage House near the lobby. As you'd expect from a Disney gift shop, Artist's Palette has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Downtown Disney.
Artist's Palette also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like. And Artist's Palette has Disney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's what you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - about double - than what you'd probably pay at home.
Located near spa and fitness center is the Win, Place Or Show Arcade, which has a decent collection of relatively recent video and arcade games. Most games cost $0.50 to $2.00 per play, which can add up quickly. It's helpful to set a budget with your kids before they go in.
Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail. The trail is a 0.8 or 1.44-mile loop along the greens of Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course.
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort Babysitting and In-Room Child Care
Disney doesn't offer on-site child care at Saratoga Springs, but you've got some options. If you've got a car and you're headed to the theme parks, you can drop off your little ones at one of the child-care clubs at a resort nearby. Services vary, but children generally can be left between 4:30 PM and midnight. Milk and cookies and blankets and pillows are provided at all centers, and dinner is provided at most. Play is supervised but not organized, and toys, videos, and games are plentiful. Guests at any Disney resort or campground may use the services.
The most elaborate of the child-care centers (variously called "clubs" or "camps") is Never Land Club at the Polynesian Resort. The rate for ages 3-12 is $12 per hour, per child (2-hour minimum).
All the clubs accept reservations (some six months in advance!) with a credit card guarantee. Call the club directly, or reserve through Disney at 407-WDW-DINE. (If you call before 4 PM, call the club directly using the number shown below.) Most clubs require a 24-hour cancellation notice and levy a hefty penalty of 2 hours' time or $22.50 per call for no- shows. A limited number of walk-ins are usually accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
|Hotel||Name of Program||Ages||Phone|
|Animal Kingdom Lodge||Simba's Clubhouse||3-12||407-938-4785|
|Dolphin and Swan||Camp Dolphin||4-12||407-934-4241|
|Polynesian Resort||Never Land Club||3-12||407-824-1639|
|Yacht and Beach Club Resorts||Sandcastle Club||3-12||407-934-3750|
|Wilderness Lodge and Villas||Cub's Den||3-12||407-824-1083|
Two companies provide in-room sitting in Walt Disney World and surrounding areas. They're Kid's Nite Out and Fairy Godmothers (no kidding). Both provide sitters older than age 18 who are insured, bonded, screened, reference-checked, police-checked, and trained in CPR. In addition to caring for your kids in your room, the sitters will, if you direct (and pay), take your children to the theme parks or other venues. Neither service will transport your children in private vehicles or give baths. Both offer bilingual sitters.
|Kid's Nite Out||Fairy Godmothers|
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Men and women
Mothers and grandmothers, female college students
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $18.50
3 children, $21
4 children, $23.50
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $16
3 children, $16
4 children, $18
Transportation fee, $10; starting before 6:30 AM
or after 9 PM, +$2 per hour; additional fee for holidays
Transportation fee, $14; starting after 10 PM,
+$2 per hour
24 hours before service when reservation is made
3 hours before service
Form of Payment
AE, D, MC, V; gratuity in cash
Form of Payment
Cash or traveler's check for actual payment; gratuity in cash
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children in private vehicles,
take children swimming, give baths
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children, give baths; swimming
is at sitter's discretion
Miscellaneous Saratoga Springs
If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's Lost and Found department by calling (407) 827-1100.
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Treehouses 7024-7034 and 7058-7060 are closest to one of the villas' two dedicated bus stops and the walkway to Saratoga Springs; 7026-7033 also have water views. Treehouses 7001-7011 and 7052-7054 are closest to the other bus stop. Finally, Treehouses 7035-7037, 7055, 7056, and 7060 surround the pool.
|Extremely nice three-bedroom villas||Somewhat confusing bus system shared with Saratoga Springs|
|Lushly landscaped setting, quiet secluded villas|
|Best fitness center at WDW||Distance from dining and services of Saratoga Springs|
|Convenient self-parking||Limited dining options|
|Close to Downtown Disney||No character meals|
|Best spa at Walt Disney World||Most distant of all Disney resorts from the theme parks|
|Golf on-property||Theme and atmosphere not very kid-friendly|
|Hiking, jogging, water recreation||Only 2 bathrooms (other 3 bedroom villas at WDW have 3-4 bathrooms)|
|Small dedicated pool (guests do have access to Saratoga Springs' excellent pools)|
|Park||Commuting Times||Resort Transportation|
|Magic Kingdom||27 min|
|Hollywood Studios||25 min|
|Animal Kingdom||41 min|
|Shuttle to Parks||Yes|