Opened in 2009, this complex of 60 three-bedroom villas lies between Disneyâ€™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 feetâ€”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 twobedroom villa elsewhere at Saratoga Springs. When we stayed here, however, we didnâ€™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 youâ€™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 youâ€™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.
Blog Posts About Treehouse Villas
|Hotel||Definitely (+/- since 2010)|
|Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort||50% (-19%)|
|Average for WDW hotels||74% (+3%)|
|Average for off-site hotels||79% (+10%)|
|Average for vacation homes & condos||95% (N/A)|
|Hotel||Definitely (+/- since 2010)|
|Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort||100% + (23%)|
|Average for WDW hotels||90% (+1%)|
|Average for off-site hotels||94% (+5%)|
|Average for vacation homes & condos||100% (N/A)|
Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort
Treehouses 7024â€“7034 and 7058â€“7060 are closest to one of the villasâ€™ two dedicated bus stops and the walkway to Saratoga Springs; 7026â€“ 7033 also have water views. Treehouses 7001â€“7011 and 7052â€“7054 are closest to the other bus stop. Finally, Treehouses 7035â€“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)|
|Magic Kingdom||13 minutes|
|Animal Kingdom||17 minutes|
|Disney's Hollywood Studios||13 minutes|
|Quietness of Room||A|
|Shuttle to Parks||Yes|