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Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort Overview

Saratoga Springs, a Disney Deluxe Villa resort, has a theme wordily described by Disney as recalling an “1880s, Victorian, upstate New York lakeside retreat” amid “pastoral landscapes, formal gardens, bubbling springs, and natural surroundings.” Saratoga Springs comprises 1,260 studio and one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas across the lake from Disney Springs. Housed in 12 buildings, most accommodations are of recent vintage, while the fitness center and check-in building are retooled vestiges of the erstwhile Disney Institute. An adjacent 60-unit Villa complex, Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, opened in 2009.

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort map

Surrounded on three sides by golf courses, Saratoga Springs is the only Disney-owned resort that affords direct access to the links (the military-only Shades of Green also provides golf on-property).

Furnishings and soft goods have been updated in a palette of earth tones. Chairs, sofas, and tables are comfortable and functional. The living room sofas can be transformed into pull-down Murphy beds that sleep two and the cabinetry under the primary television transforms into a twin-size bed. The kitchen is efficient, though some guests complain that it is too small. The overall effect, however, is sophisticated and restful. A Gulf Shores, Alabama, family, however, takes a slight exception to the restful part:

Saratoga Springs Resort was beautiful, comfortable, and exactly what we needed for our family of five. It was VERY quiet . . . except for the toilets. When you flushed, it sounded like the space shuttle launching.

A couple from Peru, Indiana, takes a more critical tack:

Saratoga Springs is our least favorite resort. We didn’t enjoy the theming, and unless you have a car, getting around by the bus system is a real hassle. The food court is small for the size of the resort and the food is expensive for what you get. Also, the checkout process was very slow, and our room seemed smaller than comparable rooms at BoardWalk Villas and Old Key West.

A Cartersville, Georgia, reader echoes the previous complaint about bus service:

No matter what time we attempted to leave a park for Saratoga Springs, there were no buses. Forty-five minutes was the norm. We loved Saratoga Springs, but why pay the premium when we ended up driving or taking cabs so as not to waste 2–3 hours per day?

How Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort Compares to Other Disney Deluxe Resorts

Saratoga Springs is different because of its location. The resort is located across the lake from 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. Saratoga Springs offers a salon, spa, and the largest fitness center at a Disney World resort hotel.

Saratoga Springs' exterior.

The revamped Disney Springs has markedly increased Saratoga Springs’ appeal to readers and to us. Within a short walk of this resort are a week’s worth of good dining options, plus enough people-watching and entertainment for everyone. We wouldn’t be surprised if Disney started raising Saratoga’s prices because of this. If you’ve got a car to help avoid SSR’s sometimes slow bus service to the theme parks, we recommend giving this resort a try.

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.

Guests keeping a car at the hotel overnight will be charged $25 per day. (This is waived for DVC members staying on points.)

Check-in time at Saratoga Springs 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 in advance of your arrival. If you have checked-in online the resort will send you a text or email with your room number when it is ready. Then you can go straight to the room and use your SmartPhone or MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether. Saratoga Springs's registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Beginning January 1, 2021, guests will no longer receive complimentary MagicBands but will still have the option to purchase them.

Saratoga Springs' lobby.

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.

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.

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's Rooms

Saratoga Springs Studios: Studios sleep up to four people and include one queen-size bed and one murphy beds with double mattresses. The total Studio room size is 355 square feet, with about half of that being dedicated to the kitchen and bathroom area

Saratoga Springs Studio.

A Standard Saratoga Springs Studio Bathroom.

Saratoga Springs one-Bedroom Villa: The one-bedroom villa sleeps 5 and provides a formal kitchen, a second bathroom and a living room in addition to the studio bedroom. The living room's chair and sofa fold out to provide beds for 3 more people. One-Bedrooms Villas are 714 square feet.

Saratoga Springs 1-Bedroom Villa.

Saratoga Springs Two-bedroom villas: Two-bedroom villas sleep eight and include all of the kitchen amenities found in a one-bedroom, plus an extra bathroom. One of the baths is attached to a second bedroom with two queen beds or a queen bed plus a sleeper-sized sofa. As with the one- bedrooms, a sofa bed and sleeper chair in the living room provide extra places to snooze, though they're best suited to small children. Two-Bedroom Villas are 1,075 square feet.

Saratoga Springs Two-Bedroom Villa.

Saratoga Springs Grand Villas: The two-story Grand Villas sleep 12 and include four bathrooms, the same master-bedroom layout, and two bedrooms with two queen beds apiece. An upstairs seating area overlooking the main floor provides a sleeper sofa and chair. Grand Villas are 2,113 square feet.

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort Room Layout

Saratoga Springs Grand Villa.

Handicap-Accessible Room Options

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort has around 100 handicap-accessible rooms. Some feature roll-in showers, while others include assistive hearing devices. A subset of these rooms have been converted to comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which feature

Saratoga Springs 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 tub and kiddie pool.

Saratoga Springs' High Rock Spring Pool and The Grandstand's water play area.

The other smaller pools are located in The Grandstand (with child-friendly water play area), 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. 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 9 AM to 8 PM, extending to as much as 7 AM to 11 PM during busy times. The main pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours.

For more information on the pools at WDW resorts, including towels, entertainment programming, handicap access, kiddie pools, life vests, and much more, see our Walt Disney World Resort Pool Fact Sheet FAQ.

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

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 Disney Springs.

The Turf Club Bar & Grill

The Turf Club Dinner Menu - The Turf Club Kids Dinner Menu

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

Artist's Palette Breakfast Menu - Artist's Palette Kids Breakfast Menu - Artist's Palette Lunch/Dinner Menu - Artist's Palette Kids Lunch/Dinner Menu

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 is a flat $19.99 for your length of stay.

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 most resort restaurants.

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:

    Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort
    1901 East Buena Vista Drive
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    Latitude: 28.396937 North, Longitude: 81.545449 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 your hotel room, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.

For more information see our Disney's Magical Express Frequently Asked Questions page.

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 Disney Springs Disney provides free bus service from Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort 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. Disney Springs is accessed via a boat that can be loaded near the Carriage House.

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's Bus Schedule

Ask a Disney Cast Member about Saratoga Springs' bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, Saratoga Springs' 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 Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.

Getting to another hotel from 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 Disney Springs), 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 Wilderness, Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, or 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 an 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 Disney Springs.

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 contracts with a third party company, Kids Nite Out, to provide babysitting services at the resort hotels. See our Disney resort childcare page for more information.


Miscellaneous Saratoga Springs

There are on site washers and dryers available for guest use. For more information on guest laundry services at Walt Disney World hotels, see our WDW Laundry Information page.

If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's Lost and Found department by calling (407) 827-1100.


Blog Posts About Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

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Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Best and worst room views at Disney's Saratoga Springs resort

TouringPlans offers pictures of the view from any Disney resort room on property. click here for the Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort map and to choose a room to see the view.

This resort’s sprawling size puts some of its best rooms very far away from the main lobby, restaurants, and shops. If you don’t have a car, the best rooms are those in The Springs, numbered 3101–3436 and 3501–3836. Ask for a room toward the northeast side of these buildings (away from the lobby), as the southwest rooms border a well-traveled road. Avoid rooms 4101–4436 in Building 14; a pedestrian walkway runs behind the patios of this building and gets a lot of use in the early morning from guests headed to breakfast.

Good rooms in buildings 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Congress Park

Congress Park sits on the edge of the lake that Separates Saratoga Springs and Disney Springs. Rooms facing south, southeast, and southwest face Disney Springs but most direct views are partially blocked by trees. rooms 1101 - 1436 and 2501 - 2836 in Congress Park offer quietness, a view of Disney Springs, and a relatively short walk to the bus stop. rooms 1101 - 1436 have the closest walks to Disney Springs shops, restaurants, and entertainment.

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Room 2132: You can see Disney Springs in the background.
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Room 2114: Disney did a good job at hiding parking lots in Saratoga, but you can see them from some rooms.
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Room 2101: Looking out on to a path that connects buildings in Congress Park.

Good rooms in buildings 5, 6 and 7 of the Springs

The Springs is located directly next to the resorts lobby and pool complex, Carriage House. This is convenient if you want to be near dining and other amenities but it may cause higher than usual noise levels.

3125
Room 3125: The view from a one-bedroom villa in the Springs.
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Room 3507: Bodies of water and fountains! What's not to like about this view?
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Room 4130: Rooms 4x30 (replace x with the floor number), 4x32, 4x34 and 4x36 in building 7 face a parking lot.

Good rooms in buildings 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 of the Paddock

Buildings 9 and 10 are located next to the Paddock pool and transportation. this may cause higher than usual noise levels. building 12 is also located near a bus stop. in addition to being quiet, rooms 6101 - 6436 and 6501 - 6836 of the paddock afford the closest walks to Disney Springs shops, restaurants, and entertainment. avoid rooms on the northeast side of the 5101 - 5435 building of the paddock, as well as the northwest side of the 5501 - 5836 building; these border a swimming pool and bus stop.

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Room 6545: Some room views are partially blocked by foliage.
6114
Room 6114: This one-bedroom villa faces another building.
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Room 6123: A view of the courtyard in the middle of building 11.

Good rooms in buildings 13 and 14 of the Carousel

Buildings 13 and 14 are located near a bus stop, but are a bit far from the resort's lobby. A walk to the lobby will take around 7 minutes, while a walk to the nearest pool will be around 5 minutes.

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Room 7510: Rooms 7x10, 7x12, 7x14, 7x30, 7x32 and 7x36 in building 14 have a partial view of a parking lot.
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Room 7501: Saratoga Springs has some of the best landscaping in Walt Disney World.
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Room 7110: Rooms 7x10, 7x12 and 7x14 in building 13 face a road.

Good rooms in buildings 15, 16, 17 and 18 of the Grandstand

The Grandstand is positioned next to the Lake Buena Vista golf course. buildings 15 and 16 are located next to a pool. Buildings 17 and 18 are most remote from from the resort's lobby and require about a 7 minute walk.

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Room 8123: Looking out on to Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course.
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Room 8536: Rooms 8x30, 8x32, 8x34 and 8x36 in building 16 face a parking lot.
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Room 9523: The view will make you forget you're in central Florida (but the heat probably won't).

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
Often available at discounted rates or asa DVC rental On-site dining is limited for a resortof this size
Closest resort to Disney Springs andTyphoon Lagoon Theme is dull compared with those ofother Disney resorts
Only WDW-owned resort with dedicatedgolf (Lake Buena Vista Golf Course) Fewer baths per bedroom than newerDVC properties
Attractive main pool; multiple well-themedquiet pools with snack bars Long distance from some rooms to dining and services
Very nice spa and fitness center Bus service can take some time to get outof the (huge) resort
Hiking, jogging, water recreation

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Dining

Commuting Times to the Parks
Park Boat Bus Walk Personal
Automobile
Magic Kingdom 27 min 38 min
EPCOT 23 min 18 min
Hollywood Studios 29 min 20 min
Animal Kingdom 32 min 21 min
Disney Springs 11 min 23 min 15 min 6 min
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