It’s been a while since we’ve visited Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Our last visit was all the way back in January of this year. That post includes a look at the walk over from Downtown Disney as well as some lousy pictures of the lobby, which won’t be included here.
Not a whole lot has changed since our last visit.
It remains a beautiful, sprawling metropolis of buildings connected by roads and crosswalks.
To help mitigate the enormous size of the resort, you may want to request a room in The Springs section, pictured across the water from where this picture was taken in The Paddock.
The Paddock is also a good choice. I like the rooms that face away from the pool in the 5101-5436 and 5501-5836 buildings. These rooms are near the walkway above that connects The Paddock with the main building and they also have convenient access to The Paddock’s pool. See a map of the resort here.
The resort has a relatively new pool complex here in The Paddock section, which includes an expanded pool, 140-foot water slide, children’s play area, and quick service outlet with self-serve mug refill station.
The Paddock Grill would be an easy way to pick up a burger or beverage. Breakfast is also available and it would be a quicker, less hectic way to feed the family than traveling all the way to Artist’s Palette in the main building or waiting to pick something up at the theme parks.
The usual bar menu is also available.
The water play area adjacent to the pool.
Side view of the slide. No POV because I forgot my trunks in my other Jansport.
So you look like less of an idiot than me, you’ll want to pull the top of this handle thing up to open any of the gates surrounding the pool and elsewhere.
You can see the Characters in Flight balloon in the distance. Rooms in Paddock 6501 – 6836 and Congress Park 1101 – 1436 are closest to the walkway to Downtown Disney as well as being quieter than rooms closer to the pools and main building.
But those relying on Disney transportation and resort dining/shopping/amenities will want to request The Springs.
The boat launch to Downtown Disney and the Treehouse Villas is located behind the main building. It drops you off to the left of Paradiso 37 in Downtown Disney.
Saratoga Springs’ proximity to Downtown Disney is one of its biggest advantages. For you golfers, it’s also the only resort (other than Shades of Green) where you can walk across the street and set down your tee, this time at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. The course’s clubhouse sits on Saratoga Springs’ property near The Turf Club restaurant and bar. If dad or gramps is into golf and booze more then Mickey Mouse and Astro Orbiter, you may want to take a look at Saratoga as both would be convenient.
The resort’s “equestrian-themed, Victorian-style” is probably lost on most people. It’s eloquent, but probably doesn’t appeal to most families with kids. That’s often why you see deeper discounts offered at it than the other Deluxe resorts. Its 1,260 rooms also number more than the other Villa properties.
High Rock Spring, the resort’s 161,000 gallon heated feature pool, sits behind the main building.
Some kids may appreciate the zero entry and there are a lot of lounge chairs surrounding it.
The Win, Place, or Show Arcade is located just a few steps away:
Prices are actually really inexpensive if you commit to $25 or so worth of points.
I am admittedly not fancy enough for the spa lifestyle, but Saratoga Springs is supposed to be the best on property. With the reopening of “Senses” over at the Grand Floridian, I’m not sure how they compare. Guest blog?
Into The Carriage House for some menu updates.
Artist’s Palette is the resort’s main quick service. Menu:
It’s a seemingly nice selection of sandwiches, salads, and flatbreads.
The Chef’s Dinner Special adds some heartier options after 5pm and it also lists some items that don’t appear on the menus overhead. Breakfast is the usual along with a breakfast flatbread that sounds good.
Artist’s Palette is a little odd in that you pay for your food at the same registers as you’d pay for items from the small gift shop next door. Or any of these items:
That can cause some long waits in the morning.
I opted for the upscale-sounding Lobster Club Sandwich with Lobster Salad, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Lemon Mayonnaise, with House-Made Chips – $12.99.
It was quite good and I’ve been impressed with the roll out of interesting items at the resorts in recent memory. This one was stuffed with real lobster and topped with freshly grilled bacon, fresh lettuce, and two thin slices of tomato.
I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was certainly better than any of the theme park lunches I’ve had in recent memory, including the newly opened Be Our Guest Restaurant over at Magic Kingdom. For those staying at Saratoga Springs Resort, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised if you find yourself back for a lunch or dinner or two during your stay.
The Turf Club Bar and Grill now serves dinner only. My assumption is that Disney expected a fair number of golfers to visit before or after tee time and that simply never materialized.
The new menu. Larger: https://www.easywdw.com/reports6/turfclub.jpg.
Much like Captain’s Grille over at the Beach Club, Turf Club is an easy walk up if rain or another small disaster sends you back to the resort unexpectedly. It’s just after 4:20pm and nobody’s in the lounge.
Terrace seating that overlooks the golf course is also available.
Boat transportation officially runs from 10am – 11pm with the last boat leaving Pleasure Island at 11:30pm.
Depending on how you time it, boat transportation isn’t as convenient as one might imagine. The boat heads to the Treehouse Villas before Downtown Disney and the driver will probably ask you to stay put if you’re headed Downtown. He’ll pick you up on the way back.
Despite being the only one waiting for the boat, it was exactly 20 minutes before we left for Downtown Disney.
Not a whole lot to it other than some pictures for the resort review rewrites, but it may be helpful if you’re headed out to Saratoga Springs Resort in the upcoming months. Unless the rate was particularly good, Saratoga Springs is pretty low on my resort-most-wanted-list. It would be convenient if you were planning to spend a few nights at Downtown Disney, but the theming seems ill advised, even if it’s well executed. And the size of the resort is a major deterrent. Not to mention the fact that it’s the furthest resort from most theme parks and has multiple bus stops. Request a room in The Springs or The Paddock and you’ll have fewer problems with that. On the plus side, it’s one of the quieter resorts, particularly if you stay in a building far away from The Carriage House and pools.