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Will I like Saratoga Springs?


by Susan babin
(Denham springs, LA )

I’ve booked at Saratoga Springs, with free dining for Nov. I’m nervous about the style and upgrade of rooms. I can’t find alot of feed back on this resort. Please help. It’s just 2 adults going for a relaxing time – 2 days in parks for a 5 day stay. Help!

Saratoga Springs Resort

You’ll love the Saratoga Springs Resort – Photo by Laurie Sapp

Dad’s It’s Different Answer

Susan, it’s true that all Disney hotels are different and all guests are different. Dad’s different. You’re different. We all have our favorite resorts. But while my favorites are the Polynesian or the Pop Century, I’d never turn down Saratoga Springs. Want to know why? There are lots of reasons! But before we get to that, Dad has something to say:

Even though you’ve chosen Saratoga Springs in order to get the Free Dining promotion instead of wherever was your first choice resort, I know you’ll have a wonderful time. If Free Dining is your top priority, then it doesn’t matter where you stay because all of the hotels on property are great.

If your top priority is truly staying at your first choice resort, then maybe it’s time to give up Free Dining to go with the hotel you want. It’s all about priorities, and remember what Dad said – we’re all different. There’s no “right” answer – but there the right answer for YOU.

Now, back to why you’re going to love Saratoga Springs:

First of all… IT’S DISNEY! There’s not a bad place to stay on property out of all the options. Not a bad resort. Not a bad room. You’ll be comfortable, clean, and safe no matter where you stay, and the service will be top notch. No one needs to fret about any Disney hotel.

Next, think about the days you’ll be at the parks. Those days, you’ll be busy elsewhere and it won’t really matter where you stay because you won’t spend much time there. At Saratoga Springs, you’ll have a comfy bed and a hot tub to relax in at the end of the day if you want, that sounds pretty great.

Now, on your non-park days, I think you’ll really appreciate Saratoga Springs. It’s a very relaxing resort – lots of adults and fewer kids, and at that time of year the weather is perfect for strolls to explore the resort. If you like to golf or go to the spa, you have both options on site!

Disney Springs

Disney Springs is easily accessed from Saratoga Springs – Photo by WDW Shutterbug

Since you’ll have Free Dining, you’ll love that Disney Springs is just a short walk or boat ride away. They have dozens of dining options – you won’t be at a shortage for amazing food. Plus there is more shopping and entertainment than ever since the renovations to this area.

And speaking of those boats – if you want to have an adventure on your non-park days, you can easily boat to Old Key West, Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter if you want to check out the properties or have a bite to eat. They all have some great restaurants too.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Susan, you’re in for a wonderful stay at the Saratoga Springs. Trust me. Keep an open mind – who knows, you may have found your new favorite resort!

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Comments for

Sep 04, 2016 Love Saratoga Springs
by: Kelsey

We LOVE Saratoga Springs! It’s one of our favorite resorts. Try out all of the pools. They are wonderful! I also recommend the Turf Club for dinner. Yum!

Jul 23, 2016 Thank you
by: Michelle

Thank you for your opinion. I’m glad no matter what we chose we will have an amazing vacation! Thank you so much!

Jul 20, 2016 Polynesian…
by: Carl

Michelle, the Polynesian is great. The Art of Animation is great. Kids and adults will love both (especially at the age of your kids, I don’t think you can go wrong with either). What you need to decide is if you want the extra amenities at the Polynesian enough to justify the huge price difference from a Value to a Deluxe resort, or if that money would make a bigger impact on your trip in other ways (dining, special experiences, souvenirs…). There’s no right answer, it’s a personal preference for YOUR family!

Jul 20, 2016 by: Carl

Anonymous, don’t worry about “not picking right.” Yes, Saratoga is spread out, but so is Caribbean Beach. In fact, a lot of the resorts are spread out. It’s a bit of the luck of the draw as to where your room is located, but if you are further away from some of the amenities, you can always take the resort bus to get where you need to go! Give Saratoga a try with an open mind – it’s a lovely resort.

Jul 19, 2016 The Polynesian
by: Michelle

Looking to go next October and wanting to stay at the Polynesian. We have been to Disney before although it was a long time ago and we did not stay on site so this is a big deal for us. Our kids will be 13 and 9 (boys) when we go. Is it a place kids will enjoy? I’m sure they will just be excited to be at Disney and will have a wonderful time no matter where we stay, they are very laid. I’m just thinking maybe we should stay some place more kid themed like Art of Animation. I’m so torn! Help! I want it to be amazing for all of us!

Jul 18, 2016 Did I pick right?
by: Anonymous

Oh no ……is it a longer hike then most hotels to the parks? I picked this one because I got the free dining. But have second guessed my decision since. No turning back to the preferred rooms at Caribbean that I already had paid for…..

Jul 17, 2016 Saratoga Springs
by: Anonymous

We stay at Saratoga Springs a lot and really enjoy it. This is one of the larger resorts and the rooms are spread out over quite a bit of the property.

I suggest requesting rooms by the lobby if you can. The buses will always get you back to the main lobby area, but this is where the restaurants are as well as the main pool and Sundry.

If you are in one of the areas that is farther away from the lobby, it could take you 15 minutes or so to walk there (not that you won’t be doing enough walking) but if you can get one of the areas close to the lobby, it is a hop, skip and jump away.

Jul 17, 2016 Fantastic
by: Anonymous

We have stayed here it’s amazing . Would recommend it to any one. Had a fantastic time

Jul 17, 2016 Saratoga would be my first choice
by: Kyle

I completely agree with Dad, my first trip to WDW was November to Saratoga Springs. The only downside is getting to the parks. Every park will be trip, but the rooms are top notch and would love to be able to explore Disney Springs.

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