Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa – A Hidden Resort Retreat

Are you looking for a serene retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the Disney World theme parks? Then look no further than Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. With its sophisticated panache, this resort isn’t markedly “Disney” in its appearance or ambiance, nor is it in close proximity to any of the theme parks, thus making it an ideal option for those who are seeking a more “resort-style” experience for their visit to Disney World.


Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is a member of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) family of resorts, however, DVC membership is not necessary to make reservations.  Guests are offered a distinctive style of accommodations that differs from the standard Disney resorts by featuring studio units and condominium-style one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas.  All units are fully furnished and can accommodate between 4 and 12 people.

Characterized by its motto of “Health, History and Horses”, this idyllic retreat captures the theme of the lakeside retreats of upstate New York from the late 19th century that were famous for their equine racing and mineral spas. Located at the former site of the Disney Institute, the resort is situated on 65 acres of picturesque landscape and encompasses 1,260 villas spread across five “villages” (Congress Park, The Springs, The Grandstand, The Paddock, and The Carousel), as well as 60 additional villas in a separate enclave named The Treehouse Villas.  The main villas are housed in exquisite pastel-colored, Victorian-styled structures, and each of the Treehouse Villas are stand-alone rustic-styled bungalows, elevated on supports ten feet above ground level and nestled among a natural forest setting.

This resort offers many great leisure activities.  The High Rock Spring Pool is the resort’s feature pool, and is located near the main lobby.  The theming is that of a natural spring and features boulders, trees and cascading fountains.   The pool area also includes two whirlpool spas, as well as the On the Rocks Pool Bar that serves beer, wine and cocktails, as well as non-alcoholic libations.  The second feature pool is The Paddock Pool.  It is similar in size to the High Rock Spring Pool, and it allows guests staying in villas toward the back of the resort to enjoy the services and amenities of a feature pool without having to travel to the front of the resort.  The Paddock Pool area includes two whirlpool spas, a pool bar, and a quick service restaurant (The Paddock Grill) that serves American fare. Additional “quiet” pools are located in Congress Park, The Grandstand, and The Treehouse Villas.

If you’re looking for ways to maintain your exercise regimen during your vacation, the resort offers a fully equipped fitness center, bicycle rentals, tennis and basketball courts, and a jogging trail.  The resort is also home to the four-star rated, 18-hole, Lake Buena Vista Golf Course.  After your workout or your day on the links, relax and unwind at Senses – A Disney Spa.  Located near the High Rock Spring Pool, Senses offers therapeutic massage treatments, rejuvenating facials, manicures and pedicures, and soothing whirlpool spas.

Getting hungry?  Head over to the Carriage House for a variety of dining options.  The Artist’s Palette is a quick service restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in a cafeteria-like atmosphere.   The Turf Club Bar and Grill is a full service restaurant that is open for dinner only and serves traditional American cuisine.  Dine indoors in a clubhouse setting, or outdoors to enjoy stunning views of the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course and Disney Springs.  After dinner, enjoy a cocktail or a game of billiards in the adjacent lounge.  If you prefer to dine in the comfort of your villa, The Artist’s Palette also has a market that offers a wide array of pre-packaged foods and bottled beverages that can be purchased and transported back to your villa.  Pizza delivery is also provided in the evenings for your convenience.

Ready to venture out and enjoy one of the theme parks or Disney Springs?  Bus transportation is provided throughout the resort.  Each “village” has it’s own dedicated bus stop, and buses to the parks and Disney Springs arrive approximately every 20 minutes during operating hours.  An internal resort shuttle is also provided, as well as a shuttle to and from The Treehouse Villas.  If you’d prefer to take a leisurely stroll to Disney Springs, a walking path is available behind Congress Park.

We hope you enjoyed this tour of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.  With its luxurious accommodations and variety of dining and recreation options, we’re sure you’ll find it to be the perfect option for your getaway retreat.  Disney vacations are always magical, and a stay at this resort will provide all the magic with a grown-up flair.

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2 thoughts on “Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa – A Hidden Resort Retreat

  1. A great blog about Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.
    It’s personally my favorite resort for many of the reasons described in your blog.
    The Turf Club Restaurant is truly a hidden gem because on many nights you can walk up without a reservation and get a table quickly plus the food is delicious.
    I will definitely book my next Disney staycation at Saratoga Springs Resort.


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