We just got back from a wonderful trip to Disney World.  We got to experience Food and Wine Festival along with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  This trip we used our Disney Vacation Club (DVC) points to stay in a studio at Walt Disney’s Saratoga Springs resort in the Congress Park section.

When we checked in John and I headed out for a walk.  He loved the paths and walking along Village Lake (thanks @MrEPCOT).  Then he saw the playground and it was over! I got to take some photos of the architecture as he let off some steam.

Disney Scrapbook Page Layout by Mary - Around Saratoga Sping Resort and Spa
During our stay we also got to take advantages of some of their amenities.  Here are some of my thoughts:
  • The buses were timely.  We never waited more than 10 minutes for one and I got used to being the 4th stop.  We usually stay in the Grandstand and I think I became spoiled being the 1st stop.
  • The pool was fantastic! I love zero entry pools because John can really play and be semi-independant.  They also have a great toddler slide and water play area. We also got to be there for bingo and a singing contest.  It really is a great way to spend an afternoon.   I will forewarn you though if you are there in the colder months.  The pool is heated but it doesn’t help that much if it is windy.  All the adults figured out where the heaters were and were standing above them.
  • It was easy to get around.  We would walk most of the time and getting anywhere within Saratoga Springs took less than 10 minutes.
  • We tried to eat at Artists Palette but it was just too crowded.  The line to get food was snaked through the gift shop.  So my recommendation here is go at off times.  If you go during peak breakfast and dinner times you will be waiting a while.
  • We did not take advantage of it this time but the community center and rentals are great.  Our older son lives at the community centers.  I guess his parents just aren’t cool enough to hang with.
  • We DID take advantage of the Laundry center.  John got sick one night and it was really nice being able to walk over and clean everything up.  Since it is a DVC resort, the machines are free.Disney Scrapbook Page Layout by Mary - Around Saratoga Sping Resort and Spa
Now for the not so good.  The rooms are definitely in need of some tender loving care.  Here are some of the issues we had:
  • The most obvious thing was the fridge.  It was very rusted on the inside and outside.  And the freezer compartment was completely frozen over.
  • We did not receive any shampoo.  Now this is not an issue per se but it took us 3 days to get it after multiple calls to housekeeping.  In the end I had to go to the front desk to get it myself.  (Side note: the body gel actually cleans your hair pretty well.  I was surprised.)
  • The ceiling in the bathroom is peeling.  My husband would pick up the flakes daily so John would not accidentally put them in his mouth.
  • The cabinets had some kind of funky stuff built up on them.  Who knows what this was.
  • The curtain rod was tilted and it was very difficult to open and close them.
  • Linens had lots of holes.  We found holes in our towels and in the sheet for the pack ‘n play.
  • The handles on the armoire are falling off.  John found this much fun to try to complete their removal.
  • The faucet on the sink wobbled.
  • Finally, not sure what the answer is here but the room was always humid.  Things would never dry.

Disney Scrapbook Page Layout by Mary - Saratoga Sping Resort and Spa Room Issues

So my final thoughts.  I do like this resort and I will stay there again BUT I would not pay rack rate for these rooms.  They just do not live up to a Deluxe Villa designation.
I did ask up front if they were in line for a refresh and I was told that nothing had been reported yet.  All they knew was Boardwalk was getting the current one and they did not know which resort would be next.
Mary Signature
Enhanced by Zemanta