Type of Resort: Deluxe, Disney Vacation Club
Theme: Late 1800’s Saratoga Springs, NY, which was known for its horseback riding and spas!
Location: Disney Springs Area
Transportation Options: Take water taxis from two locations to Disney Springs and buses to the parks.
Unique Amenities: There are 5 pools across the resort, including the Paddock Pool (with a 146-ft waterslide, two smaller kid friendly waterslides, whirlpool spa, and zero-depth entry point into the pool), the High Rock Spring Pool (waterslide built into the rocks, waterfalls, the same zero-depth entry point into the pool, and a Donald Duck splash pad area for kids with a small water slide), and three additional leisure pools (one of which includes the Grandstand Water Play Area, where kids can race spraying sea horses). The country-club inspired Buena Vista Golf Course and the Senses full service spa add a real touch of luxury to the resort as well! They also have the more standard Disney amenities like merchandise pickup and delivery, laundry services, mail, ATM and bank services, airline check-in, concierge services, Magica Express, online check-in, and complimentary wi-fi.
Dining: The Artist’s Palette is the quick service hub of the resort, with tasty and somewhat elegant options like french toast strata, lobster club sandwiches, paninis, and thin crust pies. There’s also another quick service option, Chips & Slices, which serves breakfast, snacks, and sandwiches. There are three pool bars, two of which also serve food. Adults can enjoy cocktails at the Turf Club Lounge, where I highly suggest getting into theme with a mint julep! The Turf Club Bar and Grill is modeled after a racetrack clubhouse and is a delicious option for dinner, with sophisticated takes on American classics. We really enjoyed this meal!
Shopping: The Artist’s Palette also doubles as their hub for merchandise and groceries. We found this store to be exceptionally well stocked, even having umbrella strollers! There’s a wide range of merchandise, from souvenirs to collectibles and designer bags.
Recreation: Bike and surrey bike rentals, fishing, Community Hall, Win Place or Show Arcade, Movies Under the Stars, campfire activities, sunrise yoga, tennis, basketball, jogging trails, golf, swimming, and the spa. So much to do!
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About Our Stay
Time of Year: Thanksgiving 2016
Room Type: 3 bedroom grand villa
Travel Party Size: 7 people (5 adults, 2 children), 3 households
Our Experience: We loved that the guard said “Welcome Home!” at the gate. It’s small, but it’s one of my favorite parts of Disney Vacation Club resorts! The resort is beautiful, but sprawling. It can be a long walk from your room to the main buildings! There are several bus stops within the resort, so bus rides to the parks feel kind of tedious (we were the first stop, which was great on the way home, but not fun on the way to the parks with an excited toddler). They were decorated for Christmas and the lobby was just gorgeous. Their decorations aren’t as unique as other resorts, but they were still spectacular! We loved our villa and the theming, although it was a bit outdated at the time of our stay. We loved the large common areas to spend time together and having a kitchen with a dishwasher for bottles and kid stuff during our stay! The couch was stiff and uncomfortable, but it wasn’t a major detractor. The bedrooms and bathrooms were each a good size and the beds were comfortable. We all loved the giant jacuzzi tub in the master bath! There are two bedrooms upstairs, which is important to know if you have mobility issues or toddlers! We loved having a patio to enjoy evening cocktails on after the kids went to bed. We didn’t get a chance to use most of the resort’s amenities, because our stay was so short, but the pool and golf course outside our building both were well kept and inviting. I actually really enjoyed watching the maintenance crew working on the golf course each morning from our patio with a cup of coffee! It’s amazing when you start thinking about the volume of cast members and attention to detail happening across Disney property!
Favorite Parts: Having boat access to Disney Springs, the jacuzzi tub, being all together, and having parking access right outside our building
Least Favorite Parts: The walk to the main buildings and the couch
Would We Stay Again?: I’d love to stay in the Treehouse Villas if we stayed again, because they look so inviting. There are so many options for Villas across property, that it really comes down to amenities and proximity that will work best for the trip!