Opening Date: May 28, 2004
Deed Expiration: Jan 31st, 2054
2020 Annual Dues per Point: $6.77 (See Dues History)
Direct Cost (2020): $160/ point
Average Resale Cost (2020): $100 - 115 / point
Next Expected Refurb date: Currently ongoing (2020-2021)
In 2001, ten years after Old Key West first opened, Disney announced the 7th DVC resort, the largest resort to date with 600 units. This resort was in fact never built, and planned at the current location of the Four Seasons and Golden Oak.
Instead, less than a year later in January 2002, Disney instead announced that they were going to convert the failed Disney Institute location into the 7th DVC resort. Later that year in September, they declare the theme to be based on the racing town in upstate New York - Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa (SSR). The first phase of Saratoga Springs went on sale on August 4, 2003 - and it opened May 28th, 2004. Saratoga Spring sales started with at $89 per point, with a discount to $79 per point. The final Phase opened in 2007 making Saratoga Springs by far the largest of DVC resorts. The same year in November 2007, Disney declared they were going to convert the original Treehouse resort into further Villas for the Saratoga Springs resort. These opened in June 2009.
Saratoga Springs is made up of 5 distinct sections as well as the Treehouse Villas section. These are the Springs (Center of Resort), The Paddock, The Grandstand, The Carousel, and Congress Park. The last is adjacent to Disney Springs, so in 2017, Disney restructured the points system at SSR, making the Springs and Congress Park preferred rooms (40% of the main resort) and the remaining sections Standard View (60% of the main resort).
Any way you slice it, SSR is a massive resort with 14,029,319 points. This makes it almost twice the size of Old Key West at 7.7 million points. THere are 18 buildings total across the 5 sections as follows:
The Paddock - 5 buildings
Congress Park - 4 buildings
The Grandstand - 4 buildings
The Springs - 3 buildings
The Carousel - 2 buildings
The Springs buildings are the closest to the Carriage house. The Congress Park buildings are the farthest from the Carriage House, but closest to Disney Springs.
The resort has a total of 888 units, with 46 units in each of the buildings. Every single studio and 1-bedroom at the resort is part of a 2-bedroom lockoff, meaning there are no dedicated studios or 1-bedrooms. The Grand Villas are dedicated though, and there are 2 in each building on either end. The buildings themselves have outdoor covered hallways and elevators to get to the rooms.
All DVC studios have a kitchenette which containers a small coffeemaker, toaster, microwave, small sink, and dorm-sized refrigerator. Paper plates/bowls and plastic utencils are usually provided. All DVC 1-bedroom and larger have a complete kitchen with full-size refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher and sink. Also provided are dining ware and cook ware in basic amounts. DVC 1-bedroom and larger also have a free washer and dryer in the room, while studios have free access to a common laundry facility.
Note that unlike most DVC resorts, the studios and 1-bedrooms here only sleep 4, though a 1-bedroom can accomodate a 5th person but there is no bedding or bed available for that person. This means the 2-bedrooms only sleep 8.
1 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Lock-Off Villa:
3 Bedroom Villa - First Floor:
3 Bedroom Villa - Second Floor:
The dining options at SSR are a bit thin - but it should also be pointed out that the resort is within a short walk or boat ride of Disney Springs for additional options.
Saratoga Springs is unusual in that it has two feature pools, as well as 3 quiet pools.
Saratoga Springs is also the location for the main preview center for DVC - so it is possible to get a tour of the newest resort rooms that are set up in the preview center by appointment.
There are four laundry locations at Sartoga Springs - one at each of the pools in the main resort. The Treehouse Villas pool does not have a laundry because the treehouses all have their own. Washers and Dryers can be monitored by using the website Laundryview.com (or their app).
There are seven bus stops at the SSR property - Five at SSR Proper. Most buses run in the following order, with Disney Springs buses running in the reverse order.
Treehouse Villas has an additional two bus stops. The buses from the Treehouse Villas only run two these two stops and back to the Spirngs - requiring transfer to get to the Parks.
Watercraft travel in a loop between the Treehouse Villas boat dock, the Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa boat dock near the Carriage House (The Springs), and Disney Springs. There is a separate boat from Disney Springs to Old Key West or to Port Orleans, but they cannot be accessed directly from SSR.
Transportaion to other locations at Walt Disney World (not including wait times for buses which typically range from 0-20 minutes, nor the amount of time to travel around the resort itself)