Disney’s Saratoga Springs Tree House Villas – A Great Option for Groups!
During the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, my family and I had the pleasure of staying at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Tree House Villas. The Tree Houses are a Disney Vacation Club property and part of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. They are sandwiched between Disney’s Old Key West and the main buildings of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course.
The Tree Houses were originally built in the 70’s and completely refurbished in the 2000’s. What’s really nice about their location is it is very rustic, woody and away from all the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, yet very close to Downtown Disney, Epcot, Hollywood Studios.
Each Tree House has a patio with chairs, a table and a grill. Even though they are next to the golf course, there’s privacy.
What’s bad about their location is that I can see the woody surroundings being very BUGGY in the heat of the summer. Parking is also limited to only 1 vehicle and the 2nd vehicle must use parking in the main section of the resort.
One might see this as a negative, the Tree Houses still have a 70’s size and shaped pool. This is perfect for a quick dip, but if you require a splash area or waterslide, you need only to walk, drive or hop the internal bus to the 4 pools located at the Grandstand, Paddock or Community Hall.
Since we were a group of 8 – with 4 adults and 4 children, the villas were a perfect fit since they technically sleep 9. Each of the 60 villas have 3 bedrooms. There’s a master bedroom with a queen bed and a private bath. A second bedroom with a queen bed and a third bedroom with a bunk. There’s a full kitchen and living area with a pull out queen sofa, a pull out twin and 1 additional bath. And for all those who like to go home with CLEAN LAUNDRY – there’s a washer and dryer!
I picked the Tree House Villas because of the proximity to the start of the WDW Marathon races. My plan was to walk to the corrals each morning. However, a new rule was introduced a few weeks prior to the Marathon which disqualified walking to the start.
There is an internal bus system for the Tree Houses which transports guests to the main resort and The Carriage House for transfers to resort buses. Therefore if staying in the Tree House Villas it is BEST to have a vehicle. The internal bus system can be a painfully slow wait. For the 1st morning of the Dopey Challenge – we WALKED from our Villa – 7031 to The Carriage House. Please note, this was a dark 1 mile walk through the golf course. It was a little too much walking for our 4 children in addition to the 5K race and kids races scheduled later that morning. After that morning, I had to drive from our Villa to the main Marathon Bus stop in Saratoga. In hindsight, it would have been better to drive straight to Epcot because this was exhausting.
The Villas themselves were fantastic. They were clean, well stocked with linens and supplies. My only complaint was the rooms were dark – even with all the lights on, it was dark. Plenty of windows so I suggest opening the drapes if you want to see.
We planned to eat breakfast and dinners in the Villas and brown bag our lunches. I believe we spent approx $400 on groceries for our family of 8 the entire 6 nights we stayed at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Legoland. We even had guests for dinner on 2 of our nights and grilled out on the patio!
Would I stay there again? Yes, in a heartbeat!
I would recommend staying in the Tree Houses if:
- Traveling with another family – sleeps up to 9 comfortably
- Planning to cook your own meals
- Have a car and planning to use it
- Visiting other offsite attractions
- You like the feeling of not being in Walt Disney World
I would NOT recommend staying in the Tree Houses if:
- You are on the dining plan
- Don’t have a car – it can be done, but you will be relying heavily on internal transportation or your own two feet
Have you stayed in Disney’s Saratoga Springs Tree House Villas? What did you like best?
Please check out my other Walt Disney World resort posts –Disney’s All Stars, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge & Villas, Disney’s Bay Lake Tower, Disney’s Boardwalk, Disney’s Beach Club, Disney’s Caribbean Beach, Disney’s Old Key West, Disney’s Pop Century, Disney’s Port Orleans, Disney’s Saratoga Springs, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and the Disneyland Hotel