Category Archives: Disney Resorts

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa

 

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Our family loves to stay at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. I have stayed there several times before, but now being adjacent from the new Disney Springs is awesome! I also loved the bridge and waterways to Disney Springs on Village Lake. There is so much to do at Disney Springs! New shops and new restaurants it is spectacular.

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Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is themed after a late 1800’s New York Saratoga Springs retreat famous for its spas and horse racing. There are horses on the decor in the villas. It makes me reminisce about the good old days when Grandma took my cousin and me to the horse races in Colorado. Oh, how I loved to watch the horse races and to ride the horses when I was young.

There is so much to do at this resort:

  1. Two fabulous feature pools with water slides, aqua, play areas and much more!
  2. Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course
  3. Senses–the spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
  4. Playgrounds
  5. Tennis
  6. Fishing
  7. Jogging trails

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is an enormous resort with many bus stops within the resort. So remember to add a little bit of time when traveling by bus. There is also a boat which goes to Disney Springs at the main building of the resort. The main building and large pool are located in the “Springs” area of the resort. The launch from Disney Springs to the main building of the resort is located at the new bridge area. I find it the most convenient to stay in the “Congress Park” area of the resort which is very close to the bridge and a short walk to Disney Springs. When you get off the bridge, you are close to the “Rainforest Cafe” area of Disney Springs. I love to eat at Earl of a Sandwich it is one of my favorites.

 

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For quick service meals and snacks on site visit the Artist’s Palate. There you can find flat bread, tasty sandwiches, and entrees. The Turf Club Bar and Grill is the resort’s sit down meal restaurant that serves American fare and is very delightful.

The next time you cannot decide where to stay Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is a deluxe and beautiful resort to stay in. There are also Tree House Villas within the resort that have 3 Bedrooms! Last, of all give it a try I think you will be impressed!

For more information on the web: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com

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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas

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I just love Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas. It is hard to talk about one without the other since Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas are connected to the Lodge. The villas are a Disney Vacation Club©  property which opened November 15, 2000. They are both located in the Magic Kingdom Theme Park area. They both celebrate the majesty of the great outdoors. The villas lobby theme is recalling the great 1860’s railroad hotels of America West with railroad memorabilia in the lobby.  It has studio units with a kitchenette and one or two bedroom villas with a full kitchen and a larger living space for more family members. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is built with the theme of America’s great Northwest lodges. You check in for both in the lodge.

 

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The lobby of the lodge is an architectural marvel! It is beautiful! First look for a totem pole with Mickey and his friends for a great picture! I love to sit in the lobby with the 9 story ceilings, several fireplaces, and a stream which flows out into the, Silver Springs Pool. The stream inside the lobby has a bridge over it. There is some noise from the people hustling and bustling around, also some laughing from the wonderful restaurant, Whispering Canyon. The restaurant is full of fun for everyone and make sure if you eat there ask for ketchup and say you are really thirsty! There is another sit down restaurant called Artist Point which celebrates the food of the Pacific Northwest. It has seasonal specialties and waterfront views. The fast food restaurant, Roaring Fork has a different variety of breakfast foods, sandwiches, burgers, soup, and pizza and is very good. They have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We love to eat there!

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There are two pools on the property. The Silver Springs Pool which has a slide, and two hot tubs. It is the larger of the two. The view from, the pool to the lodge is just breathtaking! It feels like being transported to an older time when life was slower and no one was in a hurry. This pool is a very special place! Close to this pool is a beach with chairs. There are Disney movies at night and you can see the Electrical Light Parade as it moves across the water of Bay Lake. Just past this area is, the Hidden Springs Pool. It has bubbling spring water in the pool and one hot tub. This is the smaller of the two pools but, I just love the bubbling water.

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This resort is not on Disney’s monorail line but has a great boat ride to Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Buses take you everywhere else. We always take the nice boat ride to Disney’s Contemporary Resort and then for fun you can always ride the monorail to Magic Kingdom. You can also ride the monorail to Epcot but, it takes two monorails since the monorail goes to “The Ticket and Transportation Center” first then you will board the Epcot monorail to go to Epcot.

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To sum everything up the lodge and villas have a rustic feel to them. Everything is harmonized to the natural environment. I call it camping. I am an indoor girl and so Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas are the only way to camp! I can hardly wait to go back again! For reservations and assistance with a Walt Disney World® Resort vacation call:  (407)-939-5277 or visit their web site at  https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/

 

 

Walt Disney World® Resort Pop Century

I love to stay in one of many Walt Disney World® Resorts. There are over twenty to choose from. I like to have all of the perks with staying on Disney property. In my opinion the transportation that is provided helps immerse you into the magical world. Sometimes I have to go on a budget. I have stayed at Pop Century twice. It is a Disney value resort, with a “far out” atmosphere of fun. It is themed after the fabulous fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties of our American culture. There are many large icons throughout the property. Pop Century is located in the Animal Kingdom area.

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This is a very large resort with 2880 rooms. If you would like to be close to the buses and the wonderful food court it is worth the small extra cost for a “preferred” room. The food court has a wide variety of food including Pizza, pasta, and, burgers. There are also several bakery items to choose from.

There are three different shaped pools on the property. One is a bowling pin shape, the second is a flower, and the third is computer shaped. There is also a kiddie pool located on site. You are allowed to swim in any of the three pools.

 

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I thought the gift shop was a very nice one with many different items to choose from. It was about a medium size gift shop but, I love to shop! Just outside of the gift shop is an artist that draws amazing characture pictures. She was an exceptionally talented artist!

The buses for transportation work very well. Since Pop Century is a very large resort they do not stop at any other resorts. This makes your wait and transportation time much shorter. Other resort buses stop at more than one resort.

In conclusion, the next time you are thinking about a value resort give Pop Century a try for a change. It is bright and colorful & full of fun! I think you will really think it is “hip” and the price is really “groovy”!

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