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lync
01-13-2008, 04:27 PM
We're using DVC points here. I would love any input on this resort!
Thanks

fitzdisney
01-13-2008, 04:43 PM
We are also DVCers and this is our home resort. It is probably one of our favorites next to VWL. The biggest thing we liked is the room availibility and how close we were to DTD. Just a bus or boat ride away or 2 minutes in your car. The pool is also wonderful and the restaurants are good too. The Artist's Palatte (the counter service restaurant) is great and it is right next to the pool. I would highly recommend this resort.

magicaldisney
01-13-2008, 05:50 PM
I think you will really enjoy this resort.

check out this site for some great pictures:

http://allears.net/acc/g_ss.htm

Esmerelda
01-13-2008, 06:18 PM
We love love love...SSR!! Its our home resort and it happens to be our favoriate DVC resort also. (I have stayed at all of them...WLV is our 2nd fav one)

If you go over to the DVC forums...do a search on SSR...you will find tons of information!

There really isn't anything I can say bad about it. We have been guests there at least 7 times and not a bad trip yet.

have a great time,
Esmerelda

SharonZ
01-15-2008, 10:30 AM
We're using DVC points here. I would love any input on this resort!
Thanks
I was there last month, and loved it. I stayed in a 1-BR Villa in the Paddocks. I originally had booked a 1-BR Studio, but was upgraded at check-in.

tinkerbell/pixie
01-16-2008, 08:08 AM
We stayed at SSR last Aug. It was wonderful. SSR is a beautiful resort. It's very close to DTD. My son loved the pool. He looked forward to going back to the resort to use the pool slide and watch movies at poolside.Dh spent most of his time in the gym. Which he says is the best on Disney property. Go for it! Trust me SSr is so under rated.

jdsmom98
01-16-2008, 08:55 AM
We just returned from our first stay at SSR and it was great! We had a ground level studio in the 8500 building (8526?). It was in the center of the bldg and the patio overlooked the golf course. When we walked out the front door, we were right at the quiet pool (with red chairs and a snack bar, hot tub, etc.). We were also VERY close to the main pool/restaurants. It was PERFECT. We have stayed at all dvc except AKV and BCV. Also, the boat to DTD is always nice.:goodvibes

spiceycat
01-16-2008, 09:03 AM
would go for Congress Park or Grandstand.

here is a map
http://www.wdwinfo.com/resortmaps/Saratoga.htm

try not to get Carousel - but hey it even has some good points!


It is beautifully.

lync
01-16-2008, 09:07 AM
Thanks for all of the advice! Makes me feel better about my choice! Any advice on how to get upgraded (Sharonz)? That would be GREAT!

Thanks again!

DisneyBride'03
01-16-2008, 09:12 AM
not sure abt upgrades..accomodations are catergorized by number of pts...a studio, 1 bdr villa, 2 bdr villa or Grand Villa (3 bdr's)

I had a studio last month and it was lovely! Plenty of space...top floor , great view! (Grandstand) close to the main pool etc...but you also have your private pool for this area.

Can walk or boat it to DTD..I loved the lounge area....CM's were great! Going back in Dec again!

You will love it!

DisneyBride'03
01-16-2008, 09:15 AM
I was there last month, and loved it. I stayed in a 1-BR Villa in the Paddocks. I originally had booked a 1-BR Studio, but was upgraded at check-in.

wow! Are you a DVC member ..or did you pay cash? Good for you! DVC members normally dont get an upgrade, unless perhaps there is some kind of maintenence issus, etc with the room....
However, I would think upgrades occur more often in other resorts over DVC resorts.

Disclaimer...not an expert:teacher:

lync
01-16-2008, 11:45 AM
What has everyone's experiences with the buses been? I've read that this is sometimes a problem. We are going the last week in Feb.
Thanks!

SharonZ
01-16-2008, 11:50 AM
wow! Are you a DVC member ..or did you pay cash? Good for you! DVC members normally dont get an upgrade, unless perhaps there is some kind of maintenence issus, etc with the room....
However, I would think upgrades occur more often in other resorts over DVC resorts.

Disclaimer...not an expert:teacher:
Not a DVC member, just a guest paying cash. I considered myself to be very lucky and will definitely stay at SSR again.

DisneyBride'03
01-16-2008, 03:55 PM
What has everyone's experiences with the buses been? I've read that this is sometimes a problem. We are going the last week in Feb.
Thanks!

Well, I just had a quick trip, mostly relaxing and shopping at DTD.....walked there and boated it back...bought too much stuff!

ANyway...I used the bus service 3 times, no issues at all!!'

Have a great time! It is beautiful!

lisaviolet
01-16-2008, 04:58 PM
Have a great time. Do you enjoy DD? It's nice to be so close. I would ask for Congress Park or Grandstand. There are two pathways to DD. One to the Westside Cirque Du Soleil area and one to the Marketplace side. Enjoy.

Treacle44
01-16-2008, 05:25 PM
SSR is our home resort and it's absolutely beautiful, quieter and more laidback than some of the other Disney Resort hotels, but stunning and relaxing nevertheless.

We stayed in Grandstand section and had a wonderful view.

x

NotQuiteGeek
01-16-2008, 11:27 PM
DW has us booked in a Grand Villa at SSR in two weeks (!!!)

I'm starting to get kind of excited... We've got BWV as our home resort, and bought SSR points last year, will be our first trip to SSR. I have yet to hear any complaints about SSR.

Donald&Tinkerbell
01-17-2008, 08:44 AM
1/24-2/1, not DVC members. Does SSR have ceiling fans? We're going to be in a studio.

tinkerbell/pixie
01-17-2008, 09:16 AM
Any advice on how to get upgraded (Sharonz)? That would be GREAT!

We got upgraded last year. It was our 10th ann. I ordered a basket from Betsy. When I arrived , we were told we were the family of the day. We were upgraded to a 2 bedroom and given balloons with the basket . My son still has the certificate on his wall.

spiceycat
01-17-2008, 10:15 AM
1/24-2/1, not DVC members. Does SSR have ceiling fans? We're going to be in a studio.

yes - all the DVC resorts have ceiling fans. Studios are my favorite (love saving points).

any questions?

As I paying guest you might get an upgrade. but don't count on one.

cropdocmom
01-17-2008, 10:57 AM
i am trying to decide b/w only a few options for our visit in a couple weeks. please help! thanks!
ss entire 5 nights
first 3 nights at CR or CS
last 2 nights at one of these options:GF, BC,POR,FWL,BW
what do you think?
how hard is it to change hotels mid stay?
how best to book it with passes and meal plan?
thanks for info!
Denise:flower3:

DisneyBride'03
01-17-2008, 03:40 PM
Any advice on how to get upgraded (Sharonz)? That would be GREAT!

We got upgraded last year. It was our 10th ann. I ordered a basket from Betsy. When I arrived , we were told we were the family of the day. We were upgraded to a 2 bedroom and given balloons with the basket . My son still has the certificate on his wall.

NNIICCEEE!!

NotQuiteGeek
01-17-2008, 10:31 PM
i am trying to decide b/w only a few options for our visit in a couple weeks. please help! thanks!
ss entire 5 nights
first 3 nights at CR or CS
last 2 nights at one of these options:GF, BC,POR,FWL,BW
what do you think?
how hard is it to change hotels mid stay?
how best to book it with passes and meal plan?
thanks for info!
Denise:flower3:

Every year when we do our trip "post mortem" and look at the trip diary, the one common thread we see (if we've changed rooms) is the comment "WE WILL NEVER SWITCH HOTELS AGAIN!"

Every few years, we forget, and we switch hotels in mid trip to save on points.

It's something to avoid if at all possible. Switching hotels is just like taking 1/2 to 3/4 day out of your vacation - even though Disney makes it insanely easy.

Jillpie
01-17-2008, 10:36 PM
I love all Disney resorts, and we are DVC members, but I have to say I hated SSR. But just about anyone that is "stuck" out in Carousel says that. The resort is way too big for our liking. But if you like that, you'll be fine. It was very pretty, but where we were felt like miles away from anything convenient. So if you can, refuse Carousel!!

Cee
01-18-2008, 05:49 AM
You will love the walkway and easy access to DTD. It's awesome. This resort
is fantastic. Have a wonderful stay. :thumbsup2

Donald&Tinkerbell
01-18-2008, 07:39 AM
I've been to DW multiple times, have only been upgraded once, at BW from a standard room to water view. We really enjoyed it, but I would never count on one. That's why it's pixie dust!:wizard:

spiceycat
01-18-2008, 07:59 AM
i am trying to decide b/w only a few options for our visit in a couple weeks. please help! thanks!
ss entire 5 nights
first 3 nights at CR or CS
last 2 nights at one of these options:GF, BC,POR,FWL,BW
what do you think?
how hard is it to change hotels mid stay?
how best to book it with passes and meal plan?
thanks for info!
Denise:flower3:

would go CR then BC - so you get 2 different areas in nice hotels.

It is not hard to change hotels. You tell bell services that you are changing and the hotel you are going too. then you go to the parks - that evening or afternoon - you check in ( generally do this before I go to the parks)

now if you are doing the meal plan - forget about changing resorts. - at each resort you would have to buy new tickets - that will get expensive fast!@!!!

so just stick with SSR if you are doing the meal plan.