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mamaprincess
05-14-2010, 02:52 PM
We are nearly at the 3,700 post cut off on the last thread so it's time to continue the love on a new thread.:love: Thanks everyone for answering questions on the previous lovers thread, sharing your wonderful SSR experiences and of course your amazing pictures of our gorgeous Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa some of which can be found on this page. Don't miss the links below the pictures full of information about and more photos of SSR. Please make yourselves at home and enjoy some pixie dust while you wait impatiently for your next trip!

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SSR Owners and Lovers Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1329308)
Tons more photos. (http://allears.net/acc/g_ss.htm)
A neat SSR promo video. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb683iujftE&feature=related)
Treehouse tour video. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjbyVAJZIsM)
Amazing Downtown Disney Photos. (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2122619)
Walt Disney World's Site SSR info. (http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/saratoga-springs-resort-and-spa/)
SSR Spa information. (http://www.relaxedyet.com/ss_treatments.asp)
Artist Palette breakfast menu. (http://allears.net/menu/menu_ssapb.htm)
Artist Palette lunch/dinner menu. (http://allears.net/menu/menu_ssap.htm)
Turf Club lunch menu. (http://allears.net/menu/menu_turf.htm)
Turf Club dinner menu. (http://allears.net/menu/menu_turfdin.htm)
Turf Club kid's menu. (http://allears.net/menu/menu_turfk.htm)

my3princes
05-14-2010, 03:12 PM
I had to follow you to the new thread. :goodvibes

mamaprincess
05-14-2010, 03:45 PM
Hey my3princes! Welcome home! It got to crowded in our old home. SSR has lots of lovers!:love: I've got a trip coming up (not soon enough) and I am so restless about it which makes it a great time to ogle pics of SSR and obsess.:wizard:

AirGoofy
05-14-2010, 03:58 PM
Great way to start the new thread. pixiedust:

Here is a link to the 1st thread: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1329308

Courtesy of BirdsofPreyDave.

Your top 10 questions answered. Click here. http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45536553&postcount=2084

http://www.birdsofpreydave.com/SSRMapLarge.png

The Grandstand
Fairly large section with 4 buildings
Buildings are clustered around a cul-de-sac, so the section is not too spread out
Con: If driving, making the left turn out of the resort's main entrance can sometimes be challenging.
Pro: Not too far of a walk to the carriage house
Pro: Not too far of a walk to the High Rock Spring Pool
Pro: Not too far from Golf Course and Pro Shop
Pro: Quiet pool
Pro: Kid's splash area
Pro: Full-service bar at the pool
Pro: Drink refill station (Sodas only)
Pro: Community BBQ Area with grills and tables
Pro: Laundry facility
Transportation:
Bus
Pro: First stop on the theme park route
First ones onto the empty buses during morning "rush hour"
First ones off the bus at night when you're tired and want to get back to your room and go to bed
Pro or Con: The bus stop is very close to 1 building, pretty close to another, and moderately close to the other 2. (You need to cross the parking lot to get to the bus stop from the two farthest buildings.)
Boat
Pro: Not too far of a walk to the boat dock. (Walk behind the Carriage House instead of through it.)
Views:
Golf Course
Wooded Areas
Small lake w/ fountain

Carousel
Smallest section of the resort with only two buildings
Con: Some say it feels remote and separated from the rest of the resort
Pro: Very quiet
Pro: Closest section to the resort's main entrance for easy in and out if you have a car
Con: Long walk to Carriage House
Con: Long walk to High Rock Spring Pool
Con: No quiet pool
Con: No laundry facility
Transportation:
Bus
Con: Bus stop is actually across the street in the Paddock Section
Con: Moderately far from both buildings
Views:
Small lake w/ fountain

The Paddock
Largest section of the resort. The Paddock's 5 buildings are laid out in a line, and stretch practically from one side of the resort to the other.
Con: Be careful with requests because of the Paddock's size. When requesting to be in the Paddock thinking you'll be close to the Paddock Pool, you may find yourself closer to Carousel or Congress Park
Pro or Con: Potentially Long walk to Carriage House. (Two Paddock buildings are very close to the bridge, and the Carriage House is not a long walk. Other buildings are farther from the bridge and involve a longer walk.)
Pro or Con: Potentially Long walk to High Rock Spring Pool (for buildings not close to the bridge)
Pro: Paddock Pool
Pro: Lifeguard protected
Pro: Daily activities
Pro: Water Slide
Pro: Kid's splash zone with small water slides
Pro: Paddock Pool Grill
Quick service restaurant
Hot and Cold drink refill station
Limited bottled alcohol
Pro:Laundry facility
Transportation:
Bus
Paddock buildings are actually served by three different bus stops
Paddock
Carousel
Congress Park
Pro: Each building is very close to fairly close to one of these stops
Con: Getting to the Congress Park bus stop from the Southern-most Paddock building(s) requires crossing a street
Views:
Lake w/ fountain
Bridge

Congress Park
Fairly large section of the resort with 4 buildings
Buildings are clustered pretty tightly, so the section isn't too spread out
Con: Long walk to Carriage House
Con: Long walk to High Rock Spring Pool
Pro: Quiet pool
Pro: Playground
Pro: Community BBQ Area with grills and tables
Pro: Laundry facility
Pro: Short walk to Downtown Disney Marketplace
Transportation:
Bus
Pro: All four buildings are fairly close to the bus stop
Views:
Downtown Disney

The Springs

Relatively small section of the resort with 3 buildings
Original part of the resort when it was part of the Disney Institute
These buildings are the oldest at the resort, but with refurbishments really don't look any different than rooms in other sections
Pro: Closest section to the Carriage House

Artist's Palette
Quick Service Restaurant for meals and snacks
Store for groceries, snacks, and souvenirs
Drink refill station with sodas and hot beverages
Open late
Turf Club Restaurant and Lounge
Front Desk
Pro: Closest section to High Rock Spring pool
Main pool / Lifeguard protected
Daily pool activities
Large water slide and smaller kiddie water slide
Location of Arcade and Community Hall
Full service bar and drink refill station (sodas only)
Fire pit for nightly marshmallow roasting
Close to tennis and shuffleboard courts
Laundry facility
Con: No quiet pool for this section.
Pro: Closest section to golf course and Pro Shop
Transportation:
Bus
Pro: Two buildings are very close to bus stop, one is pretty close.
Con: Bus stop used as transfer point for Tree House Villa guests and is also the stop for those heading to/from the Carriage House and High Rock Spring pool. This means there's higher-than-normal traffic at this stop.
Con: Last stop on theme park route. During crowded times of year, buses may be standing-room-only or completely full when they arrive at this stop. (This usually only happens during peak transportation hours near park openings.)
Boat
Pro: Very close to the boat dock, which is behind the Carriage House
Views:
Small Lake w/ Fountains

mamaprincess
05-14-2010, 04:18 PM
Great way to start the new thread. I will add the link to the last thread and my signature as well. Not sure if I posted in the last thread, but we added on another 25 points at SSR. Now, we can do two trips each year. pixiedust:


Thanks Airgoofy for linking to this thread in the previous one.:wizard: Welcome home!

brandip22
05-14-2010, 06:29 PM
Yay! I leave in ONE WEEK!! WOOOHOOOO! We also did an add on a couple of days ago so we can either go twice or stay in a 2Br each year. I keep checking for my points to show up, I'm so excited! Signing paperwork when we get down there!

mikron2
05-14-2010, 08:34 PM
We own at SSR and love everything about it. Good location, quite and I love the lake view and walking to down town Disney.

DutchsMommy
05-14-2010, 08:39 PM
Going home in about 5 months and can't wait. It's funny, we've stayed in alot of resorts on property, but DS still loves SSR and it's always his first choice when I ask where he wants to stay next! :thumbsup2

Silver Queen
05-15-2010, 12:39 AM
Leaving tomorrow morning for SSR, can't sleep so here I am!

kikiq
05-15-2010, 01:05 AM
Thanks for keeping the SSR Lovers thread refreshed and current!!! Love your pictures. Only 91 days until our SSR trip!!!:cool1:

tjhsr
05-15-2010, 08:41 AM
we just got back wed. and had a great time. spent most of our time at the quiet pool at CP. only spent a few hrs at the parks over 5 days. and most of that was for dining. no rides at all. and going back in oct.:banana::banana: Had a really good meal at the Turf Club. 16 trips to SSR and counting :cool1::cool1: Also spent 5 days at VB a great resort but theres no place like home :goodvibes

snowhyte
05-15-2010, 01:00 PM
I have never been to SSR, but have become an SSR lover just by reading the original thread and looking at pictures over the last month. :) I can't wait to stay here someday!

franandaj
05-15-2010, 02:13 PM
I'll subscribe by posting a few of my photobucket images. We've been hopping around, though stayed at the THV in Jan, but can't wait to get back to just the regular old SSR Villas. Unfortunately it won't be until like a year and half from now. Luckily we live about 15 miles or 25 minutes from our other home the VCG! :banana: So we can experience the magic there while we wait to return to the other magic!

This was our accesible THV, I thought it was the coolest!

http://i915.photobucket.com/albums/ac352/franandaj/IMG_1408.jpg

http://i915.photobucket.com/albums/ac352/franandaj/IMG_1410.jpg

http://i915.photobucket.com/albums/ac352/franandaj/IMG_1411.jpg

http://i915.photobucket.com/albums/ac352/franandaj/IMG_2291.jpg

I have more pictures, but this was what I had on photobucket!

popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

RLRDA
05-15-2010, 02:47 PM
Joining the new thread ~ :thumbsup2

mamaprincess
05-15-2010, 08:23 PM
Wow franandaj beautiful pics! Whenever you get more on photobucket, please share them here.

Welcome home everyone!:wizard:

Disneymanic
05-15-2010, 09:25 PM
DW and I went on our first stay Home last Dec. We were on our first trip by ourselves since our honeymoon in 1974. We had done a previous trip with 11 people to Boardwalk but now we were coming Home. Not knowing what the resort was like, I was a little worried that DW would not like SSR. Well, we both loved it.:cool1: We stayed in Congress Park and had a great view of Cirque de Solei. It was peaceful and beautiful. We are both eagerly anticipating our next trip. :hug:

AirGoofy
05-15-2010, 09:40 PM
I'll subscribe by posting a few of my photobucket images. We've been hopping around, though stayed at the THV in Jan, but can't wait to get back to just the regular old SSR Villas.
popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

Great treehouse pics. We would like to stay in the THV, but as a family of four, not sure if I can justify using the points. Maybe when the dds (8,5) are older. In the meantime, we'll just enjoy the view from the posted pics and the boat as we float down the river.

Well, we both loved it.:cool1: We stayed in Congress Park and had a great view of Cirque de Solei. It was peaceful and beautiful. We are both eagerly anticipating our next trip. :hug:

Glad you had a great trip. The view at CP is something special.

my3princes
05-16-2010, 08:09 AM
We'll be in the THV's in just about 60 days. :cool1: While we're there we are having a gathering for family and friends, it looks like about 30 people. How big are the charcoal grills? How much charcoal will we need to pick up? Thanks for your help.

Doingitagain
05-16-2010, 09:40 AM
We'll be in the THV's in just about 60 days. :cool1: While we're there we are having a gathering for family and friends, it looks like about 30 people. How big are the charcoal grills? How much charcoal will we need to pick up? Thanks for your help.

They are not very big, smaller than the one we have at home. We haven't used them, so I can't tell you how much exactly fits on them. I would plan on having appetizers and then doing multiple shifts on the grill if you have 30 people.

mecllap
05-16-2010, 12:55 PM
That selection of beautiful photos is a great way to start the thread. Here's an overview of SSR from the CIF balloon:
http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n232/mecllap/SSRfromCIF.jpg

and a view of the balloon from our Paddock room balcony:
http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n232/mecllap/SSRbalconyviewCIF.jpg

cyndiloveswalt
05-16-2010, 01:19 PM
We're heading home to SSR in about 6 months and we can't wait. We have recently done other resorts, BC and BW and did enjoy, but i'm looking forward to going home. Can't wait to see the balloon, great pics. We love Congress Park!

franandaj
05-16-2010, 01:59 PM
We'll be in the THV's in just about 60 days. :cool1: While we're there we are having a gathering for family and friends, it looks like about 30 people. How big are the charcoal grills? How much charcoal will we need to pick up? Thanks for your help.

We used our grill. This is a whole bag of Matchlight (the smaller bag), I covered about 3/4 of the bottom of the grill and left the right side without any coals in case the chicken drippings started a flare up.

http://i915.photobucket.com/albums/ac352/franandaj/Random%20Food%20Porn/IMG_2315.jpg

This was how much food I got on the grill at once, it was pretty packed. I believe it was 3 breasts 6 thighs and 6 sliced zucchini.

http://i915.photobucket.com/albums/ac352/franandaj/Random%20Food%20Porn/IMG_2320.jpg

For 30 people count on eating in phases, have lots of chips and other stuff or have start cooking early and keep everything warm until you're ready to serve. The grills are about the same size as the ones that they have in parks (at least out in CA)

mamaprincess
05-17-2010, 09:04 AM
Franandaj, I wish I could reach through the monitor and take some food off that grill!:laughing: That's an awesome way of answering the question about how much food can fit on the grill.

Mecllap, I love the overhead shot of SSR.:wizard:

my3princes
05-17-2010, 03:04 PM
Thanks for all your responses. We'll have to cook strategically. I've requested a villa across from the pool entrance so hopefully that will come through and the pool will occupy at least the kids.

Deb

dizney4us
05-17-2010, 04:27 PM
A couple SSR lovers here. Loved the pictures at the beginning!!:love:

Nparrotte
05-17-2010, 04:57 PM
DW and I love SSR. Recently stayed at BLT it was OK but we missed the luxury of the quiet pool in Congress Park. :thumbsup2

Can't wait to get back...next stay THV. :cool1:

brandip22
05-17-2010, 09:15 PM
I need to look through the other thread, but I have a question about the Grandstand area. We are checking in on Saturday and I think that's where we want to request a room. I'm thinking Grandstand, higher floor and non- HA. Would there be anything else I should request or is that too much already?;)

tjhsr
05-17-2010, 09:46 PM
I need to look through the other thread, but I have a question about the Grandstand area. We are checking in on Saturday and I think that's where we want to request a room. I'm thinking Grandstand, higher floor and non- HA. Would there be anything else I should request or is that too much already?;)

There are 2 buildings close very close to the Grandstand pool. Might be something to try for if you use the pool alot. Never hurts to ask.

AirGoofy
05-18-2010, 08:19 AM
I need to look through the other thread, but I have a question about the Grandstand area. We are checking in on Saturday and I think that's where we want to request a room. I'm thinking Grandstand, higher floor and non- HA. Would there be anything else I should request or is that too much already?;)

If you can't get the Grandstand, the Springs has the main pool and the Paddock (5500s closest) had a nice, small private pool. However, there are plans to redo the Paddock pool, so I'm not sure if it is still open. Congress Park has a pool and a great view of DTD. Have a great trip.

tjhsr
05-18-2010, 07:46 PM
Paddock pool was open last week.

tjhsr
05-19-2010, 06:46 PM
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w80/tjhsr/SSR/100_0395.jpg

tjhsr
05-19-2010, 06:56 PM
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w80/tjhsr/000_0060.jpg

tjhsr
05-19-2010, 07:01 PM
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w80/tjhsr/000_0057.jpg

tjhsr
05-19-2010, 07:04 PM
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w80/tjhsr/SSR/100_0523.jpg

robertdangelo
05-19-2010, 08:49 PM
We just closed on a resale add-on at SSR. We look forward to staying there!

florep1
05-19-2010, 10:32 PM
Coming home in 2 1/2 weeks!:cool1::cool1::cool1:

EnchantedPlayroom
05-20-2010, 12:44 AM
I was wondering if you guys could help me out. My DVC home is SSR, but I have never stayed there. DD and I will be going this December fo rour first trip together (her 1st trip, period) and I was wondering what is good for little ones around the resort. I honestly, was hoping for WL because of the proximity to the MK and because of the cute carriage rides around FW. DD LOVES horses, so that's a bonus at SSR. LOL. She is 3. Can someone please sell me on the idea of staying here with her?

EnchantedPlayroom
05-20-2010, 12:48 AM
Oh! And, can anyone tell me if DTD is decorated any kind of cute way for Christmas? Does anything cute and Christmasy happen there? I can't seem to remember. I am SO EXCITED to be visitibg the World during the holidays!!

mamaprincess
05-20-2010, 12:05 PM
I was wondering if you guys could help me out. My DVC home is SSR, but I have never stayed there. DD and I will be going this December fo rour first trip together (her 1st trip, period) and I was wondering what is good for little ones around the resort. I honestly, was hoping for WL because of the proximity to the MK and because of the cute carriage rides around FW. DD LOVES horses, so that's a bonus at SSR. LOL. She is 3. Can someone please sell me on the idea of staying here with her?

She is 3 so she will be happy just being at WDW but there is lot's for her to do. SSR has a far better pool for her age because of the zero entry and splash area providing the weather is decent and usually it is (last year was weird). The community hall has activities such as crafts everyday so take her their on your off days, they also have free dvd's. Take the boat over to DTD and do Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. She will love it. Have her do it in the afternoon so she can participate in the princess parade where the little girls who have just been done up get to parade around DTD and wave to their subjects.:goodvibes

You are going during the best time of all. SSR is decorated beautifully but because it is large, it won't seem as saturated with decorations as some of the others. DTD is also decorated splendidly. The World of Disney store is just gorgeous for Christmas, even if you don't do BBB here, take her for a little shopping trip here. If you are doing the DDP, there is no better place to be as they have a wide selection of CS restaurants at DTD as well as TS so take her for a little lunch and shopping and photo ops which DTD has tons. Santa is also at DTD so take her to see him.:wizard: We've stayed at SSR during Christmas and didn't even get a chance to do all the Christmas activities that they had. There are character meet 'n' greets with virtually no lines in the Carriage house everyday dressed in their holiday finery and they serve cider and cookies. We were able to meet minnie, pluto and Donald duck over the course of 2 days.


Here are some pics I found through the search option of SSR at Christmas. I believe these are Lak2w's pics (hope that's right).

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b384/mamaprincess/ssr/ssr41.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b384/mamaprincess/ssr/ssr42.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b384/mamaprincess/ssr/ssr44.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b384/mamaprincess/ssr/ssr43.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b384/mamaprincess/ssr/ssr40.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b384/mamaprincess/ssr/ssr37.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b384/mamaprincess/ssr/ssr39.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b384/mamaprincess/ssr/ssr48.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b384/mamaprincess/ssr/ssr39.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b384/mamaprincess/ssr/ssr49.jpg

Here are a couple of DTD.
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b384/mamaprincess/ssr/dtdchris2.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b384/mamaprincess/ssr/dtgchris1.jpg

stopher1
05-20-2010, 12:24 PM
Yay, the new thread is opened up!

Here are just a few of my own pics. We love SSR too.

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Oct%2009%20-%20Sea%20World_SSR/2009-Oct001119.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Oct%2009%20-%20Sea%20World_SSR/2009-Oct001126.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Oct%2009%20-%20Sea%20World_SSR/2009-Oct00143.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/Oct%2009%20-%20Sea%20World_SSR/2009-Oct0016.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/WDW%20Jan%2010/2010-0113-001188.jpg

stopher1
05-20-2010, 12:29 PM
And here are a few more...

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/WDW%20Jan%2010/2010-0113-00159.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/WDW%20Jan%2010/2010-0113-00183.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/WDW%20Jan%2010/2010-0113-0014.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/WDW%20Jan%2010/2010-0111-0157.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/WDW%20Jan%2010/2010-0111-0149.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/WDW%20Jan%2010/2010-0111-0131.jpg

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/WDW%20Jan%2010/2010-0114-0017.jpg

conciergekelly
05-20-2010, 03:00 PM
Nice pictures! It makes me miss SSR. I haven't been there for a while. We have tried some of the other resorts the last few trips. I can't wait to try the THV! They look great!:cloud9:

EnchantedPlayroom
05-20-2010, 03:33 PM
Have her do it in the afternoon so she can participate in the princess parade where the little girls who have just been done up get to parade around DTD and wave to their subjects.:goodvibes
:scared1: OMG!! I would just die!!! How cute!!!!


If you are doing the DDP, there is no better place to be as they have a wide selection of CS restaurants at DTD as well as TS so take her for a little lunch and shopping and photo ops which DTD has tons.
Excellent point, and thank you for that. I am doing the DDP, and I was looking at the SSR menus and not finding much that DD or I would eat. I was getting nervous. (I am pickier than a two year old)


Santa is also at DTD so take her to see him.:wizard:
:woohoo: Where can I find him there?? We LOVE Santa.


There are character meet 'n' greets with virtually no lines in the Carriage house everyday dressed in their holiday finery and they serve cider and cookies. We were able to meet minnie, pluto and Donald duck over the course of 2 days.
I had NO idea that they did this. Thank you!!! :worship:

mamaprincess
05-20-2010, 04:17 PM
:woohoo: Where can I find him there?? We LOVE Santa.

Santa can be found on the side of World of Disney store where the Aurora and Sleeping beauty statues are, it's a really cute set-up. You also will be able to see him at SSR.

tjhsr
05-25-2010, 09:08 PM
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w80/tjhsr/SSR/100_0392.jpg

RDP
05-26-2010, 05:42 AM
Going to SSR in October for first time, cant wait! More Pictures Please.

Dizny Dad
05-26-2010, 09:55 AM
Just back from SSR - outstanding trip as always!

We spent the first four days at Kidoni village, but then moved the last six days to SSR. We love the feel, and were glad to be back! We spent lots of time in the pool this time and only half days in the parks.

We sure wish it was easier to get to port Orleans on the boats. Taking the boat to Pleasure Island, then a water taxi to DTD to pick up the boat to PO that goes right by the SSR boat dock. Sure wish they had a shuttle between the two.

mamaprincess
05-26-2010, 05:43 PM
We sure wish it was easier to get to port Orleans on the boats. Taking the boat to Pleasure Island, then a water taxi to DTD to pick up the boat to PO that goes right by the SSR boat dock. Sure wish they had a shuttle between the two.


I know! Is this a recent change? I seem to remember a boat going to PO from SSR and OKW. I wish they'd make the stop. I'm sure both resorts would benefit with folks spending money for lunch etc.

tjhsr
05-26-2010, 07:36 PM
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w80/tjhsr/000_0064.jpg

DisneyFreaks
05-26-2010, 11:12 PM
So this is where y'all went.....Thanks for the new thread mammaprincess :thumbsup2 I am loving all the gorgeous pictures. We're staying in the THVs in 51/2 months and cannot wait. We are so excited to be going back home again. Keep the wonderful pics coming!

Disney_Mama
05-27-2010, 06:31 AM
Just got back from a short 3 day, adult only trip to SSR. Sat at the Paddocks pool all day and read, then walked to DTD for dinner and drinks. I love SSR.:goodvibes

AirGoofy
05-27-2010, 09:35 AM
I know! Is this a recent change? I seem to remember a boat going to PO from SSR and OKW. I wish they'd make the stop. I'm sure both resorts would benefit with folks spending money for lunch etc.

We stayed last May at SSR and in Oct at OKW and the boats were this way. DTD used to have the boat stop at Pleasure Island, but now the DTD boats only go between West Side and Marketplace. I think the SSR, OKW, and PO boats just dock at the old Pleasure Island stop. It would be more convenient to boat from SSR to OKW, but I enjoy the boat rides, so this is just part of the fun.

mamaprincess
05-27-2010, 12:27 PM
I really enjoy the boat rides too AirGoofy. It wouldn't be a trip without a Disney water launch excursion.:wizard:

magicmommy
05-27-2010, 12:29 PM
Going home to SSR for my birthday in July! :goodvibes

rigsby25
05-27-2010, 12:47 PM
I've stayed here before but only in a grand villa and a 1 br. Now we will be in a studio. I kind of poked around the first thread, but I am going through too many here are my pictures, nice pictures, I bought this year I bought that year, welcome home, etc. to gleen any information. When I get time I will read all through that, but I'd like to do some mental planning. Also - where are the Ice machines?

BirdsOfPreyDave
05-27-2010, 05:14 PM
I know! Is this a recent change? I seem to remember a boat going to PO from SSR and OKW. I wish they'd make the stop. I'm sure both resorts would benefit with folks spending money for lunch etc.The boat routes changed when the tree houses opened.

BirdsOfPreyDave
05-27-2010, 05:18 PM
where are the Ice machines?There's an ice machine in each building, on the first floor near the elevators. There's also a trash/recycling room on the first floor of each building.

Since you're staying in a studio, I'll also add (even though you didn't ask), there's a laundry room at each of the quiet pools. There's also a laundry room near the High Rocks Spring Pool (the main pool). It's next to the Community Hall.

Dizny Dad
05-28-2010, 05:55 AM
I've stayed here before but only in a grand villa and a 1 br. Now we will be in a studio. I kind of poked around the first thread, but I am going through too many here are my pictures, nice pictures, I bought this year I bought that year, welcome home, etc. to gleen any information. When I get time I will read all through that, but I'd like to do some mental planning. Also - where are the Ice machines?

Laundry? Check out the pool buildings, they have washers and dryers. Dont insert any money, as they are free to use, just push in the mechanism without coins inserted.

I like the combination of pool, laundry, bar at Grandstand. Makes one wish for dirty clothes!

Anna114
05-29-2010, 02:02 PM
So I'm a VWL owner and am making our first DVC stay and it happens to be at SSR this October. I know so little about the resort. Could anyone spare the time to give me some of the pros and cons. We are staying in a studio during Food and Wine, Columbus Day weekend. We really don't plan on bringing in any food, other than breakfast. I won't ask where people recommend I stay, for some unknown reason that questions frustrates me :) Look at the map and figure it out! LOL Also, how's the dining. I like to try new places. TIA

kikiq
05-29-2010, 03:12 PM
I was wondering if you guys could help me out. My DVC home is SSR, but I have never stayed there. DD and I will be going this December fo rour first trip together (her 1st trip, period) and I was wondering what is good for little ones around the resort. I honestly, was hoping for WL because of the proximity to the MK and because of the cute carriage rides around FW. DD LOVES horses, so that's a bonus at SSR. LOL. She is 3. Can someone please sell me on the idea of staying here with her?

We stayed at SSR last Christmas, it was wonderful...a little chilly than usual. Find out when the characters will be around the resort. We also visited other resorts to see the gingerbread houses, train sets and other characters. NO LINE to see Chip and Dale at AKV, a little line at Yacht Club to see Mickey and Minnie. All of them dressed up in their holiday dress.

We like SSR for little ones because there is room for them to move and not bother other guests. My DSIL loved the walkways with my little niece. She would see all the little critters (lizards, rabbits) along the paths and be totally entertained and wasn't running into other people.

AirGoofy
05-29-2010, 03:44 PM
So I'm a VWL owner and am making our first DVC stay and it happens to be at SSR this October. I know so little about the resort. Could anyone spare the time to give me some of the pros and cons. We are staying in a studio during Food and Wine, Columbus Day weekend. We really don't plan on bringing in any food, other than breakfast. I won't ask where people recommend I stay, for some unknown reason that questions frustrates me :) Look at the map and figure it out! LOL Also, how's the dining. I like to try new places. TIA

Never been to VWL, but staying there in October. I love SSR. It is a very relaxing resort. The one con I would give it would be the bus time trips to the park, because of where it is located. However, the pros are the main pool (Springs) with the movie nights. Also, there are several private pool locations (Congress Park, Grandstand, and Paddock). The grounds are beautiful, and there is easy access to tennis courts and golf course. The big pro is the trip to DTD - by boat ride or walk. The view of DTD from Congress Park is pretty cool as well. The Artist Pallet is decent QS, and the Turf Club is really good - probably the best Prime Rib I have had (including non-Disney property).

3DisneyKids
05-29-2010, 08:52 PM
Ah, another round! I was on page one of the first SSR thread and love that resort just as much now as I did then! :goodvibes We also own at BLT--and I like the idea of owning and two very different style resorts. But yes, we ADORE SSR.

rigsby25
05-30-2010, 01:29 PM
Laundry? Check out the pool buildings, they have washers and dryers. Dont insert any money, as they are free to use, just push in the mechanism without coins inserted.

I like the combination of pool, laundry, bar at Grandstand. Makes one wish for dirty clothes!

Okay - so maybe I should request the Grandstand? Are they by the quiet pools also?

millys
05-30-2010, 05:57 PM
A few inerior pics of our 2 x bed from December 2009....

Master Bedroom

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j217/millys/Kidani%2009/Rooms004.jpg?1275259789

Maser Bath

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j217/millys/Kidani%2009/Rooms005.jpg?1275259914

2nd Bedroom

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j217/millys/Kidani%2009/Rooms031.jpg?1275259994

2nd Bath

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j217/millys/Kidani%2009/Rooms027.jpg?1275260039

And vanity

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j217/millys/Kidani%2009/Rooms028.jpg?1275260085

Milly

tjhsr
05-31-2010, 07:16 AM
Okay - so maybe I should request the Grandstand? Are they by the quiet pools also?

There are two buildings next to the grandstand pool.

florep1
05-31-2010, 09:51 AM
A few inerior pics of our 2 x bed from December 2009....

Master Bedroom

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j217/millys/Kidani%2009/Rooms004.jpg?1275259789

Maser Bath

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j217/millys/Kidani%2009/Rooms005.jpg?1275259914

2nd Bedroom

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j217/millys/Kidani%2009/Rooms031.jpg?1275259994

2nd Bath

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j217/millys/Kidani%2009/Rooms027.jpg?1275260039

And vanity

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j217/millys/Kidani%2009/Rooms028.jpg?1275260085

Milly

Thanks for the pics. We're checking in this Saturday after an overnight stay in Tallahasse. It will be our first time in a 2BR for our family of five and the teenagers are excited about the vanity space lol.

rigsby25
05-31-2010, 11:30 AM
We'll be in the THV's in just about 60 days. :cool1: While we're there we are having a gathering for family and friends, it looks like about 30 people. How big are the charcoal grills? How much charcoal will we need to pick up? Thanks for your help.

This sounds like an incredible good time!

DisneyDetective
05-31-2010, 01:04 PM
i'm a DVC member at SSR and i love staying there! The resort is so peaceful and near all the parks and I4.

Dizny Dad
06-01-2010, 11:23 AM
popcorn::

tarheel
06-01-2010, 06:39 PM
We're coming for our first time to SSR in July. Can anyone suggest a grocery store or Super Target or something to hit along the way from the airport? I think I'd prefer to stop along the way vs. check-in then leave again. Thanks!

mamaprincess
06-07-2010, 09:42 AM
We always go to the super walmart on I-4 that is about 10 minutes from SSR. That's why we love SSR's location. We can get off campus really easily and pick up things we need and come right back.:wizard:

padisneyfour
06-07-2010, 11:40 AM
we will be staying for the first time in july in 1 bedroom - loving the pics!:goodvibes

maciec
06-07-2010, 11:51 PM
Thanks for sharing the pictures! This will be our first time home since we bought in 2004. We have requested the grandstand area. How long (minute wise) is the walk to the Community hall? My kids love the Community Hall at AKV (our other home). Does anyone have a picture of the Community hall or can I find that in the old thread?

What would be the easiest way for us to get to the Marketplace from the Grandstand?

We are pondering renting a car for this trip. I thought a while back that I read of one of the DTD hotels that had a rental car place in it. Does anyone know which one it is or even if there is one? We just want it for 2 days.

I think that's it for now. I am sure that I will have more questions prior to our trip in October.

Thanks!

Dizny Dad
06-08-2010, 05:43 AM
. . . . . . How long (minute wise) is the walk to the Community hall?

What would be the easiest way for us to get to the Marketplace from the Grandstand?

We are pondering renting a car for this trip. I thought a while back that I read of one of the DTD hotels that had a rental car place in it. Does anyone know which one it is or even if there is one?

. . . . . .

The walk from Grandstand is less than 5 minutes (about 2 city blocks) . . . past the pool, up the little hill and you are standing at Bell Services beside the main entrance. A little further you find High Rock spriongs Pool. Beside the pool is the community hall. Grandstand is a great place to be . . first bus stop, great pool, nice snack bar & drink station, close to the main facility.

Sorry, can't answer for the car rental - we have never needed a car, we have always used Disney transportation and never felt a need to leave the World.

Have a great time. :yay:

stopher1
06-08-2010, 07:42 AM
I was at the World over the last weekend, and while there got to experience the new Characters in Flight balloon. For those of you not fearful of heights and haven't done it yet - it's AWESOME!! Great to be able to see all of WDW, and other stuff too if you choose to turn around (I really didn't).

Here are a few views of our lovely SSR from the balloon.


Going up
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/WDW%20Jun%2010/P6060039.jpg

Just for you DiznyDad...the wonderful rocking chairs at Congress Park
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/WDW%20Jun%2010/P6060042.jpg

And another
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/stopher1_photos/WDW%20Jun%2010/P6060044.jpg

tarheel
06-08-2010, 08:02 AM
WOW! Awesome pictures! I am considering doing the balloon ride in July. My daughter is really nervous though, so I don't know if it will happen for us, fingers crossed.

florep1
06-08-2010, 08:52 AM
:wave2: from the Grandstands in our first 2BR stay for our family of five. It's huge! Love it :) Funny thing though we all gather up in one room most of the time to keep up/hang out most of the time anyway other than when it's bedtime.

Dizny Dad
06-08-2010, 10:56 AM
Stopher1 - Thanks so much for the rocking thoughts - just when I thought I was happy to be here at the office!

Just happen to be poking around on the DIS when what do I find - THE ROCKERS - and they appear to be waiting for me !

Sorry, got to go . . . . . . . .

stopher1
06-08-2010, 11:41 AM
- just when I thought I was happy to be here at the office!

:rotfl::rotfl2::lmao:

mamaprincess
06-08-2010, 12:19 PM
What would be the easiest way for us to get to the Marketplace from the Grandstand?

We are pondering renting a car for this trip. I thought a while back that I read of one of the DTD hotels that had a rental car place in it. Does anyone know which one it is or even if there is one? We just want it for 2 days.

Thanks!

I'd take the boat because I love the boats and you are a very short walk to the boat dock. You could also take the walking path.

As far as DTD rental car places:

Their is an Avis car rental at Hilton, Alamo and National are at Buena Vista Palace, Budget is at Doubletree and Dollar is at Regal Sun.:wizard:

franandaj
06-08-2010, 01:05 PM
We are pondering renting a car for this trip. I thought a while back that I read of one of the DTD hotels that had a rental car place in it. Does anyone know which one it is or even if there is one? We just want it for 2 days.

Thanks!

We rented a car from the Alamo at the Buena Vista Palace. It's just a short walk from DTD. We reserved the car in advance, took the boat to DTD had lunch at WPE and walked over to pick up the car. When we returned it, (we had moved to AKV) we just took the bus back to our resort after again having lunch. It worked out perfectly!

maciec
06-08-2010, 11:11 PM
thanks so much for all of the reponses. We were actually thinking of taking the auto train down, but the fares are really high (much more than I expected). We thought that it would be neat to do it for the experience. So now I am looking into a rental car. We do go off site a lot so we like to have a car.

The other question I have is ..... can the little refrigerator hold a gallon jug of milk?

brattosa
06-09-2010, 10:32 PM
We'll be going "home" in a few weeks and are trying to plan out the itinerary and fit everything in. Does anyone have a current / recent list of the activities at Community Hall by chance? It'd be nice to know what's going on ahead of time.

padisneyfour
06-10-2010, 08:35 AM
ONE MONTH!:cool1:

JenG
06-10-2010, 11:29 AM
We are owners at Saratoga and just booked a Grand Villa for Octboer 2010! So excited!

Quick question - how big is the balcony in the GV? I can't seem to find any pictures of it.

SharonZ
06-11-2010, 09:26 AM
We are renting a 2-BR in December and I was wondering if there are more dedicated two-bedrooms (with 2 queens) or the ones with the lock-off (I think studio as second bedroom)? And, are they both basically throughout each of the sections? I've stayed at SSR before in a 1-BR and absolutely love it! Thanks.

mamaprincess
06-11-2010, 03:52 PM
We are renting a 2-BR in December and I was wondering if there are more dedicated two-bedrooms (with 2 queens) or the ones with the lock-off (I think studio as second bedroom)? And, are they both basically throughout each of the sections? I've stayed at SSR before in a 1-BR and absolutely love it! Thanks.

Here's the breakdown (http://www.dvcnews.com/index.php/resorts/saratoga-springs/general-information).

I'm sure they are throughout each of the sections. There would likely be more dedicated because lock-offs can be booked as studios and one bedrooms.

Goofygirl17
06-13-2010, 05:22 PM
We stayed in a studio this past April. Now we have a 1br for this coming April :cool1: I can't wait!!!

Flyerfan
06-13-2010, 05:28 PM
Just when I thought we wouldn't be back until Fall 2011. I convinced DH to take a last minute trip next month. Woohoo!! SSR here we come!:cool1:

mamaprincess
06-13-2010, 08:18 PM
Just when I thought we wouldn't be back until Fall 2011. I convinced DH to take a last minute trip next month. Woohoo!! SSR here we come!:cool1:

That is wonderful! I couldn't imagine waiting for 2011 and it's clear DH couldn't do it either. I sure wish we could join you but we have to wait for our Christmas trip at the THV's.:wizard:

AirGoofy
06-13-2010, 08:57 PM
We stayed in a studio this past April. Now we have a 1br for this coming April :cool1: I can't wait!!!

:woohoo: Congrats! The one bedroom is really nice. We usually stay in studios but grabbed a 1-bedroom over a weekend to use up some points. It was awesome. Have a great trip.

florep1
06-13-2010, 10:06 PM
Just back from a week long stay in a 2BR at Grandstand and we're happy to report that we got into our room around 11am, the room was in good shape (except for a tear on the comforter on one of the queen beds in the second BR, and our bus wait times were all decent. Never waited longer than 5 minutes. Our longest wait for a bus was while park hopping from EPCOT to AK in the middle of the day, maybe 10 minutes but felt longer due to the heat.

Dizny Dad
06-14-2010, 05:42 AM
Good to hear you had a great time!

fsmith2845
06-14-2010, 03:00 PM
Just back from a week long stay in a 2BR at Grandstand and we're happy to report that we got into our room around 11am, the room was in good shape (except for a tear on the comforter on one of the queen beds in the second BR, and our bus wait times were all decent. Never waited longer than 5 minutes. Our longest wait for a bus was while park hopping from EPCOT to AK in the middle of the day, maybe 10 minutes but felt longer due to the heat.

5-10 minutes wait for the bus.. that's really pretty good from what i have been reading off and on.. but i agree.. 10 minutes in the blazing heat does seem an eternity.. are the bus stops covered in SSR.. never really thought to ask that question

AirGoofy
06-14-2010, 03:30 PM
5-10 minutes wait for the bus.. that's really pretty good from what i have been reading off and on.. but i agree.. 10 minutes in the blazing heat does seem an eternity.. are the bus stops covered in SSR.. never really thought to ask that question

Yes, they are covered. You still may get some sun, depending upon the time of day.

fsmith2845
06-14-2010, 04:00 PM
Yes, they are covered. You still may get some sun, depending upon the time of day.


Shouldn't be too big of a problem for us when we go, we're not going until Late November/December.. heck depending on the day, might wish they weren't covered. LOL

wendypooh
06-14-2010, 04:02 PM
Just booked SSR for July - it'll be our first time at this resort. The CM at member services suggested the "springs" - and I said OK - after reading here, I'm worried now - as I've read that this is the last bus stop, crowding, etc... - should we request a different area. I'd like to be close to the check - in, community hall, pool, dining area, but also close to the bus stop - also, any other info we need to know? OH - she also mentioned the boat to DTD? Is this another travel option? Can you take the boat to DTD - then a park? Is that easier?

Thanks!!

Goofygirl17
06-14-2010, 05:57 PM
:woohoo: Congrats! The one bedroom is really nice. We usually stay in studios but grabbed a 1-bedroom over a weekend to use up some points. It was awesome. Have a great trip.

Thanks!! We can't wait :cool1: Now that we have the room booked I can start planning everything else!

nukker7
06-14-2010, 06:44 PM
Man you guys have me stoked....We dont get to go until next year!!!:snooty:

FigmentLady
06-14-2010, 08:19 PM
I'm a brand new SSR owner! We stayed there back in 2009 and I am in love.:love:

Where can I find a cute SSR banner for my avatar? Do I just save it from someone else's or something?

AirGoofy
06-14-2010, 08:32 PM
Just booked SSR for July - it'll be our first time at this resort. The CM at member services suggested the "springs" - and I said OK - after reading here, I'm worried now - as I've read that this is the last bus stop, crowding, etc... - should we request a different area. I'd like to be close to the check - in, community hall, pool, dining area, but also close to the bus stop - also, any other info we need to know? OH - she also mentioned the boat to DTD? Is this another travel option? Can you take the boat to DTD - then a park? Is that easier?

Thanks!!

Well, you have half of what you want. The Springs is closest to everything you referenced. As for the bus stop, I have not been in July. But, the buses have never been as crowded as the All Star or Pop buses.

As for the boat, it is a great ride; however, it would more than double your transportation time. The boat ramp at DTD is at the old Pleasure Island stop, and then quite a walk to the bus stop. You could probably walk to DTD bus stop than the boat ride & walk, but that still would not be faster than the bus from the Springs. So, enjoy the boatride for DTD fun, but don't try to use it for a theme park transportation.

BEASLYBOO
06-15-2010, 09:26 AM
Just returned from a wonderful stay at SSR. Though OKW is my favorite resort I must admit that SSR now runs a close second. In our past 2 visits we had been put in the Carousel area so this time I requested Congress Park. We had a lovely 2 bedroom unit, #2601/03, 2nd floor, with a beautiful water view of Downtown Disney, at night it was even more stunning. The villa was clean, fresh smelling and comfortable. We were a party of 7 and everyone new to Saratoga fell in love with the resort and it's amenities. We had dinner at the Turf Club (also a favorite), good prime rib and lamb chops. We took the boat to DTD and later walked back to SSR. On this trip we did TL, BB, and actually took a side trip to Busch Gardens (only 1hr 15min away). Also took in a day of shopping at the outlet malls. A nice start to summer for our children who just got out of school, just a really fantastic trip! :)

mamaprincess
06-15-2010, 02:56 PM
Where can I find a cute SSR banner for my avatar? Do I just save it from someone else's or something?

Yep.:wizard: That's how I got mine.

FigmentLady
06-15-2010, 03:19 PM
Yep.:wizard: That's how I got mine.

Thanks! I like yours the best so far so I'm stealing it. :littleangel:

Dizny Dad
06-15-2010, 05:43 PM
BEASLYBOO - Great to hear you had a great time! :cool1:

AshleyMWC
06-15-2010, 10:05 PM
We are BWV owners, and we had an awesome Boardwalk view studio booked for the last week of August. We have had to change the dates of our trip to the middle of August and BWV was no longer available. In fact, the only studio available for all 8 of our nights was SSR. I am excited, as I have always wanted to stay there, but that was an AWESOME view we had to give up! :eek: We have requested Congress Park since it is the closest to Downtown Disney. We don't know much at all about SSR, so we are looking for some pointers.

How is the Congress Park location for two 30 year olds who like DTD?

Are there any good views in Congress Park?

As we would really like to have the walking option to DTD, if Congress Park isn't available, is there a second choice we should ask for?

Is there a hot tub near all the different areas, or just at the main pool?

I welcome any other comments/suggestions/comments that might help us!

Thanks guys :lovestruc

BEASLYBOO
06-16-2010, 09:14 AM
How is the Congress Park location for two 30 year olds who like DTD?

Are there any good views in Congress Park?

As we would really like to have the walking option to DTD, if Congress Park isn't available, is there a second choice we should ask for?

Thanks guys :lovestruc

Not an SSR expert but I requested Congress Park and our 2 bedroom had an excellent view of the water with the hot air (?) balloon to the left of us, villa #2601/03 so one of those was the studio. We love DTD and we took the boat to and returned to SSR by the well lit walkway at night when it's cooler. The kids only wanted the main pool so we never went to the quiet pool but we walked by it (on the way back from DTD) and it had a jacuzzi. We love to walk so we also walked at night from COngress Park to the main pool, the resort is lovely and well lit at night. If I could not get COngress Park I would have requested Grandstand to be near the main pool. As far as suggestions, the Turf Club is a very good place to eat and the Artist Pallette has really good salads and sandwiches that you can take out of eat in. I hope you enjoy your trip as much as we enjoyed ours!

Good luck with the view! ;)

wdwjan
06-16-2010, 07:32 PM
Subscribed. I'm so happy that I found this thread! I wondered why I wasn't getting any updates from the other one! This feeds my addiction. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures!

Jan

Dizny Dad
06-17-2010, 06:03 AM
wdwjan - Welcome! :flower3:

BEASLYBOO
06-17-2010, 08:31 AM
wdwjan - Welcome! :flower3:
So, Dizny Dad, what's you're favorite SSR area? I have to say, hereforward it's Congress Park for me!

nukker7
06-17-2010, 09:55 AM
I was wondering why some other user tend to crack on SSR from time to time. There are no negative remarks in this thread but I have noticed people state that they had to "settle" with staying at SSR. I have never stayed there yet but I am looking forward to getting there as soon as possible. It looks beautiful and I will be a SSR owner soon.

Dizny Dad
06-17-2010, 11:43 AM
So, Dizny Dad, what's you're favorite SSR area? I have to say, hereforward it's Congress Park for me!

We have never stayed in an SSR area we found distasteful, but we do enjoy Grandstand (next to the pool) the best. Congress Park used to be on top, but we enjoy Grandstand so much, and with the Boats to DTD being right around the corner, it has made for a great location for us. But to be more specific, the pool and hot tub at 6:30 AM is MY personal favorite area - private swims, soothing hot water, birds singing, the sun up, just getting ready to go to it! And of course, that 20 minutes in the hot tub make one feel 30 again! (for about 20 ft out of the tub, then itís back to 50)


I was wondering why some other user tend to crack on SSR from time to time. There are no negative remarks in this thread but I have noticed people state that they had to "settle" with staying at SSR. I have never stayed there yet but I am looking forward to getting there as soon as possible. It looks beautiful and I will be a SSR owner soon.

I think that the rumor of SSR being the last choice of dog in the fight is just a rumor that has a life of its own: it is still walking the halls in an old bath robe, unshaven, cigarette in mouth, beer in hand - it just wonít go away! I used to ask the same question, and answer those on the DIS that ask the question, but have finally come to realize that the rumor is my friend; it keeps many away from SSR, and me alone in the hot tub at 6:30 AM.

nukker7
06-17-2010, 12:06 PM
I think that the rumor of SSR being the last choice of dog in the fight is just a rumor that has a life of its own: it is still walking the halls in an old bath robe, unshaven, cigarette in mouth, beer in hand - it just wonít go away! I used to ask the same question, and answer those on the DIS that ask the question, but have finally come to realize that the rumor is my friend; it keeps many away from SSR, and me alone in the hot tub at 6:30 AM.

I like the way you think brother. Gossip on folks!

AirGoofy
06-17-2010, 01:50 PM
I was wondering why some other user tend to crack on SSR from time to time. There are no negative remarks in this thread but I have noticed people state that they had to "settle" with staying at SSR. I have never stayed there yet but I am looking forward to getting there as soon as possible. It looks beautiful and I will be a SSR owner soon.

I think I heard from a bus driver that it was us SSR Owners that started the rumor and encouraged its growth. That way, we always have dibs on the room and location we want.

mamaprincess
06-17-2010, 05:45 PM
I think I heard from a bus driver that it was us SSR Owners that started the rumor and encouraged its growth. That way, we always have dibs on the room and location we want.

Bus driver!:rotfl:

As far as the amount of criticsm that SSR receives, IMHO, it's a matter of numbers to some extent. SSR has 4 times the rooms of a few of the resorts and almost twice as many as the other larger resorts. I think when folks have to work really hard to get something (a room at a resort) they tend to appreciate it more than if it was available at all times because there is a huge supply. I also think that location plays into it. A lot of people really want to be right next to a park. I personally need to be able to come back and feel like I am on vacation after hectic days in the parks, I need the room decor to be beautiful, dining choices to be abundant and easy to access and I need to be able to get off campus with ease, so SSR is THE resort for what my vacation needs are. Anyway I've heard much criticism about all the resorts. Everyone has that resort that is right for them for specific reasons and those reasons may make another resort the wrong choice for them. Opinions are personal.:wizard:

kikiq
06-17-2010, 08:23 PM
I think that the rumor of SSR being the last choice of dog in the fight is just a rumor that has a life of its own: it is still walking the halls in an old bath robe, unshaven, cigarette in mouth, beer in hand - it just wonít go away! I used to ask the same question, and answer those on the DIS that ask the question, but have finally come to realize that the rumor is my friend; it keeps many away from SSR, and me alone in the hot tub at 6:30 AM.

As well as your rocking chair by Congress Park.;)

For some they don't like the "condo" feel of SSR and prefer the "hotel" feel of BWV or AKV. As Dizny Dad says, it has taken on a life of it's own. Some who have not stayed here like to "run" on about how the many SSR owners are trying to stay at other resorts or just the "sheer" numbers have affected the quality of DVC.

The only timeshare we ever stayed in before DVC that had a "hotel" feel was in Keystone Colorado. Otherwise, most of the non DVC timeshares we've rented have been the condo type. I'm the only one in my family that wants to stay in other WDW DVC resorts. Even the extended family loves SSR and wouldn't consider staying anywhere else.

Dizny Dad
06-18-2010, 06:13 AM
As well as your rocking chair by Congress Park.;). . . . . . .

Oh, gosh! People must be reading this stuff! :scared1:

(I would hate to think that people would start to approach everybody in the Rocking Chairs or in the Hot Tub at 6:30 AM and ask "Are you Dizny Dad?")

I fell asleep once in a chair in the Lobby Lounge once. It was nice, cool, soft, and a place to wait for the ME.

I think everybody should approach those asleep in those wonderful chairs (or couches), wake them up and ask if they are Dizny Dad. :rolleyes1

Flyerfan
06-18-2010, 11:28 AM
I was wondering why some other user tend to crack on SSR from time to time. There are no negative remarks in this thread but I have noticed people state that they had to "settle" with staying at SSR. I have never stayed there yet but I am looking forward to getting there as soon as possible. It looks beautiful and I will be a SSR owner soon.

We've stayed at a couple of the "hotel-style" resorts but we keep coming back to SSR. :cloud9: Not that we wouldn't stay at the others again, we just prefer our "home". We love the proximity to DTD and the wide open spaces. It's all what you like.

AirGoofy
06-18-2010, 05:33 PM
. I also think that location plays into it. A lot of people really want to be right next to a park. I personally need to be able to come back and feel like I am on vacation after hectic days in the parks, I need the room decor to be beautiful, dining choices to be abundant and easy to access and I need to be able to get off campus with ease, so SSR is THE resort for what my vacation needs are.

That's one of the reasons we bought in as well - the location. I like having the boat transportation and access the DTD. We picked our DVC resort based on what we want to do. When we stayed at SSR, we did not do any theme parks and had a nice, relaxing vacation with the pool, water slide, pool movies, and great dining at Turf Club and DTD. Last week, we did a trip so we could watch the animals. So, we stayed at Kidanni Savanna view, and then only went to AK park. When we get over to BLT, we will to MK a lot that trip. But, when the dds (8,6) outgrow theme parks, we will enjoy many many years of relaxing vacations at SSR.

notaclue
06-18-2010, 06:49 PM
Newbie here. We just bought in to SSR. How long is the walk from Congress Park to the Turf Club? I remember that the Grandstand is close to the restaurants but I got the impression it was more kid-oriented than some other areas and our kids are grown so we're more into convenience now. Which would be a good area to request? TIA

AirGoofy
06-19-2010, 10:08 AM
Newbie here. We just bought in to SSR. How long is the walk from Congress Park to the Turf Club? I remember that the Grandstand is close to the restaurants but I got the impression it was more kid-oriented than some other areas and our kids are grown so we're more into convenience now. Which would be a good area to request? TIA

Here is the link to the map of SSR. http://www.wdwinfo.com/maps/SSMap.pdf

I can't remember exactly, so I'm going to say 15 minutes. It may be longer depending on what building you are in. We just stroll along and a slow pace with dds (8,6), so I'm sure you can walk it much faster. I think the distance from Grandstand and CP to main restaurants is about the same, depending on what building you are in. Do you want convenience to the main restaurants? If so, go with the Springs - that is the closest. CP is the most convenient to walk to DTD and then get to the main areas at SSR as well.

tjhsr
06-20-2010, 07:48 AM
Have they started construction yet?

Dizny Dad
06-21-2010, 10:40 AM
Newbie here. We just bought in to SSR. How long is the walk from Congress Park to the Turf Club? . . . . . . Which would be a good area to request? TIA

Welcome Home!

It takes DW and I not more than 8 - 10 minutes to walk from the farthest Congress Park building to the Turf Club.

For a more relaxed visit with low child count, we like both Congress Park and The Paddock quiet pools and Hot tubs. But now that the Paddock will be upgrading, it will have a much higher child count.

Stick with the Grandstand - medium child count and cool little bar (which lowers the noticable count).

Have fun!

notaclue
06-21-2010, 10:54 AM
Welcome Home!

It takes DW and I not more than 8 - 10 minutes to walk from the farthest Congress Park building to the Turf Club.

For a more relaxed visit with low child count, we like both Congress Park and The Paddock quiet pools and Hot tubs. But now that the Paddock will be upgrading, it will have a much higher child count.

Stick with the Grandstand - medium child count and cool little bar (which lowers the noticable count).

Have fun!

Our guide mentioned that they were putting in a new pool and restaurant. Any idea what type restaurant they are putting in, counter type or sit down? Thanks for the advice.

mamaprincess
06-21-2010, 02:40 PM
Our guide mentioned that they were putting in a new pool and restaurant. Any idea what type restaurant they are putting in, counter type or sit down? Thanks for the advice.

Counter service.:wizard:

tomandrobin
06-21-2010, 08:07 PM
Been awhile since I stopped by the SSR thread. Just wanted to say Hi and that SSR is still our favorite DVC resort. We are "softly" looking for another SSR contract to add to our point total!

Candy Orlando
06-21-2010, 10:25 PM
Walt Disney loved horses. He was a great polo player. Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is a reflection of him. He would be proud of it. The theme is perfectly elegant. Of all of the Vacation Club Resorts, it is equal to the Grand Floridian because of it's chosen theme and decor.

Dizny Dad
06-22-2010, 06:00 AM
Walt Disney loved horses. He was a great polo player. Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is a reflection of him. He would be proud of it. The theme is perfectly elegant. Of all of the Vacation Club Resorts, it is equal to the Grand Floridian because of it's chosen theme and decor.

And Walt's love of Railroads is well known, too, and is reflected in the steam trains around the Magic Kingdom, and his enthusiasm for the monorail system. The Carolwood Pacific Room at VWL has some interesting memorabilia from his personal backyard railroad from his home in California.

Walt had many loves, but the top was his wife and family - hence the family oriented business he created and is going strong today!

AirGoofy
06-22-2010, 11:11 AM
And Walt's love of Railroads is well known, too, and is reflected in the steam trains around the Magic Kingdom, and his enthusiasm for the monorail system.

I know WDW is not going to build a monorail track to SSR or DTD, but it would be a great idea to put in a steam train internal route at SSR or steam train from SSR to one of the theme parks. The only thing I don't like about SSR is the bus transport system. Just like BWV and BCV have a boat to Epcot and DHS, WL and BLT have boat and monorail access to MK and Epcot, I wish SSR had another form of transportation to the theme parks.

Dizny Dad
06-22-2010, 11:22 AM
I know WDW is not going to build a monorail track to SSR or DTD, but it would be a great idea to put in a steam train internal route at SSR or steam train from SSR to one of the theme parks. The only thing I don't like about SSR is the bus transport system. Just like BWV and BCV have a boat to Epcot and DHS, WL and BLT have boat and monorail access to MK and Epcot, I wish SSR had another form of transportation to the theme parks.

Ooooooh, I like that thinking! Although the boats do take SSR lovers to DTD, alternate choices to the parks would be a welcome relief from the busses. We don't have any real complaints about the busses, just that alternatives always help when it is time to change up and get that different Disney experience.

AirGoofy
06-22-2010, 12:00 PM
Ooooooh, I like that thinking! Although the boats do take SSR lovers to DTD, alternate choices to the parks would be a welcome relief from the busses. We don't have any real complaints about the busses, just that alternatives always help when it is time to change up and get that different Disney experience.

Yeah, same here - no complaints about the buses - it's just that I like having those other transport options to choose from. I always make sure to enjoy the boatride.

tjhsr
06-22-2010, 07:20 PM
Been awhile since I stopped by the SSR thread. Just wanted to say Hi and that SSR is still our favorite DVC resort. We are "softly" looking for another SSR contract to add to our point total!

Hope everything is going well.

Dizny Dad
06-23-2010, 05:52 AM
:surfweb:

MikeNY
06-24-2010, 08:57 AM
One of the things we love most about our home resort at SSR is the fact that it is far enough away from the parks for it to be isolated and quiet, while still close enough to all of the action. We've found the bus transportation to be superb, and very often will have a rental car to give ourselves the ultimate flexibility to jump from park to park when necessary.

AirGoofy
06-26-2010, 10:19 AM
Not sure if anyone saw this link: http://disneygoldenoak.disney.go.com/?CMP=KNC-GOBrandGoogle&s_kwcid=TC|20188|disney%20golden%20oak||S||6165224 149

It is a new community of luxury custom, single-family homes that you can purchase to live at WDW going around $1.5 million. To stay at a one bedroom at SSR for an entire year, let's say for 12,000 points, if you catch a lot of resale contracts at $60 per point, you would only need $720,000 payment and another $54,000 for dues, plus closing costs. Anyone give me the money? Also, I need a living allowance for food. I promise never to pay you back.

mamaprincess
06-26-2010, 03:24 PM
Not sure if anyone saw this link: http://disneygoldenoak.disney.go.com/?CMP=KNC-GOBrandGoogle&s_kwcid=TC|20188|disney%20golden%20oak||S||6165224 149

It is a new community of luxury custom, single-family homes that you can purchase to live at WDW going around $1.5 million. To stay at a one bedroom at SSR for an entire year, let's say for 12,000 points, if you catch a lot of resale contracts at $60 per point, you would only need $720,000 payment and another $54,000 for dues, plus closing costs. Anyone give me the money? Also, I need a living allowance for food. I promise never to pay you back.
:rotfl:

kritter
06-30-2010, 08:05 PM
:cool1:AT SSR now if anyone has any questions!!!!!!!!!:cool1:

AirGoofy
06-30-2010, 08:10 PM
:cool1:AT SSR now if anyone has any questions!!!!!!!!!:cool1:

No questions, but we can live vicariously thru you. What's fun? Has construction started on the Paddock pool?

maciec
06-30-2010, 09:21 PM
:cool1:AT SSR now if anyone has any questions!!!!!!!!!:cool1:

What kind of room are you staying in? The only question I have pertains to a studio ..... I asked this a while back, but no one answered if a gallong jug of milk will fit in the refrigerator?

Have a blast!

FigmentLady
06-30-2010, 09:58 PM
What kind of room are you staying in? The only question I have pertains to a studio ..... I asked this a while back, but no one answered if a gallong jug of milk will fit in the refrigerator?

Have a blast!

I have yet to stay in the studio at SSR only the 1br but the fridge in the studio looks much larger than the one I had in my dorm room and that could easily hold a 1 gallon jug of milk. It just depends on what else you plan on putting in there with it.

bigAWL
07-01-2010, 04:17 AM
I'm not an SSR owner, but new to DVC (Villas at Grand Californian is our home). Have a 2BR booked at SSR for Dec. A friend of mine really likes SSR, so I'm looking forward to it. (Though I'll admit I'm waitlisted for BLT - really wanted to be near the MK).

A few questions, and I apologize if this was covered in the old thread, but I doubt I'll try to read through it all.

What is the normal bus stop order? Is it the same to/from all parks and DTD? I read on another site that each bus stops at the Carriage House on the way in and out of the Resort. I heard there were only 5 stops, but that sounds like 7 stops to me.
What is a "normal" time to bus to one of the parks (are they all comparable or are there any considerably shorter or longer than the others)?
If you were trying to make RD at any of the parks, what time would you be at the bus stop?
Are the boats to DTD pretty regular? What's the time expected to get there?

purplern
07-01-2010, 08:50 AM
Love the pictures!!!!!!
Cant wait to go home for the first time in Oct!!!!!!

Brigittep
07-01-2010, 05:21 PM
Hello Everyone

I am a new owner and just made my first ressie the other day for the end of October :cool1:. When I asked the MS what part of SSR would be ideal for a family of seven, she suggested the Springs, but after reading all of the posts should I call back and ask for the Grandstand? Our family wants be close to everything, but I am totally concerned about waiting for the bus and having standing room only to the parks. I have a mother with bads knees and would hate for her to stand being the last stop. Oh, by the way, I'm loving all of the pictures.

Thanks
Brigitte

tjhsr
07-01-2010, 08:56 PM
:cool1:AT SSR now if anyone has any questions!!!!!!!!!:cool1:

Has work started on the Paddock Pool?

kritter
07-01-2010, 09:44 PM
No questions, but we can live vicariously thru you. What's fun? Has construction started on the Paddock pool?

No not yet. But our friend is a CM here she said in the early fall and will be ready Spring 2011!!

kritter
07-01-2010, 09:45 PM
I have yet to stay in the studio at SSR only the 1br but the fridge in the studio looks much larger than the one I had in my dorm room and that could easily hold a 1 gallon jug of milk. It just depends on what else you plan on putting in there with it.

We have a two bedroom lock-off. My parents have the studio part and yes a gallon of milk will fit but does not leave much room for much else. There are shelves on the door too!!

kritter
07-01-2010, 09:46 PM
Hello Everyone

I am a new owner and just made my first ressie the other day for the end of October :cool1:. When I asked the MS what part of SSR would be ideal for a family of seven, she suggested the Springs, but after reading all of the posts should I call back and ask for the Grandstand? Our family wants be close to everything, but I am totally concerned about waiting for the bus and having standing room only to the parks. I have a mother with bads knees and would hate for her to stand being the last stop. Oh, by the way, I'm loving all of the pictures.

Thanks
Brigitte

You wil be close to the main pool. We have been here in October before and have no trouble with standing on the buses!!!!

kritter
07-01-2010, 09:50 PM
I'm not an SSR owner, but new to DVC (Villas at Grand Californian is our home). Have a 2BR booked at SSR for Dec. A friend of mine really likes SSR, so I'm looking forward to it. (Though I'll admit I'm waitlisted for BLT - really wanted to be near the MK).

A few questions, and I apologize if this was covered in the old thread, but I doubt I'll try to read through it all.

What is the normal bus stop order? Is it the same to/from all parks and DTD? I read on another site that each bus stops at the Carriage House on the way in and out of the Resort. I heard there were only 5 stops, but that sounds like 7 stops to me.
What is a "normal" time to bus to one of the parks (are they all comparable or are there any considerably shorter or longer than the others)?
If you were trying to make RD at any of the parks, what time would you be at the bus stop?
Are the boats to DTD pretty regular? What's the time expected to get there?



The order of bus-stops is The GrandStand, The Carousel, The Paddock, Congress Park and then the Springs. They have a CM standing at the Grandstand bus stop who monitors when the buses are coming and going. This is all of the time now. It was like this in April when we were here as well!!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

bigAWL
07-02-2010, 12:16 AM
The order of bus-stops is The GrandStand, The Carousel, The Paddock, Congress Park and then the Springs. They have a CM standing at the Grandstand bus stop who monitors when the buses are coming and going. This is all of the time now. It was like this in April when we were here as well!!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

Thanks for that. Does the CM there mean they tend to run more regularly? And there is no stop at the carriage house? I guess the Springs stop across from the main pool is as close as it gets?

gsb126
07-02-2010, 08:46 AM
Thanks for that. Does the CM there mean they tend to run more regularly? And there is no stop at the carriage house? I guess the Springs stop across from the main pool is as close as it gets?

We just got back from an 11 day trip, staying in The Springs. There was a CM at that stop, too, and, no, they didn't run more regularly. They would give us updates on when to expect the bus. Seems like we'd see multiple busses for all the parks we weren't going to that day, but the one we wanted took forever! :)

And, no, there is no stop at the Carriage House. The stop at The Springs takes care of that.

We're scheduled to go again on October 27, and I'm hoping we can get into Grandstand.

bigAWL
07-02-2010, 02:56 PM
Sorry, another bus question.

I think I've seen that the boat to DTD doesn't start running until 10am, is that correct? When does the bus to DTD start?

tjhsr
07-05-2010, 03:37 PM
:dance3:

StitchFan73
07-05-2010, 10:10 PM
Hello-not an owner, but hopefully will be soon. But I do have a question. I have seen a pool upgrade mentioned in some posts regarding SSR and I was wondering is this a rumor or is it actually happening and are there any other changes coming to SSR. Is there a link or thread where I can read up on it?

TIA!:)

adminjedi
07-05-2010, 10:15 PM
Hello-not an owner, but hopefully will be soon. But I do have a question. I have seen a pool upgrade mentioned in some posts regarding SSR and I was wondering is this a rumor or is it actually happening and are there any other changes coming to SSR. Is there a link or thread where I can read up on it?

TIA!:)

Actually happening.
:surfweb:

JennyG
07-05-2010, 10:35 PM
Hey guys...
I can't remember if there is a play ground on the SSR property...? I guess we have never looked for it in the past, never had the need. But our DS is old enough to use one now and we're going home in October. Just thought it would be a nice thing to have close to the suite.

Thanks,
Jenny

kikiq
07-06-2010, 01:09 AM
Hey guys...
I can't remember if there is a play ground on the SSR property...? I guess we have never looked for it in the past, never had the need. But our DS is old enough to use one now and we're going home in October. Just thought it would be a nice thing to have close to the suite.

Thanks,
Jenny

There are 2 or 3 playgrounds around SSR. Here's a picture of the one by the Congress Park pool.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll164/dcquon/WDW2/IMG_1773.jpg

BEASLYBOO
07-06-2010, 10:10 AM
There are 2 or 3 playgrounds around SSR. Here's a picture of the one by the Congress Park pool.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll164/dcquon/WDW2/IMG_1773.jpg

That's about the cutest thing I've ever seen! Looks like a little castle!

JennyG
07-06-2010, 11:24 AM
There are 2 or 3 playgrounds around SSR. Here's a picture of the one by the Congress Park pool.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll164/dcquon/WDW2/IMG_1773.jpg

Aww!! I am so excited! Thank you for the pic and location. I was worried Disney wouldn't have any at the resorts for liability issues. Can't wait for our little Enzo to play on this beautiful castle!

Are there usually a lot of kids playing on it? Enzo tends to get run over... so I like to go when there's no body there. But, we're talking about Disney here... we might just have to deal with other kids! :thumbsup2

mamaprincess
07-06-2010, 12:30 PM
Hey Lovers,:love:

Just coming in to get a little pixie dust refill. Our trip seems like ages from now. Can't wait to get back home in December! We are road tripping this time and I am really excited about that. My family always road tripped growing up because my mom didn't fly and I was always so excited to get on the road and go to exciting places.:wizard:

kikiq
07-06-2010, 12:47 PM
Aww!! I am so excited! Thank you for the pic and location. I was worried Disney wouldn't have any at the resorts for liability issues. Can't wait for our little Enzo to play on this beautiful castle!

Are there usually a lot of kids playing on it? Enzo tends to get run over... so I like to go when there's no body there. But, we're talking about Disney here... we might just have to deal with other kids! :thumbsup2

We have been to SSR in mid August the last 2 summers and there hasn't been any kids on it when my niece played on it. We spent a few resort afternoons and mornings, most folks are in the parks. My Dsil loved Congress Park because while she did her laps, my DB and DN would play in and around the playground then explore along the river looking for critters/birds.

The playground has that outdoor "foam" ground.

AirGoofy
07-06-2010, 02:59 PM
Hello-not an owner, but hopefully will be soon. But I do have a question. I have seen a pool upgrade mentioned in some posts regarding SSR and I was wondering is this a rumor or is it actually happening and are there any other changes coming to SSR. Is there a link or thread where I can read up on it?

TIA!:)

It is the Paddock pool. I saw it somewhere, maybe a DisFiles magazine but don't remember a thread discussion. It starts this Fall and is supposed to be finished in 2011 (:confused:).

maciec
07-06-2010, 03:17 PM
Hello-not an owner, but hopefully will be soon. But I do have a question. I have seen a pool upgrade mentioned in some posts regarding SSR and I was wondering is this a rumor or is it actually happening and are there any other changes coming to SSR. Is there a link or thread where I can read up on it?

TIA!:)


It is a definite thing :cool1: ! Here is a link with the artist rendering http://dvcnews.com/index.php/news-resorts-73/1139-paddock-pool-closeups

debraW76
07-06-2010, 09:33 PM
Hi! We are booking our first trip to SSR-THV for the fall. We are requesting an accessible room. I read there are only 4 of those in the treehouses. Does anyone have a map showing the room numbers so that I can see which ones are accessible? I am just wondering if they are close to the bus stops or further away?

Thanks,

StitchFan73
07-07-2010, 01:09 PM
It is a definite thing :cool1: ! Here is a link with the artist rendering http://dvcnews.com/index.php/news-resorts-73/1139-paddock-pool-closeups

It is the Paddock pool. I saw it somewhere, maybe a DisFiles magazine but don't remember a thread discussion. It starts this Fall and is supposed to be finished in 2011 (:confused:).

Thanks for the info:thumbsup2

Just looked at the plans-very nice :)

Flyerfan
07-07-2010, 06:01 PM
3 days 'til we're at our beloved SSR!! :cool1::cool1:

MikeNY
07-07-2010, 09:05 PM
3 days 'til we're at our beloved SSR!! :cool1::cool1:

Have a great time!

AirGoofy
07-07-2010, 09:28 PM
Just coming in to get a little pixie dust refill. Our trip seems like ages from now. Can't wait to get back home in December! We are road tripping this time and I am really excited about that. My family always road tripped growing up because my mom didn't fly and I was always so excited to get on the road and go to exciting places.:wizard:

What part are you staying?

Mom2micayla
07-07-2010, 10:41 PM
We'll be staying at SSR in March for the first time. My IL's did a timeshare trade out of RCI for SSR. We're super excited to stay there! I've been reading up on this thread and getting an idea of where to request when we call later to verify all the information.

Can I ask a few questions to those of you who own SSR through DVC?

I believe I read that those who stay in the villas via DVC do not get housecleaning service? Or was it once per stay? It'll just be DH and I, so that's not a big deal. Just checking.

Do you get any shampoo, conditioner, etc like you would at the regular onsite hotels? I know our unit (1 bedroom villa) has a washer & dryer.. is there any laundry soap at all included?

How is Turf Club? Our flight arrives around 4:30 pm. We'll be taking DME to the resort. What time would you suggest I make ADR's for Turf Club (if at all?)

Are the pools heated? I've never been to FL in March, but looking online makes me think it would be way to cold to swim unless they are heated. (I live in the desert where it's HOT! I can't even fathom swimming in 70 degree temps. I'd freeze to death :rotfl:)

I noticed our reservations through RCI says Unit: 14F. What does that mean?

Are the doors to the room exterior? I believe they are, but the photos I've seen make it hard to discern.

I really appreciate all your guys help. I've found this thread (and the last) very informative! Loved looking at all of your photos. :goodvibes

franandaj
07-08-2010, 01:22 AM
We'll be staying at SSR in March for the first time. My IL's did a timeshare trade out of RCI for SSR. We're super excited to stay there! I've been reading up on this thread and getting an idea of where to request when we call later to verify all the information.

Can I ask a few questions to those of you who own SSR through DVC?

I believe I read that those who stay in the villas via DVC do not get housecleaning service? Or was it once per stay? It'll just be DH and I, so that's not a big deal. Just checking.



You get trash and towel service on the 4th day and a full cleaning on the 7th day.



Do you get any shampoo, conditioner, etc like you would at the regular onsite hotels? I know our unit (1 bedroom villa) has a washer & dryer.. is there any laundry soap at all included?



They give you all the stuff you would get in a normal hotel and I think that they replace it on the 4th day with T&T service, I'm not sure but my DP always takes the toiletries and we've always ended up with at least two of each and we usually don't stay the 7 days.


How is Turf Club? Our flight arrives around 4:30 pm. We'll be taking DME to the resort. What time would you suggest I make ADR's for Turf Club (if at all?)


I enjoyed our meal at the Turf Club, our flight arrived at 6:00 and we had an 8:30 reservation. We checked in and headed over to the Turf Club and were only a few minutes early. Our party had the Prime Rib, Strip Steak with Blue Cheese and the burger, we started off with the onion rings and really enjoyed all of it.



Are the pools heated? I've never been to FL in March, but looking online makes me think it would be way to cold to swim unless they are heated. (I live in the desert where it's HOT! I can't even fathom swimming in 70 degree temps. I'd freeze to death :rotfl:)

Are the doors to the room exterior? I believe they are, but the photos I've seen make it hard to discern.



The pools are heated year round, It's Disney! And at SSR all the rooms have an exterior entrance.

That's is on what I can answer, but hope it helps!

Mom2micayla
07-08-2010, 09:10 AM
Thanks so much, Alison. That answered most of my questions beautifully. I had assumed pretty much what you said, but it was nice to get it verified. Have a great day! :goodvibes

momof1+1+2
07-08-2010, 09:21 AM
Question about the kitchen in a dedicated 2 bedroom - from the photos I saw, it looks like there is only a small table with bench seating. It looks like maybe two adults can sit there. Is there another table or counter with seating? We have 6 of us and like to sit down to breakfast together but it doesn't look like there is any where to do that. :confused3 Can anyone let me know how it's set up? Thanks!

maciec
07-08-2010, 09:47 AM
I noticed our reservations through RCI says Unit: 14F. What does that mean?

Are the doors to the room exterior? I believe they are, but the photos I've seen make it hard to discern.



First, Congrats on your trade! I am sitting on pins and needles waiting for an II trade with my parents Marriott for our trip to Mexico.

Second, the RCI unit number doesn't mean anything because all of the units I believe at SSR are 4 digit numbers.

Third, yes, the doors to get into your unit are all exterior.

I hope you have a great time! We don't get to SSR until October and time is moving at a snails pace for this impatient woman!

mamaprincess
07-08-2010, 09:50 AM
What part are you staying?

We are staying in the THV's December 18th -Dec. 23rd then it's on to AKV Jambo house until the 28th.:wizard: Both of these are my homes and I haven't stayed at either though of course I have stayed at SSR.:lovestruc I'm really excited about this trip. I loooooove Disney during the Holidays.:love:

Dizny Dad
07-08-2010, 11:20 AM
Question about the kitchen in a dedicated 2 bedroom - from the photos I saw, it looks like there is only a small table with bench seating. It looks like maybe two adults can sit there. Is there another table or counter with seating? We have 6 of us and like to sit down to breakfast together but it doesn't look like there is any where to do that. :confused3 Can anyone let me know how it's set up? Thanks!

The table with bench and chairs easily seats 4 adults. The kitchen counter area also seats at least two adults (it may be three chairs there - I don't recall exactly)

Mom2micayla
07-08-2010, 12:02 PM
First, Congrats on your trade! I am sitting on pins and needles waiting for an II trade with my parents Marriott for our trip to Mexico.

Second, the RCI unit number doesn't mean anything because all of the units I believe at SSR are 4 digit numbers.

Third, yes, the doors to get into your unit are all exterior.

I hope you have a great time! We don't get to SSR until October and time is moving at a snails pace for this impatient woman!

Thanks Melissa :goodvibes I assumed the 14F didn't mean anything because all the photos I have seen showed 4 numbered rooms, but I wondered if I was overlooking something.

I am not sure how we got so lucky with this trade. We literally put the request in one day and the very next it was accepted. (We put it in as either SSR, BCV, OKW or Bay Tower IIRC). We thought for sure it would take months before we got anything. Never dreamed it would happen overnight. Of course, the ILs were trading out of a very nice resort in Cancun with their week being smack during Spring Break time, so I'm sure that helped. :goodvibes We're thrilled to be going to WDW and staying at SSR. Our 4 kids are a tad jealous. They are staying at home with my parents. :woohoo:We've all been to Disneyland Resort a hundred times (AP holders there) but they've never been to WDW. I think it'll be good for us to go first, check out the must-dos, etc and then take the family in a year or so. Or at least that's what I keep telling myself so I don't feel so guilty. :laughing:

fsmith2845
07-08-2010, 12:14 PM
We booked through RCI points for the week after Thanksgiving (Nov 27th thru Dec 4th). Based on the fact they have extended free dining through Dec 21, I'm assuming the resorts are well below the booking percentage that Disney would like... Hopefully it doesn't end up too crowded.. was looking forward to nice weather and low crowds during most of our stay!! :goodvibes :cool1:

Boy I sure wish i could get the free dining being booked into SSR for that week.. that would be sweet!!
:thumbsup2

AirGoofy
07-08-2010, 07:21 PM
I believe I read that those who stay in the villas via DVC do not get housecleaning service?

Do you get any shampoo, conditioner, etc like you would at the regular onsite hotels? I know our unit (1 bedroom villa) has a washer & dryer.. is there any laundry soap at all included?

How is Turf Club? Our flight arrives around 4:30 pm. We'll be taking DME to the resort. What time would you suggest I make ADR's for Turf Club (if at all?)

Are the doors to the room exterior? I believe they are, but the photos I've seen make it hard to discern.

Not sure how the RCI trade program works. If you pay OOP for SSR or get an upgrade from value resort, I think you get regular mousekeeping like you would at non-DVC resort. But, if not, then it is the 4th day like other poster responded. For laundry, you get enough powder Tide detergent for one load (or maybe 2 if you skimp on the detergent). No dryer sheets. Bring your own. Also, it is a dryer stacked on top of washer unit, so they are not the largest capacity. Turf Club is excellent. I get the Prime Rib there, and it is the best cut of meat, seasoned perfectly. Probably my favorite steak place. As for ADR, not been in March, but we have been seated for an earlier dinner (6:00 pm) w/o ADRs in October. We drive, so can't help you with ME. As for the doors, the buildings are not connected, so you will walk/ ride bus to your area, then go to your building. On the top floors in some of the buildings, you will go inside the building and up to the room (inside) and then into the room.

We are staying in the THV's December 18th -Dec. 23rd then it's on to AKV Jambo house until the 28th.:wizard: Both of these are my homes and I haven't stayed at either though of course I have stayed at SSR.:lovestruc I'm really excited about this trip. I loooooove Disney during the Holidays.:love:

I am excited for you. Not yet stayed at THV but that would be so much fun. We are going Fall 2011 with In-laws, and we may do a THV with them then. We got back from Kidani last month for 4 days, and we had a great time. Also not yet been to DW in December. That is one of those future plans as well - the MVMCP. Have a great trip.

snowhyte
07-08-2010, 09:20 PM
More pics! more pics!

Please.

I check this thread often because I just loooove the pics. Such a beautiful resort. :thumbsup2

Haven't seen too many new ones recently. New pics anyone???

Mom2micayla
07-08-2010, 10:05 PM
Not sure how the RCI trade program works. If you pay OOP for SSR or get an upgrade from value resort, I think you get regular mousekeeping like you would at non-DVC resort. But, if not, then it is the 4th day like other poster responded. For laundry, you get enough powder Tide detergent for one load (or maybe 2 if you skimp on the detergent). No dryer sheets. Bring your own. Also, it is a dryer stacked on top of washer unit, so they are not the largest capacity. Turf Club is excellent. I get the Prime Rib there, and it is the best cut of meat, seasoned perfectly. Probably my favorite steak place. As for ADR, not been in March, but we have been seated for an earlier dinner (6:00 pm) w/o ADRs in October. We drive, so can't help you with ME. As for the doors, the buildings are not connected, so you will walk/ ride bus to your area, then go to your building. On the top floors in some of the buildings, you will go inside the building and up to the room (inside) and then into the room.

Thanks for the info on the laundry and other stuff. :goodvibes I think I'll bring some of those Purex 2 in 1 sheets and call it a day. :thumbsup2

Completely unrelated, but I used to live right across the river from you. :goodvibes I was born and raised in Evansville, IN. Moved away when I was 20. Still have family there. I just returned from a trip there about 2 weeks ago, actually. I must have been to Owensboro a 100x while I lived in Indiana. :)

purplern
07-09-2010, 10:40 AM
More pics! more pics!

Please.

I check this thread often because I just loooove the pics. Such a beautiful resort. :thumbsup2

Haven't seen too many new ones recently. New pics anyone???

I agree. Pictures anyone?! I'm not going home till Oct and it will be our first stay at home!!

millys
07-09-2010, 03:55 PM
Pic's...?

Your wish is my command......!

The footpath at Congress Park overlooking DTD

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2733/4487495595_19608a1f73_o.jpg

and again from the rocking chairs

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4048/4487925470_56ea3af1db_b.jpg

Footbridge over the lake

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4010/4202610351_5bea49dda8_b.jpg

Master bed in 2 x bed unit

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j217/millys/Kidani%2009/Rooms004.jpg?1278708552

Second bed in 2 x bed unit

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j217/millys/Kidani%2009/Rooms031.jpg?1278708616

Cute little balcony

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j217/millys/Kidani%2009/Rooms011.jpg?1278708678


Back home in 5 x weeks today :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:


Milly

AirGoofy
07-10-2010, 05:57 AM
Thanks for the info on the laundry and other stuff.

Completely unrelated, but I used to live right across the river from you. :goodvibes I was born and raised in Evansville, IN.

They also have detergent you can buy down in the laundry facilities. And, you can use those facilities (but would you really want to with the unit in your room). Last time we checked it was $1.00 for the box of detergent. Since we drive, we can bring more from home.

Surprise to hear that you drove over from Evansville. We drive over there for the zoo and Toys R US (we don't have either). I had a uncle who retired and moved from Portland to Arizona, and he is much happier now. I think he is near Pheonix, but don't remember the name of the town. I would think the rain vs. desert would be a big contrast, but he likes his new home.

Pic's...?

Great pics. Great lighting with the tree. Last time we had a 1 bdr at the Paddock and our room overlooked the bridge over the lake. It was a great view.

MikeNY
07-10-2010, 06:13 AM
Millys - great photos! Makes me long for home at SSR!

Mom2micayla
07-10-2010, 09:10 AM
They also have detergent you can buy down in the laundry facilities. And, you can use those facilities (but would you really want to with the unit in your room). Last time we checked it was $1.00 for the box of detergent. Since we drive, we can bring more from home.

Surprise to hear that you drove over from Evansville. We drive over there for the zoo and Toys R US (we don't have either). I had a uncle who retired and moved from Portland to Arizona, and he is much happier now. I think he is near Pheonix, but don't remember the name of the town. I would think the rain vs. desert would be a big contrast, but he likes his new home.

Good to know about the detergent. I have a 2 pack trial of the new Purex 3-in-1 wash sheets, so I think I'll just hang onto those and bring those. We shouldn't need to do much laundry since it'll be just DH and I. :)

Evansville.. the thriving metropolis with a zoo and Toys R Us. :lmao: I had a ton of friends in KY so that's why I was always over there. My college roommate was from Owensboro too. :)

Have to say that I agree with your uncle.. I much prefer it here. KY and IN are beautiful and green, but I can't handle the weather and humidity. IMO the summer months are just downright miserable. I'll take the "dry" heat anyday! We don't have the bugs you guys have either. When we were out there a few weeks ago, my kids about freaked out over all the bugs in my parents yard (they live in the middle of a forest, practically). We're just not used to bugs, mosquitos, etc here. Plus the Mexican food here is sooo much better here. :woohoo: I used to think that Hacienda was "real" Mexican food. :laughing: Tucson is about 10x the size of E'ville, so there is loads of stuff to do here. That said, I do enjoy visiting IN/KY. Some really great down to earth people there. :thumbsup2

purplern
07-10-2010, 09:41 AM
Millys-Nice pictures!!! Thanks!!!!

We have 92 more days till we go "home" !!

millys
07-10-2010, 11:47 AM
A few more to whet your appetite.......


Quiet pool at Congress Park (5:00a.m. - Jetlag!!!!)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2731/4487928618_18e18e4b54_b.jpg




View from quiet pool to DTD......
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2714/4302734831_c22eddec8f_o.jpg




DTD from the rocking chair outlook.....
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4053/4301930528_d45b5b7c24_o.jpg





Entrace to building............
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2714/4344636154_2db0268502_o.jpg




View from balcony..........
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2789/4203377356_a03d85d7d5_b.jpg




Cant wait to get back home.......


Milly

purplern
07-10-2010, 12:53 PM
Milly VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!! You have me drooling for more :cool1::lovestruc

AirGoofy
07-10-2010, 03:13 PM
Evansville.. the thriving metropolis with a zoo ...

Have to say that I agree with your uncle.. I much prefer it here. KY and IN are beautiful and green, but I can't handle the weather and humidity. IMO the summer months are just downright miserable. I'll take the "dry" heat anyday! Plus the Mexican food here is sooo much better here. :woohoo: I used to think that Hacienda was "real" Mexican food. :laughing: Tucson is about 10x the size of E'ville, so there is loads of stuff to do here.

I moved to Owensboro from Louisville. When I originally moved here, I wondered where the rest of the town was. (Louisville is not really a metropolis either.) Still, Owensboro is a great place to raise a family - no crime, no traffic. I have tried to talk DW into moving to Orlando. She keeps telling me that vacationing there is not the same as working there. Still, the heat is about the same, and it is a lot warmer there in the winter.

That's hilarious about the Mexican food. We actually have 3 places here in Owensboro who are owned by a man who immigrated from Mexico, and they are the best Mexican restaurants - including WDW, but they are not inside a pyramid with a boat ride.

Candy Orlando
07-10-2010, 08:28 PM
Milly, your photos are magnificent!!!! I love the night shots.

tjhsr
07-11-2010, 08:00 PM
Great picture we have spent more time there our last couple of visits than at the parks:goodvibes


Quiet pool at Congress Park (5:00a.m. - Jetlag!!!!)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2731/4487928618_18e18e4b54_b.jpg














Cant wait to get back home.......


Milly[/QUOTE]

Dizny Dad
07-12-2010, 06:03 AM
millys - THANKS - great pictures - always good to go home!

Desnik
07-12-2010, 10:59 AM
These pictures are great! Can't wait to get back home in just a few short weeks. This trip will just be DH and I and 4 days of no parks, just relaxation at SSR.:lovestruc

mamaprincess
07-12-2010, 04:59 PM
Milly those pics are absolutley phenomenal!!!:wizard::love::cloud9:

AirGoofy
07-12-2010, 05:57 PM
These pictures are great! Can't wait to get back home in just a few short weeks. This trip will just be DH and I and 4 days of no parks, just relaxation at SSR.:lovestruc

Now that sounds like a terrific vacation!!! :worship:

conciergekelly
07-13-2010, 04:49 PM
Love the pictures! Can't wait for our girls only trip in the begining of November! Thanks

TinkDVC
07-13-2010, 06:55 PM
Those pictures are wonderful! I just left SSR a few days ago and miss it already :sad2:

kikiq
07-13-2010, 07:10 PM
We had to cancel our August trip due to family obligations. AND attempted to book a few weeks earlier...GUESS WHAT...NO studios r 1 bdrms, yes NO studios or 1 bdrms available for the next month for more than 2 -3 days in a row at SSR or OKW. BUT I can get a garden view BWV studio for 10 days or a boardwalk view studio for 6 days. My DH wants his SSR or nothing:lmao:

rentayenta
07-13-2010, 07:45 PM
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w80/tjhsr/000_0060.jpg





What section/building is this pool near? :cloud9: What about the cool rock pool with the slide?

tjhsr
07-13-2010, 08:33 PM
This is the Grandstand quiet pool.

rentayenta
07-13-2010, 11:13 PM
This is the Grandstand quiet pool.



:thanks: It's fantastic! Where is the rock pool with the slide located?


Can't wait for our first trip home! :woohoo:

kikiq
07-14-2010, 01:28 PM
:thanks: It's fantastic! Where is the rock pool with the slide located?

Can't wait for our first trip home! :woohoo:

The rock pool is the main pool right across from the Springs. Lots of activities there and that's where they show the movies.

BTW...Welcome Home...you will love SSR. I have "dragged" my DH to several DVC resorts these last few years and he only wants to stay at SSR...his home.

kikiq
07-14-2010, 01:31 PM
FINALLY...called this morning at 6 am AND was able to get a studio for our revised trip leaving earlier. Called 2 mornings in a row and there was NADA at SSR but studios and 1 bdrms at BWV. Who are those folks who say that there is ALWAYS something at SSR and OKW?;)

fsmith2845
07-14-2010, 01:35 PM
FINALLY...called this morning at 6 am AND was able to get a studio for our revised trip leaving earlier. Called 2 mornings in a row and there was NADA at SSR but studios and 1 bdrms at BWV. Who are those folks who say that there is ALWAYS something at SSR and OKW?;)

Always available until you really really really want it!! LOL :rotfl:

kikiq
07-14-2010, 01:46 PM
Always available until you really really really want it!! LOL :rotfl:

Yeah, what's up with that? The folks who really want BWV should call, some folks are canceling some prime villas:lmao: I asked my DH if he wanted the Boardwalk view studio yesterday and he said "NO, I want to go to home (SSR)."

rentayenta
07-14-2010, 02:17 PM
The rock pool is the main pool right across from the Springs. Lots of activities there and that's where they show the movies.

BTW...Welcome Home...you will love SSR. I have "dragged" my DH to several DVC resorts these last few years and he only wants to stay at SSR...his home.



:thanks: We are so looking forward to staying there. We have a good 16 months but the wait will be worth it. :cloud9:



:woohoo: on getting your villa at SSR.

mamaprincess
07-14-2010, 04:54 PM
FINALLY...called this morning at 6 am AND was able to get a studio for our revised trip leaving earlier. Called 2 mornings in a row and there was NADA at SSR but studios and 1 bdrms at BWV. Who are those folks who say that there is ALWAYS something at SSR and OKW?;)


Congrats on getting your studio at SSR! My DH would have had the exact same response as your DH. He won't consider anywhere else except AKV which we own. I convinced him to stay at BLT which was the one and only time we ever stayed anywhere else besides SSR. We haven't even stayed at AKV yet. The only reason I think he let me talk him into BLT is because it was brand spanking new and he likes new construction.:laughing: Of course we had to make it a split stay with SSR. This trip we are doing a split with SSR/THV and AKV.:wizard:

eeyorefanuk
07-18-2010, 05:07 AM
Hello,

I hope you do not mind me asking a quick question.

Our first time to saratoga springs.

Since our holiday is so close now, I wanted to maybe requested a specific area, the only thing is I have no idea where to request :lmao::lmao:

We do have a car.

We would like to be near the pool possibly showing the movies (will this be too busy/loud). Was thinking of the springs???? Anything bad about this part?

Would be nice to have a nice view.

Can I have your thoughts please on where you suggest we go.

Really appreciate that - thank you :goodvibes

Cannot belive only two weeks - we booked a year ago

tjhsr
07-18-2010, 08:58 AM
Remember the Springs is the last bus stop. The buses can be pretty full by the time they get to you. But if you use your car for the parks it won't matter. We are going to try for the springs for the first time in many trips to SSR in Oct.. DGD is walking now and the zero entry pool will be great for her. Thats why the new Paddock pool will be great when completed. I believe most rooms would have some sort of lake view at the Springs. Congress Park has the best view if you can get a rm facing DTD. Grandstand rooms have a lot of golf course views and have the first bus stop. Have a great time:goodvibes

millys
07-18-2010, 09:12 AM
Hi,

I seem to recall seing a building layout on one of the DVC threads that showed a floor-by-floor map of where the individual units were located withing the SSR buildings (studio, 1 x bed, 2 x bed etc).
Did I dream this or could somebody direct me to this thread?

Many thanks

Milly

AirGoofy
07-18-2010, 09:24 AM
I seem to recall seing a building layout on one of the DVC threads that showed a floor-by-floor map of where the individual units were located withing the SSR buildings (studio, 1 x bed, 2 x bed etc).
Did I dream this or could somebody direct me to this thread?

http://www.wdwinfo.com/resortmaps/Saratoga.htm

At the top of DisBoards, if you select "resorts", you can select any resort and then access their map or any other info. Here is the link for the SSR Map.

AirGoofy
07-18-2010, 09:27 AM
Remember the Springs is the last bus stop. The buses can be pretty full by the time they get to you. But if you use your car for the parks it won't matter. Congress Park has the best view if you can get a rm facing DTD. Grandstand rooms have a lot of golf course views and have the first bus stop. Have a great time:goodvibes

We did not stay in the Springs, but we never found the buses to be that bad. Now, I came over to DVC after the value resorts, but I don't remember ever standing on a SSR bus. You're right - Grandstand has great views of golf course and Congress Park has best over the water view with DTD.

millys
07-18-2010, 09:59 AM
At the top of DisBoards, if you select "resorts", you can select any resort and then access their map or any other info. Here is the link for the SSR Map.

Hey - thanks AirGoofy - but what I was really after was an internal layout of the buildings themselves - eg a floor plan that shows where on each floor are the individual units.
I have seen this on the AKL lovers threrad and I am sure that I saw one for SSR somewhere.....it showed each floor with a plan of where the studios, 1 x beds, 2 x bedx and 3 x beds were situated and the room numbers for each floor/building.

Milly

eeyorefanuk
07-18-2010, 04:15 PM
Hello - me again :goodvibes

After looking at some of the gorgeous photos from people's rooms in congress park over to DTD we are thinking of requesting a 2 bedroom villa here.

Can anyone who has stayed in Congress Park, in a 2 bed villa, with a lovely view of DTD, kindly give me the room numbers.

bigAWL
07-20-2010, 01:19 AM
Our first DVC reservation is for this December at SSR. I just got the reservation confirmation in the mail from DVC, and it says the vacation home type is "Dedicated 2-Bedroom." Should I actually expect a dedicated room, or is it just as likely that we'll get a lock-off?

mamaprincess
07-20-2010, 02:26 AM
I was just reading the BBB thread and found this post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36571904&postcount=1749) about the princess parade at the DTD location. Just wanted to put this here for moms who plan on booking BBB at DTD for their little princesses.:wizard:

Dizny Dad
07-20-2010, 05:53 AM
Our first DVC reservation is for this December at SSR. I just got the reservation confirmation in the mail from DVC, and it says the vacation home type is "Dedicated 2-Bedroom." Should I actually expect a dedicated room, or is it just as likely that we'll get a lock-off?

We have never received a Lock-Off when reserving a Dedicated. I certainly can't speak for others, but we have always received what we expected (not always in the area we desired, not always on the floor we requested, but never disappointed).

Since the rooms are definately different and two "Real" beds verses a real bed and pull out coach is a very big difference, I can't imagine DVC making it a standard practice.. Exceptions can always occur, but I'm sure they would ask you. Might they steer you to the area they want to place you into by using that kind of decision? Maybe.

AirGoofy
07-20-2010, 04:04 PM
I was just reading the BBB thread and found this post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36571904&postcount=1749) about the princess parade at the DTD location. Just wanted to put this here for moms who plan on booking BBB at DTD for their little princesses.:wizard:

A great advantage of SSR is the DTD access. We booked BBB at the castle this year as we thought it would be really special. Now, I wish I had known about the parade. That sounds fun as well. I guess there is always next year.

mamaprincess
07-20-2010, 05:02 PM
A great advantage of SSR is the DTD access. We booked BBB at the castle this year as we thought it would be really special. Now, I wish I had known about the parade. That sounds fun as well. I guess there is always next year.


I love the easy access to DTD from SSR. We've done BBB at DTD and it was wonderful. It's a great thing for you to do with your princesses on an off day when you're at SSR and plan on spending time at DTD. The parade is new. This wasn't happening when we had our last visit at the BBB at DTD. I think BBB in the Castle is wonderful as well. We went there on our last trip.

bnk1120
07-21-2010, 02:54 PM
just getting this back to the first page :thumbsup2

Dizny Dad
07-23-2010, 05:41 AM
DW & I can't wait to see the completion of the new Paddock area, with new pool and snack bar. A drink station will add to the area also, since we love our mugs!

Anybody think it will be the big demmand area when completed, and how long will it last? Grandstand is much easier to get into now, but certainly it was hard when first opened.

mamaprincess
07-23-2010, 07:04 AM
DW & I can't wait to see the completion of the new Paddock area, with new pool and snack bar. A drink station will add to the area also, since we love our mugs!

I can't wait either. It looks great in the artist rendering. SSR just keeps getting better!:banana:

Anybody think it will be the big demmand area when completed, and how long will it last? Grandstand is much easier to get into now, but certainly it was hard when first opened.

I'm sure demand will increase for the Paddock but I think folks have come to really like certain areas for specific reasons so demand will probably be split between the Springs, Congress Park and Paddock so hopefully getting our requests will be easier. It's great to have so many great areas so you're not devastated if you can't get a room at one of the only decent locations at the resort. SSR has many really great locations and tons of gorgeous views.:wizard:

kikiq
07-23-2010, 10:36 AM
Hey - thanks AirGoofy - but what I was really after was an internal layout of the buildings themselves - eg a floor plan that shows where on each floor are the individual units.
I have seen this on the AKL lovers threrad and I am sure that I saw one for SSR somewhere.....it showed each floor with a plan of where the studios, 1 x beds, 2 x bedx and 3 x beds were situated and the room numbers for each floor/building.

Milly

Here's one that I have

https://disneydoc.homestead.com/SSRFloor.html

millys
07-23-2010, 02:38 PM
Here's one that I have

Hey Kikiq - that's exactly what I was after.

Thank you so much.

You guys on here are brilliant...

Milly

AirGoofy
07-23-2010, 02:46 PM
DW & I can't wait to see the completion of the new Paddock area, with new pool and snack bar. A drink station will add to the area also, since we love our mugs.

Yeah, I think it's neat. We had a 1 bedroom stay at the Paddock and we had a great time with the pool as it was. This will only make it better.

eeyorefanuk
07-23-2010, 04:16 PM
if you buy the drinks mug, what drinks are you allowed with it, and the cost please

eeyorefanuk
07-23-2010, 04:17 PM
Here's one that I have

https://disneydoc.homestead.com/SSRFloor.html

when i click on it, it says there is a problem with the website security certificate???? Anyone else found this? :confused3:confused3:confused3

mamaprincess
07-23-2010, 06:57 PM
when i click on it, it says there is a problem with the website security certificate???? Anyone else found this? :confused3:confused3:confused3

Firefox is saying something of the sort when I click on it.:confused3

tjhsr
07-23-2010, 07:17 PM
if you buy the drinks mug, what drinks are you allowed with it, and the cost please

Soda fountain drinks,coffee and tea at the resort. Want to say $12.99 each for length of stay.

tjhsr
07-23-2010, 07:31 PM
DW & I can't wait to see the completion of the new Paddock area, with new pool and snack bar. A drink station will add to the area also, since we love our mugs!

Anybody think it will be the big demmand area when completed, and how long will it last? Grandstand is much easier to get into now, but certainly it was hard when first opened.

I'm thinking with the bus stop being 3rd, food, and the zero entry pool it will be in higher demand a lot longer than the Grandstand section. We have always been able to get Congress Park but with the new DGC the Paddock will be first on our request list. Has construction started yet? We are really looking forward to having another great pool area at SSR :goodvibes

my3princes
07-23-2010, 07:48 PM
We just ended our week vacation at the Treehous Villas. We were in 7035. Loved being so close to the pool, bus stop and boat transportation. The villa was beautiful with all the essentials, but still secluded. It had a Fort Wilderness feel. Very relaxing vacation. There is no soda refill station in the Treehouse area, no bar or food either. I was also surprised by the separate auto entrance with only key card entry, no guard booth

AirGoofy
07-24-2010, 09:16 AM
We are looking at a 2011 THV stay with 4 adults & 5 children. There is a set of twins (age 12). Does anyone know if you can push the sleeper chair into the room with bunk beds? Is the doorway big enough? Is there enough room inside the room? I know it sounds odd, but we would like to put the younger children on the sleeper sofa in the living room, and older children on bunk beds. The remaining child would like to sleep with the twins than the younger children. TIA.

stopher1
07-24-2010, 09:26 AM
We are looking at a 2011 THV stay with 4 adults & 5 children. There is a set of twins (age 12). Does anyone know if you can push the sleeper chair into the room with bunk beds? Is the doorway big enough? Is there enough room inside the room? I know it sounds odd, but we would like to put the younger children on the sleeper sofa in the living room, and older children on bunk beds. The remaining child would like to sleep with the twins than the younger children. TIA.

Even if the doorway were big enough to move the chair (which you wouldn't want to do anyway for the weight and how far away from the bunk bed room it is...), there simply is not enough floorspace to move anything into the bunk bed room. Though you could set up an air mattress - but it's tight.

We were in a THV this past January and had a wonderful time. My folks were in the 2nd bedroom, and our kids all decided to stay together in the bunkbed room - with my eldest, crazy guy, on the air mattress vs. taking the sleeper couch in the living room. BUT - it made it nice for the adults to have the living room in peace and quiet after the kids all went to bed.

my3princes
07-24-2010, 10:10 AM
We are looking at a 2011 THV stay with 4 adults & 5 children. There is a set of twins (age 12). Does anyone know if you can push the sleeper chair into the room with bunk beds? Is the doorway big enough? Is there enough room inside the room? I know it sounds odd, but we would like to put the younger children on the sleeper sofa in the living room, and older children on bunk beds. The remaining child would like to sleep with the twins than the younger children. TIA.

You can easily use the couch cushions on the floor for a 12 year old. Our 7 yr old had nightmares one night so we did that for him and it worked out well

millys
07-24-2010, 10:15 AM
OK - I apologise in advance if there is a post somewhere in the SSR Owners and lovers thread (part 1 & 2) that I have missed.:rolleyes1

I am trying to find out about the boat service that runs from SSR.

Is there somewhere I can go to see the timetable etc?

What I am wondering is - can you get anywhere else on the SSR boat other than DTD?
I mean - does the boat to OKW or POR stop off at SSR and then go on to the other resorts or will we have to go to DTD and then get on another boat to the other resorts?
I was thinking about eating at POR (Sassagoula Floatworks) and OKW (Olivia's) but would love to have a glass of wine or two and dont really want to drive.

Milly

stopher1
07-24-2010, 11:11 AM
OK - I apologise in advance if there is a post somewhere in the SSR Owners and lovers thread (part 1 & 2) that I have missed.:rolleyes1

I am trying to find out about the boat service that runs from SSR.

Is there somewhere I can go to see the timetable etc?

What I am wondering is - can you get anywhere else on the SSR boat other than DTD?
I mean - does the boat to OKW or POR stop off at SSR and then go on to the other resorts or will we have to go to DTD and then get on another boat to the other resorts?
I was thinking about eating at POR (Sassagoula Floatworks) and OKW (Olivia's) but would love to have a glass of wine or two and dont really want to drive.

Milly

No the SSR boats go to DTD and back again. You will have to change boats if you want to go to another resort. They generally start running at 10 in the morning and then every 20 or 30 minutes throughout the day.

AirGoofy
07-24-2010, 12:26 PM
there simply is not enough floorspace to move anything into the bunk bed room. Though you could set up an air mattress - but it's tight.

You can easily use the couch cushions on the floor for a 12 year old.

Thanks for the info. I am hopeful the THV will help make all that family together-time a good vacation.

mamaprincess
07-24-2010, 02:36 PM
We are looking at a 2011 THV stay with 4 adults & 5 children. There is a set of twins (age 12).

We have a set of twins age 12.:wizard: We'll be staying at the THV's this year.
I'm thinking of bringing something like this (http://www.amazon.com/Playhut-Disney-Princess-Slumber-Lounger/dp/B000R0OMAW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1279999686&sr=8-1) for the youngest so she can sleeo in the bunk room with the twins. It's cute if you have girls. I thinks their is a cars one for boys.

AirGoofy
07-24-2010, 04:54 PM
We have a set of twins age 12.:wizard: We'll be staying at the THV's this year.
I'm thinking of bringing something like this (http://www.amazon.com/Playhut-Disney-Princess-Slumber-Lounger/dp/B000R0OMAW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1279999686&sr=8-1) for the youngest so she can sleeo in the bunk room with the twins. It's cute if you have girls. I thinks their is a cars one for boys.

That is really cute. Thank you for the suggestion. Oldest dd has a Hannah Montana sleeping bag and wants to use that. I think we can do the cushions with the sleeping bag on top. She keeps asking us to go camping. It was 15 years and 50 pounds ago that I went camping and did it out of necessity, not enjoyment. So, she at least gets to use her sleeping bag, and I'll tell her it's camping since we're staying in the trees. ;)

mamaprincess
07-25-2010, 12:01 AM
That is really cute. Thank you for the suggestion. Oldest dd has a Hannah Montana sleeping bag and wants to use that. I think we can do the cushions with the sleeping bag on top. She keeps asking us to go camping. It was 15 years and 50 pounds ago that I went camping and did it out of necessity, not enjoyment. So, she at least gets to use her sleeping bag, and I'll tell her it's camping since we're staying in the trees. ;)

I think the cushions with the sleeping bag will work out fine, especially since it's "camping".:laughing: Treehouses is as close as I want to be to a camping trip.:wizard:

*Meagan*
07-25-2010, 12:07 AM
hi all! I just came across this thread. My best friend and I purchased into DVC @ SSR in June of 2005! We got an awesome CM discount and a special with SSR because it was when they were still building!!

We totes love it and have been there multiple times and our next vacation is booked for this december in a 2 bdrm villa!

YIPPPEEE!

tjhsr
07-26-2010, 07:38 PM
Hi there. Does anyone know if they have started the Paddock pool construction?

Spanner
07-27-2010, 09:44 AM
Hi there. Does anyone know if they have started the Paddock pool construction?

I believe construction is due in the Autumn (so probably Sept/Oct) and due to be finished by Spring 2011. Don't know if that'll include the QS restaurant in those timescales but would assume it'll all be done at once.

LoveKermit
07-27-2010, 01:58 PM
Just made a ressie today for mid-August. So, I will have some dumb questions that I don't want to have search this whole thread. I apologize ahead of time.

Your Paddock Pool question---are they improving on the pool that is already there? And they are adding QS there, or is there already QS over there?

What are everyone's favorite villages and why?

AirGoofy
07-27-2010, 04:37 PM
Your Paddock Pool question---are they improving on the pool that is already there? And they are adding QS there, or is there already QS over there? What are everyone's favorite villages and why?

They are adding on to the existing pool and adding a new QS. I liked the Paddock area and view over the lake. Congress Park has the view of DTD. Grandstand is the first bus stop. Treehouse Villas are just too dang cool. Springs is the closest to main pool, Turf Club (TS), Artist Point (QS), boat launch, and community room.

LoveKermit
07-27-2010, 04:57 PM
Thanks. I've finally had time to check things out.

Is there a harder village to get into than others? Is it fruitless to even request the Spring or a DTD view in Congress Park?

The bus stop is not an issue--we rent a car. But we will be swimming....maybe a lot (if the ocean doesn't do DD in). How long is the walk from Congress Park to the main pool? It doesn't look too bad. But we'd need the stroller, I think.

tjhsr
07-27-2010, 05:34 PM
A Downtown Disney view is the hardest to get. We have stayed in the Congress Park section several times.We have only had a good DTD view a few times.We just like it because we walk to DTD almost every night. The walk to the main pool is 5-7 minute's from CP. The Springs would be a easier to get. But don't forget its just a request for any section.

LoveKermit
07-27-2010, 06:02 PM
I know the "request is just a request" philosophy. But my DH is the least lucky person I know. So if there is no request, he will look at the dumpster.

He was talking about some room (must have been on trip advisor) that was next to some mechanicals (I assume something about AC) and was very loud. If we don't make a request, he will be in that room--I'm not kidding.

But we've had luck with simple requests.

So Congress Park is not any more special if you don't face DTD? Then, I think we'll request the Springs. Is it loud? I already requested upper floor.

tjhsr
07-27-2010, 07:31 PM
Noise has never been a problem. We once had one of the studio's next to the side door and it we never notice the noise from the door slaming closed. But yes if only want CP for a view of DTD you might not be happy with what you get. No dumpster views but some nice parking lot or side of the other buildings to look at. We are requesting the Springs for the first time to be closer to the main pool. DGC is going and being a little closer to the pool will be a big help.

Dizny Dad
07-28-2010, 10:50 AM
Noise has never been a problem for us at ANY of the DVC resorts. I assume they have insulated ALL walls and ceilings. We have only once heard a neighbor and it was just a few bumps once in a week stay.

Try a moderate . . . . . and see what NOISE is about. :eek:

tomandrobin
07-28-2010, 11:40 AM
We have stayed at almost all the resorts and Saratoga Springs is hands-down the quietest resort of them all.