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Old 02-03-2012, 02:14 PM   #1726
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Thanks so much for letting me know about the refurb! Getting me excited! I would love to return to SSR even so but I can't wait to see what the new refurbished villas will look like!
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:59 PM   #1727
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Any good info out there on the SSR refurb. We will be there in July and wondering what section might be closed.
DVCNews has this story on the refurbs from last summer.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:31 PM   #1728
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Hi everyone! I am a soon-to-be SSR owner. Can't wait!

If you were traveling with two young kids (4 and 5), what room requests would you make? I know it is only a request, but wanted to get opinions. I assume that we will have several pool afternoons and at least one trip to DTD, but daily use of the buses. Thanks for your advice.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:33 PM   #1729
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Some more info here...

http://blog.touringplans.com/2012/01...t-renovations/

and also from AllEars...

"Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

As Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa approaches its 8th anniversary, a number of painting projects aim to keep the resort looking fresh for guests. From February 9 through April 24, 2012 , the rockwork at the High Rock Spring pool will be painted. The pool and slide are expected to remain open throughout the painting project. Meanwhile, from February 21 to April 12 , the Carriage House lobby will be repainted. In addition, each of the 18 resort building exteriors is being re-painted--a project which began back in the fall of 2010. The building re-painting is expected to conclude in August 2012 . During each of these projects, crews will aim to minimize the impact on resort guests. Note that all published refurbishment dates are estimates only and exact project dates may vary."

There seems to be a bit of a difference between the two stories, one referencing rooms, whilst the other references exteriors and the pool. Hopefully we'll see both happen.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:51 PM   #1730
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Hi everyone! I am a soon-to-be SSR owner. Can't wait!

If you were traveling with two young kids (4 and 5), what room requests would you make? I know it is only a request, but wanted to get opinions. I assume that we will have several pool afternoons and at least one trip to DTD, but daily use of the buses. Thanks for your advice.
In order of preference for those with young children such as you:

1.Paddock area (great enclosed pool area with cool slide, zero entry end of pool and "water playground".. Perfect for young kids. Also, easy walk to main pool over bridge that has turtles and fish to be seen under the bridge.

2. Grandstand.. Quiet pool with no slide but has hot tub and water cannon play area. First stop in resort for all busses. Easy walk to Springs.

3. Springs...main pool, cummunity hall, last bus stop, near lobby and artist pallet for food.

4. Congress Park... Quiet pool with no slide, overlooks dtd, can walk to dtd and main pool.

5. Carousel...no pool. Farthest away from everything (except maybe the paddock area pool). This is the one area I wish I could request not to be in.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:21 PM   #1731
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Hi everyone! I am a soon-to-be SSR owner. Can't wait!

If you were traveling with two young kids (4 and 5), what room requests would you make? I know it is only a request, but wanted to get opinions. I assume that we will have several pool afternoons and at least one trip to DTD, but daily use of the buses. Thanks for your advice.
Definitely the Springs. 3 young kids here, too. We love being right across the street from the main pool and the Community Hall and the food/gift shop. We really won't even stay anywhere else when the kids are with us. MUST be close to the main pool and Community Hall. But we spend a lot of time at the resort and only do half days in the parks.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:55 PM   #1732
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Hi everyone! I am a soon-to-be SSR owner. Can't wait! . . . . . . .
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:16 PM   #1733
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:33 AM   #1734
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Leaving in 19 days THV for 10 nights I cannot wait, we have always loved the cabins at the Ft but never thought they were big enough! We will have a car and have 2 other people traveling with us staying at SSR. From what I read on this thread I should request South Bus stop at THV and have my parents and friends request Grand Stand??? We plan on doing some meals together at the THV and none of us mind a 10 - 15 minute walk. Are there paths in between and is this the best way to do it?

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We stayed at Grandstand in December and checked out the THV since we are staying there in May. We even got a private viewing of a non-occumpied THV one day. Cool.

The path to the Grandstand area is very close to the one of the Buildings in the Grandstand. There are many THV near that path, which is near a bus stop and their quiet pool. You can see the path in most of the "resort maps' that are around. We don't mind walking either, but I'm not sure what the time was, but I did not find it a long walk - even after coming back from the parks..

It is a quick walk to the Grandstand pool and a quick walk from the Grandstand Pool to the main Carriage House area.

One thing we did notice, everytime we came back from the parks at night, there was a THV bus waiting in the Grandstand area. The Grandstand is the first bus stop on it's way out of the resort and the first stop on the way back from the parks. I thought that was very nice.
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:21 PM   #1735
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First visit to SSR - end of March... Thanks for all the information!!

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Old 02-08-2012, 05:51 AM   #1736
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Hi everyone

We are going to be staying at SSR for the first time in May (super excited )

I've requested the Paddock area; I like the look of the pool there and also liked the fact that there is a QS location right there

Having never stayed at the resort previously I would love to hear some of your hints and tips

How's the food at Turf Club and could we just get a walk up (2 adults)

Any nice peaceful areas to just sit and watch the world go by?

Are there any nice pool bars or a lounge for an evening drink

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Old 02-08-2012, 09:46 AM   #1737
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How's the food at Turf Club and could we just get a walk up (2 adults)
We absolutely love this restaurant. I much prefer the dinner menu to the lunch menu, though. The lunch menu is mostly sandwiches, but dinner has lots of choices. Prime rib, steaks, seafood, pork chops, lamb chops, burgers. Oh my gosh, I wish I were there right now. (Well, not right right now, because that would be the lunch menu. But tonight... I wish I could be there tonight.)

We've always had good luck getting seated, even without a reservation.

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You've just described pretty much the entire resort.

There are benches everywhere - views of everything from Downtown Disney across the lake, to beautiful landscaping and ponds, to the golf course. You'll also hear people speak of the rocking chairs outside the Artist's Palette.

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Are there any nice pool bars or a lounge for an evening drink
There are bars at three of the pools -- the Main Pool (High Rock Springs), the Paddock Pool, and the Grandstand. These are great for grabbing something cold to relax during the heat of the day. In the evening, there's the Turf Club Lounge. There's a fireplace and several comfortable seating areas. There's also a pool table.
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:13 AM   #1738
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We are going to be staying at SSR for the first time in May . . . . . Any nice peaceful areas to just sit and watch the world go by? . . . . . .
I agree with BirdsOfPreyDave, but would specifically direct you to the Rockers found at lakeside just across from the Congress Park Quiet Pool. A great view of DDT, Boats gracefully sliding by, people strolling thru; a great place to relax and "watch the world go by"!
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:11 PM   #1739
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I was just looking through some pictures from our last trip. We walked around SSR for a little while to take some pictures before heading to my niece's wedding. There are just so many picturesque spots throughout the resort. It was nice to have on something other than vacation clothes for a few pictures. Can you believe it, though, not one person walked past while we were taking the pictures to do a shot of the two of us together.











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Old 02-08-2012, 06:03 PM   #1740
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Just over a month!!!

My family and I will be heading to SSR the last week of March(next month can't wait) I have a question I have heard that sometimes if you ask upon check-in if there are any upgrades aval that you sometimes can get upgraded for free. Is this true? Has anyone out there had this happen? Already staying in a 2 bedroom suite, not sure what can be bigger then that. Should I request a certain building? Family consist of a DH29 DW 27 (2)DD's 5 and DGM 60. Any info from you all out there would be great. Thanks


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