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Old 10-20-2012, 01:13 PM   #2326
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Looking into buying at Saratoga Springs. Is there long lines for the buses since it has the most rooms available? If I were to try to book a treehouse villa 11 months out consistently would I have a problem? Appreciate any help with this thank you.
Hello. We have never had an issue with the buses and we have stayed in different blocks. I cannot comment on the villas as we have never tried. SSR in our view is a super resort. If I can help in any other way let me know.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:52 PM   #2327
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Looking into buying at Saratoga Springs. Is there long lines for the buses since it has the most rooms available? If I were to try to book a treehouse villa 11 months out consistently would I have a problem? Appreciate any help with this thank you.
The times we have been, there were not long lines for buses. There were some buses that were filled once we left the last stop (Springs). As for THV, i don't know. But at 11 months, while there are limited numbers, that is one of the perks of ownning at SSR, able to book the THV that far out.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:55 AM   #2328
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Looking into buying at Saratoga Springs. Is there long lines for the buses since it has the most rooms available? If I were to try to book a treehouse villa 11 months out consistently would I have a problem? Appreciate any help with this thank you.
As others have said, lines for buses usually aren't bad at SSR. During very busy times of year, you may experience some standing-room-only buses at the Springs. This is typically only during the "rush hours" when everyone is heading to the parks at the same time.

Coming back from the parks, the longest I can remember every having to wait is for the 2nd bus, and that was right at park closing when all resort bus queues are crazy.

I've never had a problem getting a tree house at the 11-month point. With the changes to the point charts in 2013, it should be even easier to get one since they'll now be more points than a 2-bedroom and their popularity should go down a little.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:06 AM   #2329
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:32 PM   #2330
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Not sure if its been mentioned, but the new RFID door locks are being fitted throughout the resort. The new handles are not as ornate as the ones they replaced.

I'll post a few more details from our stay later.
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:27 PM   #2331
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Thanks AirGoofy

AirGoofy, that pro/con report on the various parts of SSR was awesome!
We're in complete agreement about the Springs, which is where I ask to stay. My first visit to SSR as a DVC member had me at the Carousel, which was too far away from a pool or the Carriage House for my taste.
I may stay at Congress Park some day, just for a change of pace.
I love SSR, my home resort. While I sometimes stay elsewhere (I love Wilderness Lodge), SSR is "home."

To all: great photos! it was good to get a closer look at the tree houses.

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Old 10-23-2012, 12:39 PM   #2332
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. My first visit to SSR as a DVC member had me at the Carousel,
Here forward, referred to as as "No Man's Land". I think without a request this is where you end up when you arrive late! Got the same building, not once but twice, facing the road and the guard gate!

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. I may stay at Congress Park some day, just for a change of pace.
Have requested and gotten Congress Park, DTD view 3 times now! We love, love, love this location and it's proximity to DTD!

Were I to end up in Carousel again, would it ruin my vacation, absolutely not! The resort is beautiful irregardless, and the Turf CLub is a very good resort restaurant worth trying!
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:13 PM   #2333
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AirGoofy, that pro/con report on the various parts of SSR was awesome!
We're in complete agreement about the Springs, which is where I ask to stay. My first visit to SSR as a DVC member had me at the Carousel, which was too far away from a pool or the Carriage House for my taste.
I may stay at Congress Park some day, just for a change of pace.
I love SSR, my home resort. While I sometimes stay elsewhere (I love Wilderness Lodge), SSR is "home."

To all: great photos! it was good to get a closer look at the tree houses.

The pro/con list was from Birds of Prey Dave. I was just lucky enough to add it to the first page so that people could get a basic overview of the resort.

I agree about carousel. if they converted that to a free working carousel, which required RFID tag from SSR members staying at Carousel to operate, that would be a big and cheap win for people in that section.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:42 PM   #2334
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:33 AM   #2335
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28 days and counting until our first home stay at SSR! I called MS yesterday to request the CP location thinking we might walk to DTD a time or two. Last year we drove to DTD on Black Friday, that was a mistake. We were told that CMs get discounts that night. I'm looking forward to exploring the resort, the new Fantasyland, and awesome dinning.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:37 AM   #2336
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28 days and counting until our first home stay at SSR! I called MS yesterday to request the CP location thinking we might walk to DTD a time or two. Last year we drove to DTD on Black Friday, that was a mistake. We were told that CMs get discounts that night. I'm looking forward to exploring the resort, the new Fantasyland, and awesome dinning.
Counting down those last few days is challenging. We just missed the new opening of Fantasyland, and will have to wait another year to see it. Have a great trip.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:53 PM   #2338
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Just had our first stay *home* and we loved it. We were in THV 7018 and it was perfect. We did not encounter any bus issues though it does take a little longer to get around just because of where the THV are located. I'd stay there again in a heartbeat.
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Just had our first stay *home* and we loved it. We were in THV 7018 and it was perfect. We did not encounter any bus issues though it does take a little longer to get around just because of where the THV are located. I'd stay there again in a heartbeat.
Sounds great. We have not done a THV - maybe one year. But, there are only the four of us, so we really don't need to space. It would be fun to stay there, though.
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Sounds great. We have not done a THV - maybe one year. But, there are only the four of us, so we really don't need to space. It would be fun to stay there, though.
It was so cool. We used the High Rocks pool at the Springs. The THV have a pool but we like a bar with our pool

Brought food out from Artist Palette which was terrific. We got two flatbreads and a chicken Caesar salad. They also accept the TiW card.

There is the cutest gentleman in the lobby who has a pin board and the kids made sure to visit him when possible and trade. He was there when we checked in so I'm glad we found him at the beginning of the trip.

My daughter made friends with the THV bus drivers so they'd drop us at our villa instead of the bus stop- super cool.

I couldn't be happier with our purchase at SSR and can't wait to stay in the regular section.
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