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Old 08-02-2010, 09:27 AM   #286
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We love SSR and are returning home for the 4th time in November. We are staying at the THV the night before we leave on the Disney Wonder and were on a wait list for our additional 3 nights after the cruise. There was a cancellation and have been put there for the additional time as well. Can't wait. Would love to have some feed back from the others who have stayed in them.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:37 AM   #287
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Not sure where, other than right here at the DISboards, you can find the real scoop on Community Hall. Please be aware that Community Hall and Artist Palette are two different buildings. The community Hall entrance is on the High Rock Springs pool level with entrances right off of the pool and from the front on the main street. the Artist Palette is in the Main Carriage House at the far end between the gift shop and Turf Club (cool bar & TS place!)

Community Hall offers all sorts of daily activities for kids AND families! There are art activities, coordinated music, film, adventure activities, etc. You can obtain movies for your room for free (DVC members) and other such niceties. A sheet is published every week and available at the Hall and at the concierge with a listing of activities and start times.

A great opportunities to widen the resort adventure!
Wow! Thank you!! I'll have to check that out.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:10 PM   #288
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Just returned from a 4 night stay at our beloved SSR. It was shorter than we originally had planned for August but we had to make some last minute changes due to family issues. And it was our first time trying the QSDP.

We requested Congress Park and were right by the pool...perfect. No more than a 10 minute walk to DTD and 5 minute walk to AP. We had great bus service, waited no more than 10 minutes at any stop for transportation. It was hotter than hot...but we did our normal summer time routine. Early to the parks or late to the parks.

Our take on QSDP...we normally are not restaurant people. We like having meals in our villa. But because of the last minute changes, I thought and the short stay, we would give it a try. The QSDP was a lot of food especially desserts, which we don't normally eat. We tried to get fruit bowls whenever possible for dessert to take back to the room for breakfast. Meal wise, we were able to have healthy food, not one hamburger or chicken finger meal.
I don't know that we will do it again. I think we'll stick to eating in our villa.
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We requested Congress Park and were right by the pool...perfect. No more than a 10 minute walk to DTD and 5 minute walk to AP.

Our take on QSDP...we normally are not restaurant people. We like having meals in our villa.
Glad you had a great trip. We like the space in the villa and washer/dryer are great. But, we enjoy the restaurants on vacation. We are going to do a THV stay with other family next year, so we may try some more villa dining. But, the restaurants may be a way to escape ....
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:38 PM   #291
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We own a small contract that we bought via resale to use on a bank - borrow - use basis -
Our biggest motivator was to have access to the tree house villas.
I have two brothers, each with kids (one with three - the other with only one at this point) but we know we want to make trip with them and their families in years to come - SO - we bought!

We stayed at Saratoga on Developer points in January of 2009 - and had somewhat of a rough stay. The A/C leaked all over the carpet and it took a day to argue with the front desk to actually get someone to come look at it. I know a little about the mechanics of a home - and I could get them to believe that they had not in fact cleaned the carpets - but in the end the A/C had indeed frozen over (three inches of ice) and it took a few hours to bring out Villas down from the high temp of almost 90 degree F.

The other big problem was this - we ended up with 5 different sets of keys and there were 6 of us - so that was a LOT Of wasted keys!!!! They couldn't get our keys right!

I think Saratoga went through a period of poor management around that time as their approval rating really dipped for a while - BUT - it looks like things have really turned around.

We can't wait for our next stay at Saratoga!
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kikiq your photos are wonderful! Thanks for posting them.
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Thanks, here's one more...early morning before we went to AK.

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Great picture!

OK, so I know the balloon is at DTD and SSR really can't claim it, but since we are closest DVC resort, I think we should. Has anyone done the balloon? How long is it the air? Did you have children along? How old? How did they do?
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We love SSR and are returning home for the 4th time in November. We are staying at the THV the night before we leave on the Disney Wonder and were on a wait list for our additional 3 nights after the cruise. There was a cancellation and have been put there for the additional time as well. Can't wait. Would love to have some feed back from the others who have stayed in them.


We stayed in the THV a couple of weeks ago. There were 7 of us, 3 generations. We loved the space and seclusion. We also had a BBQ for a bunch of our DIS friends and between the THV pool and the THV it was perfect and so relaxing.
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We love SSR and are returning home for the 4th time in November. We are staying at the THV the night before we leave on the Disney Wonder and were on a wait list for our additional 3 nights after the cruise. There was a cancellation and have been put there for the additional time as well. Can't wait. Would love to have some feed back from the others who have stayed in them.
We stayed in the THV over the 4th of July. There were 7 of us, 4 adults and 3 kids. There seemed to be plenty of room and we really enjoyed the seclusion. The pool is nice and quiet.. We only used the bus service once or twice and it seemed to be fast.

We had a rental and used it to get around.. Just seemed a little more convenient for us as we would go to the EMH park for the morning and the parking was nice and close to the entrance..

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Great picture!

OK, so I know the balloon is at DTD and SSR really can't claim it, but since we are closest DVC resort, I think we should. Has anyone done the balloon? How long is it the air? Did you have children along? How old? How did they do?
"So many questions" as my DD would say

We haven't ridden the balloon, but my DH worked on a similar balloon in California so he loves watching it from the villa. We have not done the balloon because my DH refuses to pay $18 (was $16 last year he says) when the one in California is free. He timed it while I was at the pool this trip. He said from the time it lifted off, in the air and then tethered down, it was around 15 minutes. He was guessing it was in the air for 8 to 10 minutes. He didn't say how much children cost. There was a family with 3 older children (say 9 and up) that was at the bus stop planning a night time flight.

And yes, we already claim DTD as ours, so why not the balloon?
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Great picture!

OK, so I know the balloon is at DTD and SSR really can't claim it, but since we are closest DVC resort, I think we should. Has anyone done the balloon? How long is it the air? Did you have children along? How old? How did they do?
DVCMike went on it on one of his trips, maybe last Oct or Dec? I don't know how to tell you to search for it, but he always has TONS of pictures. He did not have kids with him, but he might be able to give you an opinion.

I can't even remember which resort trip it was--I want to say a VWL trip.
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kikiq - great picture - and oh, those Rocking Chairs . . . they call to me . .
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