Old Key West or Saratoga Springs Resort

Discussion in 'Purchasing DVC' started by Fundytrail, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. Fundytrail

    Fundytrail Our 1988 Ticket

    Nov 20, 2007
    We are seriously considering DVC and are torn between Old Key West and Saratoga Springs Resort so please help us out.

    We have read so many posts that we are driving ourselves crazy.:surfweb: We have been on both properties in the past but not as a guest or even considering DVC. While at CBR in April we plan to look at each property a lot closer.

    Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated.

    We like the grounds, look and size of both, we like the water taxi offered by both and we know the contracts end in 2042 for OKW and 2054 for SSR and there are different annual fees. It is most likely we will only travel once a year to our DVC resort.

    We also like the idea of booking 11 months out at a home resort.

    But what else should we be looking for?
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  3. Kymm1111

    Kymm1111 Kymm1111

    Apr 19, 2005
    Do you like being next to Downtown Disney? You can walk from Saratoga.
    For us when we bought in my husband only wanted Wilderness. It was closed at the time but some points were "magically' found and we got our wish. We added on at Baylake because I've always loved CR and Pr being on the monorail. For me it was sold as soon as we heard the first whisper of blt. I have stayed at both resorts and like both. Obviously kw has more of an oceany feel and theme whereas ssr has more of an upper New York horsey theme.

    DMKEDM DIS Veteran

    Jul 6, 2006
    OKW and SSR are very similar in many ways--both are big and as a result tend to have availability longer than the smaller resorts. Both are condo style, with parking right outside your villa. Both are "walking resorts," with lovely strolling options ...Neither has a hotel attached to it, and neither is walking distance to a park. But here are some differences that may help you favor one over the other.

    The themes are quite different, and one may appeal more to you than the other...OKW is tropical while SSR is built around an upstate NY horse-racing theme. Neither theme is, to my eye, "overwhelming." Both resorts are "pastel," but they do look very different...

    1. SSR is easy walking distance to Downtown Disney--either West Side or Marketplace. You can walk to Downtown Disney from OKW, but it's a longer walk (about a mile), and at night the path is not lit...

    2. SSR has the Treehouse Villas, which are few in number and popular, and you may want home resort booking for them...

    3. The points cost per night at OKW is considerably lower, making longer stays (or stays in larger villas) more "cost-effective" (fewer points). OKW grand villas are among the best points bargains at Disney--and are hard to get w/out the 11-month booking advantage.

    4. As you noted in your post, SSR has the longer "life" (2054), except you can buy OKW contracts that have been extended to 2057...

    5. It's worth checking maintenance fee cost...it may be that one of the two resorts has lower maintenance fees than the other (I own at SSR and BCV, so can tell you the MFs there--but don't know what they are at OKW)...

    6. The villas at OKW are MUCH bigger than the ones at SSR, regardless of the villa size--e.g., the OKW one-bedroom is very, very spacious, whereas the living room-kitchen-eating area in the SSR one bedroom, while very nice, is considerably smaller.

    7. The OKW studio has two queen size beds; the SSR studio has one queen bed and a sleeper sofa

    We love both resorts. And unless you think you'll want an OKW grand villa or an SSR treehouse, you may not "need" the 11-month booking advantage at either one, since they are so big...of course for some times of year (New Year's Eve, for example), you need to think about making a reservation at 11 months out at whatever your home resort is because all of DVC fills up quickly for that holiday...

    Good luck w/your decision!
  5. dvc_john

    dvc_john DIS Veteran<br><br><font color=blue>DVC-Trivia Con

    Nov 1, 2000
    If you buy OKW from Disney, it will be an extended contract ending in 2057.
    If you buy OKW resale, it could be either a 2042 end date, or an extended 2057 end date, so be sure you find out.

    eta: looks like I was typing while the above were being posted
  6. jsthomps

    jsthomps Earning My Ears

    Mar 25, 2005
    OKW is my home resort but I have been having trouble booking it for quite some time. Rooms are bigger and I love the OKW theme. I have stayed at SSR many times because they always seem to have rooms available because of it's size. It's far from a second choice resort and we have loved staying there.
  7. XGrumpy1

    XGrumpy1 DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2008
    At SSR there is the possibility of getting a THV at 11 months and get the extra 12 years ownership. Bus service is also better, but more crowded. The water play area is pretty cool.

    At OKW you get to park closer and the buildings are smaller and less crowded. More of a homey feel in my opinion. More of a relaxed feelmwhen I am there.
  8. nolanboys

    nolanboys DIS Veteran

    Mar 23, 2010
    We faced the exact same dilemma when we were looking to buy into DVC with a resale contract. We had stayed at OKW twice and loved it and took the DVC tour at SSR and thought the grounds were beautiful. I really wanted OKW because of the cheaper points and huge rooms. DH wanted SSR for the THV, longer contract, and cheaper dues. We looked around, and the "perfect" SSR contract was listed. Very excited to try THV this March. I do keep my eye out for a perfect OKW contract too - I want to be able to get one of those grand villas! A girl can dream. I just realized that I've been no help to you because we were just as torn. Try to tour them when you go down in April and look keep an eye on contracts for both properties. Good luck.:goodvibes
  9. Sandisw

    Sandisw Moderator Moderator

    Nov 15, 2008
    I have not stayed at either but from the outside looking in, I think they each a few things going for them that is different from the other that could tip the scales.

    OKW has the lowest point structure and the biggest rooms. If staying in a GV or in a studio with two queen beds is important, then OKW may be the one to choose. In addition, the sleeper chair has been added to the 1 bedrooms at OKW so they now officially sleep 5.

    SSR, on the other hand, has the THV, and if those are something you want to stay in, owning there would be beneficial. It also has the longer expiration date and this may be something to consider.

    But, in all honesty, except for the GV at OKW and the THV at SSR, I think they are very comparable resorts and because of the size of each one, are usually some of the easiest to get in to when booking.

    Good luck!
  10. Fundytrail

    Fundytrail Our 1988 Ticket

    Nov 20, 2007
    Thanks for all the feedback!
  11. bobbiwoz

    bobbiwoz I'm happy to dance with you!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Only 3 buildings at OKW have elevators.
  12. Y-ASK


    Oct 29, 2004
    I like OKW much better than SSR. But then that's just my opinion. I think one of the biggest pluses for OKW is the parking. You're able to park closer to your room and the rooms are bigger.

  13. Fundytrail

    Fundytrail Our 1988 Ticket

    Nov 20, 2007
    Interesting :)

    Room size: Studio - 376 sq ft., One Bedroom - 942 sq. ft.
    Two Bedroom - 1,333 sq ft

    Room size: Studio - 355 sq ft., One Bedroom - 714 sq. ft.
    Two Bedroom - 1075sq ft
  14. AirGoofy

    AirGoofy DIS Dad#341

    Jul 24, 2009
    You have a lot of feedback. One other thing I noticed from staying at both is that the sink is in the bathroom at OKW while it is outside the bathroom at SSR. Also, SSR is adding the new pool at the Paddock, which is supposed to include a water slide and other stuff. The Grandstand has another pool and fun area for children. And, there is the main pool. OKW has a great main pool with water slide, but not at the others. Both resorts are great. Good luck with your decision.
  15. laura-k

    laura-k Mouseketeer

    Nov 5, 2008
    I also like OKW much better than SSR.
    I feel like I could almost be in any condo community when I am there -
    But that is just my opinion .
    OKW I like for the same reasons many others have posted
    kinda homey -large rooms and close parking -
  16. got4boys

    got4boys Mouseketeer

    May 18, 2003
    If you have a car, parking is alot easier at OKW. Literally out your front door.
  17. Fundytrail

    Fundytrail Our 1988 Ticket

    Nov 20, 2007
    GREAT feedback! Thanks to everyone!
    Keep it coming :surfweb:
  18. Sammie

    Sammie DIS Veteran

    Aug 20, 1999
    They are both great resorts some of Disney's best. Mostly what is different about them is size of rooms, OKW is the biggest. Location, if you like golf, spas and Downtown Disney, then SSR is your choice.

    I don't think you can go wrong with either one. Love them both.
  19. LadyLvsTramp

    LadyLvsTramp Mouseketeer DVC Gold

    Jan 30, 2002
    I love them both but because of longer contract we bought at SSR and sold our BWV several years ago. I love the idea you can walk to downtown disney and eat or shop very convient.
  20. disneyeveryyear

    disneyeveryyear <font color=FF99FF>Not fully packed until she gets

    Mar 12, 2003
    I love them both for different reasons.

    The large rooms at OKW are hard to beat.

    However, I feel the dining choices are much better at SSR. I enjoy the quick service at SSR much more than OKW.
  21. dtauer

    dtauer Mouseketeer

    Apr 26, 2000
    I have to disagree about the quick service, I can only eat so many varieties of flatbreads. :) However, the rest of my family LOVES the choices at SSR.

    We've visited both, and as others mentioned are similar in many ways. The reason we love SSR so much is the ability to walk to Downtown Disney for the options there, the pool area at SSR, and the view at night.

    If you've ever stayed at SSR at Congress Park, you know what I mean. The view across the lake at Downtown Disney is breathtaking at night.

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