EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Feb 12, 2009
    Joseph from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    what is the best villa resort to stay at? how do you rank saratoga springs?

    I am a Disney Vacation Club member and have stayed in the villa rooms at many of the WDW hotels. There's not a bad one in the lot, but they all do have pros and cons. Here are the resorts:

    Bay Lake Tower: Not yet open, but it will no doubt be the crown jewel of the DVC resorts. State-of-the-art rooms and expansive views of Cinderella Castle. 'Nuff said.

    Old Key West: The oldest DVC resort. It's not in the most convenient location, but it has by far the largest rooms anywhere at WDW. Former Moms Panelist Laura swears by this as her favorite villa resort just for the space. If it's room to roam you want, then Old Key West is the place.

    Wilderness Lodge: This is my home resort. It has my favorite themeing in all of WDW, lush North woods, and two of my favorite WDW restaurants: Artist Point and Whispering Canyon Cafe. There is convenient boat service from here to the Magic Kingdom. I stayed there myself about a month ago.

    Boardwalk: GREAT location, within walking distance to both Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. Fun evening activities along the Boardwalk area.

    Beach Club: Same great location as the Boardwalk, but with the added benefit of having by far the best pool at WDW. This is my family's favorite resort at WDW, we've stayed there nearly a dozen times.

    Saratoga Springs: I stayed there about a year ago. My room was great, very new and fresh, but frankly I think this is the least special of all the villa resorts. The proximity to Downtown Disney is nice, but I really dislike that you can see non-Disney areas in the distance - this really breaks the magic for me.

    Animal Kingdom Lodge: I stayed there in September. Wonderful access to the animals. Two wonderful restaurants (with more on the way). Fresh, updated rooms with flat-screen TVs. The only drawback is that it is a bit of distance away from all the parks except the Animal Kingdom.

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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