Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Nov 3, 2011
    Marcus from SC 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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    We're thinking of staying at the Saratoga Springs resort on our next trip. I've heard the resort is pretty far from the parks. Is that true? How long is the bus ride to Magic Kingdom or Epcot?

    Hi Marcus:

    My family has enjoyed Saratoga Springs Resort on two vacations. Honestly, I did not find that the bus transportation at Saratoga Springs was much different than the bus service at other resorts. Sometimes you have good luck and catch a bus right away, and other times you wait up to twenty minutes. I found the waiting time for most buses at Saratoga Springs to be about 5-10 minutes.

    Do not worry, Saratoga Springs is not that far from the parks and you shouldn't expect to spend too much time riding the buses to the parks. From Saratoga Springs, it's about 6 miles driving distance to the Magic Kingdom, 3 miles to Epcot, 4 miles to Hollywood Studios, and 7 miles to Animal Kingdom. There are five bus stops throughout the resort, but after the bus completes the resort loop, transportation is direct to the parks. As a general rule, I tend to budget 45 minutes to wait for and travel on a Disney bus between the parks and Saratoga Springs Resort, and I usually arrive ahead of schedule.

    For me, a big transportation advantage of Saratoga Springs is that parts of the resort are within walking distance to the restaurants, shops, and attractions in Downtown Disney. In addition to quick and easy access to Downtown Disney, being close to Downtown Disney also means you can also take advantage of direct buses from Downtown Disney to other resorts. When we travel to Disney, my family often likes to eat at restaurants at other resorts. When staying at Saratoga Springs, we can save time and still use Disney's free transportation system with a quick walk to Downtown Disney to catch a direct bus to the resort destination without having to make a transfer. Request a room in the Congress Park section of Saratoga Springs to be close to Downtown Disney.

    Enjoy your vacation. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jonas, New York

I am a family man and huge Disney fan raising two awesome and rambunctious boys.  As Disney Vacation Club members, we travel to Walt Disney World often. Learn More About Jonas

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