Last week during the annual Traveling Mom summit in Walt Disney World I toured Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, one of the ten Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Resorts within the Walt Disney World Resort, and as often happens when discussions of vacation clubs, room categories, points, dues, terms, conditions and the like arise, my head spins. I’ve never belonged to a vacation club and while I’ll never say never I doubt I’ll ever join one.
The thing is, if you want to stay at one of those 10 DVC resorts at Walt Disney World or one the club’s three beach resorts – including Aulani in Hawai’i, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, and Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort in South Carolina – there’s perhaps something you didn’t know about these places.
You don’t have to belong to the club to stay at any of them.
“I think the biggest misconception about Disney Vacation Club resorts is that you have to be a member to stay in one,” says Disney Destinations public relations manager Amanda Adler, adding that “anyone can book a stay in our studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom villa accommodations.”
One way for anyone to book these stays is through Vacatia, where you can search availability for the Disney Vacation Club resorts as well as other resort residences. Not incidentally, Vacatia was a sponsor of the aforementioned Traveling Mom summit and also sponsored this post, but any opinions in this post are my own.
Saratoga Springs a “natural fit” if you have teens in your brood…
As for my opinions, I don’t have many in this post, though I did have an assumption: That the Saratoga Springs resort would pack the most appeal for families with older kids, given that the property is in the area formerly known as Downtown Disney, Disney Springs, with its sprawling repository of restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues like Cirque du Soleil.
Adler acknowledged that the location of the Saratoga Springs resort “does make it a natural fit for adults and those traveling with teenagers, but the variety of room types, including many with full kitchens, also make it a good choice for families and multi-generational groups with children of all ages.”
Speaking of children of all ages there are all sorts of recreational pursuits for them at the Saratoga Springs resort like pools and a well-regarded spa, but if you do have younger kids in tow, Adler suggests that “one of the biggest crowd pleasers at the resort is daily Disney movies under the stars. Families can also roast marshmallows over a campfire, let loose on one of three playgrounds, go for a bike ride or even try their hand at fishing.”
Why pick a vacation rental over a hotel?
Wiser minds than mine have recently weighed in on the merits of booking a vacation rental. Dana Zucker writes about why to pick vacation rentals over hotels and Tonya Prater zeroes in on why it makes sense to cook your own food on vacation.
Thinking about Arizona?
image source: Dana Zucker