The Deluxe Resorts and Villas are often lumped together. This makes sense because most of the Deluxe properties also offer villas. I separated them so we could discuss the extra amenities you receive when staying in a Villa and the different room configuration options. If you want to know more about the properties check out my video Deluxe Resorts.
Disney villas are perfect for larger or extended family groups traveling together. They offer upscale accommodations and some of the best locations closest to the parks. All Disney Villas offer themed luxury accommodation and immersive experiences.
They offer spacious multi-room and flexible floorplans. Most offer fully equipped kitchens/kitchenettes and even laundry in some units. All Disney resorts charge a nightly fee for each additional adult staying in a room beyond the first two adults. The Deluxe Villa resorts don’t!
The Villas are a little bit different than the rest of the resort inventory because they are a part of Disney’sTime share program. Disney Vacation Club or DVC is a point based time share program. You buy a piece of a property and you are given points to use at your home property or any of disney’s other properties. Lucky for us – when owners aren’t using their villas Disney releases them to their general resort inventory. Because of this Availability of Disney Villas to the general public can be limited, especially for larger units, preferred views and peak travel times. If you have a large family or have your heart set on a villa you must be ready to book as soon as these villas become available. Your agent should be able to monitor this for you.
As I mentioned Most Disney Villas are adjacent to Disney Deluxe Resorts. Guests staying at the villas are free to use all of the adjacent Deluxe resort pools, restaurants, activities and features. There are two stand alone resorts.
Old Key West Resort is modeled after Caribbean-style residences and guesthouses of the Florida Keys. Set subdivision-style around a golf course and along Bonnet Creek, the buildings are arranged in small, neighborhood-like clusters. They feature pastel facades, white trim, and shuttered windows.
Old Key West has centralized many of its services and amenities into two adjacent areas. The Hospitality Area includes Hospitality House for resort registration; Olivia’s Cafe restaurant and Gurgling Suitcase bar; and Conch Flats General Store for gifts and sundries.The Recreation Area sits next to the Hospitality Area, and includes Community Hall for socializing, a modest fitness center, and a marina.
Each cluster of resort buildings has a quiet pool; the resort’s main pool – The Sandcastle Pool – is at the Hospitality Area. (A waterslide in the shape of a giant sand castle highlights the pool.)
Old Key West is different because of its location. The resort is located downstream from Disney Springs, and can be accessed via a short boat ride. If you like larger rooms, you’ll probably be a fan of Old Key West. Likely due to it being the first Disney Vacation Club resort, rooms here are larger than at all other Disney Vacation Club resorts.
Saratoga Springs is often in a convenient location to Disney Springs. There are so many new restaurants I want to try in Disney Springs I am EXTREMELY excited to be staying at Saratoga in just a few weeks. It is themed to Victorian Upstate New York when a weekend at the races was the epitome of class.
With “Health, History and Horses” as its theme, turn of the century Victorian ambiance is evident throughout this beautiful destination. Intricate woodwork, soft pastels, finely polished furnishings and trademark floral patterns are found at every turn
The main attraction is the High Rock Springs pool. Gurgling springs cascade down rockwork and empty into the heated zero-entry pool. For the utmost in relaxation, there are whirlpool spas nestled in the grotto setting. The younger set will have a blast in the interactive children’s play area located in the Grandstand. It is just so darling!!!
The onsite restaurant is called the Turf Club Grill. It has amazing views of the golf course, Sassagula River and Disney Springs. The Quick Service is called Artist’s Palette.
Disney villas have strict occupancy rules:
Studios: Maximum Occupancy 4 (Queen + double Sleeper sofa in one room with kitchenette and full bath) Certain resorts will allow 5 with a chair that converts to a twin.
1 bedroom Villa: Maximum Occupancy 4 (King in private bedroom + Queen Sleeper sofa in Living room, 2 bathrooms/1 with whirlpool tub) Certain resorts will allow 5 with a covertable living room chair that converts to a twin. (some units have laundry)
2 Bedroom Villa: Maximum Occupancy 8 (First bedroom: King bed, Second Bedroom:Queen Bed with Queen sleeper sofa, Living room with double sleeper sofa) Certain resorts will allow 9 with a covertable living room chair that converts to a twin.
2 bedroom lock off= Maximum Occupancy 8. A Lock Off means you have a one bedroom unit connected to a studio. This means there are TWO exit doors into the main guest hallways, one from each unit. (First bedroom: King bed, Second bedroom: Queen bed + Queen Sleeper sofa, Living room has double sleeper sofa, 3 bathrooms/master with whirlpool tub) Certain resorts will allow with a covertable living room chair that converts to a twin.
3 Bedroom Grand Villas-Maximum Occupancy 12 (First bedroom: King bed, Second & Third bedrooms: Queen bed + Queen Sleeper sofa, Living room has double sleeper sofa, 4 bathrooms/master with whirlpool tub)
Depending on the resort, guest rooms may be accessed via an internal or external doorway. Main building may be dedicated to the villa or shared with the associated deluxe resort. Villa resorts include a shop configured like a convenience store with basic food preparation items.
The full kitchens are great if you are trying to save some money or you have picky eaters or food allergies. There are multiple grocery delivery services available that deliver right to the resort.
There is also an in unit Washer/Dryer!
The major difference in DVC properties is the “Community Hall” rooms at each location. Those include free DVD rentals, board games, video games, crafts, sporting equipment, coloring pages, on-site staff, and more. My kids found the crafts and coloring pages to be their favorites, and we’ve discovered a few great new movies during vacation nap times!