Chronicling the personal experiences of wheelchair travel...the adventures and misadventures
Monday, March 10, 2014
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort - Grandstand 1 Bedroom Villa
Last year for this exact same weekend (first of Flower & Garden Festival) we stayed at the Saratoga Springs resort in an accessible studio. This year again we ended up at the Saratoga Springs because we were not planning to go this year and booked even closer to last minute. We did not even try for an accessible studio since we found it too small last time and booking only a week in advance ended up with a regular one bedroom. It ended up being a much better experience, except that we could not use our annual passes on our magic bands because I accidentally linked this reservation to my account and the last reservation with the magic bands was linked to mom's and you cannot have them linked again through another email address (at least not easily).
While we did not have an accessible room, we have done regular one bedrooms before and they have always been spacious enough. Only thing that Mik really could use is bars in the bathroom, but since this trip was just only one full day here he did not spend much time in the room by himself to really need that this trip.
We did notice it would not have been navigable in his power chair, but the foyer area when you enter the room is still spacious enough to just park it there when you come in and be out of the way.
Again, we found the fold out couch to be annoying. It is extremely hard to get out. I do not remember that being hard at Animal Kingdom Lodge a few months back, so maybe it is more of an older resort issue or just our luck at Saratoga Springs. At least with the one bedroom, you have more space overall and it did not seem crowded to have it out the whole time.
One of the things I liked best about being in the Grandstand area of Saratoga Springs is that it is the first spot the buses stop on the way through Saratoga Springs. Last time we were at the Springs and when going to the parks first thing in the morning, we often had to wait for another bus to come because the bus would be full by the time it came to us and they could not accommodate a wheelchair. That was not an issue at the Grandstand, although it is possible it could be later in the day when the buses are full coming back and it seemed few if anyone ever got off when I did at the Grandstand.
Disney's Saratoga Springs
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
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