Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa®, Orlando
Example Booking: 68,000 eXpectations Holiday points, 7-nights, December 2016, 1-bed, sleeps 4
A dream holiday destination for many, Orlando has it all from thrilling roller-coaster rides to childhood memories all brought to life in its enchanting theme-parks. Home to the Top 3 Amusement Parks in the World (TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice 2016) it simply screams fun! Add into the mix the extra excitement of the festive period and you’re set for a truly unforgettable Christmas.
This 7-night holiday to the RCI Gold Crown Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa® was available to eXpectations members on RCI.com when we looked on 4th October 2016. Members could be checking into a generous 1-bedroom apartment, comfortably sleeping a family of four with two small children, the week before Christmas on 17th December 2016. Guests would actually be staying within the world famous theme-park all for just 68,000 eXpectations Holiday points!
This Victorian-style resort proves highly popular with previous guests too as 85% of over 3,000 TripAdvisor reviewers rated their stay as either “Excellent” or “Very Good”.
Orlando Winter Sun
Not much chance of a white Christmas in Orlando but snow would just get in the way right?
Take advantage of this winter sun paradise and catch some rays as you explore the World’s Most Visited Amusement Park. December’s climate is also much more amiable for roller-coaster riding as temperatures average around 20 Degrees C with little rain around this time of year.
RCI Gold Crown Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Kids can cause a splash in the two themed swimming pools each featuring 100ft+ fun slides and bubbling whirlpools whilst 3 relaxed leisure pools are also dotted across the resort. The little ones can tear around in a choice of 3 playgrounds or play a collection of contemporary and classic arcade games.
Hire a golf cart and tee off at the PGA standard course for a relaxing break from the thrills & spills of the park itself, less-experienced players are warmly welcomed to the 9-hole course (Please note golf attire is required). Challenge your fellow guests to games on court with both basketball and tennis facilities available or set sail with fishing excursions and dockside casting. Ease back from all the excitement and relax within the sensual spa where tranquil rejuvenation awaits. A full range of treatments are available from manicure and pedicures to invigorating 5-hour signature packages for him and her.
Savour American classics within a clubhouse setting at The Turf Club Bar & Grill, grab something quick and tasty at the pool bars or perhaps a flatbread at The Artist’s Palette. As the sun falls snuggle up under the night sky to enjoy your favourite films in the fresh outdoors with Movies Under the Stars.
Staying at Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
A stylish & accessible collection of Studio, 1 & 2-bedroom apartments as well as executive 3-bedroom Tree-house villas create a home-from-home for guests at this magical resort. Decorated in relaxed tones each apartment is the perfect retreat to put your feet up after exploring this Magical Kingdom. Step inside the open-plan living/dining areas complete with well-appointed kitchens providing a self-catering option to guests. Leading out from the comfortable lounge is a private balcony affording views of the gardens at Saratoga Springs and coming furnished for peaceful evenings in the warm glow of Orlando sunsets.
Add that extra special touch to your Christmas holiday at Saratoga Springs with an in-room celebration. This unique experience with the resort decorates your room full of festive treats as if prepared by your little (or bigger) ones all-time favourite characters.
3, 2, 1, we have lift-off!
Timeless adventures are just around the corner with a visit to this famous park. Whether it’s soaring through the skies in one of the heart-racing themed rides, visiting the famous princess at her castle or gazing at the fascinating animals in their kingdom, it’s all here.
Step back in time with a nostalgic chauffeured tour of Main Street in a 19th Century vintage car, taking in Cinderella’s Castle and Town Square or look ahead at what may be to come in FutureWorld. Explore the world’s history from the comfort of Orlando with a visit to the famous Epcot centre. Admire 360 Degree views of the Great Wall of China, witness the signing of the Declaration of Independence and experience the grandeur of France at the Palais du Cinema.
Eye-catching performances are in abundance from show-stopping musical concerts to colourful firework displays lighting up the night sky. Dive and swim with some 6,000 sea creatures with Epcot’s underwater adventures and dine upon American and International cuisine alongside some of your favourite characters during your stay.
Become a star in your own film at the park’s Hollywood Studios lining-up alongside famous characters past and present to the backdrop of blockbuster movie sets! Traverse the African Savannah aboard the Wildlife Express spotting beloved lions, hippos and gorillas amongst many others along the way, and get involved in some great conservation work too!
Surf’s up! The Typhoon Lagoon is awash with exhilarating rides and splashing good fun. Race down the family slides, snorkel with rays and treat yourself to a bucket of frosty ice-cream. Keeping it chilled, Blizzard’s Beach is a winter themed paradise for the whole family to enjoy with rides and attractions for all ages.
Orlando – Beyond the Magic Kingdom
Step outside of this magical theme-park and the adventures just keep coming! The World’s Number 1. Theme-park, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, is under 20-minutes from your doorstep. 93% of over 36,500 TripAdvisor reviewers voted their experience as either “Excellent” or “Very Good” and it’s easy to see why. Catch the Hogwarts Express, send owl delivered letters with real Hogsmeade postmarks and taste Butterbeer all at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Save the world from fiendish Villains at Marvel Super Hero Island, cause a splash with your favourite characters at Toon Lagoon or take the ultimate safari at Jurassic Park.
Take a step back from all the theme-parks and roller-coasters and discover that Orlando has even more to offer. The Orlando Museum of Art offers a diverse collection of exhibitions from Ancient Americas to more contemporary styles. Ease your way through the headwaters of the Everglades with a guided kayak eco-tour on Shingle Creek admiring the stunning nature in a peaceful setting. Continuing along the environmental path the Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens are a 50-acre haven of diverse floral beauty waiting for you to wander, learn and explore. Sport’s fans will love the excitement of the NBA court at the Amway Centre where Orlando Magic ply their trade 3 to 4 times a week in-season. Shop for designer brands, gifts for loved ones or secret Christmas presents for the kids, all within the festive themed Mall at Millenia and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets.
To highlight the great value of eXpectations Holidays we conducted a price comparison using TripAdvisor to source an equivalent booking. 7-nights at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa were available on Hotels.com during 17th – 24th December 2016 within a 1-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4) for £3,072 (based on 4 people sharing when we looked on 7/10/2016) and included a free airport shuttle service.
In comparison, we found this 7-night booking at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa during the same dates within a 1-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4) for just 68,000 points on RCI.com.
For members of eXpectations Plus, the total price for this accommodation (excluding the initial purchase price of your membership / points) would come to £824 (when we looked on: 7/10/2016). To calculate this we have included: the associated maintenance fees for 68,000 points, 1x annual membership, 1x online RCI exchange fee and a £155 resort usage fee.
|Associated maintenance fees for 68,000 points @ £5.75 per thousand||£391|
|1 x eXpectations Annual Membership||£162|
|1 x RCI online exchange Fee||£116|
|Mandatory miscellaneous fees (e.g. tourist tax)||£155|
So, by making this points booking, members of eXpectations Plus could have made a potential saving of over £2,200, based on the comparison above.
This resort is exceedingly popular and in high-demand, especially around the festive period, although there were numerous other dates available to choose from. What’s more, 133 units were also available across 59 resorts in Florida during the 17th – 24th December 2016, providing even more choice to enjoy the Florida Christmas spirit.
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