Did you know that you can stay in an actual treehouse at Walt Disney World? Check out our review of the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa to see if this is the vacation for you.
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is my family’s DVC home resort, so I’m well acquainted with the Victorian-style property and its charming equestrian accents. Until recently, however, I hadn’t had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with its lesser-known counterpart—the Treehouse Villas, which are located adjacent to the main resort.
A recent holiday getaway changed that though, and I just may have a new favorite place to stay. Join me, away from the crowds and noise, on my review of Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs.
Disney’s Treehouse Villas Review: A Hideaway Retreat
Although the villas are only a brief, tranquil walk from The Grandstand section of Saratoga Springs, driving into the lush forest that houses the Treehouse Villas feels like a retreat from reality. For me, it felt more like heading to Girl Scout camp than embarking on any Disney vacation I’ve been on before. (And, don’t get me wrong, I’m counting that as a positive.)
The atmosphere of the Treehouse Villas is a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of everyday life—not unlike my all-time favorite Disney resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
The villas themselves, which are elevated 10 feet above the ground for a true treehouse feel, offer a relaxing, earthy vibe. You’ll find neutral colors with wood and other natural accents that create a luxurious, rustic environment perfect for unwinding. (You’ll also find clever hidden Mickeys throughout each villa, which is always a plus for my eagle-eyed family.)
Our unit—7030—was particularly serene as two of its bedrooms featured views of the waterway leading to Disney Springs. I loved keeping the curtains open and enjoying the outdoor views.
Spacious Living Quarters
Inside the villas, you’ll not only find aesthetically pleasing finishes but also roomy living quarters.
The 1,074-square-foot floor plan includes a spacious living room/kitchen/dining room combination that was more than enough space for our five-person group. (It was even enough space for us to host our family tradition of decorating gingerbread houses!)
The Treehouse Villas at Disney World also feature three bedrooms. This includes a master with a queen bed and two smaller rooms—one featuring another queen bed and the other featuring a bunk bed—and two full bathrooms.
My daughter, of course, thought the wooden bunk bed was the coolest thing in the world. I, on the other hand, was less enthusiastic.
Additionally, the villas feature an outdoor deck with a large outdoor table perfect for outdoor eating or sharing an evening beverage.
Keep in mind, though, while the accommodation technically sleeps up to nine adults, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend a nine-adult stay. We comfortably slept four adults and my toddler without having to use the living room sleeper sofa, but more may have become a bit of a crowd.
A Transportation Tradeoff
One potential downside of staying at the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs is trading serenity for access to convenient transportation. While you can easily access a boat dock to visit nearby Disney Springs, traveling anywhere else via Disney transportation is less seamless than at other Disney Properties.
Traveling to the parks requires walking or taking an internal shuttle to Saratoga Springs, where you can then board a bus from Saratoga to a park. So you’ll have to add an extra 20 minutes to your travel plans, each way.
In our case, however, we didn’t visit the parks and instead opted to primarily enjoy the resort—so it wasn’t an issue for our vacation. Plus, as locals, we had our car with us, so we didn’t have to worry about navigating Disney transportation anyway.
With this in mind, I’d say Disney’s Treehouse Villas are particularly suited for families looking for a nontraditional Disney stay.
If you’re looking for some R&R, the Treehouse Villas are about as good as it gets. If you’re planning daily visits to the parks, however, you might be better off with a more traditional accommodation option.
Access to Amenities
Another potential downside to the Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs is access to amenities. While the Treehouse Villas complex does feature a quaint pool for guests of the villas, you won’t find a restaurant, bar, gift shop, etc. Those amenities are located nearby at Saratoga Springs, which, again, is accessible via a short walk, internal shuttle, or brief drive.
This really wasn’t an issue for my family. Since the villa included a spacious kitchen, we brought what we needed ahead of time for most meals and ordered a pizza from the nearby Chicago-based Giordano’s Pizza one evening (shout-out to Chicago, my home sweet home!).
We also drove over a couple times to Saratoga Springs for some fun—including doing arts and crafts at the Community Hall (where my daughter painted a beautiful ceramic Christmas plate!), roasting marshmallows, and checking out the playground.
What’s a Community Hall? We’ll take a deep dive into this and other DVC amenities in our Save or Splurge issue of WDW Magazine in April 2022. Make sure you’ve subscribed before then to get a copy delivered straight to your home.
With Disney Springs being just a short boat ride away, you can also easily hop over to your favorite shopping complex—where you’ll find just about anything you’d ever want to eat or drink.
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Say Yes to Relaxation at the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs
Bottom line of my Treehouse Villas review experience? While I will concede that the Treehouse Villas aren’t ideal for everyone or every type of vacation, I absolutely adored them and definitely plan to return.
Staying in the villas truly felt like an escape from reality, and they were the ideal setting for our family gathering.
Until it’s time for my next adventure in the trees, I’ll be reminiscing about the memories we made and convincing my mom to save enough DVC points to stay there again. (Please, mom?)
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