®DisneySaratoga Springs Resort

1960 Broadway
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
1-407-827-1100

This Victorian-styled resort is designed after the hayday of Saratoga Springs, NY back in the 1800s with a focus on the equestrian lifestyle and country-club living. 

You can also find select liquor, beer and wine at Artist's Palette. You are paying for convenience here, so don't expect resonable prices. 

Updated 5/11
 

Tuesday
May312011

Artist's Palette

While "researching" the resort, we stumbled upon some interesting items inside Saratoga Springs' counter service restaurant. Here you'll find unique snacks from drinks to chocolates to salsas to bring back to your room aside from the regular offerings on the restaurant menu.

Bloody Maré Mix
by Saratoga Salsa & Spice Company
We at PTTP are big lovers of a good Bloody Mary so we were excited to give this mix a try. By the looks of the ingredients in the bottle, we could tell that it'd be heavy on horseradish. Boy were we right. This is not a mix for everyone. If a strong kick in the pants from horseradish that clears out your sinuses til next Sunday doesn't sound like you, skip it. Oddly enough, the one of us at PTTP who generally loves lots of horseradish flavor was completely put off by the flavor and texture, while the other found the uniquely intense flavor delicious - at least for one glass. If you're feeling culinarily adventurous, give this Bloody Maré (Mare-y - get it?!) a try.

Hotter Than Hot Tomatillo Salsa
by Saratoga Salsa & Spice Company
There's almost no snack food that we love more than a good, homemade, unique, spicy salsa. After spying this tomatillo "hotter than hot" salsa on the shelf we knew we had to give it a try. Tomatillo salsas are generally more tart & sour than your typical salsa, and this was no exception. In fact, it should be called "sour-er than sour". It has a nice chunky, homemade-like consistency to it, but the strong sour flavor is overpowering to the extent that more than a chip or five is too much. But how spicy is it? Well, we at PTTP love spicy food, the hotter the better in fact, and this isn't singeing off any taste buds. It does have a kick, but the sourness overshadows any discernable heat. Though we are not fans of this particular flavor, we wouldn't be opposed to testing their other salsa another time.



Beer & Wine To Go
Along with these unique food items, you can find assorted beer and wine available for purchase, even beer that's exclusive to this resort and New York, Saratoga Lager.

Tuesday
May242011

Backstretch Pool Bar

And down the stretch they come!...for a cold drink and a cool pool. You'll find the second place pool across the street from the main lobby and just past the golf course. Only about a 2 minute walk from the main pool.

Hours 
Pool bar hours vary daily, but usually open around noon and close 7-8pm.

Click here for Disney's Pool Bar Drink Menu

Specialty Beer - $6.75
Saratoga Lager

Pour Quality 
Average

Food 
None

Atmosphere 
It's a little full-service bar, with a couple awkard seats up front but you're better off grabbing a lounge chair or table off to the side. This isn't a pool bar for hanging out, just a place to make your swimming a little wetter. Not much for atmosphere or entertainment but it serves its purpose.
 
 

Tuesday
May242011

On The Rocks Pool Bar

A cozy pool bar with a fantastic view of High Rock Spring pool and comfortable seating areas.

Hours 
Pool bar hours vary daily, but usually open around noon and close 7-8pm.

Click here for Disney's Pool Bar Drink Menu

Specialty Beer - $6.75
Saratoga Lager

Pour Quality 
Average

Food 
None

Atmosphere 
Have a seat at one of the chairs at the bar to watch TV or grab a patio table with a full view of the pool area. A nice area to kick back with a cold one whether or not you're planning on taking a dip. 
 
 
 

Tuesday
May242011

The Turf Club Bar

No turf to be found here, but plenty of seating in the lounge while waiting for your table at the Turf Club Grill. 

Specialty Drinks
 
The Preakness Cosmo - $7.50
Skyy Infusions Citrus vodka, triple sec and cranberry juice.

Mint Julep - $11
Woodford Reserve Bourbon muddled with fresh mint and agave nectar.

Saratoga Cocktail - $9.50
Maker's Mark Bourbon, E&J Brandy and sweet vermouth.

Travers Stakes - $7.50
Beefeater gin and peach schnapps topped with ginger ale.

Three Minutes to Post Time - $8.50
Bacardi Razz rum, blue curacao, Beefeater gin, Skyy vodka, Sprite and a splash of orange juice.
Drink Review

Millionaire's Margarita - $9.50
1800 Reposado tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice and sweet & sour.

(Ok, so maybe these aren't actually unique drinks, but they did give them appropriately themed names that match the resort. Along with the special menu you'll find the regular drink menu that is shared between resort lounges.)

Click here for Disney Resort's Cocktail, Beer & Wine Menu

Specialty Bottled Beer
Saratoga Lager - $5.75

Pour Quality
 
Poor

Food
 
Appetizers available including Buffalo Chicken Nachos, Crab Cake, Onion Rings with dips and Fried Calamari.

Atmosphere
 
A big, open area with a smattering of high-top tables, couches with coffee tables and regular tables & chairs. One wall of windows lets in a lot of light, and has a beautiful view of their expansive parking lot. There's one TV in the lounge, and (a rarity at Disney) a pool table! Yes, you can rack 'em up and challenge your buds to a game. Making this table even rare-er, it's free!

The Turf Club bar serves its purpose better as a waiting area for the restaurant rather than as a full-fledged bar of its own. That's unfortunate since it has actual bar elements to it - the pool table, a TV, a . . . lot of families waiting for their tables. As you may have expected by reading the first bit of this review, you'll have to wait your turn for that table as it's usually taken by 4 year old pool sharks.

It's too bad that more resort lounges don't have typical bar activities in them like dart boards and pool tables. Despite the extra entertainment at this bar, this isn't a lounge that we'd make the trip to spend an afternoon again. If you are staying at the resort however, it'll make a nice spot to grab a drink. (Appropriately perfect timing for us with this visit - we came on the day of the Kentucky Derby and watched the race at the lounge.)