Did you finish first to the finish line for this past week’s quiz or did your horse not even make it out of the starting gate? Hopefully, this quiz has opened your eyes to the fascinating world of Walt Disney World Resorts. It’s easy to overlook the immense detail and intricate story telling of your home away from home at Walt Disney World. So, next time you are standing in the lobby make sure to take the opportunity to look around and question how what you are seeing fits in with the overall theme.
1. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa was the ____ Disney Vacation Club resort to be built on Walt Disney World property.**
A. 7th: Opening on May 17, 2004, Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa was the 7th Disney Vacation Club resort built. The first Disney Vacation Club resort built was Disney’s Vero Beach Resort in 1995 followed by Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort in 1996. The first Disney Vacation Club resort on Walt Disney World property was Disney’s Old Key West, originally named The Disney Vacation Club Resort, which opened on December 20, 1991. It was followed by Disney’s Boardwalk Villas (1996), The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (2000), Disney’s Beach Club Villas (2002).
**CORRECTION: The questions should have read Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa was the ____ Disney Vacation Club resort to built.
2. Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa was built on the former site of _____?
A. the original Treehouse Villas
B. a golf course
C. The Disney Institute: The brainchild of former Walt Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner, The Disney Institute opened February 1996. The original concept behind The Disney Institute was to offer vacationers a hands-on educational experience through interactive course work and lectures. Over 80 programs were available and could be chosen from such disciplines as; animation, culinary skills, gardening, the great outdoors, photography, television and youth activities. The Disney Institute was originally situated on 40 acres and the buildings included 28 program studios, a 225-seat performance center, a 1,150-seat outdoor amphitheater, a 400-seat cinema, a closed-circuit TV station (DITV), a radio station (WALT) and a sports and fitness center with a full service spa. The resort also had a restaurant called “Seasons” and featured a themed dinner menu that rotated nightly.
3. Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa was built in how many construction phases?
C. four: Phase One saw the opening of Congress Park (2004). Phase Two began in 2005 when The Springs and The Paddock opened. Phase Three was opened around 2007 with The Grandstand and The Carousel. Finally, Phase Four opened in 2009 with the complete overhaul of The Treehouse Villas.
4. Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa overlooks which Walt Disney World golf course?
A. Lake Buena Vista: One of the only golf courses that has hosted a PGA tour event, LPGA tour event and USGA tour event, this golf course is Certified by Audubon International as a Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary.
C. Oak Trail
5. Which Walt Disney World Resort water feature do the Treehouse Villas overlook?
A. Sassagula River: This 2 1/2 mile man made waterway not only runs through the Treehouse Villas but also Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Port Orleans – Riverside, Lake Buena Vista golf course and Disney Springs. A fleet of 15 boats ply the Sassagula River and follow four different routes.
B. Crystal Springs
C. Crescent Bay
6. What is the resort’s motto?
A. Healing waters that heal the soul
B. Artistry from the heart
C. Health, history and horses: Each Disney resort has a motto and Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is simple, to-the-point and very fitting. Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa celebrates the things that made and continue to make New York’s Saratoga Springs famous.
7. True or False: Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is the 3rd largest Disney Vacation Club resort. With a total of 18 Villa/main buildings, Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa sits on 65 acres and houses over 828 vacation home units, which translate to roughly 1,300 guest rooms, and 60 TreeHouse Villas is considered the largest DVC resort.
8. Name the five sections that make up the resort.
Each section of Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa reflects equestrian culture. The names of the five sections that make up this resort are; Congress Park, The Carriage House, The Paddock, The Carousel and The Grandstand.
How did you do on wdwradio.com’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa POP! quiz? Do you have any interesting Walt Disney World resort trivia tidbits you would like to share? Make sure to post your resort trivia in the comments section below.
Erin Stough has always loved Disney, but the magic of the parks truly captured her imagination during a mother-daughter trip in 2001. The fire was ignited and Erin hasn’t looked back! When she isn’t devouring Disney related books, Erin spends time with her wonderful (and patient) husband and super pup Milo.