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Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs

Treehouse Villas Entrance Sign


In 1975 a unique accommodation opened at Walt Disney World, the Treehouse Villas. Nestled deep within a pine forest a short distance from the Walt Disney World Village (now Downtown Disney), these octagon-shaped suites offered a full kitchen, two upstairs bedrooms and a downstairs den which was later converted into a third bedroom. These units had a loyal following and many felt that they had “bragging rights” if they had stayed here. But over the years time took its toll and this once special place became tired and showed its age. In 2002 this property was closed to the public. For a short period of time, many of the international cast members and those on the college program called these units home. However Disney knew that this wasn't the best use of the property and eventually decided to give this area a much needed facelift. But how do you do this without destroying the very forest that makes this place so special.

To begin with, all of the treehouses were razed down to their foundation. In an effort to be environmentally friendly, over 65% of this demolished material, including concrete and metal, was recycled. Then a unique construction process began. For the first time since the Contemporary and Polynesian Resorts were built, these houses were constructed modularly. The living area is comprised of three sections and were built in Pennsylvania and trucked down Interstate 95. The roof is comprised of two modular sections and these were built locally. The deck makes up the sixth section.

On any given morning during construction, the three sections of the basic house were brought onsite. A giant crane lifted each section up and over the trees and dropped it into place. In the afternoon, the two roof sections and the deck arrived and by 2pm the basic structure was complete.


Treehouse Villas Under Construction

Treehouse Villas Under Construction

Treehouse Villas Under Construction

Treehouse Villas Under Construction


Opening on June 1st, these new villas are now part of the Saratoga Springs, Disney Vacation Club complex. All sixty units are identical and offer a living and dining area, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms. They are perched ten feet off of the ground and sit on a pedestal and beams designed to blend into the forest. They sleep nine and offer modern luxuries like flat-screen TVs and high-speed internet connection. For you DVC members, the Treehouse Villas are considered a “two-bedroom equivalent.”

I think Disney did a great job with the décor. They captured a rustic feel yet were able to incorporate modern amenities into the design. These units are very warm and inviting. The home we visited today is located on the 17th hole of the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course.


Treehouse Villas Exterior View

Treehouse Villas Exterior View

Treehouse Villas Exterior View

Treehouse Villas Golf Course 17th Hole

Treehouse Villas Front Door


Here are pictures of the kitchen and living area.


Treehouse Villas Kitchen Area

Treehouse Villas Kitchen Area

Treehouse Villas Kitchen Area

Treehouse Villas Dining Area

Treehouse Villas Living Area

Treehouse Villas Living Area

Treehouse Villas Living Area


If you look closely, you can see hidden Mickey's in the carpet.


Treehouse Villas Carpet


The end table is also designed to be a hidden Mickey.


Treehouse Villas Hidden Mickey End Table


Following are pictures of the master bedroom and bath.


Treehouse Villas Master Bedroom

Treehouse Villas Master Bedroom

Treehouse Villas Master Bedroom Bath

Treehouse Villas Master Bedroom Bath

Treehouse Villas Master Bedroom Bath


Here are pictures of the other two bedrooms and the “guest” bath. Notice the bedspread on the bunkbeds.


Treehouse Villas Bunkbed Room

Treehouse Villas Bunkbed Room

Treehouse Villas Bunkbed Room

Treehouse Villas Bunkbed Room

Treehouse Villas Bunkbed Room

Treehouse Villas Second Bedroom

Treehouse Villas Second Bedroom

Treehouse Villas Second Bathroom

Treehouse Villas Second Bathroom


Every unit has its own BBQ. Also, there is no longer any living space on the ground floor.


Treehouse Villas BBQ

Treehouse Villas Underneath Building


The Imagineers decided to keep the original pool, but it had a depth of 8 feet, which by today's standards, is a little deep. The pool was filled in and now sports a depth of 3 feet to 4 feet 11 inches. There is also a spa and restrooms in this area but no food or beverage service is available. Note, this pool does NOT have a lifeguard.


Treehouse Villas Pool Area

Treehouse Villas Pool Area

Treehouse Villas Pool Area

Treehouse Villas Pool Area

Treehouse Villas Pool Area


Check in for the Treehouse Villas takes place at Saratoga Springs. There is a lovely walking path between the two areas and a cast member will be happy to use an electric vehicle to transport you and your luggage if you don't have a car.

Internal transportation is provided by a bus that makes the rounds between Saratoga Springs and the Treehouse Villas. For transportation to the theme parks there are two bus stops located among the treehouses. For transportation to Downtown Disney a new dock has been constructed on the Sassagoula River for a leisurely boat trip.

If you're not in the mood to cook, head back over to Saratoga Springs (via bus or walkway) and try Artist's Palette and the Turf Club Bar and Grill. No room service is available at the Treehouse Villas.

I think future occupants of the Treehouse Villas will also have bragging rights. This is a wonderful spot to spend your vacation.

According to one of my readers, there are 3 units that are ADA compliant. They have ramps instead of stairs, and have roll-in showers.

AllEars Founder Deb Wills, along with Debra Martin Koma and Jack Marshall will be spending the first 2 days at the Treehouse Villa beginning Monday. Look for more photos and updates from them next week!

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Comments (92)

Sara:

Oh WOW!! Those look amazing thanks for posting..

regina baker:

looks awesome really wish i could afford to stay there just not in my budget.
regina

Lee:

New to the world of Disney. The Treehouse Villas are not available to the general public? Only if you are part of the Disney Vacation Club?

Jack's Answer:

The Treehouse Villas are part of the Disney Vacation Club and available to members first. But units are occasionally available to non-members for cash. You need to call Disney reservations for availability.

Heather Young:

I remember passing the tree house when they were closed and they always looked 'sad'. I'm cock-a-hoop they are up and running again. And now my WDW places to stay list has just got longer. LOL

I may just have to wander over there on my next visit to WDW, they really do look amazing.

Annie from NH:

So just to clarify points, the Treehouses will be the same as a Saratoga Springs 2-bedroom? As always, wonderful reviews and pictures....thank you!!

Jack's Answer:

That's what I was told. It takes the same amount of points to rent a 2-bedroom unit at Saratoga Springs as it does to rent a 3-bedroom treehouse.

Ashley:

I remember passing by the old treehouses a few years ago when we were staying at Port Orleans Riverside, and they looked so forlorn but seemed like they had so much potential. The boat driver said there was whispers that they were going to be rebuilding them and I told my sister right then that if they ever did, someday we should go there!
Well, this year they surely did build them and when we were planning my sister's 25th birthday trip (on 09/09/09, no less) we thought on a lark we'd check out the Treehouse Villas to see if they were available, and they sure were! We booked about three weeks ago for our September trip, and there's eight of us going so it's actually costing only about $50 more total than staying in a Moderate resort! I encourage everyone to check it out as an option, we're so excited to be staying here this coming September!
Thanks, Jack Spence. You've made the wait till September unbearable. :)

Cheri P:

Incredible! Makes me want to buy DVC even more. So can anyone take a tour of a treehouse villa? And do you have to go through a DVC presentation in order to do so?

Jack's Answer:

I was on a press tour of the villas. They officially open on June 1st so there are no tours available. Sorry. However, check out the DVC preview center at Saratoga Springs for more informaiton.

Deanna:

Jack, did they tell you anything about bus service? The official word from a few months ago was that shuttle service would run between the Treehouses and Saratoga Springs, and Treehouse guests would pick up buses to the theme parks from Saratoga Springs. Many have been concerned about congestion on the buses as a result, and rumours have been flying about direct service from the Treehouses. Did they give you any indication?

Jack's Answer:

This is what I was told about bus service.

Internal transportation is provided by a bus that makes the rounds between Saratoga Springs and the Treehouse Villas. For transportation to the theme parks there are two bus stops located among the treehouses. I imagine these buses will also make stops at SS, but I don't know this. For transportation to Downtown Disney a new dock has been constructed on the Sassagoula River for a leisurely boat trip.

Julie Wolsos:

I am a Disney Fanatic and I love allears, I've noticed that you know just about everything there is to know about Disney.

I'm hoping you can help me with something. When I was a little girl, we as a family stayed at a Disney resort that was right next to Downtown Disney. They were like 2 story condos, Disney transportation and everything. I can't remember what they were called and they have since been torn down.

It was one of the best trips, since it was one of the last with my Grandma, who has since died of AIDS from a blood transfusion from the tainted blood in the 80's.

Can you help me?

Thanks!

Julie

Jack's Answer:

Disney originally planned to build and sell homes in the area that is now Saratoga Springs. A number of models were constructed, but a decision was made not to sell these units. Instead it was decided to rent them to the public. The area was called "Walt Disney World Village Resort Villas."

There were four types of "homes" to choose from, Vacation Villas, Club Lake Villas, Fairway Villas, and the Treehouse Villas. Each had its own configuration and style.

I hope that answers your question.

susan hall:

Hi Jack,

WOW! There's lots of excitement surrounding our 3 week December trip and now we finally get to see where we will be spending out last 8 nights! Great photos and info as usual Jack, thanks! After sharing a cabin on the Disney Magic and an Inn room at Vero, I think three bedrooms will be just what we need. From the rumours, we just might be better keeping the hire car whilst we're there though. What are your thoughts on the distance to the main resort?

Jack's Answer:

I always recommend that folks rent a car if they can afford it. Don't get me wrong, Disney does an excellent job at providing transportation around property, but a car is quicker. And since it seems that the treehouses might be sharing buses with Saratoga Springs, I think a car is a wise choice.

Wendy Snelgrove:

Great photos Jack. I am looking forward to staying there, and very glad that we own points at SSR.

Thanks, Wendy

Dan in NH:

We have booked a week in November in a treehouse villa...what I could not tell from any of the pics, is the how the parking setup for these are? Are there spaces near each unit or just a central lot?

And I must also say I appreciate all you (and everyone at Allears) do for everyone to better prepare (and get ramped up!) for the next trip. Thanx just doesn't cover it.

Jack's Answer:

There are spaces for parking in front of each unit. It's all very convenient.

Melody:

Gorgeous! Thanks for the pictures and information! I'm very proud to be an SSR owner and cannot wait to book a stay here!

Josh Olive:

My family stayed in the Treehouses back in the early '80s, and we loved everything about it except for the bus service, which, at the time, was a bit lackluster.

Looking through all these pictures, it's a shame they got rid of the old barrel-shaped (upright, with a hinged door on the side for access) bathtubs. They weren't particularly practical, I don't suppose, but we were fascinated by those as kids.

Hopefully I'll get to stay there again sometime, now that they've been reopened.

Mark:

Thanks so much for the pics!!!!!! we are staying in the Treehouse Villas the first 10 days of June!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ONLY 3 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!! We can't wait. ^.^

beachpup:

How many units are there?

Jack's Answer: There are 60 treehouses nestled between the Sassagoula River and Saratoga Springs. But you'd never know it they're so beautifully hidden within the trees.

Stephanie:

Hi Jack!
Thanks the great pictures! We own points at SS so are looking forward to trying the treehouses. My question is, did they make any accessible? We want to try the tree houses but if my dad goes, who is in a wheelchair do we have to stay in the main area?
Thanks!

Jack's Answer:

Yes. Disney did build a couple of accessible treehouses. I asked about them while on the tour, but the representatives really couldn't tell me anything except that they are completely ADA compliant. I asked for pictures, but they had none to share with me at the time.

Merry Shippee:

Jack, that you so much for the photos!!! The Treehouse Villas look absolutly stunning and we can't wait to try them out. We are so glad that SSR is our "home" resort since now we will get first priority when booking!!! We look forward to more information and photos next week when they officially open.

Vince:

Is there a map available showing the location of each building & it's number? This would help when making a reservation. Thank you for the photos. I can't wait for Oct.

Jack's Answer:

Yes, there is a map that shows each building and the entire property. They give it to you when you check in. Sorry, I don't have one.

However, you can only "request" a specific unit. Disney cannot guarantee a specific treehouse.

Marc Acosta:

Jack,

Great pictures! Thank you for sharing. What did you mean when you said "Also, there is no longer any living space on the ground floor."?

Jack's Answer:

The original treehouses had a den/bedroom on the ground floor accessible via a spiral staircase from the living room above. All of the rooms in the new treehouses are on the second floor.

OMG, I used to LIVE there! And believe when I say it was NOTHIN even close to it!

Ann:

Is there laundry in the units?

Jack's Answer:

Yes. The Treehouse Villas have a laundry facility with stackable washer and dryer.

Kate Cahill:

Thanks for the pictures. My family and I (12 of us in all) are staying at 2 treehouises Thanksgiving week. Now I know what to expect. We are very excited!

Brad Brewer:

These look like alot of fun the only problem I see is: Bus stops will be another for Saratoga Springs which is already the largest DVC resort. We love staying at SS but sometimes the waits are very long compared to others. But I guess beats driving any day...lol

Nathaniel Powe:

How will the buses run at night? Will it be a long, dark, spooky walk from the bus stop to the Tree Houses. And how is security? Please let me know after your stay. Thanks for the pics and the info.

Louise:

Jack,
Was so excited when learning about this. Do all the units have bunkbeds in the 3rd bedroom, or do some have full/queen in all rooms?

Jack's Answer:

All of the units are identical so all 3rd bedrooms have bunkbeds. In reality, this room is somewhat small. That's all that can fit in here.

Theresa Konno:

The treehouses are so cute! The sure look cozy and inviting!
Thanks Jack for another great report!
Theresa

tamara:

Pretty darn cool!!! I would love to stay in one however correct me if i am wrong i just cant justify disney vacation club$$ Cool pad though i may try to get one if any are open next year i am already staying at jambo house.. thanks allears i love love your web site!!

Jessica:

I'm so excited to see these pictures!!

We're staying at the Treehouses the last week of September (we're not DVC), and I've been anxiously awaiting some pics! Now I have something to send the rest of the family. They were a little worried about booking sight unseen, but everything looks great.

Thanks!!!

Heather Myers:

I remember as a kid seeing the villas from the river and dreaming about staying in them, like a modern day Swiss Family Robinson. I am happy to hear they are open to the general public as well as DVC members as I can't afford membership at this time.

The pictures look great, thanks for taking them and for sharing the info. You always do a great job!

Glenn Watts:

Jack,

Thank you for the great pictures and review!

Regards,

Glenn

Joe:

My family and I are splitting ten days in August between BLT and the treehouses. Thanks to All Ears for giving me a good 'look' at the new resorts.

Laura:

Very much enjoyed your photos - gives a great look at THVs. I'm guessing we may not be able to resist an add-on at SSR - they look perfect for inviting extended family & friends along !!

Thanks again for keeping us so well informed !

Chelle:

Thanks for the photos. I really like the decor. Hope I can stay there one day.

melissa tabone:

Dear Jack,
I love all your pix and blogs, you are definitely the best so I ask you is there anyway of getting word to Disney to pump some money into the cabins at Ft. Wilderness? I want to suggest that they put one queen bed in some of the units and take some of the bunk beds out. We love staying there for obvious reasons, it's just that my husband and I are not quite comfortable in a full bed and are forced to sleep separately. Also, what if it is just two couples and no kids! Just wish they would consider doing some of the units like this. By the way Treehouse Villas rock!
Just too big for just the two of us though. Thanks again, Melissa

Jack's Answer:

The link below is found on the official Disney website. Using their online form you can submit comments to them.

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/contact/

If this doesn't give you satisfaction, call 407-824-4321. This number provides general information for all of Disney World and they can give you other means to contact Disney.

Deb:

Do you know which modular manufacturer in PA built the villas? I know it isn't the one I used to work for, but it would have been nice -- I'd probably still have a job if it had been!

Jack's Answer:

I'm sorry, but I don't know. I somewhat overheard one of the Imagineers in the distance give out this information, but I really wasn't in earshot and I didn't have my recorder on. So sorry.

Erin:

Jack,

Thanks for the great pics! I love your job!!

My family and I are staying in one the week following Thanksgiving and my MIL has a question. She wondered if there is only one thermostat to control the heating and A/C for the whole place. Do you know the answer? If so, where is it located?

Jack's Answer:

I have no idea where the thermostat is located or how many there are. But there is good news. Deb Wills will be staying at a Treehouse in a few days and I will forward your question to her. Maybe she can answer it when she blogs about her time there.

Maryann:

SOOOO EXCITED!!!
We are going in November as a family of 9 (1 baby) and this will be perfect for us!!!
Is the bus and transportation system through Saratoga? or do they have their own buses??
Saratoga is sooo big.

Jac's Answer:

This is what I was told on my visit.

Internal transportation is provided by a bus that makes the rounds between Saratoga Springs and the Treehouse Villas. For transportation to the theme parks there are two bus stops located among the treehouses. These buses might also be shared with the Saratoga Springs but the representative wasn't sure of the details. For transportation to Downtown Disney a new dock has been constructed on the Sassagoula River for a leisurely boat trip.

Deb Wills will be staying here in a few days and I'm sure she'll address this in more detail as she experiences it for herself. Watch for her blogs.

Victor:

Precioso,espectacular.Para reservar por una semana y disfrutar de la villa las 24 horas.Thankls All ears

Ginger:

Adding a comment on the accesability of the treehouses: There are 3 units that are ADA compliant. They have ramps instead of stairs, and there is a roll in shower in the unit.
I stayed at the Treehouses in the 90's and we are very excited to stay there again soon.

Meagan:

How do you get to take all of these cool insider tours?

These treehouse villas are probably my fav or all the DVC (but they were neat before DVC too)! They look like they should be in the super woodsy areas of Fort Wilderness :)

The kids bed comforters is so cute! They even get a flat screen!?! WOW!

Jack's Answer:

Allears strives to be accurate. And if you've read our articles and blogs, you know we try to put a positive spin on things. We will criticize if we feel it's necessary, but that's not our modus operandi. Because of this, Disney (and now SeaWorld) often extends invitations to Allears, asking us to join press events and special functions. This is a great honor as only a select few "unofficial" Disney sites are invited.

Deb Wills, the owner of Allears, does not live in Florida. So when these invitations come our way, I'm usually the one who gets to cover the event. Lucky me! Deb has told me that she's very jealous that I get to see these things before her. ;-)

Dana Fularz:

Thanks for the pics! I remember these from when I was a kid. My question is... how does it actually sleep 9? I am thinking about trying to book one for next June and there will be exactly 9 of us so I am concerned about the sleeping arrangements. I see a set of bunks, 1 bed in the master and 1 bed in another bedroom. Do the couch and chair in the living room open out to beds? Any help will be appreciated!

Jack's Answer:

That's exactly how the treehouses sleep nine - two in each bedroom, two on the foldout couch and one on the foldout chair. The living room will be a little tight, but hey, it's vacation. We can all make a few scarifies in order to visit Disney World.

Patricia Ovesny:

I have a question about the parking,how many parking spots are in front of each treehouse. There will be seven of us going in October in 3 cars and wondering if there will be enough parking.
Thanks for the wonderful photos.

Jack's Answer:

This is another question I don't have the answer to. I'll forward it to Deb Wills who is at the treehouses right now. Maybe she can add it to her list of other questions.

Stephanie Pascual:

These look amamzing. I stayed in rhw treehouses as a child in the 80s with my parents and grandparents. They bring back soooo many wonderful memories. I hope that I will be able to share this with my children!

Kelli:

We want to stay at the Treehouses in the last two weeks of April 2010. When do I book the trip? Will I even have a chance of staying there or will it get all booked up by DVC members?

Thanks in advance!!

Jack's Answer:

Reservation policies can be confusing and change periodically. I really don't want to answer this question because I'm bound to get something wrong and I don't want to mislead you. Call 407-W-DISNEY and speak with an expert.

As far as you, a non-members, staying in the Treehouse Villas, ask. The worst they can say is no. I suspect that reservations here might be a little more difficult during the first year of operation because they're new, but I'm sure some are available and you might be the lucky person to secure a stay here.

Best of luck,

Pat VanOrman:

Thanks so much for the great pictures. My family will be staying there in December. So excited to see where we will be living for the week.

Barb:

Thank you so much for the pictures, now we know what to expect when we arrive in August. We will be staying in one of these for a whole week. We are so exceited. They are beautiful!

Robin:

Wow! We are vacation club members and our home resort is Saratoga Springs...we plan to bring our entire family (18) in 2011 for our 40th and I hope we can book treehouses for all of us. Our grandsons will love sleeping in one. Can't wait to check them our for ourselves in Oct but in the meantime your pics are wonderful!

Kim:

As always, you have some fantastic pictures! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to stay there in the future!

Fernando Andrade:

Hi, Jack!

Do you have any idea about how much would cost a daily at Treehouse Villas for non-members of DVC?

I lived at the Treehouse Villas when I was a Cast Member and I would love to go back and stay there with my family.

Cheers from Brazil.

Jack's Answer:

Pricing information is available on Allears.net. Check out this link for the Saratoga Springs:

http://allears.net/acc/faq_ss.htm

Note, the Treehouse Villas are considered two-bedroom equivalents.

Chris Riggin:

Thanks Jack for these excellent pics. My family and I are splitting our time between the Treehouse Villas and SSR June 19 - July 2. We bought into DVC in February at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and received incentive points equal to our yearly allotment to be used at SSR. When I learned that the Treehouse Villas were available, it was a no brainer on how we wanted to use our points. We are VERY excited! Thanks again!

Ashley Turner:

Great Picks as usual! I noticed no wheelchair access. Am I mistaken? If there is none then do you think this is going to create some negative feedback for DVC?

Jack's Answer:

Deb Wills visited the Treehouse Villas after I did. She has written about, photographed, and videotaped the four wheelchair accessible units.

Check out this site:

http://land.allears.net/blogs/debwills/2009/06/treehouse_accessible_villa_ent.html

mary:


Thanks for your comments on the remodeled Treehouses. I walked the loop yesterday and saw that the ability to order groceries and have them delivered still remains from the 1980's, which was a wonderful feature. The Treehouses look spanking fresh (although they are minus some of the upper decking they used to have which made them so enjoyable).

I remain completely puzzled by the exact location of the former Grand Vista Suite homes though. There were only a few of them, in a small cul-de-sac well within the villa property.
Any knowlege on that?

gabby:

I question why they would not have a lifeguard for this area? Granted the main pool is a bus ride away but this is the main pool for the treehouses. Would have thought they would have made the pool area a little more inviting.
Still can't wait to stay there.

Jeff:

Jack-
great pics. Any idea how dark it gets at night? Is there ample lighting all over?

Jack's Answer:

Sorry. It's been almost 15 years since I was at the treehouses at night so I have no recollection. But I like to believe that Disney would provide adequate lighting for the roadway but not so much that it would interfere with the treehouses.

Readers?

Christy Popsuj:

Jack-

I as well would like to thank you for the treehouse pics. We have 8 going in December so we are getting excited. I wanted to mention(because I saw people were asking) that we are not DVC members and we had no problem booking so far in advance.

I saw the map was posted- Do you if we can request a specific treehouse and when we should ask?

Jack's Answer:

Yes, you can request a specific treehouse and it will be noted on your reservation, but you are not guaranteed anything. When you check in, the cast member will do their best to accommodate your request, but there is only so much they can do. They might try to get you in the general vicinity of your requested treehouse.

Panda:

The Treehouses look Great !!! We are staying there in November. Do you have a property map you are going to post ? Did you walk very far to take a theme park bus ?

Jack's Answer:

A property map was posted just today. Check for the link on the front page of Allears.net.

I did not take a bus from here so I have no personal experience. However the stops are marked on the map. I guess it depends where you treehouse is.

Wendy:

Thanks so much for the pics and info. I've always dreamed of staying here, maybe oneday... when I win the Lottery! My budget usually only affords Pop Century.

Melanie:

I really enjoyed seeing the pictures. I have always been fascinated by the treehouses. We will be staying there in July and my kids are so excited. Unfortunately, the treehouse was not available for our entire stay so we will have to finish our trip at SSR. I just hope we won't be too spoiled by the treehouses.

Cindy:

We're headed to the treehouse villas on June 27th...can't wait! We stayed there a couple of times in the 80's and had a great time...my question...we used to be able to rent an electric golf cart...do you know if this is still possible?

Jack's Answer:

I called Disney Information (407-824-4321) and asked your question. I was told the electric golf carts are not available at the Treehouse Villas.

Jess:

Thank you for the pics!! They are wonderful!!! One question...when you call to make reservations, can you request a specific treehouse?

Jack's Answer:

Yes, you can request a specific treehouse and it will be noted on your reservation, but you are NOT guaranteed anything. When you check in, the cast member will do their best to fulfill your request, but there is only so much they can do. They might try to get you in the general vicinity of your requested treehouse.

WOW!


I am soooooo excited to go to the TREEHOUSE VILLAS on October 10. WOW! Now I know to beg for the top bunk! I'm 8 years old and my name is Meghan. I have two brothers. both older. Sooooo unfair! Ones matt[hew] and other is connor. Matt's 13 and Connors 16. My mom and dad are 43. We have a Norfolk terrier named Buster I have a female hamster named Bobi.

I cant WAIT to go! thx for the pics anyway. I know, long comment with VOICE!
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Christie Gebauer:

We are hoping to book our stay there next May. Thanks for the pictures. The patio looks huge. Because it is so secluded and amonung the trees, are bugs (like masquitos) a problem?

Aloso, how long of a walk it is to Saratoga's main lobby for food? We are traveling with a 3 year old and a 5 year old. Any other concerns?

Thanks.

Jack's Answer:

I don't know how they do it, but Disney does a great job at insect management. I've lived in Orlando for almost 11 years and I've never been bitten by anything at Disney World and I'm there all the time.

As for the walk from Saratoga Springs to the Treehouse Villas... I think you could comfortably make the walk from the lobby to the edge of the treehouses in 7-10 minutes. But from there it would depend on which treehouse you were in which could add another 5-7 minutes.

Paula McNeil:

Hi..we are booked into the Treehouse Villas for August 24, 09..very excited but I am wondering if the kids are allowed to use the pool at the Saratoga Springs resort as well and how long would it take them to get there? One more question...our friends are staying at the Port Orleans Riverside and I am wondering how long it takes to get from the Treehouse Villas to their resort? thanks...:)

Jack's Answer:

The Treehouse Villas are part of Saratoga Springs. All of the facilities are shared so you may use any of the pools at the resort.

Since there are several pools at Saratoga Springs, the walking time depends on what pool you want to use and what treehouse you're staying in. The walk could be as little as 5 minutes to 20.

It's no more than a 5-7 minute drive from Port Orleans Riverside to the Treehouse Villas. Note, I said "drive." Do not try to walk this. There are no sidewalks between the resorts.

They could also take a boat to Downtown Disney and transfer to another boat back to the treehouses, but I wouldn't recommend this. If everything went perfectly, it would still take about 40 minutes.

Sherrye Coleman:

Jack,

Thanks for the photos. My kids and grandkids are accompanying us in July and after seeing the photos we are so excited about our upcoming adventure. Can't wait to see Mickey and the gang.

Thanks again.

lorrie:

Thanks for the great pictures. We are planning to get married (second marriage for both of us) on the deck of our treehouse. (We are not DVC members but were also lucky enought to book a treehouse for the last week in September.) We thought it would be a great destination wedding and one in which all of our children would enjoy. Your pictures have help confirmed that notion.
Thanks for all the great info you have given us through the years.
Lorrie

BETTY:

HI JACK,

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO. CAN YOU TELL ME IF THE TREEHOUSE VILLAS POOL IS CLOSE BY OR DO YOU REALLY NEED A CAR.

BETTY

Jack's Answer:

The swimming pool at the Treehouse Villas is pretty much in the center of the complex. It's an easy walk from any of the units. However, in my opinion, this pool is somewhat underwhelming by Disney standards. For a number of reasons, Disney could not change the footprint of this pool and was required to leave it pretty much as it was. All they did was make it less deep and add a water feature. Don't get me wrong, this pool is perfectly fine. There's just nothing special about it.

The good news is, the walk over to Saratoga Springs is reasonable if you would prefer to use one of their pools.

Do you need a car? No. Disney buses run regularly. Should you rent a car? Maybe. With the exception of going to the Magic Kingdom, driving anywhere on property from the Treehouses is usually faster than using Disney transportation. But if your budget is tight, ride the buses. They're clean and the cast members are more than helpful.

Rebecca:

How long would it take to walk from the treehouses to downtown disney? Thanks.

Jack's Answer:

I think you could walk this in 20-25 minutes. But a better suggestion would be to take the boat. Disney has built a new dock at the treehouses. You can now catch a launch to Downtown Disney.

Dave Rizzuto:

We are staying at the THV in September, and are arriving in two cars. Is there space at each villa for two cars?

Jack's Answer:

Two cars will not be a problem. You'll have plenty of space.

Monica Wenszell:

My family and I just came back from staying at the Treehouse Villas. There were three children and two adults. It was fantastic. It was a very comfortable, at home feeling while staying there. We were fortunate to be close to one of the bus stops so we could see when the busses were running. They ran every 10 min. The tree number we has was 7029. The busses run until 2a.m. The drivers made sure to wait for the people getting off at Saratoga Springs so they can get shuttled back to the treehouses. It was a great experience and well worth the price!!!!

Monica Wenszell

Edna:

Jack:

these pics and all the information you post are great! Have a trip planned for first week in November with a family of 8 (we'll be there for Halloween!). Have stayed at Saratoga and my hubby is not a big fan. (hated the transportation and didn't think the resort had the "magical feeling" of other disney properties. When we saw these villas online, we had to book it! He's concerned about the transportation. I would like to request a specific villa. Any recommendations? One with a nice view and close to buses and the boat to downtown disney. Thanks!

Jack's Answer:

If your husband wasn't happy about the transportation at Saratoga Springs, I don't think he's going to be any happier staying at the treehouses. Since the Treehouse Villas are technically part of Saratoga Springs, they share bus transportation.

Below is a link to the property map for the treehouses.

http://allears.net/acc/thvmap.jpg

You can request a specific treehouse, but that's all it is, a request. Disney will do their best to honor your wishes (or put you in a nearby unit), but there are no guarantees. Absolutely no guarantees.

Also, from the mail I've been receiving, everyone wants to be near the bus stops, boat dock, and river. Your request will be one among many.

I'm sorry I'm not giving you cheerier news, but I want to be honest with you. Disney does have ways of working magic, but not always.

Whatever you decide, have a fantastic vacation this November.

kmatt:

Good day;

Just booked a last minute reservation for 3 nights at the Tree house villas over the July 4th weekend without a problem. Also, as a disney annual pass holder, we received a 41 percent discount. These are DVC member accommadations but are open to the general public when there are openings. The reservations for these villas are not DVC exclusive. We come and stay at the resorts numerous times a year using our pass discount and have no problem getting into any of the DVC villa accommadations. I think that with the economy slipping, there are less visitors this year and maybe for the next few years, so getting into these villas may be even easier.
The villa set up is great for those who like space, like privacy and just relax with front row parking (at most of the DVC locations). We have stayed at many of the resorts over the past 33 years and always come back to the DVC set up. Why be a DVC member when you can get in anyway. Old Key West is the oldest, but we like the extra space and the quiet set up of the resort. A villa along the waterway is relaxing at night with a good glass of wine.
Will let you know what we think when we get back from Tree house.

Tiffany:

My family and I just got back from Disney World and we stayed at the Treehouse Villas for 3 days, It was absolutly beautiful and quiet. We would sit on the patio at night and listen to all the animals.. it was breath taking i would definitly stay here again!

ann:

I am going to the Treehouse villas with my family and close relatives this summer. I am really excited. Just doing my research!

Ann:

There is a place under a treehouse villa. I have never been to one so I just wanted to ask, what is it? Like, is it another room, a storage place, what? Please answer.........

Jack's Answer:

There is a small structure on the ground floor of the treehouses. It's situated in the dead center. I suspect it is filled with utility equipment and offers support to the rest of the structure.

Mary Stump:

We've stayed at several Disney Resorts - live about 1.5 hours away. I'm a little nervous about the Treehouse. Booked two units in late December. Was told by friends that the inside was mediocre at best. Any reviews back yet on visitors' stays? Also, how late buses run? Pick up and return directly to Treehouse locations (it looks like it from previous comments)?

Jack's Answer:

I toured the treehouses. I certainly didn't think they were "mediocre at best." I thought they were quite nice. However, befitting of their surroundings, the units have a rustic feel. Perhaps this is what your friends were commenting on.

There are no guest reviews on Allears yet, but here is the link so you can check back later:

http://land.allears.net/reviewpost/showproduct.php?product=546&cat=3

The buses run early enough and late enough to easily get you to and from the parks. However, the Treehouse Villas share bus service with Saratoga Springs.

Sue:

Ashley,

Please let us know how your stay at the Treehouse was. I walked around them during our stay at Saratoga Springs three weeks ago and they seem very nice. I'd like to know how convenient they are to travel to the parks. We love Saratoga because of how relaxing it is after a long hectic day at the parks. Our family of six usually open and close the parks so we like to relax the days we don't go to the parks. Have a wonderful time.

Jack's Answer:

I have not stayed at the Treehouse Villas. I was only there on a press tour. However, from what I saw, they look fantastic. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there.

If you have your own car, transportation to the parks is easy. But if you're relying on the buses, you might want to think twice. The treehouses share the bus route with Saratoga Springs so you will be making extra stops on your way to and from the parks.

Beth Sharp:

Thank you so much for the map that was finally available. I actually called Disney in an attempt to see the treehouse layout and was completely disregarded by the DVC rep. I am so glad to see a new boat landing has been added. My first view of the treehouses was years ago, sailing by from Port Orleans to Downtown, I feel it's only appropriate to be able to catch a boat there. I always wanted the opportunity to stay there and finally, in Decemeber, I'll have my chance :)

chris:

Jack,
What is the parking like for the treehouses? How close is the parking area to the treehouses or dose each treehouse have there own space?
Thanks,
Chris

Amy:

I stayed in these in June of 99, I went with a family who had two children (one with special needs) as a nanny. I stayed in the den converted to sleeping space, which wasn't very private. I didn't think there was anything special about them other then the history, they were very aged. When my family decided to stay in the newly renovated ones in August 2010 I wasn't to thrilled. That was until I saw the pictures, I should have known Disney would do their magic on them. They look great and I can't wait to go!

Rebecca Ford:

we had planned to go to disney november 18th -24th,2009 due to a surgery in canada with my husband's mother we had to postpone the trip to disney until next week. 12/16-12/22. we were staying at kindini village in animal kingdom now by luck we are staying in the treehouse villas. I can't wait and you photos are amazing. I will really enjoy disney at christmas. it me,my husband and our 4 kids 15,13,11 & 8 yrs. I will post a comment when I return home. thanks for your great website!

Liz M:

Great review. We are staying at the Treehouses in April and having been searching for information. This was the most detailed write up we found. You mention a boat dock at the Treehouse Villas. Do you know if that was complete? Can we catch the boat to the main resort?

Jack's Answer:

You'll be happy to know that the Treehouse boat dock is complete and you can catch it to the main resort and Downtown Disney.


Ken Knapp:

We are staying at the treehouse villas in late Feb thru beginning of March. Is there internal shuttle service between the treehouses and SS??? I certainly hope so! Can't wait to stay there and like to go pool hopping!

Bob Bisson:

Stayed in the orginal tree houses in 1977, and will be back again next week with entire family. Can't wait and wil post again after our visit. Loved it in 1977 and no doubt this trip will be just as wonderful.

Alan:

Disney has really got to do something about these buses. Our home resort is Saratoga - but last week we stayed at Kidani Village (Animal Kingdom). What a breath of fresh air! There are only 2 bus stops at AK and then direct to the theme parks. Saratoga easily adds half an hour to every trip by meandering around the whole resort.

As a comparison: this trip I visited the Fort Wilderness Campground. It's really no bigger than Saratoga, but they have ONE (1) bus stop for the theme parks, and then THREE (3) internal bus routes to take people around the resort. Disney needs to get with the program and provide an efficient and effective transportation service for Saratoga Springs!

Jack's Comment:

I sympathize with you. I like Saratoga Springs and the Treehouses very much, but when asked about staying at either, I recommend that folks rent a car. The bus transportation is not convenient. However, telling me really isn't going to help the situation. You really should voice your concerns to Disney. And I would suggest writing a letter, not an email, and sending it to you DVC representative or address it to the general manager of Saratoga Springs. One letter might not make a difference, but Disney does take complaints seriously and if they receive enough negative response about the buses, they might take action.

I do not have any addresses, but Disney General Information phone number is 407-824-4321. After listening to the phone-tree, there is an option to speak to a live operator. These people won't be interested in hearing your complaint, but they should be able to tell you who to write to and provide you with an address.

Brigette Perez:

For many Year's my Family and I would Rent a Boat in Downtown Disney..we would drive it down the River there and see the Tree House Villas not open ,Such a Kool place to have had closed for so Long, What was Disney Thinking...I'am member and still have not had a chance to stay there,most of the times I have tried to Book there, it is alway's booked, but my Family and I are very much Looking foward to staying there.

mnj2014:

Does anyone now where the magical express drop the guest when you stay here. Because on all the maos i cant find it. Plz help me

Jack's Answer:

I believe the Magical Express drops guests off at the main lobby of Saratoga Springs since this is the spot where you would have to check in and get your room keys. However, you really need to check with Disney. Their general information number is 407-824-4321 ext 0 for a live operator.

Susan :

Staying at the tree houses in November. How do the buses exactly run? Can you go straight from the tree houses to the parks or do you have to transfer buses? Thanks

Jack's Answer:

The Treehouse Villas share the buses with Saratoga Springs and stop at both resorts when traveling to and from the parks. There is no transfer involved.

Nancy :

Our first few trips to Disney were spent at the treehouse when it was still the "Disney Institute". It was quite pricey then, (1996), but well worth it if you split it with another couple. I cannot believe how ugly they have made these!
They have taken the uniqueness out of them, and made them look just like any other modern, expensive motel room. The reason my family and I loved this place more than any other, was the fact that it was like living in a real treehouse with the modern conveniences of home. You had bentwood furniture, a barrel kitchen table with checkerboard game on top, balconies off of every main room, plenty of full length windows, and the master bedroom housed a round tub and shower. ( like Mickeys ears) They also had a large support beam in the center that resembled a tree trunk, drum tables, old knick knacks, ect. My kids loved having thier own bedroom and tv on the lower level, that they reached by the winding staircase. I can understand why after the hurricaines they needed repairing, but why change the overall character of the place. I would never consider staying there again with thoses prices, and for that atmosphere. That would be like going to Medievil Times (for the theme) and finding a restaurant looking like the inside of Howard Johnson's, what's the point?
Nancy (natazu)

Wow, the interior looks pretty amazing, not bad for a tree house. I'd love to visit the place with my kids. Looks really a fun place to be with the kids around.

Wendy:

We just returned from a week's stay at one of the treehouses with a group of 7 adults from a club we all belong to. We loved the accommodations. The 3 couples each had a room (hubby & I got the short straw & wound up with the bunkbeds which were just fine!) and the single gal slept on the pull-out couch. We didn't need anything (loved having the stacked washer/dryer since we had two very heavy rain days!) Housekeeping came in mid-week and brought new towels, kitchen & bath products.

We timed our start to our days so we'd catch the shuttle from the villas to the main area where we picked up the bus to our park for the day. We didn't find this to be a problem.

If I went to Disney with a group of this size again, I'd be happy to opt for the treehouse villas again!

Tara:

Staying here in Dec...is there a place to fill the drink mugs by the Treehouse pool or do you need to make a trip to Artist Pallet each time?

Jack's Answer:

To my knowledge, there is no place at the Treehouse pool to refill your mug. I just looked at my pictures. The only building next to the pool houses the restrooms. There is also a Coke machine by the pool. And there wouldn't be a Coke machine if they had a refill station. Sorry.

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