I own at SSR and dislike it. I wish I would have stayed there before I bought or I wish I would have had more concrete knowledge that AKL Villas were coming b/c I would have waited. Are you sure about AKLV maintenece fees & year expiration b/c it’s newer than SSR so I would assume it would be cheaper and a longer membership time.
Anyway, I found Saratoga to be way too big for my tastes, it reminded me of a “cookie cutter” Florida condo park, the food options aren’t very diverse or exciting, it REALLY is nearly EXACTLY the same common areas as when the Disney Institute existed so I personally didn’t feel like they put enough into it, and I just don’t feel like I am staying at a Disney resort when I am there. The biggest problem I am finding is that it’s hard to get the “waitlist” to any other resorts when you are going during busier times. So when I bought my rep said; “Well you can own at SSR and never stay there if you want,” that was kind of a falsity b/c I am stuck there during Thanksgiving Week and have been waitlisted at EVERY other DVC resort for months.
The positives I witnessed were it’s proximity to DtD, the bus service is quick and plentiful, the rooms are new & comfortable, and I got a GREAT deal on buying into it (a BIG referral discount).
I would trade it for AKL Villas in a HEARTBEAT!!!