SSR is my home resort, and it’s the resort we use the most. IMO it is more laid back than some of the other resorts. I usually request either the Grandstand or the Springs. The complex is big so we usually get a car. We did stay once without a car and it seeemed like we waited forever for bus service. But it just could have been me. Although the complex is very big, I feel it very calming and relaxing due to the water and the golf course. We usually go off season so I have never stayed there in July, so I’m not sure how that affects the noise level of the resort. I do like the fact, that you can hop on a boat and get to DTD.
Although this resort isn’t in the hub of everything it isn’t really as far away from the theme parks as it appears. It’s really only down the road from Port Orleans.
We’ve eaten at Artist Point for breakfst on the last day of our trip. The breakfast was good just your tipical scrambled eggs or french toast kind of selection that they have at most CS in the park. Artist point does have souveniers, and food items, wine and snacks for you to either have there or take back to your room. The other restaurant the have is the Turf Club, we’ve eaten there both lunch and dinner.
I hope I answered your questions, if I can be of anymore help , please let me know. Have a great vacation and can’t wait to read you trip report when you get back!