Trying to bring several family members from out of town to a central location brought us to this property. Initially, we looked at hotel rooms, and there just isn't anything reasonably priced if you want to have 8-10 people in one place. We were not concerned with the proximity to Disney, we were in town for the Eukanuba dog show at the Orlando convention center.
Fortunately, the competition for renters is pretty fierce in this area, so pricing was reasonable nearly everywhere (except at hotels). We ended up getting a 1500 sq. ft. 3 br / 3 bath unit for less than $120/night. If you think that you can do better, be sure to add up all the "required extras". In our case, the condo rented for $65/night. Great price, but now add up all the extras : cleaning fee of $85, a resort fee of $10+ per day (for us it was 4 days, even though we only stayed 3 nights). Then add Florida taxes etc. and it all came out to about $350 for 3 night stay.
Each condo has an individual owner, and you deal directly with the owner, so you can negotiate a different rate than the people staying next door. They have an arrangement with the resort to provide management services such as check in/out or any problems (we had no problems). Our unit owner, Dave actually lives in the Cayman Islands, but was responsive via email, and we paid via paypal. I will gladly recommend this property, and even this owner because we had absolutely no problems during our stay, and the unit was modern and well kept, complete with big screen HD tv, There was enough cooking equipment to prepare breakfasts, and some meals. The only negative comment would be that there is not enough supplied toilet paper, which required a trip to the local grocery store (within walking distance).
The resort is big, and al the units look alike from the outside, giving a feeling of being in some sort of government housing project. But, since very few people actually live there, it is quite acceptable for the visitor.
Having grown up in Florida in tourist towns, we expected the worst in cheezy tourist-centric decorating. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the unit was tastefully appointed without any hint of Florida-tourist-junk. Thank you very much.
The search getting to this property took us from checking out hotels, to houses to condos. For those not familiar with central Florida, bear in mind that you are in the middle of the state, FAR from either coast for beach access. Don't believe any hype about being close to any beach, you aren't. Orlando is not a coastal town, just look at the map..
This has nothing to do with this unit, or this resort, but the central Florida vacation rental market. The biggest complaint was the discovery that there are many people who own basic rental houses in remote areas (don't even think "town", because there is no small town feel and remember central Florida is nothing but flat pastures, palmettos and pine trees, sorry but the orange groves seem to have vanished as well) and call them "villas". I find this very annoying, and feel that this type of description is flagrantly false. But the local trend continues, and maybe some foreign visitors think these are in fact villas. But by American standards, an 1800 sq.ft. cinder block house on a 10,000 sq.ft. lot in a tract housing development with a tiny pool is not a villa. To make it worse, there are additional charges if you want the pool or hot tub heated, and the "game room" consists of a pool table in the garage. Don't forget that each house also sports an overdecorated Disney-esque themed bedroom or two. It must be required by local code.
So, given the options:
1) Hotel rooms for 8 people - too much money
2) "Villas" - with stupid charges and obnoxious decorating
3) Condo at Regal Palms or another vacation resort condo
The best bang for the buck was the condo. Yes, all these places are near Disney, but Florida has much more to offer than Mickey & Minnie. Once your wallet is emptied at Disney, you may want to take a breather and just relax on the beach, making all these places very inconvenient for that purpose. Put your priorities in place and decide if the location really is what you want for the entire time you spend in Florida, and if Disney is all important, then go for Regal Palms. and don't waste your time considering renting a house.
Some of the buildings back to the highway, and you will hear big trucks passing by in the morning...
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