My wife and I took our kids to the Orlando area for a family vacation and for part of our trip we booked the Vacation Village at Parkway. There are some positives and some negatives we have encountered with this resort. This resort is a perfect location along the tourist corridor on the 192 that can allow easy and quick access to the Disney property as well put you on the I4 very quickly if you are going to be visiting places like Sea World and Universal Studios. We booked into a two bedroom AB unit which is actually two one bedroom units with a shared foyer and separate key card doors to each side of the full unit. The nice thing is you can lock the door to the hall and simply keep the doors opened to both sides to allow easy flow throughout the unit. The A side of the unit is a little larger and offers more within the room compared to the B side.
The A side of the two bedroom unit has a full kitchen with a full size fridge, cook top with oven, microwave and dishwasher. There is also a washer/dryer in a closet off the kitchen area. The living and dining room offer plenty of space including a pull out couch to offer additional sleeping space. The master bedroom is pretty basic with a king size bed, dresser drawers, TV and whirlpool tub open in this area so you can have a soak and watch TV in your room. The bathroom for the A side if the unit can be accessed from the bedroom directly or through a 2nd door off the kitchen area. The bathroom on the A side had a double sink counter top and stand up shower stall along with the flush. Also the balcony can be accessed from the bedroom or through the sliding door off the main living area.
The B side of the unit is smaller and only has a half kitchen, meaning there is a full size fridge and microwave along with the standard eating utensils plus stocked glasses and plates. There is no stove top or oven in the B side of the unit but it appeared there was a hot plate under the kitchen counter if you wanted to cook something but since we had the full two bedroom unit there was no need to use the kitchenette in the B side. Also the living space is a little tighter on the B side but there is a dining table plus a pull out couch and chair to accompany the TV in the living room. From here there is a door that will grant access to a small balcony off the living room. The bedroom in the B side was smaller as well with a Queen size bed along with the dresser drawers and TV in room. The bathroom is standard with a counter top sink, a flush and standard tub/shower. You will find another washer/dryer on the B side as well. So if you are booking a 1 bedroom unit be careful as some 1 bedroom unit only have a partial kitchen and not a full kitchen so it would mean you are getting a B unit; if you need a full kitchen in a one bedroom then make sure you are getting an A unit.
The pool area is nice and clean with plenty of places to sit around the area. The pools are a freeform shape with plenty of vegetation in place that can offer some shade areas or sunny spots for the sun seeker. There is also a hot tub off to one side of the pool area. You will find a mix of lounge chairs and tables with chairs and umbrellas. The pool area was fairly clean and the towels are in your unit so make sure you bring them with you when you go to have a swim and remember to return the pool towel to your room afterwards as I did not see a towel exchange by the pool.
The buildings here are all multilevel and we were assigned a unit in Building 11 on the 3rd floor but the elevators went up to the 7th floor. Presently there are 18 or 19 buildings for units and being in building 11 meant we had an older unit. The higher the building number the newer the unit you are receiving. We found the driving area within the resort to be busy with traffic and during our stay the parking for our building was on the main road within the property. We were near the Arabian Nights Theater as it was our view from the unit. You would hear a fair amount of noise during the day and evening being on the side of building 11 that faced towards the main road and Arabian Nights. One evening after the kids had gone to bed we could hear a lot of noise from a group getting onto a bus parked at the Arabian Nights Theater. If you are looking for a little more peace or a better view then you may want to have an even number room as it seems the odd number rooms for building 11 tend to have a limited views and road noise. In fact we found it could be dangerous trying to walk to your car as few people would slow down or stop to allow you to cross the road. We witnessed several cars blow through the stop signs along the roadway within the resort property. Keep in mind this resort does not have a gated entrance or guardhouse you must pass to enter the property so anyone from the general public can be in the area or driving through all hours of the day.
This is a timeshare property and during check-in they are going to offer you a tour and a free breakfast or lunch plus some free gifts for attending their tour. Now they say it is not a tradition sales tour but instead they would like you to take a tour and fill out a survey of your thoughts on the newer units at the property to get your free gift. Feel free to do so but keep in mind you are going to be giving up some of your vacation time to do so but simply say no and enjoy your trip if you are not interested.
Overall this property is an ideal spot if you want to be close to Disney as well as have easy access to the area’s other theme parks but you are going to be staying in the heart of the tourist corridor so the area around the resort is busy day and night with heavy traffic. You will also have numerous choices of fast food and chain restaurants along with untold number of tacky tourist gift shops along the 192. If being close to the action is high on your list then Vacation Village at Parkway will fit the bill nicely but if you are looking for quiet and relaxation after spending your day at the hectic theme parks then you may want to look for a different resort.