Stayed Sept 2013, with a family of 6 (including a toddler)...
We stayed in Building #18 (Suite A & B) on the 8th floor with a balcony view of the fireworks, we were told this was one of the newer buildings. When checking in, I would suggest you ask for the newer units. The 2 bedroom units are adjoined with a foyer entrance but the rooms had separate doors and locks. As a family of 6, we kept both doors propped opened with a door stopper so that was definitely a plus, especially with a toddler running back and forth between the rooms. We made sure the main entrance was locked and kept the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door – we had no issues. The suites were clean, comfortable and very specious with a full kitchen stocked with cookware, bakeware, cutlery, dishwasher, oven, coffee maker, toaster, trash bags, and a small amount of detergent for the washer. Note - you might want to consider buying a small bottle of detergent if you think you’re going to use the washer, we sure did. Each room had a LCD flat screen TV in the living room and in the bedrooms. The bedrooms also had a safe with an iron & board. The bathrooms were big with a walk-in shower and two double sinks stocked with towels, and also a hair dryer.
The theme parks/downtown Disney were less than 10 mins away, Universal & Sea World is a little further, maybe 15 mins or so. There were many stores nearby, retail, souvenir outlets, grocery stores, fast food/restaurants and best of all – Walmart! That was definitely convenient for last minute items.
A few negative feedbacks…… there were ants and the Florida love bugs inside the rooms. But, we just bought the Raid spray and sprayed it along the balcony doors, so it was no big deal. We just made sure there were no crumbs and the trash was thrown out every night. Elevator was kind of slow, maybe there was too many traffic. Let's put it this way, it didn't ruin our stay!
This one last review is solely based on us staying at a timeshare resort for the very first time ever so we didn’t know what to expect… When you pick-up your parking permit, the rep will offer you discounted VIP tix to any of the theme parks with a free continental breakfast or lunch (which had to be scheduled with a “VIP Host”) and they asked that we provide feedback of the model units by taking a survey. They did not mention anything about a timeshare presentation. At the time, we were so exhausted and ready to kick off our shoes, but all I heard was discounted theme park tix by taking a survey for 20 bucks -- heck yeah!! As you can imagine theme park tix for a family of 6 can be quite costly. Well, I didn’t realize what we had signed up for until later that evening, and so I tried to cancel our reservation. I was told if we were to cancel we forfeit the $20. Be advised, there was no mentioning of a timeshare presentation so yes, this is a timeshare sales pitch. Simply decline the $20 deal unless you are interested in purchasing a timeshare.
Aside from a few hiccups (bugs and timeshare sales pitch) we had a great time. Be sure to check for bed bugs!!! Thankfully we didn’t find any and the mattresses looked relatively new. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. Our family vacation stay was comfortable, enjoyable and most importantly memorable! We will definitely stay here again the next time we visit Disney!!