We recently stayed at this Festiva Resort (formally knows as Celebration World Resort) during a spring break trip with the kids to Disney. My aunt and uncle are timeshare owners, and we were there guests, so I can't really complain too much because the price was right (free!). Check-in was easy and quick. We had to go to one desk to check-in, and another desk to get our required "parking passes". I know how these time-share operations work. The "parking pass" desk is when they hit you up with the sales pitch. The gentleman was very pleasant and not overbearing with the sales pitch, but I clearly let him know that we had been traveling all day and would not be interested in learning more about other Festiva properties. So they left us alone for the whole week.
We had a corner 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment. It was very roomy, clean and comfortable. I had read that they were upgrading their rooms, but we were placed in the very last building farthest away from the office/pool, and they obviously hadn't got to our building yet with the upgrades. We were on the ground floor, but each building has an elevator.
The decor was a little outdated, but everything seemed to function properly. We had an immediate issue with one of the toilets, and it was quickly resolved. When a service person came to fix the toilet, he dripped toilet water all over the bathroom floor, so we called to have someone come mop the floor. They were somewhat perplexed as to why we needed the floor mopped, but after explaining why, they quickly sent someone from housekeeping. We had no other issues with the room, except for running out of trash bags, and they would only give us 2 more. Pretty stingy with the trash bags. We brought everything else needed for our stay (knowing that we had to do our own laundry).
The kids enjoyed the pool very much. At one point, they actually wanted to leave one of the Disney parks to go to the resort pool. We brought our own beach towels (having read reviews and planned ahead). Pool depth ranges from zero-entry to about 5 feet. Perfect for my kids (5 and 11). The hot tub was nice and hot. Music was playing around the pool, and it was at just the right level, could be heard but not blasting loud. We never had any problems getting lounge chairs. There was a playground near the pool, but my kids never got out of the pool long enough to even consider it. And it looked like it was in desrepair and unreachable behind fencing.
The resort has one or two grills (charcoal), but they are near the main lake and were not convenient to those of us at the end of the complex. It would've been nice for each building to have a grill to use.
I had heard that they have a shuttle to/from the theme parks, and that they were pretty expensive, so we never asked. We drove. We never had any issues with parking, always parking close to the building. Check-out was quick. I just handed the key cards over.
All-in-all, not a bad stay. We enjoyed it. I know there were some reviews commenting on the service, or lack of, and them not providing certain things. I understand. But you have to go into it knowing that you are basically "renting an apartment" for the week, with a kitchen and washer/dryer. All of the comforts (and chores) of home. Happy traveling!
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- Also Known As:
- Celebration World Kissimmee
- Celebration World Resort Kissimmee