We stayed in block 4 which is convenient for the buses, reception and has its own close car park. It was pretty quiet apart from the often early cleaners at 8.45 for the days we decided to have a lay in!
The hotel is quiet and adult friendly and as a couple travelling with no children it was perfect as a moderate resort class. I did quite a lot of research using the usual trip advisor and allears websites to gauge the hotel choices and this offered the best mix of value, space and adult theming. We stayed for 2 weeks on a room only plan and to be honest didn't eat in the hotel apart from 1 expensive trip to the in hotel shop for some lazy crisps and pop. Far cheaper to go to the local supermarket. I often travel with cereal bars as these offer a good quick start to the day and then we would either get breakfast or eat a pastry in the parks.
We drove our own car rather than using the Disney buses so I can't comment on that and coming at New Year as expected it was pretty busy for the 1st week but quieter the 2nd. If you are travelling 'off season' do look up which rides are open and which are having maintenance done. It didn't cause us any issues, for instance we knew Blizzard Beach was open the 1st week but then closed for annual maintenance while Typhoon Lagoon then reopened so we were able to enjoy both parks. Worth being aware of this to avoid any disappointment. We also saw that splash mountain was to close in Jan so we went on our 1st visit to Magic Kingdom. Easy when you plan!
What else would I say about the hotel? The rooms are quite small and limited hanging space but not a worry as you are hardly ever in your room. Would I stay in this hotel again? Possibly, however I would likely save the additional money over a basic Disney resort as allears suggests, it was just a birthday treat that meant I didn't book a pop century style resort. You get a large fridge in the room which is handy, flat screen tv showing a million Disney channels, twin sinks, small separate bathroom with bath and over shower and toilet. We had 2 queen beds. All in all a good hotel but not really comparable to a non-Disney 4 star hotel in terms of star ratings. You pay for the Disney location and benefits such as extra magic hours, ability to buy merchandise in the parks and have it delivered to your hotel, free parking saving $14 a day etc.
Some tips for restaurants.
See my reviews for more details - you should try J Alexander or Seasons 52 on West Sand Lake Road off the I4 both excellent and comparable on price. Victoria and Albert's (VA) at the Grand Floridian was excellent too for a real treat, so nice to get dressed up after slobbing around in theme park clothes all day.
Other tips. If visiting at New Year as we did, they show the Magic Kingdom (MK) New Years fireworks on the 30th as well as the 31st. So we did the MK on the 30th knowing the park would be packed on New Years and then did Hollywood studios on New Years after reading other recommendations. Great advice, as was to get to the park you want to stay in by 11am as they get full. MK was full for car entry by 11am. Also do stay for the fireworks at Universal these were great in my view and a great use of technology in the water displays. I would also recommend visiting Disney prior to Universal as for the adults the rides put some of the older Disney ones to shame especially Epcot.
We really enjoyed Animal Kingdom and booked the Wild Africa private trek ahead (do book this and any additional excursions or dinner reservations at the better restaurants ahead of your trip via Disney website as they do get booked up). The trek was excellent and a highlight of our trip. If you have an slr camera and some good lenses then do take it as the photo opportunities at Animal Kingdom and Sea World are great. For the other parks I just took a compact. You also get free wifi now at the parks and Disney resorts which is great for keeping in touch with friends and family and importantly the ride wait times apps you can download for the parks.
Shopping wise, the 2 Premium Outlets off the I4 are great to find some bargains and some less good bargains (not all shops are outlets and often sell full price merchandise too like many in the US which differs from the UK Outlets. We found the same in New England and LA in recent trips.) doing both will fill most of a day. The Florida and Millennia Malls also offer shopping opportunities with the usual US household name stores.
Do use the fast pass at Disney it saves a ton of time. I bought the unofficial guide to Disney by Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa a very useful read to help plan your days. Have a great trip!
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