We stayed in a one-bedroom suite at Wyndham Bonnet Creek for two weeks at the start of December 2012, and had a truly excellent stay in this wonderful complex, superbly situated right inside the ‘gates’ of Walt Disney World.
We paid just $1050 (all taxes included) for the two weeks, which was a better deal than we originally had at a basic hotel in the Lake Buena Vista area. After a lot of research about Bonnet Creek we were so glad we swapped. Instead of a small hotel room we received a huge suite with separate bedroom, full kitchen, huge bathroom with a separate Jacuzzi and a balcony overlooking the beautiful central lake, and grounds. It couldn’t have been better.
Some guests stay here without a car. However, we think a car is an absolute must, since it allows you to travel quickly out to all the different shops and restaurants in Lake Buena Vista and Kissimmee. Without one, you’ll be limited to the shuttle busses that take you to the Disney Parks and not many other places.
On first arrival, be aware that the complex is not very well signposted. Because all the approach roads are on Disney property, and they are busy signposting all THEIR resorts and theme parks, you really need to plan your route in advance. A good study of Google Maps or similar will really help. Also, depending on the direction you travel, you may need to get over three lanes of traffic very quickly once you are on Buena Vista Drive, so it is important you know exactly where you are heading. There is the occasional sign to Bonnet Creek, but they are few and small.
Our very first impression of the resort was from the female security guard at the gate who, after checking our name on her list, asked where we were from. On hearing we were from the UK, she loudly squealed ‘oh that’s just darling’ and cheerily ushered us through the barrier. We’ve rarely felt so welcome anywhere!
We parked ahead at the main building, and checked in at Reception with no wait. It was important for us to get a lake view, and I had phoned a couple of weeks beforehand to ask for a ‘lake view, on as high a floor as possible’. I knew in advance that they do not guarantee any request such as this, but will try to do their best to accommodate your preferences where they can. At Reception I repeated my plea, and was delighted to find that we received Tower 5, with a lake view, on floor 5 – not exactly high, but it turned out great since we were high enough to look above the trees outside our balcony window and get our lake view. I think any floor from 4 upwards would be fine in any of the buildings.
Note that after checking in you are expected to visit a second desk to pick up your ‘parking pass’. I had read that this was not entirely necessary, but I went there anyway. Be aware that this second desk’s primary purpose is to get you to attend timeshare presentations. Before they had chance to do this, I made it perfectly clear that I was not interested in attending any presentation of any kind during my stay, and I was only there to pick up my parking pass. I said this politely but very firmly, and had no argument from the staff member.
Tower 5 turned out to be a great location. It shares a multi-storey car park with Tower 4, so there was always somewhere easy to park – we headed in here every time. Tower 5 also overlooks a fabulous lazy river, which makes its way round the beautifully landscaped pirate themed grounds below.
The room was amazing. The huge lounge/kitchen area had a full dining table with four seats, a large kitchen with fridge/freezer, microwave, large oven with four hobs, a toaster, coffee maker, blender, dish washer, double sink and lots of kitchen equipment and utensils. The freezer even had an ice making mechanism inside. A nice counter around the kitchen area with two high chairs provided plenty of space to put things down.
Also in the main room was a closet complete with hangers, an iron and board, litter bin, broom, plunger and additional bedding.
The room was nicely furnished, with a sofa and two armchairs, a coffee table and a large flat screen TV with a DVD player. All the furniture was nicely appointed and well maintained.
A glass sliding door led out onto the private balcony, where there was a table and two chairs. It was wonderful to sit out here with a book, overlooking the lake.
The bathroom had a sizeable walk-in shower that packed plenty of power, plus a large sink unit and toilet and plenty of space to put toiletries, etc. Also in the bathroom was a washing machine in its own cupboard. This was a very useful addition which we used a few times during our stay. There were plenty of towels provided for the two of us, and although the room was not serviced every day (this is a timeshare resort, not a full service hotel) the towels were more than sufficient for us. I believe that towels and bedding may be changed automatically after the first week of any extended stay, but from experience we also found they will be changed on request at other times.
In the bedroom area there was an additional sink and a Jacuzzi bath. The king sized bed was very comfortable. The bedroom had a closet with further hangers and a safe (free to use). There was a chest of drawers, an additional flat screen TV, and two bedside cabinets. All in all, there was loads of space to store all our clothes. A fan/light was above the bed and in the main room, although we didn’t use these since the air conditioning was more than adequate. A window once again looked out over the central lake.
Even though we stayed at a relatively quiet time for the parks, the resort itself seemed busy, but never uncomfortably so. We rarely passed other guests in the hallways, and usually only met others around the lifts or in the lobby areas.
Driving the roads in the dark was a bit disconcerting at first, but you very soon get used to the layout and, as I said earlier, the adjacent multi-storey car park was very handy.
The lifts in the tower were extremely quick. It seemed like we never waited more than ten seconds before one arrived. There were vending and ice machines on our floor, near the lifts.
During our stay, our room telephone indicated that we had missed three calls on the first day, and a further three or four during the rest of our two weeks. Since nobody we knew had our room number, I realised that these were calls from the hotel itself. I had read prior to our arrival that the timeshare reps may well persist trying to get you to attend one of their presentations. Luckily we were out whenever they called, so we simply ignored them. My suggestion, if you stay here, is to do likewise and ignore any calls you may receive in your unit that you were not expecting.
The whole resort is beautifully landscaped, with lots of leisure amenities such as two lazy rivers, a number of other swimming pools, play areas for the children, etc. We think that wherever you ended up the positives would vastly outweigh the negatives. Our view, however, is that Towers 4 and 5 offer the best location and pools, followed by Tower 6 (these are all the newest and much higher towers). Our last preferences would be Towers 3, 2 and 1 in that order (Tower 1 being the first and smallest, and didn’t seem quite as part of the resort as all the others).
We would definitely recommend an inner, lake view over any outer view, since these would mainly look over the car parks that surround the property. There are certain Towers where a high floor outer view may give some glimpses of the Disney fireworks at Epcot and/or Magic Kingdom. But we think having the lake view far outweighs this.
Unless you specifically need a ground/low floor for accessibility reasons, we would definitely request a higher floor – at least 4+ because otherwise your balcony may be overlooked by people passing by, affording you very little privacy. I think the very worst rooms would be a ground/low floor with a non-lake view – because that would give you a direct view onto the car parks.
For more information about this resort than you could ever wish to know, there is a specific forum topic on a well-known Disney related website. I found this absolutely invaluable in learning before I booked what rooms types were available, how the resort operated, the layout of the towers, what amenities were available, and so much more. I absolutely recommend this to anybody thinking about staying here. If you can’t find the forum topic yourself, I would gladly point anybody in the right direction if you drop me a private message. Or feel free to ask any questions I may be able to answer. I would also be happy to tell you the company through whom we booked, because their service and prices were excellent.
In summary, we had a wonderful stay at Wyndham Bonnet Creek. If ever we come back to Orlando, this will be the first place we will choose, and we will recommend it to any friends we know who are wanting a great Disney-based vacation.
In all honesty, we could have lived in our suite at Bonnet Creek permanently, quite happily!
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