Took family here for a week via GETO (Government Employee Travel Opportunities). Normally stay at the Orbit One, a boring and nominal but always clean and uncrowded condo across from Sherberth Road. Many pluses, some minuses.
We came in at 1 PM after driving all night from Central PA. We checked in then. Couldn’t get the room, but did get in line. We used the pool, then took a monorail ride in Disney. Phone rang while we were in Disney, we returned. The scene was chaos. This is a huge resort, and the deal seems to be to back people up, frustrate them, and get them to agree to the timeshare presentation. Nasty stuff.
On the plus side: Personal situation only, mind you. I was put in a shorter line since I’d already signed in. They were handing us out pizza, which was cool. Took about fifteen minutes to get to the “parking pass” area. I’m assuming it’s my large, GI appearance and the room titled under “Sgt. ___,” but when I looked at her after 20 seconds of timeshare pitch and said “not interested, I want my room now,” I got a smile and my parking pass.
The room: Can’t say enough. I’ve read there were recent renovations to some rooms, I imagine we got one. The room was huge, the mattresses very, very comfortable, the carpets clean and must free, the kitchen beautiful. Best room I’ve ever had during a Disney condo experience. We had a semi-EPCOT view. Since I was paying GETO prices and almost every person in the place wanted a fireworks view, I’m just happy to have received one. We had to crook our necks a bit to see Illuminations completely, but no biggie. Also could clearly see Wishes. We almost like the nights we were in the room as much as the parks.
Location: Incredible. Now, we take our car, I can’t fathom being stuck to the shuttles (see “crowds” below). But we were anywhere we wanted to be in ten minutes. Actually getting a space was hairy at times, but as a bonus, we were in the building next to the parking garage, so even when slammed, all I had was a two minute walk from the garage.
Pools: Fantastic, but pathetically crowded. The good news was you could always find a pool that wasn’t wall-to-wall, but the kids wanted the fancy stuff. And that brings us to...
Crowds: We go in September because we don’t like crowds. This place was damned near capacity, mostly filled with people who came in free or very cheap in exchange for sitting through multiple timeshare pitches. They were loud, obnoxious, and pissed most of the time. We went in the lazy river one night when it was raining but no thunder. THAT was cool, as no one was there and it was so hot that the whole seen was pleasant and surreal. Other than that, it was an exercise in patience, as I tell my kids not to push, to wait their turn, and not hog lazy river tubes and the slide; all while they were being pushed, cut in front of, and denied lazy river tubes and slides.
Take on net value, it’s an eclectic selection of pools. We obviously liked the long lazy river best, but it’s a fascinating collection of aquatics. And we enjoyed the playground. I didn’t use them, but folks seemed to be enjoying the provided propane grills. Unlike other reviews on other sites, I never saw the propane run out. All-in-all, the facilities were great. Some of the people? Eh....
I’d stay here again, but I’d give my family the option to return to Orbit One. The pool isn’t fancy, the room is smaller and uncarpeted, and we can’t see EPCOT. But they might take the lower crowds.
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