My family stayed at Villa Eden from March 29th, 2014 until April 5th, 2014. After having stayed at Villa Eden, we would never go back to staying at a hotel again! lol! Upon entering the Villa, you just had a sense of home, warm and comfy. Lots of space, clean, large screen TV in the living room, lots of plates and cups and bowls, everything you could possible need. I noticed a Christmas tree and decorations in the closest in the games room, along with lots of baby accessories if you were travelling with an infant.
Villa Eden provided us with everything we needed to make this trip unforgettable! My son, who was 7 when we travelled, spent some of his time in the games room, playing the PlayStation. My daughter who is 8 thoroughly enjoyed the pool, my husband found some books in the Villa and enjoyed sitting around the pool reading, and I enjoyed laying in the beautiful Florida Sunshine around the pool.
The first morning at the Villa, my children came into our room, too excited to sleep as my son said they couldn't wait to enjoy the amenities of the villa. They were like kids at Christmas! The weather was amazing the week we were in Florida, sunny and hot each day.
We went shopping at Walmart the evening of our arrival and shopped wisely so as not to waste or have to throw out alot of things at the end of our trip. It was so nice to have a coffee/tea in the morning while the kids were swimming. Being able to make our own meals helped to cut down on the meal expense and we tended to eat a little more healthier than we probably would. We did enjoy a few dinners out, one favourite was "Longhorn Steakhouse". The only suggestion I would make is to shop at the Walmart that is just around the corner from the Villa. We shopped at the further away Walmart and I have never experienced such a busy Walmart at 1030 at night, plus they had skids and skids of product lined up in the middle of the isles waiting to go onto the shelf's which made it difficult to maneuver a shopping cart.
We enjoyed breakfast, lunch and dinners around the pool. To say the least, we spent a lot of time around the pool. The pool is wonderful and so very, very convenient to have this right at your fingertips. The kids could go swimming whenever they wanted and they enjoyed a few night swims as well. The pool was nicely heated. Maybe a few more pool toys or noodles, but ours were quite happy with there goggles and rings they could swim for.
There was lots of space in the villa for our family of 4. The children had a choice to share a bedroom or have there own, and they chose to share the Mickey/Minnie Bedroom. They loved having there own TV and the stuffed animals provided. And there Mickey bathroom! One important suggestion here, is if you go to Magic Kingdom and stay into the evening, although the mickey balloons are really cool and flashing different colors, don't let the kids convince you to buy those, especially if you are flying home. These balloons were $15 each ($30total) and we were not able to bring them home on the plane due to cabin pressure. So each night we put the balloons out around the pool for the kids to look at. However, we had to leave the balloons at the villa and I'm sure the next family coming in loved those balloons as much as our kids did. lol! We enjoyed the Master Bedroom on the pool end of the home and enjoyed the en suite and large walk in closet. The safe was a great bonus and we used this throughout the week.
We spent one evening at the clubhouse and took in happy hour. Drinks are $3 (selected drinks). The kids liked the pool, though it wasn't as warm as the villa and they enjoyed the hottub. They liked the games room at the clubhouse also. It was nice being in a gated community, you felt quite safe at night.
We spent 3 days at the Theme parks and our only regret was spending the money on the 3 theme parks as we could of been happy doing one or two and spending the rest of our time at the villa. We packed our own lunch each day we went to the theme parks, froze water bottles and plastic kool aid drinks and used those as ice packs. This saved us a huge amount of money and time at the theme parks. Food was way overpriced and the lines up long. My husband and I both carried backpacks with our lunch and snacks in. Doing this was so convenient as the kids would be complaining of being hungry while standing in a line up so we were able to resolve that issue with snacks that we had brought. All rides you could take the backpack on the ride with you, the only one we got a locker for, which was free for a specific amount of time was the river raft ride in Animal Kingdom where you are most likely to get wet! Oh and if you go to Animal Kingdom, don't take juice boxes with you, they don't allow those into the park because of the plastic wrap from the straws. If you do Theme Parks, use the FAST PASS system. We took full advantage of this and this saved us lots of time. Also, fast pass your 3 most important rides for the afternoon. We always aimed to be at the park when it opened and immediately went to a high ticket ride and did that ride first without using the fast pass. Also, we were able to put our fast pass options right onto our cards (we purchased through CAA in Ontario, Canada) so when we went into a theme park, we did not have to meet with a Fast pass associate we could carry on to a ride. It does help to do your research before you travel or at least the night before you go to a Theme park, then you know what rides you want to Fast Pass and what rides you should get to first thing in the morning. We bought a few pictures from some of the rides and they are absolutely hilarious. We have created memories with our children forever, or as my chidren say they will always remember mommy screaming on the rides. We found that if we left the villa between 8/815, that would put us over to the Theme park, pay to park ($17 for a car), park, take the tram to the entrance and be in the park when it opened. We also avoided going to a Theme Park if it offered extended hours as this extension (early into the park and late stay in the park) is only for those staying at a disney resort, thus the park would be extra busy on those days.
We also took the kids to "Fun Spot" in Old Town and they had a blast. Pay one price to ride as many rides and as many times as you want. Kids had a blast, Not busy at all. Would definitely take the kids back there.
My daughter and I did Dinner with Cinderella, Prince Charming, her evil stepmother and her evil stepsisters at the Grand Floridian. I was so glad we had done this. Had a great time meeting each character and taking pictures with them. Food was great and quite the selection. Book this ahead of time. You can book this 180 days in advance and that is exactly what I did as reservations go fast!! I'm so glad my daughter got to meet Cinderella!
I big thank you to Dawn and Lisa who were always quick in responding to my emails and inquiries. Answering my questions and sending pictures along. My packaged arrived a couple of weeks before we travelled, and this had all the important information in it such as alarm codes, lock box codes, restaurants in the area, check in and out procedures and a lot of other important information. In the villa there is a binder at the front door, that also contains alot of important information and information on local restaurants and attractions.
For our first time renting a villa, it was an excellent experience. We were all sad to leave and had wished we had booked for a longer stay! Next time for sure!!
Lyndsay, Melanie, Cassie & Owen Hunter - Arthur, Ontario, Canada.
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