It had been in our heads for a long time that we were going to spend our holiday in Orlando and so we chose Maingate Lakeside Resort as it certainly looked appealing. What we needed was somewhere cheap and somewhere that can be a good base for us whilst we recover from walking around all the themeparks. We chose this hotel compared to others on two 'main' reasons: free wifi in all rooms and 'the free scheduled transport' that went to all parks. As it was, we found out that there was no wifi in our rooms and instead it was only in the lobby. A tad misleading to say the least but fine.
But even more misleading was that the transport was not regular and it did not even go to all the parks as it said it did. Maybe we should have checked this before booking but if something says 'free scheduled transport' you hope that it is at least regular. Nope. Here were the times:
Shuttle departs - 10:55am and 12:15pm (quite later departures really especially for Disney's main park and for people who want to make the most of the holiday, you don't want to have a lie in)
Shuttle returns: 8.00pm and 10.30pm (these times might be fine if you just want to head home quickly and get some sleep but the Magic Kingdom is known for its night time parade and fireworks which occur within these hours so you'd have to be really quick just to get your shuttle home)
Shuttle departs - 9.50am and 12.15pm (again later departures and it's not like these themeparks were 5 minutes away, no, it's another 20-30 minutes on top of that before even getting into the parks themselves)
Shuttle returns - 12.40pm, 8.15pm and 9.30pm (again the fireworks just finishes at 9.30 in Epcot so it is a massive struggle to get back in time to get that connection - always failed in our case)
Universal and SeaWorld:
Shuttle departs - 7.35am (we had no trouble with this as we got there early and allowed us plenty of time to get ready and be the first people inside the park just wish the other parks could be the same)
Shuttle returns - 6.15pm Universal, 6.00pm (no problems with these times just because by the end, having got up so early, you are done by this time anyway)
But as you've noticed there are some parks missing: Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon. The long way would be get to Epcot then get a Disney bus to a Disney hotel and get that bus to those themeparks but as we've said, very long so we had to taxi.
In the end, we spent more time in taxis which were quite expensive in the grand scheme of things. $25 dollars each way so a return came to $50 plus tip of course and for that money, if known, we would have put it towards a Disney hotel with at least transport with Disney buses is assured and regular.
Even more so, water started coming through the light of our bathroom. Pretty unsafe. I rang up reception who said that (and this is gone 2 in the morning) whether we'd like to change rooms (at this time?!) we said no but thought we ought to tell them and they said some maintenance person would be out to sort it out. The next day no person had come out or if they had, they hadn't done anything as it did it again. At this point we just left it and hoped when we used turned the light on, we didn't get electrocuted.
The plus sides, we loved the Pizza Hut in the hotel and the breakfast buffet and could not fault the cleaning of our rooms even when we were a little messy. In summary it was not what we expected and not what was outlined to us when we first chose this hotel.
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- Best Western Kissimmee
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- Kissimmee Best Western
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