Over the past 15 years, I have traveled with my family to Disney World 12 times.
About 5 trips ago, we stumbled on World Quest because of an email I got from Air Tran offering info about the resort. At the time, we were staying at the Embassy Suites in Lake Buena Vista, but that place was a mess. I was disgusted with them, so we took a few minutes and drove over to see World Quest.
We haven't stayed anywhere else since. Let me explain why:
1) The space of the rooms versus the cost.
For only about $20 to $30 more per night than Embassy, I get THREE bedrooms and THREE bathrooms, plus a REAL kitchen with a REAL refrigerator. Not some pint-sized apartment fridge that is only slightly cooler than the room itself. The kind that will FREEZE bottles of water solid within a couple of hours. And when you travel with three women like I do, those extra bathrooms equate into much more time in the park and much less waiting on a single shared bathroom. Plus you have a dining room table, a two-stool bar in the kitchen, and an in-room washer dryer. There's even a screened-in outdoor patio. Plenty of room to get away from each other when it's 1,000 degrees in Orlando with 10,000% humidity.
2) Housekeeping is excellent. The place is clean, and if you need something, in my experience, they get it for you ASAP. Trash is emptied regularly in outdoor areas, so the "wildlife" around your kids is kept to a minimum. I literally came down the stairs on our last visit to the Embassy LBV and found a hissing possum in the trash in the outdoor areas that overlook the pool. Never have that issue at World Quest. It's clean.
3) The pool is beautiful, and sized appropriately for the resort. You know how some places you have to get there at the crack of dawn if you want a chair poolside? Not here. It's a good place to chill on your off days between parks. They have secured gates around the pool, and they keep a pretty tight rein on security here, so it's just folks from the resort who use it, not random weirdos from other places. Again, safe for your kids.
4) Like to be with people? You can here. If you want to hang at the pool, or at the breakfast, you can meet people from all over the world. Like to have peace and quiet after the madness of the new areas of Magic Kingdom? This place is awesome. I am the latter, I like to be left alone once I get out of the parks. So you can hang in your room, on your private balcony, or sit at the more remote areas around the pool and just chill.
I don't really have any complaints about the place, but there are some things I think it's important for you to know to make a good decision about whether this is the right place for you.
1) You need a car. The resort is right off Epcot Center Drive, an easy route with less traffic than around Downtown Disney, But there really isn't anything around it. Now, some people might view this as a negative. Not me. The place is quiet, calm, and peaceful at night. But don't come here thinking you'll walk to parks or restaurants. You won't.
2) Fees. Like most hotels, there is the published rate, plus taxes. Unlike most hotels, if you want new towels/washcloths every day, or if you want housekeeping to make your bed for you, there is an extra charge. You can see it all online. I typically pay the $6/day for towels/washcloths, but I can make my own bed. If this bothers you, stay away. But it doesn't bother me...after all, you can bring your own towels and so on and wash them in your room if that's what you call a vacation. BUT...I have NEVER had a surprise in my room bill. Once I book it online and select the services I want, the amount has always been correct.
3) Breakfast. Yes, there is the typical free continental breakfast, mostly juice, coffee and muffins. But the room where it is served is way too small to accommodate guests even in slow times, and people are animals. This is not the resort's fault per se, but it's like a feeding frenzy in there in the morning. People stuffing their pockets full of muffins and jams, holy cow, be prepared to see people act like rabid animals. We don't eat there. We go to Super Target (the one on Millenia Way, which is new and calm) get food and keep it in the great kitchen. I know, I am paying for that "free" breakfast, but it's too much stress for me to start my day that way. I know people will be freaking out in the parks, so I just have a peaceful breakfast in my room. All of the stuff I bought to supply us for a week only cost about $50...way less than anything you'd buy in Disney for four people. And it lets me avoid the insanity of the collective breakfast as my day is starting.
So to sum up:
With the above caveats, I think World Quest is awesome. Terrific value, good sleeping environment, clean rooms and grounds, great location near Disney Parks but far enough away to be more chill.
Room decor is starting to show it's age a bit....looking very mid-90s, but that's in the older buildings mostly. (2, 3). If you can stay in the newer buildings, rooms are a bit more up to date. But the newer buildings are a bit more of a walk to the pool and breakfast. Not far, still under 5 minutes, but more than stepping out your door into the pool.
If you have a car, and need some space, this is the place to go near Disney. And it's clean....did I mention that? Really clean. :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mediterranean-inspired WorldQuest Orlando Resort is the perfect all-suite hotel for your Florida vacation. WorldQuest Orlando Resort is located just one mile from Walt Disney World and a short drive from SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and Epcot Center. International Drive South, scores of delicious restaurants and designer shopping are minutes away. Each of our condominium-style 2- and 3-bedroom suites features a full kitchen, 2 full bathrooms, separate living and sleeping areas. Welcome to your home away from home! ... more less
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