I've recently returned from the March Break, having stayed at this resort. The grounds are BEAUTIFUL. With 7 pools to choose from, many of them heated, it was fun to try the different swimming holes. We stayed in "Courts" area, right across from the Marketplace, Cascades pool and patio bar, mini golf, tennis courts, shuffle board and ponds galore. My 2 teenagers (one almost 13) enjoyed walking each day, feeding the ducks (they wag their tails like dogs - the ducks, not the kids), and my son especially enjoyed the freedom of travelling around on his penny board (much like a skateboard, only silent). Our last night was spent in the heated Cascades pool, looking up at the almost full moon.
Our villa was well equipped with kitchen dishes, etc., 2 beautiful bedrooms with a queen size pull out couch, 3 flat screen tvs, washer and dryer, 2 bathrooms, screened in terrace and ample parking. The staff was tremendous. If we needed something, a simple phone call ensured delivery of extra towel, or Starbucks coffee pouch. We made use of the outdoor gas barbeque area (3 cooking areas with granite countertops and stainless gas barbeques).
There are numerous daily activities going on, including tie dyed t-shirts and glass fusion jewellery, all for a cost however. The shirts were $15 to make, same with glass work, $30 Canadian for 30 min. scuba lesson, $10/person to play mini golf, tennis rackets available to rent, etc. There is a shuttle to the attractions, but they too come at a cost ($15/person!) We did rent a bike built for 4, at a cost of $14/half hour, which was long enough. We had a vehicle rental included in our package too, which was great. We toured one day at Islands of Adventure (had to see the Harry Potter exhibit!). Disney's prices went up the week before we arrived :( As a result, park admission for 3 was $306 Canadian, not including the $16 to park, then food on top of that -- not cheap!!! A day trip over to Port Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Centre, another day to Cocoa Beach and we even enjoyed a Segway tour (very fun).
We ran out of time to take in the nature preserve, Tibet-Butler park (a free park - on my list for next time). A 90 minute talk on the time share, which we agreed to, was worth it as there was a $100 U.S. cash incentive to go (yes, we got the money at the end of the talk). Our sales rep, Manny, was quite entertaining (we attended on our only rainy morning, so nothing lost).
The Magic Show and Dinner we attended ($25/person) was okay, but I wouldn't get too excited about it. If we book again sometime, I would not stay on the ground level (we heard the people above us way too often). Back in Canada now, back to the snow, I'm wishing I was back at the resort!!!
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- Each villa features like-home amenities and special touches, such as fully-equipped kitchens, washers and dryers, separate living and dining areas, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The resort is close to theme parks, exceptional golf and world-famous beaches. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Orlando
- Sheraton Vistana Orlando
- Vistana Resort Orlando
- Sheraton Vistana Resort Lake Buena Vista
- Sheraton Vistana Resort Florida
- Sheraton Vistana Resort Orlando Florida
- Orlando Sheraton
- Sheraton Vistana Florida
- Sheratons Vistana Resort