We stayed for a week to visit disney. We had a wonderful time, we couldn't use the kitchen much as there was not a store to buy groceries. Not the hotels fault, but an annoyance just the same. Room was great, staff was great, pool was great! Transportation to the park worked out well for us, wish there was a later bus so we could stay and watch fireworks at magic kingdom. Wish there was free wi-fi...room was cleaned everyday! Surprisingly since we were staying a whole week. We enjoyed it!
If you are on the fence about staying somewhere outside the parks, this place is fantastic! It's cheaper than staying in the parks and just as nice imo (and the rooms are way bigger (than the moderate resorts we have stayed at)). We took a trip to Disney and it's the first time we stayed off-site but this resort is wonderful. We had a two bedroom condo on the first floor. It was immaculate, very spacious, and comfortable. My husband and I and our infant were in one room and my mom was in the other bedroom. The layout of the bedrooms was perfect b/c they were on opposite ends of the space so if someone wanted to stay up late and watch tv, the people in the other room couldn't hear it. It offered way more privacy and space than sharing a room in the parks would have. The living room/dining room area had a big table, couch and comfy chairs with a large tv (each bedroom had it's own tv as well). The kitchen was great and had everything we could have wanted (dishes, utensils, pots and pans, glasses, a toaster, coffee maker, blender, dishwasher etc) and we loved being able to come back and relax after a long day. We only used the pool a few times, but it was really clean with lots of lounge chairs and a hot tub. It was so convenient to have self service laundry right outside your room. The resort had several pools so they weren't crowded and there's a small playground for kids. The bedrooms each had their own private bath which was an unexpected surprise.
Traveller from Halifax, VT
Surrounded by landscaped lawns and tropical plants, this Polynesian-themed resort is 3 miles from Walt Disney World® …More
So, I've been to this hotel many times. When I was younger I used to go with my family - and this time I went with my boyfriend. It may not be a 5 star hotel but it sure does exceed its "3 star rating" it has free breakfast every morning from 7am-10am. They have a wide variety of things to eat. They also have a pretty large pool, jacuzzi, and a tiki bar that's open from 3pm-10pm everyday. They have an arcade room downstairs that's pretty fun to do when there's nothing else to do. Also, it's a block away from Old Town and fun spot USA. You have a wide variety of restaurants and places to eat within walking distance. Room was very clean! And the cleaning ladies were very nice as well. I would consider this a 4 star hotel - the only thing I would recommend the hotel to do is to renovate the rooms a little and make them more spunky! Other than that GREAT STAY !!!
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Along with Maingate West, this area caters to guests of the Walt Disney World® Resort. Maingate East is popular with families who want to explore Walt Disney World® Resort and other nearby theme parks on International Drive. Area accommodations include traditional hotels and motels, condominiums, and vacation homes. Celebration Golf Club, one of Florida’s best courses, is nearby.
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