Just got home this morning and I thought I'd do some trip reports, but will keep them more 'thematic' than detailed day-day as my memory is still jet-lagged!
VA - We flew Virgin from Manchester, 27th March, 2 adults, daughter 13 & son 8 - it's a few years since we flew long haul, but I was impressed with VA, everything worked well apart from the appalling food (we were warned!).
Orlando International - what a horrid airport, it may have won awards for it's 'aesthetics' but the layout and customer journey are ridiculous.
Magical Express - the bus service works well, but be prepared for a very long journey from disembarking your flight to where you pick the bus up. They also didn't seem to understand that UK visitors don't receive their magic bands in the post and expected everyone to have one!
SSR - Check in was smooth, we got the exact location we had requested and our customised magic bands were waiting for us. We stayed in a studio in the Paddocks building near the bridge and in general we loved the resort.
Pros - Beautiful resort, great pools, studio was big enough for 4 and the little kitchenette was a god-send at times. The bus service really worked for us, we never waited more than 15 minutes and that was when the bus we wanted was the last to arrive! The walk to DTD is handy and the boat service nice (but took a long time).
Cons - the only decent bar (by the Springs pool) closes at dusk and the food offerings in the resort were very limited (good quality but not a great deal of choice). We also felt that the room needed a deep clean, no issues with day-day housekeeping, but around the fridge/microwave it was quite grubby, and having stood on the bed to kill some midges (!) there were loads of cobwebs and a thick layer of dust on the dado-rail.
Other observations about SSR - the lifeguards are incredibly professional which helps us parents to 'relax' a bit more by the pool. The laundry facilities came in handy and were never busy. Gym looked fantastic (not my thing on holiday) and the spa was beautiful but very very expensive. Staff were mostly fantastic, apart from one manager at the Turf club who charged us a 'no show' of $40 on our first night when we had showed up but had to leave without ordering because my son was unwell! Guest services credited it back but it shouldn't have been charged in the first place!
Will post more TR when I've had a kip!