We stayed here for two weeks at Easter. Two adults and 3 children 15, 11 and 7.
The position of the resort is excellent for Disney as it is only 5 mins away by car.
Vistana Resort is a time share resort but there are also plenty of apartments for vsitors to rent. You will not be pestered to buy a time share (our worry). If you want you can find out about it quite easily but there are no salesmen approaching you.
Apartments differ, some are older than others. We stayed in the most recent part and it certainly looked much more modern. Our apartment had 2 bedrooms (one with two double beds for the kids with its own shower room and one with a king size bed, bathroom and huge whirlpool bath in the sleeping area. This was perfect after a day walking round the theme parks!)
There was a lounge (with sofa bed) dining area and kitchen. All was very well appointed and comfortable. Decor was clean and fresh and furniture was in good condition and very comfortable. The kitchen had a cooker, microwave, huge fridge and all the equipment one needed to cook a meal. Apart from breakfast we never cooked. There is also a good washer/drier which was perfect with 3 kids.
There is maid service every day so no need to worry about housework. Our toilet became blocked but the caretaking staff were superb and had it fixed in a jiffy.
There is a small balcony with seating and we had a view of one of the lakes which was lovely to wake up to.
Plenty of parking right outside your apartment. Plenty of accomodation suitable for wheel chairs.
There are several pool areas, we tried most of them out. All the pools were great but they did get busy especially in the afternoons when people returned from the Disney parks. We always found a sunbed but sometimes we had to hunt a bit. Plenty of towels were available.
As this resort is for families expect lots of children and a bit of noise round the pools. It didn't bother me as I was glad I didn't have to worry about shushing my children.
Staff are friendly and helpful.
The restaurants are low key serving glorified burgers and salads. They are not expensive.
There are plenty of other restaurants about 5 mins drive away and we ate at many of these. In general, food (for us brits) was cheap in Orlando and we had lots of very tasty meals.
This is a gated community and only those with pases can enter so it is safe to let the kids hire bikes and explore or go for a wander to other pools. My eldest soon made friends with other teens.
There is a good shop on site with a video library. Yes there is a TV and video in your apartment. Some evenings the kids were happy to have a pizza delivered (Dominos onsite) and watch a movie whilst we went shopping or to a nice retsaurant.
We found this a much cheaper alternative to two hotel rooms and it was just as comfortable and relaxing.
We enjoyed the resort and would return. There is also a newer Vistana Villages resort about 10 mins drive away and we would also go there.
All in all a great place for a family to stay when visiting Disney.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® hotel featuring one- and two-bedroom villas providing fully equipped kitchens, washer/dryer, separate living and dining areas, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Enjoy resort amenities including 7 pools without the resort fees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Orlando
- Sheraton Vistana Orlando
- Vistana Resort Orlando
- Sheraton Vistana Resort - Lake Buena Vista Orlando, Florida
- Sheraton Vistana Resort Florida
- Sheraton Vistana Resort Orlando Florida
- Orlando Sheraton
- Sheraton Vistana Florida
- Sheratons Vistana Resort