No need to look any further! Our family of 4 enjoyed this resort to it's fullest! We stayed in the Springs section - a bit dated but very clean and roomy with all the amenities you need. We loved the "elbow room"! Our observation was that the Cascades section was more up-to-date (i.e. newer furnishings, newer exterior etc.)
After browsing the web forever trying to find just the right hotel for our family, we stopped here! We are so glad we did. We didn't want "just a room". We wanted living space and that's what you get when you stay here! It's an awesome retreat after a day at the Disney Parks. The staff was more than helpful and housekeeping service was provided every day (they even loaded and started my dishwasher!) After doing our 4 day Park Hopper pass at Disney we had 2 days left of our vacation. We decided to just hang-out at the resort. There's so much to do (i.e. mini-golf, 7 pools/jacuzzis, arcades and bike rentals). The pools are wonderful! Our kids loved it!
The location is great. Take a right out of the resort and at the 1st stop light take another right and your on the road to Disney. Across the street is a grocery store so you can stock up your full kitchen. The General Store at the resort also has a nice selection and the prices aren't too bad.
Also, on our last day we wern't ready to check-out by 10:00 a.m. so I called the front desk and told them why we were running behind. There was no problem at all letting us take our time in departing (we checked out by 11:00 instead of 10:00). Because our flight didn't leave until much later that day, they let us "stay-and-play" around the resort grounds after check-out. They were very accomodating. If you have any questions or problems, call them, the staff really works with you.
A few tips: #1: Get a rental car. Don't rely on hotel transportation. We like the freedom of coming and going as we please. With kids, the less you have to wait for something the better. Also, we used the car around the resort - Sheraton Vistana is HUGE! Car rental was handy. Parking at any Disney park is $8.00/day. It's worth it! #2: Don't answer your phone for the first few days of your stay. They are trying to sell you time-shares for the resort. This is our only complaint. We're on vacation and didn't like being bothered with sales-pitches. But after a few days they stopped calling. #3: Ladies, bring your own hair dryer. The one's they provide are "cheesy". Not much power out of it and it took forever to dry my hair! #3: Bring quarters for the kids. They have .25 food dispensers around the ponds in the resort so you can feed the ducks. While my husband and I were getting ready in the morning we sent the kids out to feed the ducks. It became their morning routine. They loved it!
We give the resort 5 stars! In a few years we're coming back and we're staying here again! We will try to request the Cascades Section. We did this time but didn't get it - but that's okay. Everything was clean, comfortable, convenient and roomy. We had a wonderful vacation.... Thanks, Sheraton!
- 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