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wombat_5606
05-17-2006, 10:01 PM
Just returned from 3 night stay at this hotel May 15, 2006. I am worried about this being recommended on Disney websites. A man exposed himself in the parking lot to a female guest in broad daylight. Security was patrolling the pool for someone who had commited a crime against another guest, which I assumed was theft. Our air conditioner went out at 2am with a horrendous noise and was still not repaired at 11pm, after giving them all day to do so. Had to move across the entire resort at 11pm after having to insist they give us another room, then had to spend a couple of hours of our vacation moving our things to the new room(not to mention money for the bellman). Then after another day at the parks we came home late at night to a room that had not been cleaned that day. Not very pleasant when you are tired. We did not get adequate satisfaction from the hotel staff. For my money, we will never stay anywhere but Disney. I do think someone should investigate this place thoroughly before continuing to recommend this as an alternative to Disney hotels.

jaycns
05-17-2006, 10:48 PM
Although we didn't have those sort of problems we just did not enjoy our stay there in Feb. 2005. It was not as clean in the room as we would have liked and the pools were "dirty looking". However, the landscaping was pretty and the room was quiet. One last comment, check your bill carefully, we never once took anything out of our mini bar but were charged for 3 items (although they were removed upon us bringing that to their attention).

I would not rec. this hotel myself but I know most "non-Disney" hotels may be a somewhat similar experience (not all non-Disney hotels, we have stayed at the Ritz and the Nick Family Suites hotel while in Orldando and loved them both.)

That is just my impression of the hotel. I know others may have differing opinions. And unlike the OP, I didn't notice anything really dangerous or scary going on...however, our mini van was keyed at the CR last time we dined at Chef Mickey's so you can never tell what will happen where. It's sad but true.

OP, sorry you had such a time of things! That would have been very frustrating indeed!

kilee
05-18-2006, 06:51 AM
That is disappointing to hear. Thank you for sharing!!! :)

MisunderstoodLilo
05-18-2006, 07:05 AM
Thanks for the info. My friend is staying there later this month and I forwarded him the info. Sorry you had a bad time. :(

PixiePop
05-19-2006, 06:37 PM
We stayed there for one night last year and was not that thrilled with the hotel either. We had to change rooms because the first room smelled really bad of mold and the pools did look dirty.

jx3smom
05-24-2006, 08:03 AM
We stayed there 2 nights in March 2005 and really didn't like it very much. It just wasn't that clean and the pool area was not well kept.

southtown
05-24-2006, 08:17 AM
We stayed there back in 2001 and we didnt like it. I remember being excited about the place because we got a great deal, and it got one of the top ratings for a non-disney hotel in the Unofficial Guide. It was ok but we have definately would have rather stayed somewhere else.

I guess one good thing came out of it as that was the trip we bought DVC :)

wisbucky
06-15-2006, 01:03 PM
DH and I stayed there in 2003. Our experience was horrible. We were billed for items we never ordered or used (mini bar, newspaper. room service). We were given the brush off when we asked for a phone number for Mears. Mears had forgotten to pick us up for the airport. The comment we were given was "They dont handle that area-sorry). So when we asked for phone numbers for taxi cabs we were given the same response. I wont even go into the situation we had with asking for a phone book. We ended up having to stand outside writing done numbers of taxi cabs that drove by. I would NEVER NEVER NEVER recommend them.

Anc96
06-15-2006, 01:45 PM
We stayed here for a few days last year and it wasn't so bad.

I DO agree with the smell of mold and mildew in the room and hallways in some parts of the hotel! I noticed that it seemed to only be on the top floor though.

When we checked into the room I barely noticed it, but when I opened the door it was terrible! I went downstairs to report it and the CSR said "we'll send someone to check on that"... I said check on what? I want a different room! We had roamed around the hotel and could easily tell the difference. We made sure to have at least one floor over us.. and there was no smell at all. The room was very nice (the first one was too).. and everything in that section seemed much cleaner and newer. They seemed to be renovating some floors as when the elevator door opened they were people laying down carpeting.

The pool area seemed clean, but there was never any towels. The heated pool was not warm enough... but it was immaculately clean. Most people chose the free form one, I guess because of the slide and waterfall. My daughter preferred that one.. but it's Coooooold!!!

We only ate in their restaurant once.. pricey for the quality.. not impressed.

The grounds were pretty an nicely kept.

The staff were TERRIBLE for the most part. My experience with the front desk was that they did their job and that's it. I don't even think any of them smiled at all. The housekeeping were just plain unfriendly. I would smile and say goodmorning... and they wouldn't even smile back. And yes.. I did tip housekeeping daily.

Housekeeping in general was ok. The room was cleaned every day, lots of clean towels, beds made, trash emptied, tidied a bit, but NOT vaccuumed every day I noticed. The beds are only changed if you leave this cardboard bed-changing sign on them.. and when we did they were changed.

They DO charge you for some dumb USA day delivery and I think for water or juice or something.. it's part of the hotel fee.

The hotel overall was ok. I would never pay rack rate for them (about 117 I think). I got a good deal because of their best rate guarantee.. 25% off the lowest price if you find the same room on another site cheaper than on the radisson site. I think it was about $65 a night before tax & fees.

This year we will be spending our first 4 nights there... even if it is as good.. it'll be good enough. I just hope it's not worse.. or bad! We got another decent deal, 4 nights for $369 after tax and fees.

But then it's off to AKL & WL for 12 nights to make up for it.. so I think we'll live!

AC7179
06-29-2006, 10:21 PM
We stayed there a few years ago.

The room was okay, I wasn't unhappy with it.

I did get the room on Priceline,,and I only paid somewhere like 50 bucks for the room.

I had a baby. I didn't know whether or not to bring my pack and play so I called and they said it was no problem, they would have a crib in the room. When I got to the hotel at 4 I requested it again. When we got back and got in our room, no crib. They didn't deliver it until after 11! I was livid---no one could sleep until then.

Mad4Dizne
06-30-2006, 11:16 AM
we have only had bad off-site experiences both with Universal and Disney. I will never stay off-site again. I know alot of people love staying off-site and have good luck, but I figure I don't get to vacation that often, so I want to make sure I have as best a trip possible. Sorry you had such an awful experience and I certainly hope the sites that recommend this hotel do some more current research on them.

DisneyMarathon
07-05-2006, 11:15 PM
I also did not enjoy my offsite stay. I rented a condo from an owner recently. BIG MISTAKE. I travel frequently and have never felt so uncomfortable! The owner gave me so many do's and don'ts after I signed the contract. I felt that I had to tiptoe around the condo because I was afraid to break anything! I will definitely not rent from her again.

Anc96
08-11-2006, 11:34 PM
We've been back now for a couple of weeks. I thought I'd update my 'review' of the Radisson.

Well the name has now changed to the Radisson Resort Celebration. I'm not sure why, whether it changed hands or what.

First.. I got the price of $369 in my confirmation (for 4 nights.. that's including taxes and fees), but for some reason it came to $329. Nope, I didn't complain.

I had also paid the $10 extra a night for the pool view and I was so glad I did! We were on the 6th floor in the 1000 building.. central to everything with just an elevator ride down. The view of the pool was nice.

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Housekeeping was pretty good. They seemed to change the sheets every night without us asking which was nice. And the comforter they changed when I left the cardboard "change me" sign on it (I'd gotten something on it.. ok.. it was CHOCOLATE!!..lol). They didn't vacuumm every day though.. same thing as last time.

This time the desk people were really nice! Very friendly.. even gave me lots of FREE coupons (for bottled water, a drink from the pool bar and a drink from the lobby bar). The FREE drinks were any kind too! I used them a couple of times and ordered a nice froo froo type $8.95 drink.. for free!!
I was with DD so couldn't take advantage of all the nice free drinks :guilty: (though we did use all the free bottled water coupons). I gave the drink ones to a group of people when we were checking out. Friendly and grateful.

I had no problems here this time at all. The room was great. The first night the toilet clogged (my dd put something in it she shouldn't have.. she panicked and flushed it!!..lol). They came up immediately at almost 11pm and fixed it in about 10 minutes.
The refrigerator is now free.. and BIG compared to the Disney ones.
They have a courtesy computer (2 of them) in the business office that you may use. And I did several times.

The pool area was pretty darn clean! And... TOWELS EVERYWHERE!! Yea! We went to the pool many times and they always had towels. A nice change from last time. They had an activities director that did some kids games around the pool a few times. We only saw her twice while we were there.

The big pool is still too cold for me.. I wish they'd heat that one. My dd spent lots of time in there. She loves the slide (you can see it in one of the pics), and the waterfall.

All in all.. a great visit. For what I paid I was thrilled (I was billed correctly, on the bill and on my cc statement).
I may consider it for a short time next year too if I get a good price for it again. We still get all the Disney time without the prices. We have APs and the AP rates weren't available for AKL or WL this year. That's where we stayed after the Radisson. Sure I'd love to stay on property the whole time. But cutting off the 4 nights on property this year saved me over $700 dollars.. which meant we didn't have to shorten our vacation.
We still got 6 nights at AKL and 6 at WL. I hope next year I can do the whole time at AKL.... but if the price is too high.. I'd be happy to spend some time at the Radisson if it's as good as it was this year!

Good visit this time. I hope others experience the same!
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Seahunt
08-11-2006, 11:52 PM
Well the name has now changed to the Radisson Resort Celebration. I'm not sure why, whether it changed hands or what.
I wonder if it's because of all the bad press about the kid almost dying in the hot tub there a couple weeks ago? :confused3

From local news 7/21/06:
A 14-year-old who was sucked to the bottom of a hotel hot tub and kept under water for at least seven minutes was likely saved by air his father breathed into his mouth during the ordeal.

Aljuwon Pipkin, who was visiting Walt Disney World from New Jersey, became stuck at the bottom of the hot tub last Thursday at the Radisson Parkway Hotel.
Officials said a grate at the bottom of the tub apparently broke and created a strong suction that pulled the teen underwater.

Pipkin's father was at the pool and noticed his son stuck at the bottom of the hot tub.

"I get chills now even speaking about it," father Sharif Pipkin said. "I was truly a traumatic moment. I figured he was at the bottom and they just couldn't pull him up and then he didn't come up. And, I pulled again and he didn't come up. I began to holler for help from people."

As people jumped in to pull the teen from the bottom of the tub, Pipkin's father jumped in and began to breathe air into his son's mouth, the report said.

"(Aljuwon Pipkin) doesn't remember the frantic help from hotel guests and doesn't remember his father breathing into his mouth underwater," Local 6 reporter Jessica Sanchez said.

Pipkin was transported to Florida Hospital South in critical condition and initial scans of his brain were abnormal. Doctors feared he suffered brain damage.

However, seven days after the near drowning, Pipkin was given the OK to leave the hospital. He was diagnosed as being healthy with no permanent damage from the incident.

"The fact that he woke up at all is being considered a miracle," Sanchez said.

"I just remember going down to the pool and then waking up in the hospital," Pipkin said. "I can appreciate life more," Aljuwon Pipkin said. "It makes you want to work harder for things."

Pipkin's family said they do not blame the Radisson Hotel and said they believe what happened was an accident, the report said.

Anc96
08-13-2006, 10:47 PM
I wonder if it's because of all the bad press about the kid almost dying in the hot tub there a couple weeks ago? :confused3

From local news 7/21/06:
A 14-year-old who was sucked to the bottom of a hotel hot tub and kept under water for at least seven minutes was likely saved by air his father breathed into his mouth during the ordeal.

Aljuwon Pipkin, who was visiting Walt Disney World from New Jersey, became stuck at the bottom of the hot tub last Thursday at the Radisson Parkway Hotel.
Officials said a grate at the bottom of the tub apparently broke and created a strong suction that pulled the teen underwater.

Pipkin's father was at the pool and noticed his son stuck at the bottom of the hot tub.

"I get chills now even speaking about it," father Sharif Pipkin said. "I was truly a traumatic moment. I figured he was at the bottom and they just couldn't pull him up and then he didn't come up. And, I pulled again and he didn't come up. I began to holler for help from people."

As people jumped in to pull the teen from the bottom of the tub, Pipkin's father jumped in and began to breathe air into his son's mouth, the report said.

"(Aljuwon Pipkin) doesn't remember the frantic help from hotel guests and doesn't remember his father breathing into his mouth underwater," Local 6 reporter Jessica Sanchez said.

Pipkin was transported to Florida Hospital South in critical condition and initial scans of his brain were abnormal. Doctors feared he suffered brain damage.

However, seven days after the near drowning, Pipkin was given the OK to leave the hospital. He was diagnosed as being healthy with no permanent damage from the incident.

"The fact that he woke up at all is being considered a miracle," Sanchez said.

"I just remember going down to the pool and then waking up in the hospital," Pipkin said. "I can appreciate life more," Aljuwon Pipkin said. "It makes you want to work harder for things."

Pipkin's family said they do not blame the Radisson Hotel and said they believe what happened was an accident, the report said.

Wow.. that's terrible. I'm glad the boy was ok!

I booked our room at the Radisson before that happened so that's not the reason for the name change. I think it's been changed for quite a while now.. probably due to the opening of the entrance to Celebration directly across the road from them. Maybe they wanted to be associated with that name too.

How odd what happened. Hot tubs blow water out don't they? I wonder how it was sucking him in... that poor father... what he must have felt while his son was under water. And I guess it's a blessing the boy doesn't remember anything.

leight
08-31-2006, 05:25 PM
I think many of you are mistaking the Parkway Radisson and the Radisson Resort Parkway. Which is the true reason they changed the name- to distinguish the barely 2 star 'hotel' from the Resort. Having stayed at both- and they are pretty close to each other and Disney!- the Parkway is horrible. Last time I was there it was booked thru Dh's golf trip. Horrible. The day I met him there (one night before we moved to POR) there was a huge TATOO convention going on. I had to walk thru a pretty scary group of 'inked' men to meet DH.

The other Radisson is a resort but very nice. A good bargain for the price and location. Hope this helps.

hoosiergirl7
09-25-2006, 10:26 PM
We were actually quite happy with our stay. We paid I think $60 a night for 5 nights. The rooms were quiet and clean and our air conditioning worked great. We had a decent view of the pool. I will say that the staff doesn't go out of their way for you, but we were never treated rudely, etc. It was like any normal hotel we've ever stayed at. Our stay included breakfast at Mandolin's every morning which was really great. The breakfast was better than expected but nothing spectacular. It was food and it was food that I didn't have to buy every morning. The pools were clean but on the cold side for me - I grew up with an inground pool that was kept at about 83 degrees constantly. That's how I like my pool water. The hotel is currently doing a bit of renovating including replacing windows in all the buildings. So there were several buildings that were being worked on.

I don't know if I'll ever stay off property again (for convenience reasons) but our stay wasn't bad at all especially for the price.

talksalot81
11-14-2006, 05:18 PM
We quite fancy the look of the Radisson Resort Celebration. The initial posts here concerned me a bit but it does look like the more recent are alot better.

We are going to be vacationing 24th april to 8th may 2007. My first question is with regards to the prices - the numbers I have seen in this thread are alot lower than I am managing to find. Is that simply because of the different times of year?

Then to the 'convenience' factor. We want to be quite close to Disney and in fact really want to be able to take shuttles in and out of the theme parks (which also can save a bit on parking). Did anyone use the shuttle service? Is it good? How frequent? How is it located for general 'getting about'? Is it easy enough to get to I-drive, Universal etc. (keep in mind I have never driven an automatic and never driven on the right hand side of the road!).

Do you think there are any other, better options out there?

Thanks

HappyLawyer
11-14-2006, 05:27 PM
Well i have not stayed there yet, but i did get a comped room because they charged me ahead a time and then they double charged me at that, So i got refunded and a free room, we will see how it goes.

Anc96
11-17-2006, 11:11 AM
Hi.. have you tried the link through mousesavers.com ? It's usually a discounted price. I did enjoy our stay at the resort, but I wouldn't have paid the rack rate for it.

I always rent a car so I couldn't tell you about the shuttles. But I can tell you it's literally minutes from Disney World.. and not at all hard to get to Sea World and Universal. The highway is only down the road about 1/4 mi. Very easy.

It's much easier to adjust FROM a standard to an automatic than visa versa.. so don't worry about that. I can't advise you on the right-hand road thing though..lol. Only if you see a car coming at you... scoot over quick!

There might be better options.. but, this radisson is a pretty good one I think. If you can get lower than their rack rates.


Good Luck!

We quite fancy the look of the Radisson Resort Celebration. The initial posts here concerned me a bit but it does look like the more recent are alot better.

We are going to be vacationing 24th april to 8th may 2007. My first question is with regards to the prices - the numbers I have seen in this thread are alot lower than I am managing to find. Is that simply because of the different times of year?

Then to the 'convenience' factor. We want to be quite close to Disney and in fact really want to be able to take shuttles in and out of the theme parks (which also can save a bit on parking). Did anyone use the shuttle service? Is it good? How frequent? How is it located for general 'getting about'? Is it easy enough to get to I-drive, Universal etc. (keep in mind I have never driven an automatic and never driven on the right hand side of the road!).

Do you think there are any other, better options out there?

Thanks

mouseketeer_mom
11-17-2006, 12:17 PM
I came upon this thread accidently and now I must ask: how many Radisson resorts are there in the Orlando area?

My DH won a free trip for two at a golf tourny. Part of the package includes three nights at the Radisson Worldgate Resort in Orlando. We were planning on using the trip voucher in the fall of 08. Is this the same resort you are commenting on in this thread? (this one is suppose to be about 1 to 1.5 miles from WDW) I guess I just would want to reconsider our plans if the hotel is sub par.

talksalot81
11-17-2006, 12:55 PM
Thanks Anc96. The rate I am getting online is somewhat better than mousesavers (actually I can beat almost every rate they give!). I have to admit I am a bit lost as to where I will go! I dont even know if now is a good time or whether I should wait a few months!

LAS2AMS
12-06-2006, 01:28 AM
There are currently two Radissons within Orlando: the Radisson Resort Celebration (the hotel being discussed within this thread) and the Radisson Worldgate Resort (where you're scheduled to stay). Early next year the former Days Inn Lake Buena Vista -- which has been closed & under renovation for about a year -- will be re-flagged as the Radisson Inn Lake Buena Vista. The Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista (located on Palm Parkway...also mentioned within this thread) was recently re-flagged from a Radisson (after extensive renovation).

Remember to be subjective when reading reviews: there are plenty of people who will not like a property unless it's Disney-owned, operated & themed, regardless of how wonderful it may be. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's not a reason to degrade a perfectly fine property.

I've stayed at both the Radisson Resort Celebration and the Radisson Worldgate. I perfer the former but both are excellent properties. The Worldgate was suppose to receive a renovation after I stayed there.

I came upon this thread accidently and now I must ask: how many Radisson resorts are there in the Orlando area?

My DH won a free trip for two at a golf tourny. Part of the package includes three nights at the Radisson Worldgate Resort in Orlando. We were planning on using the trip voucher in the fall of 08. Is this the same resort you are commenting on in this thread? (this one is suppose to be about 1 to 1.5 miles from WDW) I guess I just would want to reconsider our plans if the hotel is sub par.

WebmasterBob
12-09-2006, 10:35 AM
Hi Folks, Radisson Celebrations is a diamond in the rough. It is a great hotel and you can book it right on the DIS website at the following link. We have the best rates out there and booking through our link also helps support the running of the boards.
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/Resorts/RadissonPrkwy/index.htm#rad

Please note there are some great prices available for dates in December right now.

December 8 - 11: Now available at $87.00
December 12 - 14: Now available at $59.00
December 15 - 16: Now available at $77.00
December 17 - 21: Now available at $59.00
December 22 - 25: Now available at $77.00
December 26 - 31: Now available at $177.00
Pricing may change at any time so book early.

mmeads4
12-10-2006, 06:43 AM
We stayed Friday, Dec1 and Saturday, Dec 2. The toliet leaked and I had to open the tank to fix it myself, :sad2: and we paid $10 each day service fee and for what? :teacher: I called the front desk to ask what that included and she was a smart @$$, and we never got our bottled water in the room- I had to ask several people, several times, they finally gave me a voucher for 2 bottles on our last day at their deli, I had to wait in line 15 minutes with 2 small children, just to get the water and there was only 1 person ahead of me! :hourglass
Oh yea, and the safe in the room didn't even work! Someone had locked it prior and front desk said sorry....Oh and their bus service- SUCKS! The first time using it...we missed the MK bus by 3 min, had to jet over to Epcot, missed that bus by 4 min, had to jet back over to MK and wait till 11:30 pm to catch the LASt bus of the night. Me and my DD,4 and DS,2....this journey started at 9:15pm- the kids and I were POOPED, and the bus driver only dropped us off at the front of the hotel rather than taking us to our bus stop by our room, when I asked if he could drop us off at our bus stop- he said no :confused3 we had to walk completely around the building and down 2 long halls to get to our room, I was carrying my 2 year old and back pack and holding on to my 4 year old's hand who was 1/2 asleep and crying becuz she was too tired to walk!
I would highly not recommend this place. I am writing a letter to Mousesavers, not to recommend this place!
Just to clarify: We stayed at the Radisson Resort Parkway- Celebration, not Worldgate...
Thankfully, on Sunday we moved to Old Key West Resort- ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!

Phrank40
04-30-2007, 05:36 PM
Stayed at Radisson Celebration in early April 2007, just needed an inexpensive room in Disney area for one night, got this with Mousesaver rate. To be truthful after reading all the reviews was expecting a mediocre experience, and I was sort of actively looking for problems to crop up. The reality was it was a pleasant experience and I had no problems with the room or the staff. The parking was a little iffy distance wise but was still only a few minutes walk even when we had to park in the lot away from our room location. Nice view of landscaped courtyard/pond and room only a minute away from lobby.

Do not book one of the hotels further down this road at the end of the road unless you don't mind highway noise from I-4 (unless these hotels have really good soundproofing). I walked down that way and there was a lot of highway noise, while the Radisson was pretty quiet.

Phrank

clombardi
06-03-2007, 10:58 AM
Stayed at Radisson Celebration in early April 2007, just needed an inexpensive room in Disney area for one night, got this with Mousesaver rate. To be truthful after reading all the reviews was expecting a mediocre experience, and I was sort of actively looking for problems to crop up. The reality was it was a pleasant experience and I had no problems with the room or the staff. The parking was a little iffy distance wise but was still only a few minutes walk even when we had to park in the lot away from our room location. Nice view of landscaped courtyard/pond and room only a minute away from lobby.

Do not book one of the hotels further down this road at the end of the road unless you don't mind highway noise from I-4 (unless these hotels have really good soundproofing). I walked down that way and there was a lot of highway noise, while the Radisson was pretty quiet.

Phrank

Thanks so much for posting this. We are staying here 2 night in August before moving onsite. I was getting nervous!

luke
08-06-2007, 04:11 AM
We stayed here (Radisson Resort Celebration) for 2 weeks in July and i find myself wondering what people are complaining about - a lot of people on review sites just seem to complain for complainings sake!!

Hotel was good, staff were friendly, room was nice (especially given the lack of time we obviously spent there with being in theme parks most of the time!), location was convenient!

Would recommend it to anyone, especially at the very good price it seems to come at!!

Anc96
08-06-2007, 10:43 AM
We stayed Friday, Dec1 and Saturday, Dec 2. The toliet leaked and I had to open the tank to fix it myself, :sad2: and we paid $10 each day service fee and for what? :teacher: I called the front desk to ask what that included and she was a smart @$$, and we never got our bottled water in the room- I had to ask several people, several times, they finally gave me a voucher for 2 bottles on our last day at their deli, I had to wait in line 15 minutes with 2 small children, just to get the water and there was only 1 person ahead of me! :hourglass
Oh yea, and the safe in the room didn't even work! Someone had locked it prior and front desk said sorry....Oh and their bus service- SUCKS! The first time using it...we missed the MK bus by 3 min, had to jet over to Epcot, missed that bus by 4 min, had to jet back over to MK and wait till 11:30 pm to catch the LASt bus of the night. Me and my DD,4 and DS,2....this journey started at 9:15pm- the kids and I were POOPED, and the bus driver only dropped us off at the front of the hotel rather than taking us to our bus stop by our room, when I asked if he could drop us off at our bus stop- he said no :confused3 we had to walk completely around the building and down 2 long halls to get to our room, I was carrying my 2 year old and back pack and holding on to my 4 year old's hand who was 1/2 asleep and crying becuz she was too tired to walk!
I would highly not recommend this place. I am writing a letter to Mousesavers, not to recommend this place!
Just to clarify: We stayed at the Radisson Resort Parkway- Celebration, not Worldgate...
Thankfully, on Sunday we moved to Old Key West Resort- ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!


Wow.. I am so sorry you had such a bad stay.

We've stayed there a few times and our stays have always been very pleasant.

Most hotels in the area have a fee, I think it's called a resort fee, and it's around $10 a day. The Hotel Royal in DTD it's $8 a day, and you don't even get water!, or a refrigerator!

Why did you fix the toilet yourself? Didn't they send someone up?
If not, I think you should have asked for a manager before fixing it yourself. You couldn't get me to fix a toilet!
I also wouldn't have tolerated rudeness from a desk clerk, or anyone.

The first time we stayed there we had a problem with a moldy smell in the room (this was about 3 years ago).. When I called down about it, it didn't seem like they planned on moving us, so I didn't give them an option. I was told "we'll send someone up to check that", I said, there's nothing to "check", it smells moldy, please send the bellman up to get my luggage and change my room. It was done. I was not snotty or rude, I was just firm.
The hotel was undergoing renovations on the roof above us (we were on the top floor of that particular building).. I think it caused the smell. The rest of the hotel, and our new room, smelled fine.

At that stay, I had asked for a refrigerator (at that time it was not standard with the room). Well I called down for it, hung up the phone, and I swear there was a knock at the door a minute later!! It's a joke with my daughter and I how there's some guy walking around the halls with an emergency refrigerator, because I can't understand HOW he got to our room so fast! It was literally like 1 minute, and we were on the 5th floor!

Another visit, the toilet clogged (dd's fault as she put alot of baby wipes in it :rolleyes1 ), and maintenance was up in only about 10 minutes, if that long. He fixed it fast... cleaned everything up, and was very nice to us chatting as he worked. He just laughed when I told him what dd did. He said no need to appologize, he has kids too!

The water does not come to your room, they give you vouchers for it now. The last time we were there the very nice check in woman handed me a bunch of vouchers! They are supposed to be one per day, but she gave us about 10-12, 3-coupon strips for a 5 day stay. They were for water, one free drink at the pool bar, and one free drink in the lobby bar. We used all the water ones and I used 2 of the drink ones. I gave away the rest as we were leaving the hotel to a friendly looking group.
The rooms seem to be all the same everytime we go, but they're very nice and pretty spacious (compared to Disney rooms..lol. But I still LOVE Disney!)

I always rent a car so I can't comment on their bus service. I'm sorry you had such a bad experience with it!
I am confused as to why you walked all the way around the building if you were left off in front by the bus? The lobby connects to all the buildings directly... the lobby is like the hub and the different sections connect to it. You could have easily walked through the lobby, across it, then go towards your section of the building. Any part of the hotel is only minutes from the lobby because of the way it's set up.

I think when using off property hotel busses you really need to show up early. Anytime I heard of people missing the busses, they are late. The busses seem to leave EXACTLY on time I've noticed. If you are minutes late.. the bus is gone.
I had to go to the kennel at Magic Kingdom to meet a friend this past summer, it was by the off property busses (I'd never known where they were before, never thought about it). There were people there, it looked like 3 different groups of people, that were very angry because they missed their busses... not even the same bus! I didn't understand it. One group had just missed it by about 3 minutes. The other 2 were more than 7 minutes late. You should have heard them! One woman was indignant saying "I TOLD her we would be coming back on this bus... she should have waited for us!!". You gotta be kidding? Like the driver is supposed to even remember these people and what time they were coming back and then supposed to wait for them? One person was calling the hotel to insist the bus come back for them. It didn't seem like they were too successful. There were a couple of other people that missed their bus too.. a couple, and they took it in stride and decided to go to MGM since there was such a long wait for the next bus.

With small children it should be an immediate concern to get to the bus on time. If I had missed a bus with my young kids I would have gotten a taxi for the one time.. I don't think I could have dragged them from one park to another for 2.25 hours to catch a bus to a hotel that's 5-12 minutes away.
I do understand that cost can be a concern, but it's only one time, and it doesn't cost too much because the Radisson is so closeby.

The pool areas were wonderful the last couple of times we were there.. the first time I found it needing some cleaning, and there were no towels. Must have been an off time I guess because the other visits afterwards, there were plenty of towels, there were children's activities, and it was very clean. I still wish they'd heat the free form pool though.

I guess not everyone can have a good stay everytime. I had a pretty bad experience at Wilderness Lodge last year (a wonderful Manager contacted me later and appologized).. the incident would not stop me from going there again because the majority of people have a very good experience, and the manager really did seem to care.
All of my other Disney experiences have been wonderful.. especially this past summer when we were sprinkled with more than our fair share of pixiedust!

I seem to like this property more every time I stay here. For the prices you can book this place for, it's definately worth it! It's not Disney.. I would prefer a Disney property over the Radisson, but I can't always afford the Disney prices.

To compare the Radisson to Old Key West is impossible. OKW, on it's cheapest season for a studio is $279 a night. I've never seen it lower than $189 (that's with the best AP rate I've seen). The Radisson can go as low as $59 at it's cheapest season, and more commonly about $80 - $90 a night.
$189 for OKW compare to $59. How can you compare?
If you can afford OKW rather than the Radisson, why would you even have considered the Radisson?

I use the Radisson, and other off property hotels/resorts, to offset the cost of staying on property, so I CAN stay on property. I had 10 nights off property this year, I paid between $74 (Hotel Royal Plaza) - $89(The Peabody) a night for our accommadations.. this enabled me to afford 10 nights on property at the Beach Club. I would not even try to compare the Hotel Royal Plaza and the Beach Club.. but for what I paid, the HRP was just fine.

Some people don't want to, or can't, pay Disney prices. It's nice that they have some good options out there. I'd consider this Radisson one of them.

I would still recommend this property. Hopefully others will have as pleasant a stay as we have had on our visits.

momof2n2
09-13-2007, 06:31 PM
Stayed there in 2000 and NEVER AGAIN.
Place was yucky.
Went with a large group. Aunt/Uncle/Cousins needed to change room d/t smell.
Our room always had damp floor near A/C.
Pool was nice.
Whole place seemed, I don't know, like a fading diva. :(

Sorry your trip was a disappointment.
Our dear friend and travel agent was shocked too, as their national agency often recommended it as the spot-of-choice off-property. :(

weepoppet
09-15-2007, 08:05 AM
Stayed 1 night at the radisson resort parkway, cancelled after that as it was so bad. We were there Nov 2005, the hotel was having renovation work done so the pool area was noisy.

What killed it for us was the sheets. We had room service come with dry sheets late at night as the previous bedding was cold and damp. All the soft furnishings were damp, even the chairs. Just cold and icky.

Spent the rest of our week at the Omni - a lot more expensive but made our holiday.

luke
09-16-2007, 07:42 AM
Wow massive difference in opinions on this one. Like i've said, it was absolutely brilliant when we went in July, great clean room, excellent friendly staff, very good off-site location.

Guess opinions will never be the same for anything tho