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mrsklamc
01-20-2007, 05:41 PM
Any questions? We stayed with www.5mins2disney.com and it was absolutely fabulous. Not once did anyone try to get us to "buy in," everything was new, clean, and wonderful!

The decor is perfect- themed, but not cheesy. What I loved most was the attention to the details by this particular homeowner--for example, plush pool towels with popular disney characters for the kids, not cheap, thin, generic ones- and non-cartoon towels with the same lush feel for adults. Same goes for the sheets, etc.

I debated bringing things like dish soap, paper towels, laundry soap...my advice is to wait and see what you need. I thought the sundry shop might be overpriced but I bought a small bottle of laundry soap for $2 and I thought that was worth not hauling it in my suitcase.

It really does only take 5 minutes to get to the parking lot of pretty much any disney park-- let me know if you have any other questions!

Mainebound
01-20-2007, 06:03 PM
Any questions? We stayed with www.5mins2disney.com and it was absolutely fabulous. Not once did anyone try to get us to "buy in," everything was new, clean, and wonderful!

The decor is perfect- themed, but not cheesy. What I loved most was the attention to the details by this particular homeowner--for example, plush pool towels with popular disney characters for the kids, not cheap, thin, generic ones- and non-cartoon towels with the same lush feel for adults. Same goes for the sheets, etc.

I debated bringing things like dish soap, paper towels, laundry soap...my advice is to wait and see what you need. I thought the sundry shop might be overpriced but I bought a small bottle of laundry soap for $2 and I thought that was worth not hauling it in my suitcase.

It really does only take 5 minutes to get to the parking lot of pretty much any disney park-- let me know if you have any other questions!


On a complete whim, (maybe having to do with the 6 degree temps and foot of snow here in Maine this weekend. ;)) we bought plane tix and booked a villa at Windsor Hills in the last 24 hours, so I am glad to hear of your great experience. You ought to write a review on the review board if you have not already.

How were the common facilities? Crowded? Sedate? How was the staff there?

Thanks!

mrsklamc
01-20-2007, 06:12 PM
Gosh, I'm blind! I didn't know there WAS a review board! I will do that!

It was not crowded at all; at most, there were one or two other families at the pool at a time- and it's HUGE! We did not make use of the movie theater, although there is plenty of seating. We did play pool, and there was no one else in the game room at the time.

Our interactions with the staff were all great. Our first night we checked in at the gatehouse on the way in, it was fast and friendly. The next day I checked out the access key for the pool and games, which does have a $6 deposit, of course returned at the end of your stay. This was quick and friendly as well. It is in the sales office, but no one tried to sell me anything. We made a couple of purchases in the sundry shop as well as checking out the pool equipment, no complaints then either. When I returned the key they asked if I had a pleasant stay and told me to have a safe trip, no sales at all.

The guard gate is staffed 24/7 and they are very fast at checking to make sure your pass is current and letting you in.

Make sure you have the Sherbeth road directions to the park!
Have a great time!

Mainebound
01-20-2007, 06:52 PM
Sounds great. thanks for letting us know!

snappy
01-20-2007, 08:08 PM
Any questions? We stayed with www.5mins2disney.com and it was absolutely fabulous. Not once did anyone try to get us to "buy in," everything was new, clean, and wonderful!

The decor is perfect- themed, but not cheesy. What I loved most was the attention to the details by this particular homeowner--for example, plush pool towels with popular disney characters for the kids, not cheap, thin, generic ones- and non-cartoon towels with the same lush feel for adults. Same goes for the sheets, etc.

I debated bringing things like dish soap, paper towels, laundry soap...my advice is to wait and see what you need. I thought the sundry shop might be overpriced but I bought a small bottle of laundry soap for $2 and I thought that was worth not hauling it in my suitcase.

It really does only take 5 minutes to get to the parking lot of pretty much any disney park-- let me know if you have any other questions!

Did you use the small wading pool behind the condo? If so, was it warm enough? Also, how about the big pool, warm enough?

mrsklamc
01-20-2007, 08:19 PM
That's hard to say because everyone's definition of 'enough' varies :) The water itself wasn't too bad but getting out was a bit chilly in the evening. I stayed out of the splash pool in the evening (we didn't have it heated) but I'm sure it would have been great during the day. The big pool is heated but it was still a bit chilly in the evening- my solution to this was the hot tub though. It is very near the main pool and kept at 104 degrees.
I don't like to be cold, but the unheated splash pool didn't scare out my niece nephew or husband. Personally if I were going to do it again, and planned on swimming a lot in January, I'd probably spring for the heat.

snappy
01-20-2007, 08:48 PM
Thanks. I am looking at May but my experience even then is that the water is cool.

Maybe being from the south, we just don't "do" cold water.

kaysmommie
01-21-2007, 11:08 AM
Thanks for the review. We are deciding on Windsor hills for our next trip. We just have to pick dates.:)

SusieJane
01-21-2007, 12:27 PM
Thanks for posting your experience with 5Mins2Disney. We are considering going with them this time instead of a house. Do you get much noise through the common wall from the townhouse next door?

mrsklamc
01-21-2007, 01:12 PM
We got none at all through the actual wall. They were out on the lawn the first night being a bit loud, and we could hear them when we were in the front bedroom, but I'd imagine that's an exception. There's no real reason to BE on the front lawn...no seating or anything, and most of the front lawn is driveway.

mrsklamc
01-21-2007, 01:20 PM
I also forgot to post that the homeowner is incredibly helpful. We arrived at night and the lights were all on, which I never would have thought of but is SO nice entering a new house at night. The gatehouse must have called him when we checked in as well, because he called to make sure everything was ok and see if we needed anything else.

5mins2disney
01-21-2007, 08:39 PM
Thanks Micayla, glad you guys had a great time! I'm sitting here in the townhome myself right now connected to WiFi checking in on the DIS! We watched the Bears game on the 50" plasma in HD, awesome, and you can even sit in the pool with the triple sliding glass doors open and watch the game while in total comfort, it's pretty sweet here my friends are here with me, and they're lovin the house so much they don't want to leave here! LOL

We golfed Mystic Dunes so far next door, and have been to Epcot, California Grill, and House of Blues and Pleasure Island, it's just so awesome here, the weather has been just perfect, 80 every day maybe 65 at night, and I'm just loving it here as usual! Mystic Dunes is packed with people showing up to see timeshare presentations.

We had a chance to go in and see our townhome #2 yesterday in person for the first time, pretty cool, it's going to be redecorated / upgraded shortly anyhow, but we just closed on it and hadn't actually been in it yet, and then guests arrived for a week shortly after we "toured". I've decided everyone should go buy themselves a 50" HD plasma...they're just a thing of beauty! LOL


The resort itself seemed a lot busier last time than when I was here last in Sept, last night in the WHR Townhomes at least it seemed like there were cars parked in front of every single home nearly, which is a good thing!


- George

lovindonald
01-22-2007, 06:54 AM
What is the best and cheapest way to book this resort? Also, can you tell me about the pool area? I know you said they have waterslides but do they have other activities near the pool? We tend to stay at our resort for a day or two each time we come and that is an important factor for us. Are these located on International Drive? Thanks!

FreddyBeach
01-22-2007, 01:51 PM
Windsor Hills is located on Old Lake Wilson Road, just below Disney World.

Check out this link: http://local.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&cp=28.321199~-81.59068&style=r&lvl=15&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&sp=Point.nqm5cq860pz3_2600%20N%20Old%20Lake%20Wils on%20Rd%2c%20Kissimmee%2c%20FL%2034747%2c%20United %20States___

I too will be staying there with my family in May. We are staying at this condo:

http://www.magicalgetaway.net

By all accounts it looks like a nice place. Can't beat the price or location.

Mike in the Maritimes.

5mins2disney
01-23-2007, 08:18 AM
Visit the Windsor Hills Resort website, ************************** (http://**************************/cgi-bin/in.cgi?id=256) to book directly from the owners in the resort!

Sitting here in our townhome writing this on our last morning here, I don't want to leave it's so nice here.

We looked at some new townhomes with a realtor across the street yesterday, went in to about 4, right across the street from where we're staying. The furnished ones were actually all fairly high end in terms of furniture and decorating, all were tiled (this is a WHR upgrade), all had "standard" TVs (not plasmas / flat screens). The last one we looked at was the best price, least expensive in the resort, but all of the cheap furniture would need to be disposed of and completely redone, etc, at least it already had tile. Now we just need to decide whether or not we want another townhome project, hmm...

2xDisneyDad
01-23-2007, 10:19 AM
George,

Thanks for the contact info and update on WH. Glad to hear you had a good time.

Steve

mrsklamc
01-23-2007, 10:28 AM
What is the best and cheapest way to book this resort? Also, can you tell me about the pool area? I know you said they have waterslides but do they have other activities near the pool? We tend to stay at our resort for a day or two each time we come and that is an important factor for us. Are these located on International Drive? Thanks!

I rented directly through 5mins2disney.com but I think you can also send an inquiry to all the homeowners through windsorhillsrents.com

There is one big waterslide, and also near the pool area is the hot tub and they have some of those fountains that shoot straight out of the sidewalk like at epcot.. kids were really enjoying those. Also right next to the pool is outdoor pingpong, the billards room and the theater.

mtmbyck
01-23-2007, 10:38 AM
We are renting directly from owners and getting a 6 bedroom home in Windsor Hills the first 2 weeks of March. She gave it to use for $2400 all included (even pool heat and barbecue)! Have a look at floridashaven.com. Looks nice.

PistonsFan
01-23-2007, 12:05 PM
We are going in February - can't wait! Are there any good restaurants close to Windsor Hills that you would recommend? Is there a grocery store nearby?

mrsklamc
01-23-2007, 12:13 PM
You'll be just down the road from 192 which has EVERYTHING. We cooked most of our meals w/ groceries from a grocery store just down the street- I can't remember if it was Publix or Goodings. It was a bit more expensive than say wal-mart but still cheaper than eating out. There was every fast food place you can think of, plus a golden corral and some other buffet places. My husband had this very helpful hint. If you go to maps.google.com you can put in the zip code- which for WH is 34747- and, say "wal-mart' or 'walgreens' or 'taco bell' and it will show you all the nearest ones!

Mrs Doubtfire
01-23-2007, 03:31 PM
hi Pistonsfan

We were there over christmas - nearest places are TGI Fridays & Giordanno's pizza (Chicago pie pizza cooked to order in approx 30 mins) - also a Perkins near but thought this was a bit run down. Plenty of nice places in Celebration & that's not too far away either.

NancyK
01-23-2007, 06:00 PM
I know this is a silly question, but how big & deep is the "splash pool"?

sympatico
01-23-2007, 08:20 PM
Nancy, if you mean the splash pool that each townhouse has then it's about 12 by 12 feet and 4 to 5 feet deep. There was an underwater ledge along with the steps that you could sit and relax. We used the main pool a few times but we aren't big swimmers and it was nice to have our own just to float around in.

NancyK
01-23-2007, 08:50 PM
Thanks. That was exactly what I wanted to know.

mbb
01-29-2007, 09:00 AM
Thanks for the great review:thumbsup2

Going to zip this "upstairs" :)

:sunny:

Maria395712
01-30-2007, 07:00 PM
mtmbyck
I will be in windsor hills in a 3/3 townhouse march 8-15 I am going to be looking at a few homes while I am there, give us a report when you get back like is it clean, have enough towels, looks like in the pics would love to know
thanks
maria

5mins2disney
05-09-2007, 07:04 PM
mtmbyck
I will be in windsor hills in a 3/3 townhouse march 8-15 I am going to be looking at a few homes while I am there, give us a report when you get back like is it clean, have enough towels, looks like in the pics would love to know
thanks
maria

Hey how was your trip Maria, and where's that review!? :goodvibes

Maria395712
05-11-2007, 02:30 PM
I just got in at 10 last night spent 3 nights at the pop didn't take the dog me my DD23 and her friend 22 and could not get anything with my DVC, all sold out, had a great time. my stay in march was awesome loved the townhome which I am sorry that I can't say which one as i had the dog and they don't allow dogs but the owner let him come since he is so small, doesn't climb on furniture or sleep in beds, short short hair , flea treatment every 30 days so they trusted i would take care of the house which i did so i am going back in aug. I didn't mind the drive it was so so close. i will be going to universal at the hard rock in june. no dog it will be me, dd 23 cousin and her dd 24 so all us girls again
maria

maggiew
06-24-2007, 09:56 AM
OP,
Which of the townhomes did you stay in? "Wishes", etc.

Maggie

mrsklamc
06-24-2007, 06:08 PM
We stayed at Wishes!