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jessiangel
06-03-2007, 11:36 AM
Just got back from Vistana last night. I have to admit, I was really nervous after finding out we were in the Courts section of the resort. After staying there, I can honestly say, we found very little to complain about in the Courts section. Our unit was extremely clean and huge! We were directly across from the General Store and Cascades pool and a short walk from the super pool. The walk-in closets in both bedrooms are amazing. Wish I had that at home. There was activities every day for little ones, teens and adults. Unfortunately, we enjoyed it so much, we only used 2 days out of our 6 day park passes, so we feel we wasted money there. MK was about a 5-10 minute driving from parking lot to parking lot. We loved that. DD loved the teen night. She met some people and they hung out the whole week. She says she cannot wait to go back. The pools are great. Very clean and warm. The super pool was a bit chilly, but the Cascades pool was nice and warm. Those were the only pools we went to, as those were our favorites. They had one of the pools closed down...Courts maybe? They were rehabbing it. I highly recommend the Tropical Breeze drink at the Cascades pool. It was so good, I ended up having 2. Drinks were not too expensive. About $5-6 for mixed drinks. I know they have $2 beer night a few times a week. The karaoke was hilarious. The Cascades pool, I feel is geared more towards adults after dark and the super pool geared more towards families after dark.

I definately recommend this resort. It has great security. DD stepped on a frog and killed it one night and screamed and 2 security cars were there in seconds to make sure everything was ok. I myself was a bit embarrassed by the whole scene, but the security guys just laughed. They also put the resort on some sort of lock down on Wednesday, since there were two guys running around who shot two cops down the street at one of the resorts (can't remember which one, but it was all over the news). We had to show ID's whenever we left or came back to prove who we were. It made us feel really safe. The employees were very nice and any time I called, they specifically used our name to greet us, which was impressive. We did have an issue with the air conditioner one night. It froze up and stopped working. The engineer was there within 10 minutes working on it and got it up and working within a few hours. The hospitality lady was really upset about the air going out and ended up paging a second engineer so they could get it working faster.

Oh, and we got towel animals! They day we came, on each bed they made swans out of the pool towels. It was great. I wanted towel animals every time we stayed at Disney and never got them. It was a welcome surprise. Loved the ducks too. We had a bottom unit and they would come up to the patio every morning looking for food. One morning I left bread on the patio and when we came back from the park in the afternoon, there were 4 ducks on the patio eating the bread after ripping open the package. Little theives! :rotfl:

Our only real complaint was the people who checked in above us on Thursday. Their son (about 6-7), would run through the unit until about 2 a.m. and it sounded like the ceiling was caving in. Then he would get bored and start jumping off the bed with a loud bang. We didn't complain, as we were leaving early morning Saturday, but I did feel sorry for the next guests in our unit if they had to hear that all week. So all in all, we had a great time and are thinking of buying resale in Vistana. Only our next stay, I think we will do without the parks and just enjoy the resort. So I want to thank everyone for their advice prior to our stay, and as soon as I can scan our pics in, I will post them.

Blessed_wth_Triplets
06-03-2007, 09:29 PM
Thanks for the info. I'm trying to find a place to stay for our first trip to WDW with our triplets. How much was it a night? Was it a 2 bedroom with full kitchen? How was it staying off WDW property/driving to the parks and such? sorry for all the quesitons..thanks!

Karen:dance3:

jessiangel
06-04-2007, 06:50 AM
Hi Blessed_wth_Triplets. We actually did not pay for the resort, but exchanged it through RCI. It took about 5-10 min. to get to the parks. We would take a right out of the resort and at the first light and just drive down a bit and you were at the parks. It was very convenient, and when we went, traffic wasn't bad at all. We never hit traffic jams down 535 or 536. It was a 2 bedroom with a full kitchen. The kitchen was stocked except for a pizza pan. They even gave us enough packets of coffee to last through most of the week. Also very convenient to the SuperWalmart and Walgreens. There's also an outlet mall right down the street. HTH.

MiaSRN62
06-11-2007, 11:16 AM
Hi Jessie,
Thanks for reporting back. Do u happen to have any pics of the Courts villa ? Lots of people would be interested as so many have reservations about the olders sections.

I definately recommend this resort. It has great security. DD stepped on a frog and killed it one night and screamed and 2 security cars were there in seconds to make sure everything was ok.
There was a somewhat recent thread about Vistana where this one poster said she felt it wasn't safe at all and found fault with security. I always knew and felt security was top-notch there. I wonder how she would respond to this. I just didn't feel she was being fair or realistic. I honestly don't think we'd be going back year after year for the last 12 years if it was unsafe. Of course every resort has it's faults. Vistana's is some of their units are not as spiffy as others, and of course the annoying sales people. But I give credit where credit is due....the security has always been good.
Thanks again for the report. :thumbsup2 Glad u had a nice trip and you can always use those unused days on your MYW pass for the next trip (unless you got the expiry ones !)

pewing
06-12-2007, 12:14 AM
Towel Animals!! Alright!

dopeyfanatic
06-12-2007, 01:32 AM
I'd love to see picture of your room too if you have them, just in case we get an older unit next year. Frankly, I don't care what we get as it will be a HUGE room for my family of 5! And it has a full kitchen. Who cares what the decor looks like? I do admit I love the new stuff they're doing, but I'm not going to NOT go because my room is still stuck in the 90's! LOL! I'm happy to hear your report!

nicki dahling
06-15-2007, 06:45 AM
I am considering booking this resort. Would love to see some pictures in advance.

MiaSRN62
06-15-2007, 10:37 AM
I have pics here :
http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=4287948459

disneymom3
06-23-2007, 09:30 PM
It's always so good to read about Vistana. makes me want to go back. On our "several year" plan we intend to buy at Vistana. We were going to do DVC but decided on Vistana. Way better price and our time won't ever expire.

We have found the same with security and the friendliness of the staff. We stayed at Liki Tiki this last trip (should have spent the extra $600 and stayed at Vistana for rack rate!!) and the difference in staff was astounding to us. The security gaurds acted like you were annoying them when they had to wave you through. So different from the Vistana staff who act like they are happy to see you and always give a friendly wave.

luvdisney14
06-24-2007, 10:03 PM
Maria,

Thanks for the great pictures. We will be returing to vistana in august thru rci exchange. Last time we rented thru a promotion and stayed in cascades. I will be hoping for the same again. We will probably arrive at the property very early in the am and I am hoping to put a request in. We are first staying at the hard rock. We just want to check in early to request cascades, we can wait all day to get our room in we have.

Sue

MiaSRN62
06-25-2007, 01:06 AM
Hi Sue,
Wishing u a nice stay this August and hope u get the Cascades. We're checking out of Vistana on Aug 4.

disneymom3
06-25-2007, 12:13 PM
And keep in mind that you are welcome to use the pools etc while you are waiting for your room. We had a nice picnic/pool day when we switched resorts. Have fun and good luck on your choice. Maria--you have a great trip too!!

MiaSRN62
06-25-2007, 01:16 PM
Thanks Julie ! I can't wait :yay:

momof2intx
06-25-2007, 02:27 PM
We are staying there next month -- which building do you think would be best for us to stay in (closest to pools, food etc...) -- we have a child in a wheelchair. I would just call them to request it if possible. Thanks, love the pics!

MiaSRN62
06-26-2007, 12:36 AM
We are staying there next month -- which building do you think would be best for us to stay in (closest to pools, food etc...) -- we have a child in a wheelchair. I would just call them to request it if possible.

Does Vistana know your child will be in a wheelchair ? Make sure you let them know, because if not, most sections/buildings do not have elevators. The Lakes is a great section because most of the buildings, if not all, are pretty close to the pool. This is a section with elevators.

The newest Cascades section, also has elevators, but it's a much larger section and more spread out. Only some buildings are close to the pool. Both the Lakes and Cascades pool have food nearby.

disneysnob
07-11-2007, 08:46 AM
We were just at the Vistana June 24-July1.:goodvibes We did the diamond lane checking before we left, which worked out fabulous because there was no line when we got there! We did get the Cascades 2 bedroom, which I requested. I was a bit concerned at first because we were in the far back of the section, next to the highway side (CiCi's pizza and a mini golf course -with a volcano that sounded off every so often.) However, once inside the room, we could hear nothing. The place was wonderful, clean and very spacious! We could've walked to the pool, but we opted to drive instead...we always found a parking spot at each of the pools..we tried them all! The Cascades was, by far , the best, lots for the kids..(waterfalls, squirt area..). Also, however it was the most crowded. I actually liked the Fountains pool area (I think that was the one). We were there on Karaoke night and all you can eat barbecue night. It was a much more quieter feel, with many older families and kids. When we checked out on the 1st, we did Saratoga Springs-1 bdr-for the next four nights. You don't realize how much space you lose going from a 2bdr to a 1bdr :confused3...(The SSR was beautiful, also, and our balcony overlooked Downtown Disney-which was especially nice for the DD 4th of July fireworks!!!! ) The driving distance from both places to the parks seemed to be equal,-SSR is kinda out of the way, I thought. Even though SSR is in Disney,-it wasn't very convenient to any of the parks. I would definitely choose the Vistana again. The 2bdr at SSR is probably comparable in size to the Cascades, but I'm sure it's ALOT more $$$$$. JMHO. Enjoy your trip!:)

MiaSRN62
07-11-2007, 08:53 AM
The driving distance from both places to the parks seemed to be equal,-SSR is kinda out of the way, I thought. Even though SSR is in Disney,-it wasn't very convenient to any of the parks.
SSR is probably only a little closer. You might have been happier in a 2 bedroom at SSR and that may have slanted you a little bit more towards Vistana. Glad u got the Cascades. I know exactly which building you were in. That one is close to the road (SR 535).

What's nice about SSR, is you are on wdw property and get the advantages of onsite perks like transportation, Extra Magic Hours, package delivery etc. Being able to walk or boat to DD from SSR is nice as well.

Not sure if being in the Cascades made you prefer Vistana over SSR ? I know alot of people's opinions are formed by which section they are placed in Vistana. Had you gotten one of the older sections, you might have been more akin to SSR ?

Glad the DL worked for you and glad u enjoyed the resort !

disneysnob
07-11-2007, 09:18 AM
[QUOTE=MiaSRN62;19675167] You might have been happier in a 2 bedroom at SSR and that may have slanted you a little bit more towards Vistana. What's nice about SSR, is you are on wdw property and get the advantages of onsite perks like transportation, Extra Magic Hours, package delivery etc. Being able to walk or boat to DD from SSR is nice as well.


Actually, you are probably right. :thumbsup2 We did walk to DD disney one afternoon, and had some items shipped to our room. Also, the free parking was great and we took advatange of EMH one morning at Blizzard Beach... I think the space of the 1 bdr compared to the 2 bdr is what made the difference. ( We bought points from a dis member on these boards and got a VERY good deal for the SSR.) I think if the roles were reversed and we did SSR first, I would have been dissapointed about losing all of the Disney perks. And between you and I -and the rest of the boards-it IS a different feeling when you actually stay inside Disney. We were only supposed to go to the Vistana for the week, but I convinced my DH that it's just not a Disney vacation unless we do at least one night in a Disney hotel. (we did 4 :yay: )
We had previously stayed at CR, WL, GF, and OKW. I think the SSR-compared to those locations(maybe not OKW)-is out of the way. Also the 1 bdr at OKW seemed a bit bigger, too. All in all, we had a fabulous time and I would do it all again in a heartbeat!!!!:love:

MiaSRN62
07-11-2007, 12:42 PM
Also the 1 bdr at OKW seemed a bit bigger, too.
Oh it is disneysnob ! It's more than a bit bigger ;) :thumbsup2
We own at OKW. I've never stayed at SSR, but we did do an hour private tour there. Very nice resort, but we immediately noticed the size difference in the 1 bedrooms at the two resorts.

Well, I'm getting a bit off topic from Vistana. But since we're talking size, the Cascades 2 bedrooms are a bit smaller than the older sections 2 bedrooms. I toured the Cascades, and the smaller size is most notable in the living/dining room area. It's more narrow. But most people are "ok" with it and prefer the newness of it, to the larger size older units.

Thanks again for the report. And I know what you mean about staying onsite. We're splitting our trip this July between Vistana and the Wilderness Lodge. I just have to have some days onsite ! :thumbsup2

RJL
07-28-2007, 10:54 PM
My husband, three kids and I just returned from the vistana resort (fountains section) and we found it disappointing. We plan on never returning or recommending it to others. The room was dirty (including bugs), the staff was rude, and the view of the highway was not ideal. After almost a year of planning our disney trip, we couldn't wait to leave.

Piglet54
07-30-2007, 01:03 PM
We stayed at the Vistana in February and LOVED it! We loved the close proximity to the Disney parks and everything we experienced was top notch. Our unit was clean, quiet and the resort had everything we needed. We're planning a return trip in November.

MiaSRN62
07-31-2007, 12:34 AM
and the view of the highway was not ideal.
RJL ~
Sounds like you may have been in Fountains II ? There are a small amount of villas in this section that do back up to the highway (there is a fence there). I always request "water view" for the Fountains so we are assured to never get that view. Like I said, thankfully there is only a small section of the Fountains that has this view. The majority of the Fountains has a pool or water view. I am in Fountains II right now (unit 1647) and have a nice view of a pond with a fountain. Unit is clean. Not one single bug since our Sat check-in. For years, here on the DIS, I have encouraged people to fill out the Diamond Lane form and request "water view". Checking in early helps. One time we were assigned one of those fence/highway units and I asked to be changed. They obliged. So in over 13 years of stays in the Fountains section we have had great views. Sorry you found it disappointing RJL.

luvdisney14
07-31-2007, 05:12 AM
Maria,

I hope you are having a great trip. Weather good?? Is fountains II newer than fountains?I did speak to Ada at Diamond Lake last week about cascades, thanks for the tip. I noticed that you will be returing home and we will just be leaving. Enjoy

Sue

Piglet54
07-31-2007, 10:43 AM
RJL ~
For years, here on the DIS, I have encouraged people to fill out the Diamond Lane form and request "water view". Checking in early helps.

How does one get the Diamond Lane form? We are staying at the Vistana in November and I would like to fill this out and request a water view. Thanks!

MiaSRN62
07-31-2007, 02:29 PM
Hi Sue !
Thanks...we are having fun.
Yes, Fountains II is newer. The jacuzzi tub is in the master bedroom (same as Lakes and Cascades). In the Fountains I, there is a whirlpool tub in the master bathroom. Our room was very clean upon check-in and we had our midweek touchup today while we were at the parks. They did a good job. My dd had gotten baby powder all over the tile floor in the bathroom and they swept it all up. I checked everywhere for signs of dirt or cobwebs etc. I can't find a thing.

It is hot and humid....but so was Philly when we left so we were conditioned for it. There have been big storm every day between noon and 5 pm. Then the sun seems to come back out by dinner. Right now, we're in our room having gotten back from the AK and it's storming bad now. The sky is black. You would think it's about 8 o'clock at night with how dark it is. Have ADR's at Crystal Palace at 6:15 pm so hope it gets out of here by then.

Piglet,
Here is the Diamond Lane online form :
https://www.mystarcentral.com/services/diamond.jsp?propertyId=01&IM=SVO_RC_DIA_SVR
Just fill this out about 30 days or so (you can do it earlier as well) and put in your requests. Hope this helps :thumbsup2

It's thundering and lightening here right now in Orlando so I better sign off........

luvdisney14
07-31-2007, 07:35 PM
Maria,

Glad you are having a good trip. We usually go this time of year to orlando and have experienced those thunderstorms. We always try to make the best of it. I am glad your room was very clean. I hope you continue to enjoy your trip. Glad to hear from you.

Sue

Piglet54
08-07-2007, 10:30 PM
Thanks so much for the Diamond Check In link. We just purchased a 1br in the Lakes section.

luvdisney14
08-11-2007, 09:33 PM
We used diamond lane and we were assigned to Cascades :thumbsup2 , the room was very clean, rug was wet when we arrive, so they must have just washed it. We were very lucky that our room was ready at 2:00pm. So far so good with everything.

MiaSRN62
08-11-2007, 11:53 PM
Have a great time luvdisney !!!

myAAbatteries&aTD
08-13-2007, 05:38 PM
Thanks for the Diamond Lane link! My dh and I stayed at Vistana on our honeymoon and loved it.... we're going back next summer w/ my brother's family and can't wait! We'd be able to use the Diamond Lane paperwork to request units that are close to each other, don't you think????

MiaSRN62
08-13-2007, 07:46 PM
We'd be able to use the Diamond Lane paperwork to request units that are close to each other, don't you think????
Absolutely.....nothing's guarenteed, but they try their best to meet your requests. Good luck

momx2
01-03-2008, 08:13 PM
Thanks for the reviews and information. I just booked 4 nights through Sheraton Vacations. I was offered a special of $149 (total) for a 1 bedroom for 4 nights through Starwood (I'm a member). I'm really nervous. We go to Disney often and always stay on site. We are staying a week on WDW property and then going to Vistana to relax. Did I make a mistake??? I hope not. I think we will go to SeaWorld while there also. We are driving, so no transportation problems.

MiaSRN62
01-04-2008, 12:21 PM
We go to Disney often and always stay on site. We are staying a week on WDW property and then going to Vistana to relax. Did I make a mistake??? I hope not.
Mom2x.....rest assured. You did not make a mistake. If you booked a 1 bedroom, you are assured to get either the Lakes or Cascades (the two newest sections). The Lakes has/is still, undergoing a major rehab and from the photos looks great. I'm not sure what dates you will actually be at Vistana, so the Lakes rehab may or may not be complete. But I'm sure you will have a good time. We love Sea World.

momx2
01-04-2008, 04:25 PM
We will be there May 31 - June 3. Thanks for the info. Hopefully, we'll get a refurb. room. Thanks!!

MiaSRN62
01-04-2008, 05:45 PM
I'm thinking you might get lucky and get one of them....I hope so.
This is from the Starwood Owner's website :
Villa Renovations
Villa renovations are in progress for three phases at Sheraton Vistana Resort. These significant enhancements will add a new level of ambience and comfort to your stay. As standards are elevated to meet modern expectations, you will enjoy a superior vacation experience.

The Lakes phase is the first to undergo the upgrades. Renovation crews are working 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week to meet the February 2008 completion deadline.

Villa renovations in the Fountains phase are expected to begin in February 2008. Upon completion of refurbishments in this phase, projected for the 3rd quarter of 2008, renovation of the Fountains II phase will begin. Completion of this phase is anticipated by the end of 2008.

For your convenience, all resort amenities will be available for use during renovations. Rest assured, the staff at Sheraton Vistana Resort is dedicated to providing you with memorable vacation experiences during this refurbishment period.

Following in the footsteps of the Lakes phase, four more phases at Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando, Florida, plan to officially approve major, multi-million dollar refurbishments, enabling thousands of Owners to enjoy their vacations in the most modern accommodations.

The boards of directors of the Fountains, Fountains II, Springs and Falls phases are unanimously supporting the generous renovations, which will deliver granite countertops, upgraded cabinets and furniture, electronic packages, new linens, lighting and more. "I believe you've got to maintain the resort and a person's investment in their unit," said Brian Bourbeau of Canada, a Springs board member and 18-year multiple villa Owner. "It's a home away from home and we should continue to make it feel that way."

Because of the different number of villas in each phase, refurbishment costs will vary. The current estimates are $7.3 million for the Springs, $8 million for the Falls, $10.5 million for the Fountains II and $16 million for the Fountains. Each renovation will take approximately four to seven months and will be funded with accumulated reserves as well as a small refurbishment fee to phase Owners.

"We don't pretend that these projects and the corresponding fees are inexpensive, but when you compare the appearance of a refurbished villa to its cost, it is well worth the money," said Shawn O'Brien, Starwood Vacation Ownership Director of Board Relations.

Villa models exist for all four phases, and visiting Owners can now register for a sneak preview tour by stopping by the Reception Center. The models were designed by Tampa, Florida-based Images Gallery & Design, the remodeling expert also responsible for recent refurbishments of Sheraton Desert Oasis in Arizona and Vistana's Beach Club in Florida. The company's work at Vistana's Beach Club earned the resort an award in the best refurbishment category of the 2007 American Resort Development Association Awards. The models highlight the elaborate improvements, which include:

momx2
01-05-2008, 12:42 AM
Thanks for the info.!! I will at least ask for the refurbed. properties. Sounds great!

mdbehr
01-05-2008, 05:00 PM
We were just there for 3 nights and had a 2 bedroom in the Lakes section. We got one of the newly refurbed rooms and it was beautiful. The stove had obviously never been used before us, it still gave off that 'new' smell. They were working on this section while we were there but we were never bothered by any noise or any other disruption. I would definately stay there again, especially on the $99 per night rate we got.

One thing I would NOT do again, however, is attend the time share presentation. It was the only negative to our stay there. We did at least get $150 in cash for our time so that made our 3 night stay only cost about $50 a night.

luvdisney14
01-06-2008, 08:14 PM
Wow, I never heard of anyone getting 150.00. great for you.

alliesmommy
01-11-2008, 05:52 AM
Kind of a random question about the 2 BR units.....do they have a hair dryer in them? We'll be staying there next month and I'm trying to get my packing list together.

MiaSRN62
01-11-2008, 10:29 PM
Yes...they do have hair dryers :thumbsup2

alliesmommy
01-11-2008, 11:13 PM
Cool! Thanks for the info. One less thing for me to pack!

myAAbatteries&aTD
01-17-2008, 02:15 AM
Wow, I never heard of anyone getting 150.00. great for you.

We got $150 the last time we stayed there. We kept telling them "no" and they kept calling.... finally offered us $150 if we'd go that morning. It was our only morning off so we ended up going. Getting that check was nice, but don't know if we'd do it again w/ 3 kiddos now....

cooleysmom
01-19-2008, 09:56 AM
My husband and I are coming down Feb 1 and are booked into building 7 of the Gardens and one of our daughters and her family are going the end of March and will be staying in building 5. After reading on several travel sites about horror stories of dirty, bug infested suites, I must admit I'm very nervous about staying there. Any information on the Gardens will be gratefully appreciated!

MiaSRN62
01-20-2008, 12:37 AM
My husband and I are coming down Feb 1 and are booked into building 7 of the Gardens and one of our daughters and her family are going the end of March and will be staying in building 5. After reading on several travel sites about horror stories of dirty, bug infested suites, I must admit I'm very nervous about staying there. Any information on the Gardens will be gratefully appreciated!

Hi Cooleysmom......
What resort are you referring to ? This thread is discussing the Sheraton Vistana timeshare resort on SR 535.
Now the only Gardens I am aware of is a timeshare for the gay community ? There very well could be another "Gardens" you are referring to, but I'm not aware of one.
Perhaps start another thread with a new subject "the Gardens" and you will get some responses. Good luck. I personally don't know anything specific about this resort.
Oh and welcome to the DIS :wave2: