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mrswh
02-13-2008, 03:58 PM
I know a lot of people are looking for condos in WH for their Disney vacations, and when I was looking, I was able to get a lot of great info from this board, so I thought I'd do my part with a review of WH in general and also the specific condo we (DH, kids 21 months and 3.5 and I) stayed in.

First off, Windsor Hills is terrific! I like that it is a secured neighborhood. Everything is very neat and clean. The pool is fantastic - I love the zero entry for the smaller kids, and my husband had fun on the big slide! Note that they do not have towels at the pool, so you need to bring some from your condo. WH is exactly how you see it in the pictures and on the website. The sundries shop is pretty much like 7-11 - a small selection of overpriced items, but definitely convenient.

Everywhere you look, you will see claims that WH is 1 or 2 miles from Disney, or 2 or 3 or 5 minutes from Disney. Technically, this is true. What I learned when we were there (maybe I was just being ignorant, but this didn't occur to me before then) is that WH is 5 minutes from World Drive. The main gate. Which is still another X minutes from whichever park you are going to. Magic Kingdom is the furthest, and from door to door, once you drive, park, take the tram to the TTC, and the monorail to MK, it's a good 45 minutes. I'm not complaining, because I think WH is still closer than most anywhere else offsite (and even some Disney resorts!), but if you do stay there, don't think you're going to be at Cinderella's castle 5 minutes after walking out the door.

There were a few grocery stores and quick food options nearby. Alas, no Starbucks on the way to Disney, but a new one just opened last week that is only a couple of miles out of the way.

On to the condo. We stayed in a 2 BR, 2 BA condo within 3 minutes walking of the pool. (Maybe faster if you don't have two small children and all the accompanying stuff with you.) When we arrived, the key was in the lockbox - no check-in hassle. We went in and our kids had a ball going from room to room finding all the Disney decor. "There's Ariel! There's Buzz Lightyear! There's Mickey!!" There was a wide range of Disney characters represented, and the kids loved it! The kids bedroom had a talking Mickey lamp, character blankets and pillows, stuffed Mickey and Minnie and several pieces of Disney art. The kids bathroom had Princess and Cars towels and washcloths, Disney character shower curtain rings, and more Disney art on the walls. The kitchen was stocked with kids cups, plates and place mats with Disney characters. We usually stay in hotels on vacation, and my kids felt so much more at home at this condo. My 3 year old declared that it was better than home before we even visited Disney!

For the adults, iPod docks/speakers (my iPhone worked in them as well), flat screen TVs with DVD, free wireless internet and long distance. Having a kitchen with dishwasher and full size washer/dryer was really nice too. The owner, John, and his business partner Dave couldn't have been nicer to deal with, and when I needed help with an issue (my son climbed out of the pack n play and we needed a full size crib), the property manager responded right away with the info I needed. Parking was so easy compared to a hotel - park right outside - no long hike, no parking charges. And I should mention that the place was spotlessly clean.

The only negatives were that a few of the nights we were there, we had extraordinarily loud people staying above us. Most of the reviews I have read of WH say they never heard a peep, and I think that most people don't stomp around until 3 a.m., so I think this was an unusual circumstance and I won't let it stop me from staying there again. Also, when you stay at a condo, you're not likely to get a hotel caliber bed. The beds were fine and we got used to them (the kids didn't notice a difference), but don't expect the heavenly bed with 1000 thread count linens. :)

We have never stayed in a vacation condo before but now that we have, I don't think we'll ever stay at a hotel for Disney again. The only edge I'd give to Disney properties is if you stay at a monorail resort (Poly, GF or CR), because of the convenience. But, I have to say that for most that convenience isn't worth the (no kidding) $5,000/wk price difference.

Hope this is helpful to someone - if not, well, I just had a few minutes of happy Disney memories. :)

The website for the condo (they have several 2 and 3 BR options - we stayed in 202C) is:

http://www.vacationcentralflorida.com/

FayeW
02-13-2008, 05:43 PM
What a great review! I looked at those condos, but we are staying longer than 7 days and they only rent Sat-Sat. I gave some serious consideration to shortening our trip or staying elsewhere for the extra nights, but in the end DH wanted to just get groceries for the week on the way from the airport, and just settle in once. I don't mind switching resorts, but it isn't really convenient so we reserved elsewhere.

mathgal
02-14-2008, 05:12 PM
How exciting to read your review of this condo...I just sent in my deposit for the very same one (202C) today!!

Perhaps you could answer some of my questions...


What size is the bed in the master? I'm hoping for a queen at least, but I can't tell from the photo on the website.

Also...what grocery stores were nearby...and how close were they?

Did the condo have laundry & dishwasher detergent or did you have to bring your own?

How about coffee filters?

I originally had booked the Comfort Suites Maingate East for our trip in mid May, but decided to switch when we were able to get this condo for about a $100 less for the week! I'm looking forward to the extra room AND the beautiful pool!

Cindy B
02-14-2008, 07:03 PM
I'm renting from the same company.. but the 204 unit. I'm glad to hear that the Ipod stuff works well -- in fact this was the selling point for us over other condos.

I'm glad to hear there are no issues with the internet, phone or Ipod stuff. We are bit of techno geeks here and we liked the slightly understated way of decorating style (no garish pink walls)

jacksmommy
02-14-2008, 07:15 PM
Great to hear such a positive review for WH. We are staying there in late September - different agency. Good to know about actual distance from the park to your condo door!

SoonipiLady
02-14-2008, 10:38 PM
What a great review! I looked at those condos, but we are staying longer than 7 days and they only rent Sat-Sat. I gave some serious consideration to shortening our trip or staying elsewhere for the extra nights, but in the end DH wanted to just get groceries for the week on the way from the airport, and just settle in once. I don't mind switching resorts, but it isn't really convenient so we reserved elsewhere.

It all depends on the site you rent from. We rented from Forida Sun Vacations and they rent by the night (have SOME min night requirements during holidays), with a discount for renting 7 or more nights (15% I think it was). JUst so you know for the next time....plus their rates before the discount were as much as 35.00 less per night than some of the other sites!

mrswh
02-14-2008, 10:41 PM
How exciting to read your review of this condo...I just sent in my deposit for the very same one (202C) today!!

Perhaps you could answer some of my questions...


What size is the bed in the master? I'm hoping for a queen at least, but I can't tell from the photo on the website.

Also...what grocery stores were nearby...and how close were they?

Did the condo have laundry & dishwasher detergent or did you have to bring your own?

How about coffee filters?

I originally had booked the Comfort Suites Maingate East for our trip in mid May, but decided to switch when we were able to get this condo for about a $100 less for the week! I'm looking forward to the extra room AND the beautiful pool!

The bed in the master is a queen . . . I could swear it seemed a bit smaller than our queen at home, but the sheets are queen size, so I guess that's what it is!

Nearby there was a Publix and a Winn-Dixie. They were each only about 2 miles from the condo.

They did have laundry and dishwasher detergent. I think you're supposed to replace whatever you finish off, so I suppose it's possible that the person before you could use it up and not replenish, but when we were there, there was plenty.

I didn't make any coffee when I was there, but I don't recall seeing any coffee filters.

The pool really is nice - and so many amenities at the clubhouse that we would have loved but were too busy to take advantage of!

Hope you enjoy the condo as much as we did . . . I was skeptical of the whole condo thing, but it really worked out well for us.

mrswh
02-14-2008, 10:46 PM
I'm renting from the same company.. but the 204 unit. I'm glad to hear that the Ipod stuff works well -- in fact this was the selling point for us over other condos.

I'm glad to hear there are no issues with the internet, phone or Ipod stuff. We are bit of techno geeks here and we liked the slightly understated way of decorating style (no garish pink walls)

Cindy B, when are you going? I just booked 204 for February 2009 - I'd love to hear your review when you return!

ALnRYSmom
02-14-2008, 11:52 PM
Nearby there was a Publix and a Winn-Dixie. They were each only about 2 miles from the condo.



It looks like there is also a 24 hour SuperWalmart w/groceries about 6 miles from the resort. Go east on 192 and then north on Vineland.

Cindy B
02-15-2008, 06:40 AM
Cindy B, when are you going? I just booked 204 for February 2009 - I'd love to hear your review when you return!

Not until August.

I figured I'd do a 3 bedroom since it was the same price as a two bedroom. The 204 is in another building "across the street" but since I haven't been there yet, I can't visualize what that means. I can tell you it's in the 2785 building.

I did get an email from Dave that the 204 will have a PS2 (it has that now) and all units will have ceiling fans by the time I get there. PS2 is a very nice guesture, but we are an Xbox and Wii family. Maybe by then they will have some games in the condo or I'll buy some cheaper ones at Gamestop before we go.

How far was the pool? Was it an awful walk? Did you need more than one card? (we have one teen and one 11 year old at our trip)

mrswh
02-15-2008, 08:42 AM
Not until August.

How far was the pool? Was it an awful walk? Did you need more than one card? (we have one teen and one 11 year old at our trip)

All the condo buildings are very close to the pool. I think 2785 is the farthest from the pool, but still not far at all. Here's a map that shows the plan - condos are in the upper right and the clubhouse/pool is in the middle on the right. (Ignore the unit numbers, these are not for the condo you're staying in, but will show you some building numbers.)

http://www.allstarvacationhomes.com/res/subdivision.asp?SID=Windsor+Hills+Resort+Community

We were in 2774 and it was a 3 minute walk to the pool. Easy.

Actually, while we were there, we didn't need pool cards for some reason - something was going on where they weren't issuing them, they were just leaving the gate unlocked. But it's easy to get them and I think you just give a small ($6?) deposit for each one, for however many you decide you need.

Cindy B
02-15-2008, 08:55 AM
All the condo buildings are very close to the pool. I think 2785 is the farthest from the pool, but still not far at all. Here's a map that shows the plan - condos are in the upper right and the clubhouse/pool is in the middle on the right. (Ignore the unit numbers, these are not for the condo you're staying in, but will show you some building numbers.)

http://www.allstarvacationhomes.com/res/subdivision.asp?SID=Windsor+Hills+Resort+Community

We were in 2774 and it was a 3 minute walk to the pool. Easy.

Actually, while we were there, we didn't need pool cards for some reason - something was going on where they weren't issuing them, they were just leaving the gate unlocked. But it's easy to get them and I think you just give a small ($6?) deposit for each one, for however many you decide you need.


2785 is the furthest. It is really far? It looks like four building away. Was it safe for the kids to walk (remember I have teens) to walk by themselves?

mom_2a_sept_princess
02-15-2008, 09:06 AM
This is a nice review. We are renting 404 from the same people. We check in the Saturday after Thanksgiving. And the rate is only $399 for the week! We are staying with family on Thurs and Friday nights.

I can't wait to go. We usually stay on property but the prices are crazy at that time of year. We are looking forward to staying in a condo. Plus this is our second trip of the year.

dougsmom98
02-15-2008, 10:48 AM
That was a great review. Thank you for being so thorough.

Cazgal
02-15-2008, 01:02 PM
Yes Thank you for the great review

We are in the process of looking at whether we go for a 2bed condo or a 3bde villa - i would really like to have a private swimming pool if poss ... but do you think it would be actually used ?

We are going in April 2009 - would like to hear about anybodys experience and if they used the private pool - or the communal one the most.

If you didn't have a private pool is it something you missed and wished you had ?

Cindy B
02-15-2008, 01:39 PM
This is a nice review. We are renting 404 from the same people. We check in the Saturday after Thanksgiving. And the rate is only $399 for the week! We are staying with family on Thurs and Friday nights.

I can't wait to go. We usually stay on property but the prices are crazy at that time of year. We are looking forward to staying in a condo. Plus this is our second trip of the year.

I think 404 is brand new (just finished) so you got really lucky.

I wasn't truly loving the princess theme--but I have older kids so that just may be the issue there. My daughter would say ick and my son would just roll his eyes.

mrswh
02-15-2008, 04:45 PM
2785 is the furthest. It is really far? It looks like four building away. Was it safe for the kids to walk (remember I have teens) to walk by themselves?

No, it's not far at all. A few blocks. Won't take more than 5 minutes walking. The community is very nice, upscale, and gated. I felt 100% safe there. Only issue is whether you feel OK with your kids at the pool with no lifeguard on duty.

Cindy B
02-15-2008, 10:33 PM
No, it's not far at all. A few blocks. Won't take more than 5 minutes walking. The community is very nice, upscale, and gated. I felt 100% safe there. Only issue is whether you feel OK with your kids at the pool with no lifeguard on duty.

I wasn't thinking of safety (BAD MOM!) but more of a traffic type thing..

Other complexes we have gone to have had no lifeguards so that is really nothing new.

mrswh
02-16-2008, 01:09 PM
I wasn't thinking of safety (BAD MOM!) but more of a traffic type thing..

Other complexes we have gone to have had no lifeguards so that is really nothing new.

Well, there are sidewalks but you do have to cross the street a couple of times. Not much traffic since the only traffic on the street is going to the condo parking lots. I'd think teenagers paying attention will be fine!

Cindy B
02-16-2008, 02:08 PM
Well, there are sidewalks but you do have to cross the street a couple of times. Not much traffic since the only traffic on the street is going to the condo parking lots. I'd think teenagers paying attention will be fine!

That makes sense. Its not like they are crossing major intersections or anything.

beccawes7471
02-16-2008, 11:22 PM
We are staying in 404 Dec 6-13, 2008 for our first off site trip. We are super excited now that the pics of the unit are up. Thanks for your great review!

bennythepug
02-24-2008, 08:43 PM
Wow! we have settled on 404 too !! We are going in July '09 and i can't wait to book it as soon I get my income tax money back
I can't believe how far in advance some condos and town homes get booked

Is it true that through this guy- you can only book Saturday to Saturday?
We would like to stay longer than 7 days ! but not 14!

Can't wait to hear more reviews on this unit

:cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2:

mom_2a_sept_princess
03-13-2008, 01:58 PM
We are staying in 404 Dec 6-13, 2008 for our first off site trip. We are super excited now that the pics of the unit are up. Thanks for your great review!


We are leaving that condo the morning you arrive!

DWeaver
03-14-2008, 12:15 PM
Great Review! We are staying in 202c in May and we can't wait to go. :cool1: Did it have the Playstation 2 in the unit, and if so, is it in the kids room? My DS is already picking out the games he wants to bring with him.

mrswh
03-14-2008, 04:03 PM
Great Review! We are staying in 202c in May and we can't wait to go. :cool1: Did it have the Playstation 2 in the unit, and if so, is it in the kids room? My DS is already picking out the games he wants to bring with him.

Yes, it had the PS2 and it is in the kids' room. Have fun! :)

Monica20039
03-15-2008, 07:25 PM
Yes, it had the PS2 and it is in the kids' room. Have fun! :)

Thanks for replying to my thread and referring me to your review. I am glad you had positive things to say about! I think it'll be perfect for our honeymoon. :lovestruc

geminigirl
03-21-2008, 06:10 PM
Asan owner on Windsor Hills I felt I should let you good people know that not all owners only rent saterday to saterday me being one of them .Some of the big companies do this but I know if you go through the owner you can in most cases rent any number of days with no restrictions.

Anc96
03-21-2008, 08:01 PM
Asan owner on Windsor Hills I felt I should let you good people know that not all owners only rent saterday to saterday me being one of them .Some of the big companies do this but I know if you go through the owner you can in most cases rent any number of days with no restrictions.

This particular unit is not owned by a big company. They own several more units also. It's their way of doing their best to insure there aren't too many days here and there, not rented. Since their prices are so reasonable, and they do give everything a personal touch, if too many days were left unrented, they would have to raise their rates...

snowbunny
03-21-2008, 09:30 PM
It looks like there is also a 24 hour SuperWalmart w/groceries about 6 miles from the resort. Go east on 192 and then north on Vineland.

Publix is a lot closer and has better selection. With traffic (and there's plenty of it on 192) it's at least 20 minutes to the Super Walmart.

OP - thanks for being honest about the travel time to WDW. I stayed at Windsor Hills and had a nice time, but it's not 5 minutes "from the parks."

Conway733
03-22-2008, 08:50 AM
Before reading this review, I had stumbled on to this owner's website, and booked unit 302 in November. I'm happy I did after reading your review! This is our first trip to WDW!

sarah b
03-24-2008, 11:31 AM
Hi we ve booked to stay here july 8th for 2 weeks, can't wait. Someone mentioned pool cards what are these and where do you get them from? Nice to hear your dh went on the slide as I d like a go on that too:rotfl2:

emmsmama
03-24-2008, 05:23 PM
The card to use the resort amenities is $6 (each person I think), but it is refunded when you return the card.

I've rented the townhouse and am excited to see the pics when it is all decorated sometime this week.

dgaston
05-10-2008, 06:20 PM
You get the cards at the clubhouse.

lisajl
05-11-2008, 06:49 PM
Holy mackeral! What a deal!! We are not going back to WDW until next Oct (2009), but I just emailed them about the townhouse.

Thanks for posting that link!

Lisa

JimPGH
04-17-2013, 10:01 AM
I'm renting from the same company.. but the 204 unit. I'm glad to hear that the Ipod stuff works well -- in fact this was the selling point for us over other condos.

I'm glad to hear there are no issues with the internet, phone or Ipod stuff. We are bit of techno geeks here and we liked the slightly understated way of decorating style (no garish pink walls)
Hate to bump old threads, but how was this condo? Was it loud?

100AcreWood
04-17-2013, 10:56 AM
We stayed in the 204B unit and I didn't hear a thing. We have three kids so I wondered if people could hear us!

We'll definitely be back.

JimPGH
04-18-2013, 03:49 PM
We stayed in the 204B unit and I didn't hear a thing. We have three kids so I wondered if people could hear us!

We'll definitely be back.

Haha! Thanks for the response. Booked a top floor unit, price was right.