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FiveofusNL
07-30-2012, 11:24 AM
Hi All. I am planning our June 2013 trip for our family of 5 and have been contemplating staying at Windsor Hills instead of on property this time. Loved Board Walk Inn, but hearing so much about people staying off property with more room and less cost, thought I would give it a try. Especially since this time we are going to do Universal as well. So far, I am interested in staying in an end unit townhouses at WH, but not sure who to go through. There is SO MUCH out there!! I have heard a lot of good things about VRBO so have been looking there. Anyone have any advice on owners/booking companies. Using VRBO, I found one though Story Time Orlando Vacation Home and another through Charlie Beaudoin at WindsorHillsTownhomes.com. Has anyone used them? All and any advice welcomed.:)

softballmom3
07-30-2012, 11:28 AM
Hi! I completely understand :). Why don't you try going to windsorhillsrent.com and putting in an inquiry. You will receive a lot!!! Then just sort them out. I usually drop the high and low and go somewhere in the middle :).

FiveofusNL
07-30-2012, 11:34 AM
Hi! I completely understand :). Why don't you try going to windsorhillsrent.com and putting in an inquiry. You will receive a lot!!! Then just sort them out. I usually drop the high and low and go somewhere in the middle :).

Thanks. I will look into them. Have you stayed at WH yourself? If yes, any recommendations?

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softballmom3
07-30-2012, 11:43 AM
Thanks. I will look into them. Have you stayed at WH yourself? If yes, any recommendations?

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Yes I have :). We stayed through vacationcentralflorida in a townhouse with no problems at all! There were many I would have rented from through the windsor hills rent website but I do always check to see if they are legit (well at least the best I can). Here's some of the sites I check and put the owner names in.....

https://www.osceola.county-taxes.com/public

http://www.property-appraiser.org/

I also check zillow.com to see if the property is for sale.

Good Luck!!!

FiveofusNL
07-30-2012, 12:20 PM
Yes I have :). We stayed through vacationcentralflorida in a townhouse with no problems at all! There were many I would have rented from through the windsor hills rent website but I do always check to see if they are legit (well at least the best I can). Here's some of the sites I check and put the owner names in.....

https://www.osceola.county-taxes.com/public

http://www.property-appraiser.org/

I also check zillow.com to see if the property is for sale.

Good Luck!!!

Thanks so much! I will look into these. I see from your trip info that you have stayed on property as well as in the townhouses. Do you have a preference of one over the other? I am worried we will not like a vacation rental as much as a hotel. My friends tend to do one or the other, nobody has done both.

softballmom3
07-30-2012, 12:54 PM
Thanks so much! I will look into these. I see from your trip info that you have stayed on property as well as in the townhouses. Do you have a preference of one over the other? I am worried we will not like a vacation rental as much as a hotel. My friends tend to do one or the other, nobody has done both.

For me that's a loaded question lol! I loved when we stayed HI family suites but I wouldn't dare go there now that it's Nick ;).

Pop Century was great but rooms are small and beds are hard.

WH great but did miss some of the disney magic.

Best trip of all was POR probably because we had "free" dining, but tbh we all LOVED the resort.

This time we are going to Universal also (never been there) so I am so unsure what we will do.

If cost wasn't an option for me it would be on-site for convenience. I'm one of those ones that really enjoys the bus system (doesn't bother me to wait a bit). We have always been the commando family where we go from beginning to end. We got Park hoppers this last time and went back to the parks w/ Extra Magic Hours. My girls are throwing a fit because they want to stay onsite but we are taking my in-laws and would love the extra room.

Can you tell I am very undecided ;).

GingerJay
07-30-2012, 12:59 PM
I have a family of 5, too. We stayed in WH in 2010 with Storytime vacation homes. They were very easy to deal with and they have Disney themed bedrooms for the kids, too. It was great- we loved everything about it :) It was like having our very own disney vacation home; we loved the peace and quiet and having basically all the comforts of home.

WH is very close; the drive takes no time. For a family of 5 the places onsite are limited, and a lot more money than staying offsite IMHO. I appreciate the extra space and the kids do too.

softballmom3
07-30-2012, 01:03 PM
I have a family of 5, too. We stayed in WH in 2010 with Storytime vacation homes. They were very easy to deal with and they have Disney themed bedrooms for the kids, too. It was great- we loved everything about it :) It was like having our very own disney vacation home; we loved the peace and quiet and having basically all the comforts of home.

WH is very close; the drive takes no time. For a family of 5 the places onsite are limited, and a lot more money than staying offsite IMHO. I appreciate the extra space and the kids do too.

Very limited for us too as we are a family of 5....hate that.....I know we can stay suites and some deluxe rooms, but unless a very good deal that is way too expensive for me!

FiveofusNL
07-30-2012, 01:18 PM
For me that's a loaded question lol! I loved when we stayed HI family suites but I wouldn't dare go there now that it's Nick ;).

Pop Century was great but rooms are small and beds are hard.

WH great but did miss some of the disney magic.

Best trip of all was POR probably because we had "free" dining, but tbh we all LOVED the resort.

This time we are going to Universal also (never been there) so I am so unsure what we will do.

If cost wasn't an option for me it would be on-site for convenience. I'm one of those ones that really enjoys the bus system (doesn't bother me to wait a bit). We have always been the commando family where we go from beginning to end. We got Park hoppers this last time and went back to the parks w/ Extra Magic Hours. My girls are throwing a fit because they want to stay onsite but we are taking my in-laws and would love the extra room.

Can you tell I am very undecided ;).

It is so nice to hear someone else who is trying to work through this! We have only been to Disney once and stayed at Board Walk Inn (were lucky enough to get free dining by booking them vs POR). It was amazing! the hotel was top notch and the transportation was fantastic (friendship boats to Epcot and HS were constant). We were sooo spoiled by the experience. Hubby does not want to go elsewhere, and I have not mentioned it to the kids yet (it will definitely not go over well:scared1:) But the likelihood of getting a free dining pin again is pretty well non-existent and I do not know if the convenience is worth the price ($417 per week night). I am glad that you liked Windsor Hills though. Makes me feel better about going there if we do the rental thing. Arghhh, this is consuming me!:scared:

FiveofusNL
07-30-2012, 01:36 PM
I have a family of 5, too. We stayed in WH in 2010 with Storytime vacation homes. They were very easy to deal with and they have Disney themed bedrooms for the kids, too. It was great- we loved everything about it :) It was like having our very own disney vacation home; we loved the peace and quiet and having basically all the comforts of home.

WH is very close; the drive takes no time. For a family of 5 the places onsite are limited, and a lot more money than staying offsite IMHO. I appreciate the extra space and the kids do too.

Thanks so much for the input. I think the kids will like it once they get there. (Hopefully hubby too!) It is great to hear from someone who stayed in a WH storytime home and found them good to deal with. Did you stay in storytime townhome #4 by any chance?

Pembo
07-30-2012, 01:44 PM
I used windsorhillsrent.com twice with no problems. As a family of 5, we loved staying offsite. The extra space (and tv's) and the cost savings were well worth it. I was very concerned about having to drive to the parks everyday but found it to be very easy and more convenient than the buses.

FiveofusNL
07-30-2012, 01:57 PM
I used windsorhillsrent.com twice with no problems. As a family of 5, we loved staying offsite. The extra space (and tv's) and the cost savings were well worth it. I was very concerned about having to drive to the parks everyday but found it to be very easy and more convenient than the buses.

Thanks Pembo. I have been worried about how we would find the driving. We liked going to the parks early and then leaving around 1:30/2 for a couple of hours and then heading back. I was wondering if the drive would take too long for us to go that route.

softballmom3
07-30-2012, 03:17 PM
Thanks Pembo. I have been worried about how we would find the driving. We liked going to the parks early and then leaving around 1:30/2 for a couple of hours and then heading back. I was wondering if the drive would take too long for us to go that route.

I'm going to say for us it is not feasible to go to park...leave park...then come back. Sure you can do it but it is a hassle. Windsor hills is relatively close but the only times we have said we would do that we never went back.

Now if I'm staying on property then yes we have done it and been fine with it. Relatively easy. I know others will have different opinions, this is just my experience.

It is easy to drive to the parks but it hasn't ever been more convenient. We never really have experienced bus waits. We've had to stand a couple of times but oh well.

I like both on and off property but make sure you are looking at what you need :). My mother in law wants to be able to go back to the room so that's why we are undecided at this point.

I want the extra space which is the biggest benefit along w cost.

FiveofusNL
07-30-2012, 08:27 PM
I'm going to say for us it is not feasible to go to park...leave park...then come back. Sure you can do it but it is a hassle. Windsor hills is relatively close but the only times we have said we would do that we never went back.

Now if I'm staying on property then yes we have done it and been fine with it. Relatively easy. I know others will have different opinions, this is just my experience.

It is easy to drive to the parks but it hasn't ever been more convenient. We never really have experienced bus waits. We've had to stand a couple of times but oh well.

I like both on and off property but make sure you are looking at what you need :). My mother in law wants to be able to go back to the room so that's why we are undecided at this point.

I want the extra space which is the biggest benefit along w cost.

We never had long waits for the bus or boats either so it made it very easy for us to take a midday break. If we decide to stay at Windsor Hills,I will have to play it by ear I guess. Oh my...decisions!:scared:

reginasue
07-30-2012, 08:28 PM
We are staying at one the townhouse owned by Charlie next week. We did an inquiry and he had the best price and availability for our dates. So far he has been really great to work with. I can update next week when we get there if you would like.

FiveofusNL
07-30-2012, 09:02 PM
We are staying at one the townhouse owned by Charlie next week. We did an inquiry and he had the best price and availability for our dates. So far he has been really great to work with. I can update next week when we get there if you would like.

That would be fantastic-thanks! I hope you have a great trip.:)

GingerJay
08-01-2012, 11:23 AM
Thanks so much for the input. I think the kids will like it once they get there. (Hopefully hubby too!) It is great to hear from someone who stayed in a WH storytime home and found them good to deal with. Did you stay in storytime townhome #4 by any chance?

Actually I did stay in #4 :) Is that the one you're looking at too? It's in a great location, within walking distance to the community pool and pool house. We loved it! If you have any questions, I'll be happy to help!

FiveofusNL
08-01-2012, 12:58 PM
Actually I did stay in #4 :) Is that the one you're looking at too? It's in a great location, within walking distance to the community pool and pool house. We loved it! If you have any questions, I'll be happy to help!

Fantastic!! :cool1: I am so glad to hear that. Thank you. Soooo nervous about going this route, it is wonderful to have someone who has done it before to turn to. Looking at the location, I was worried about having extra parking spaces right next to the house. Did you find it loud? Also, how did you find the beds? The last place I stayed with a king size bed, it was one of the most uncomfortable night's sleep I ever had! I actually switched to the sofa. :crazy2: Did you run into any problems when you were there? Finally, did you find it clean?

GingerJay
08-01-2012, 04:10 PM
Fantastic!! :cool1: I am so glad to hear that. Thank you. Soooo nervous about going this route, it is wonderful to have someone who has done it before to turn to. Looking at the location, I was worried about having extra parking spaces right next to the house. Did you find it loud? Also, how did you find the beds? The last place I stayed with a king size bed, it was one of the most uncomfortable night's sleep I ever had! I actually switched to the sofa. :crazy2: Did you run into any problems when you were there? Finally, did you find it clean?

:) I totally understand your fear. I went through the same thing, but once you check in, you'll probably see it was all for nothing :) For your questions:

Parking was general townhouse set-up in that the parking lot extends the entire block of buildings. There seems to be 2 "lots" per unit, but when we were there, not all of the townhomes were occupied so I'm sure there is plenty of parking.

I don't remember anything outstanding about the beds... Of course, you're so tired by the end of the day, you'd almost sleep on anything. I normally like a really soft bed, so for them not to have been an issue they must have been cozy :)

I didn't see anything that stood out to me in the unit that was dirty; but I normally don't go out of my way to find dirt, though :) I have read reviews on Storytime on the DIS that were from some time ago (2008-2009 time frame) where some posters mentioned ants, crumbs, etc but I absolutely had no issues with anything like that. It was fine; maybe even better than some hotels I've stayed in.

I think I've hit all of your questions, if you think of any more I'll be happy to help.

FiveofusNL
08-01-2012, 04:51 PM
:) I totally understand your fear. I went through the same thing, but once you check in, you'll probably see it was all for nothing :) For your questions:

Parking was general townhouse set-up in that the parking lot extends the entire block of buildings. There seems to be 2 "lots" per unit, but when we were there, not all of the townhomes were occupied so I'm sure there is plenty of parking.

I don't remember anything outstanding about the beds... Of course, you're so tired by the end of the day, you'd almost sleep on anything. I normally like a really soft bed, so for them not to have been an issue they must have been cozy :)

I didn't see anything that stood out to me in the unit that was dirty; but I normally don't go out of my way to find dirt, though :) I have read reviews on Storytime on the DIS that were from some time ago (2008-2009 time frame) where some posters mentioned ants, crumbs, etc but I absolutely had no issues with anything like that. It was fine; maybe even better than some hotels I've stayed in.

I think I've hit all of your questions, if you think of any more I'll be happy to help.

Yes, I have read the same older reviews concerning cleanliness and bugs. Every place can have some bad reviews though, it does not mean that it is bad overall. You have been there more recently and did not have a problem so that is reassuring. I think if the bed was an issue, you would have noticed it. As long as it is comfortable enough to sleep in, I am happy. As for parking, I meant was it loud having the overflow parking along side the house? We will be there in June so I think it will be pretty busy. I have visions of slamming car doors and loud voices right next to us at 2 am! (I think I am looking for things to worry about - lol) Some houses are saying they are quiet... away from the main entrance and overflow parking so it makes me wonder about the location of story time 4. Thanks again for answering these questions...it does help alleviate some of the fear. And I think you are right, once it is all said and done, I will wonder what I was so concerned about.;)

GingerJay
08-01-2012, 05:14 PM
I actually never heard a peep from anything outside; the unit next to us was occupied at the time, and you couldn't hear anything going on from their side of the building. The townhomes seem pretty well built; once you shut the door, it's very peaceful. We slept in the master upstairs, so if there as noise at night, we probably wouldn't have picked it up anyway.

I think the only potential would be in the private pool area (splash pool); they are separated by a wall but if both families were outside at the same time, then you would probably hear them.

Townhome #4 is an end unit, which is one of the reasons I picked it. Neighbors only on one side :) Although, it probably wouldn't have been a problem either way.

FiveofusNL
08-01-2012, 05:22 PM
I actually never heard a peep from anything outside; the unit next to us was occupied at the time, and you couldn't hear anything going on from their side of the building. The townhomes seem pretty well built; once you shut the door, it's very peaceful. We slept in the master upstairs, so if there as noise at night, we probably wouldn't have picked it up anyway.

I think the only potential would be in the private pool area (splash pool); they are separated by a wall but if both families were outside at the same time, then you would probably hear them.

Townhome #4 is an end unit, which is one of the reasons I picked it. Neighbors only on one side :) Although, it probably wouldn't have been a problem either way.


Thanks! You are starting to convince me that this townhouse may be the way to go. Still torn between on property and the townhouse, but getting a lot more comfortable with the town house (especially #4) after hearing what you have to say. You gotta love the DIS Boards! Now need to work on DH...he only wants to stay on property and will need some convincing:lmao:

Cdnmom2001
08-02-2012, 11:25 AM
we stayed at WH in May of this year and LOVED it. We were abit afraid of being off site but my goodness the space, the pool in the back yard, the no crowds and the price made it the best decision we could have made. We stayed at Bambi's Bungalow and loved it. I am currently looking at booking my April/May 2013 and I am going through VRBO this time. Nothing wrong with the agency we went through last time, just want a different unit for possibly a better price that is all. The managment company was more money the the VRBO but I will say the mangment company had a cancellation policy where the VRBO'S don't. I would hesitate staying here. We loved the unit, the beds were comfy, better than the CBR beds. The space was wonderful and we never heard sounds from outside at all. I can't say enough positive things about our stay at WH!

FiveofusNL
08-02-2012, 04:32 PM
we stayed at WH in May of this year and LOVED it. We were abit afraid of being off site but my goodness the space, the pool in the back yard, the no crowds and the price made it the best decision we could have made. We stayed at Bambi's Bungalow and loved it. I am currently looking at booking my April/May 2013 and I am going through VRBO this time. Nothing wrong with the agency we went through last time, just want a different unit for possibly a better price that is all. The managment company was more money the the VRBO but I will say the mangment company had a cancellation policy where the VRBO'S don't. I would hesitate staying here. We loved the unit, the beds were comfy, better than the CBR beds. The space was wonderful and we never heard sounds from outside at all. I can't say enough positive things about our stay at WH!

Thanks for the info! Every little bit helps to reduce the fear. ;) Glad to see many others were just as nervous about staying off site the first time as I am. Someone recently told me I was better off with a condo than a townhouse as they are cheaper and closer to the pool. According to her,
after being squeezed into an on property Disney room, anything would seem like a castle. But I think the townhouse is better for us. All of these replies are certainly helping me with my comfort level in this decision.

wgeo
08-02-2012, 04:50 PM
Thanks for the info! Every little bit helps to reduce the fear. ;) Glad to see many others were just as nervous about staying off site the first time as I am. Someone recently told me I was better off with a condo than a townhouse as they are cheaper and closer to the pool. According to her,
after being squeezed into an on property Disney room, anything would seem like a castle. But I think the townhouse is better for us. All of these replies are certainly helping me with my comfort level in this decision.

I hope you don't have much fear! ;) We thought that staying at Windsor Hills last year was a great decision. (We stayed in Mickeys World #2 - also very close to the community pool). This was our first trip to Disney and we didn't know our way around at all, and we had NO problem getting around, it was very quick and easy to get to all the parks, and we did come back for 2 mid afternoon breaks and thought it was easy, although we usually didn't want to leave the parks! The only reason we are staying at Bonnet Creek this year is that the kids wanted more pools and my DH fell in love with Earl of Sandwich at DTD and that is really much closer to Bonnet Creek than it is to Windsor Hills -- and whatever keeps him happy enough to go back works for me!:lmao:

Have a great trip,
Gina

softballmom3
08-02-2012, 11:44 PM
Now after reading this all, it makes me lean WAY towards Windsor Hills again too. You can't beat the price that's for sure. I just love staying on-property too :).

I would probably go for the townhouse because you can pull right up to the door. It's great.

hjd0411
08-03-2012, 12:17 AM
I can also vouch for Windsor Hills! I am about to stay there for the 3rd time!!
First stay was in a condo, which was great, 2nd time in a townhome which was even better!! :thumbsup2 Staying in the same townhome this time too.
I was the same as you - a bit apprehensive the first time, but after arriving at the condo and opening the door all apprehension went! Totally fell in love with the place.
The townhome I stay in is an end one as well. This is the website http://www.orlandotownhouse.net/ I can highly recommend the townhouse and the owners - I have had no problems at all with either dealing I have had.
Happy planning!! It does take a lot of time, but we all know that it is worth it in the end!!! ;):thumbsup2

FiveofusNL
08-03-2012, 06:39 AM
The townhome I stay in is an end one as well. This is the website http://www.orlandotownhouse.net/ I can highly recommend the townhouse and the owners - I have had no problems at all with either dealing I have had.


Thanks for the end unit recommendation - I will check them out right now.:) Also, a big thanks to the rest of you for your advice and for taking the time to help ease my mind. HUGE HELP!!!:yay:

GingerJay
08-03-2012, 12:45 PM
Now after reading this all, it makes me lean WAY towards Windsor Hills again too. You can't beat the price that's for sure. I just love staying on-property too :).

I would probably go for the townhouse because you can pull right up to the door. It's great.

Staying on property is nice, too for sure. For our first ever trip there were only 4 of us and we stayed at the Contemporary and it was wonderful :) For a family of 5 it's cost prohibitive, though-- and the thought of the extra space (especially since my kids are older now and seem to take up more room :confused3) is wonderful! And the cost is much less-

There are pros and cons to both..either way you're at Disney, though. You should be comfortable where you stay; wherever you stay- onsite or off. :) It's your vacation!!

FiveofusNL
08-03-2012, 06:23 PM
There are pros and cons to both..either way you're at Disney, though. You should be comfortable where you stay; wherever you stay- onsite or off. :) It's your vacation!!

Very true. A good way to look at it.:thumbsup2

FiveofusNL
08-04-2012, 08:32 PM
I did a spreadsheet comparing staying at WH with BWI at rack rates, and with a 20% discount. Even with vehicle rentals and parking, the savings were pretty significant. That may not have swayed me to stay off property, but teamed with the input received here, it was enough to push me into action. I booked WH town house "Story time 4" today!! I figure, if we do not like it, we can do something else whenever we return again. A big thanks to all of you for your help:flower3:

GingerJay
08-05-2012, 08:14 AM
I did a spreadsheet comparing staying at WH with BWI at rack rates, and with a 20% discount. Even with vehicle rentals and parking, the savings were pretty significant. That may not have swayed me to stay off property, but teamed with the input received here, it was enough to push me into action. I booked WH town house "Story time 4" today!! I figure, if we do not like it, we can do something else whenever we return again. A big thanks to all of you for your help:flower3:

Yay! It's always exciting to have the first step in your trip booked :) I'm going down in June of 2013. Is that when you'll be there as well?

FiveofusNL
08-05-2012, 12:03 PM
Yay! It's always exciting to have the first step in your trip booked :) I'm going down in June of 2013. Is that when you'll be there as well?

Yes, we will be heading down June 17th. I am relieved to have finally made a decision. I still feel torn about staying off property away from total "magic" submersion but knew I had to just make a decision. I guess that is why I do not feel the same excitement as when I booked with BWI last time.

LisaNJ25
08-06-2012, 02:22 PM
We are staying off site at WH for the first time in 3 weeks. We went with Dave @ vacationcentralflorida.com

You couldn't beat $550 for a week. We are a large family also. We usually stay at POR but even with free dinning going on I couldn't beat the offsite price and the discounted Y.E.S tickets we were able to get.

FiveofusNL
08-06-2012, 09:34 PM
We are staying off site at WH for the first time in 3 weeks. We went with Dave @ vacationcentralflorida.com

You couldn't beat $550 for a week. We are a large family also. We usually stay at POR but even with free dinning going on I couldn't beat the offsite price and the discounted Y.E.S tickets we were able to get.

Wow, that's a fabulous price!:thumbsup2 Not many sleeps left until your trip - bet you are getting pretty excited. I am eager to hear how you find the transition from staying on property to staying at WH. Maybe you could post a follow up here after the trip if you get a chance??? Have a great vacation!:cool1

purplebelle
08-12-2012, 12:32 PM
We have a group of 10 staying at Windsor Hill (one of the homes) in about a week. My first time staying off property but worked out well price wise for the 10 of us. It's going to cost MUCH less than if we all stayed on property. I agree with others that I might miss some of the Disney magic of staying on property but money sure talked to us this time as we could use not plunking down loads this trip. Will report back when I get back!

FiveofusNL
08-13-2012, 08:36 PM
We have a group of 10 staying at Windsor Hill (one of the homes) in about a week. My first time staying off property but worked out well price wise for the 10 of us. It's going to cost MUCH less than if we all stayed on property. I agree with others that I might miss some of the Disney magic of staying on property but money sure talked to us this time as we could use not plunking down loads this trip. Will report back when I get back!

Thanks! Look forward to hearing how it goes. Hope you have a great time.:beach:

FiveofusNL
08-13-2012, 08:42 PM
We have a group of 10 staying at Windsor Hill (one of the homes) in about a week. My first time staying off property but worked out well price wise for the 10 of us. It's going to cost MUCH less than if we all stayed on property. I agree with others that I might miss some of the Disney magic of staying on property but money sure talked to us this time as we could use not plunking down loads this trip. Will report back when I get back!

Thanks! Look forward to hearing how it goes. Hope you have a great time.:beach:

serene56
08-13-2012, 08:58 PM
We have a group of 10 staying at Windsor Hill (one of the homes) in about a week. My first time staying off property but worked out well price wise for the 10 of us. It's going to cost MUCH less than if we all stayed on property. I agree with others that I might miss some of the Disney magic of staying on property but money sure talked to us this time as we could use not plunking down loads this trip. Will report back when I get back!

what is the makeup of the group- how many adults/kids
how many families?


i'd be curious to how you make out

purplebelle
08-14-2012, 11:38 AM
2 kids: 6 and 8
8 adults (consisting of parents, cousins, aunts, etc)

BethV
08-24-2012, 07:48 PM
We are staying at one the townhouse owned by Charlie next week. We did an inquiry and he had the best price and availability for our dates. So far he has been really great to work with. I can update next week when we get there if you would like.


Could you post your review? We are looking at Charlie's unit at 2550 Maneshaw and would love to know your thoughts. Thank you!!

reginasue
08-24-2012, 08:54 PM
Sorry for not getting back to this post sooner. The kids started school two days after we got home and life's been crazy ever since.

We stayed at the townhouse located at 2550 maneshaw. Overall, everything was great and met our needs. We went with my mother-in-law and mom that both stayed at the townhouse most of the week and they had no complaints. Plenty of linens and dishes, everything was clean, furniture was comfortable. We will definitely use charlie again in the future.

The only minor problems we had were the porch light and pool light didn't work. Also, the ice maker wasn't working, but it wasn't a deal breaker for us. My DH emailed Charlie just so he was aware of the problems. All the lights were fixed the next day and somebody was supposed to come the following week to look at the ice maker.

Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
Regina

BethV
08-24-2012, 08:58 PM
Sorry for not getting back to this post sooner. The kids started school two days after we got home and life's been crazy ever since.

We stayed at the townhouse located at 2550 maneshaw. Overall, everything was great and met our needs. We went with my mother-in-law and mom that both stayed at the townhouse most of the week and they had no complaints. Plenty of linens and dishes, everything was clean, furniture was comfortable. We will definitely use charlie again in the future.

The only minor problems we had were the porch light and pool light didn't work. Also, the ice maker wasn't working, but it wasn't a deal breaker for us. My DH emailed Charlie just so he was aware of the problems. All the lights were fixed the next day and somebody was supposed to come the following week to look at the ice maker.

Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
Regina

Thank you!!

OperaMama
08-25-2012, 01:10 PM
We have a 10 day trip booked for December :santa:and booked a condo in WH (Sweet Dreams) thru MagicalVacationHomes. Does anyone have experience with them? So far, the process has been smooth and it was actually less expensive for the 3BR unit than it was for a 2 on some other sites. There are only 3 of us going(2 sharing the MBR, but since my youngest son might be able to join us, the 3rd BR is there, or we can use it for suitcases, storing purchases, etc. They gave me a discount for the length of stay and another on for being a member of AAA, so the cost of around $700 was too good to pass up! :thumbsup2 They offer discounted park tickets too.
I've always stayed on property before at each park except for Tokyo, so this will be different and I'm still apprehensive and have a few questions, if anyone can help: how long is the drive to WDW and to Universal, since we're dying to see the Harry Potter section there? Is having to pay for parking every day a big hassle? I use the handicapped sections and I'm very concerned the situation at the MK. Is it a real problem if I need to go back to WH for a few hours during the afternoon, or if we take a break for dinner before an evening event in the parks?
I seem to recall that WH has a mini-bus that runs to WDW- has anyone used it?
We want to spend some time checking out the Christmas decorations at the WDW resorts (especially my beloved WL:lovestruc), but since we're not staying on property I don't know how to go about it.
I'd really appreciate and and all input, so thanks in advance:)

sympatico
08-25-2012, 01:36 PM
We have a 10 day trip booked for December :santa:and booked a condo in WH (Sweet Dreams) thru MagicalVacationHomes. Does anyone have experience with them? So far, the process has been smooth and it was actually less expensive for the 3BR unit than it was for a 2 on some other sites. There are only 3 of us going(2 sharing the MBR, but since my youngest son might be able to join us, the 3rd BR is there, or we can use it for suitcases, storing purchases, etc. They gave me a discount for the length of stay and another on for being a member of AAA, so the cost of around $700 was too good to pass up! :thumbsup2 They offer discounted park tickets too.
I've always stayed on property before at each park except for Tokyo, so this will be different and I'm still apprehensive and have a few questions, if anyone can help: how long is the drive to WDW and to Universal, since we're dying to see the Harry Potter section there? Is having to pay for parking every day a big hassle? I use the handicapped sections and I'm very concerned the situation at the MK. Is it a real problem if I need to go back to WH for a few hours during the afternoon, or if we take a break for dinner before an evening event in the parks?
I seem to recall that WH has a mini-bus that runs to WDW- has anyone used it?
We want to spend some time checking out the Christmas decorations at the WDW resorts (especially my beloved WL:lovestruc), but since we're not staying on property I don't know how to go about it.
I'd really appreciate and and all input, so thanks in advance:)

It will take you about 12 minutes or so to get to MK parking lot then monrail/ferryboat to MK. AK and DHS is 7 minutes or so and Epcot is about the same as MK. It's no hassle to pay to park (other than having to pay), it's just like going through a toll booth. We have come home from MK for naps and it takes about 35 minutes to get back to WH because of waiting for monorail and tram to parking lot if you're too far out to walk it.
The bus that runs from WH is not their bus but a shuttle from Maingate Transportation which picks up from other resorts too.
To check out the Christmas decorations in the resorts just drive to the resort and tell them you want to check it out and you can park and go in. We've gone to a number of them just to walk around or watch fireworks. :thumbsup2

conniehar90
08-27-2012, 01:00 PM
Maybe I missed it in this thread, but could someone share the website for the StoryTime? I keep seeing a Charlie mentioned but when I went to the website that I thought was Story Time, the contact info is Tanya and Elias. Thanks!

sympatico
08-27-2012, 04:02 PM
Maybe I missed it in this thread, but could someone share the website for the StoryTime? I keep seeing a Charlie mentioned but when I went to the website that I thought was Story Time, the contact info is Tanya and Elias. Thanks!

http://storytimeorlandorental.com/
Tanya and Eilas are the owners.