My family and I recently took a trip to Orlando to do the whole Disney World experience. We went during the week of our son's birthday. While most of the trip created a "magical" appeal to our son, it was the typical Disney experience for adults: walk alot and stand in long lines.
We had searched around for a decent place to stay. Since my mother in law joined us, we would either need a 2 bedroom condo or 2 hotel rooms. We checked every single accomodation that Disney had to offer (including 2 hotel rooms at their "economy" locations) and found that Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort offered us a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo for considerably less than just 2 hotel rooms would have cost us. With our AAA discount, we essentially got the condo for 7 nights at around $1900. Sounds like alot, but considering that staying at our resort of choice, the Polynesian, would have been nearly $6000, the 1900 allowed us to fly into Orlando, rent a car, eat dinner out and purchase our Disney 5 day parkhoppers and keep the entire budget UNDER that same $6000 that we would have paid, just for the rooms at the Polynesian. Oh, and remember, it was still less expensive than 2 hotel rooms for 7 days would have cost us at one of Disney's "economy" locations, by about 30%.
Okay, so, let's talk about the Wyndham. Great pools. Great site. Location is a little out from stuff, but, with bus service right there that will take you practically everywhere you want to go in convenient time intervals (and we had a rental car to boot), it really allowed us to feel like we were away from the crowds when we were on property. When you enter the property, you really get the feeling that you are living a rich man's life on a poor man's salary, from the guard shack (with a smiling and hospitable face to greet you) to an elaborate lobby (again, with smiling faces who seemed glad to see you) to wonderful grounds with some pretty awesome amenities. There are some pretty decent choices for food and booze on property, and again, the pools.....just great. They even had a putt-putt course that was really nice, with the exception of the typical unattended pre-teen and teen types who thought it much more fun to launch their golf balls into the lake instead of playing as one is supposed to, but, nowadays with the NEW typical laxadasical parenting skills, I guess we've come to accept kids running around without parents and thus without rules as being the norm. Aside from that, the property was really great.
Now for the actual condo. Nice floorplan. Great layout. Would be wonderful for a family. Will sleep about six folks in a fairly comfortable manner. Only two things kept this from living up to our expectations: 1) The humidity in the condo was severe. I mean so severe that our bed sheets actually felt wet every night that we were there. We messed with the A/C controls and never could remedy the situation. Never called the resort about it only because we were only there for sleeping most of the week anyways and we were just busy with our whole routine and it wasn't terrible to us, so, not that crazy bad, just unexpected. 2) Roaches.....everybody hates em and we had a few. Now you have to take into consideration that we were on the ground level and this is Florida, so that being said, it's not like we were completely just aghast of this factor. We aren't the uppity types that live in some fantasy world where everything is perfect and the slightest normality in life makes us conjure up scenes of living in a third world country. So, aside from the little things, our stay, overall, was very good and mostly lived up to our expectations. The fact that the staff is so attentive and seem genuine really helped too.
One other thing I should mention is that this is a time share community, something that we didn't know until we got there, and they will try to make a pitch to you upon arrival in the form of an invitation to join them for a free "owners" breakfast and an offer to get you park passes at a reduced rate, but, if you just say no, they do respect that. Sure, we could have saved $150 off our 5 day hopper passes that we spent $1250 on (four three adults and one child), but to us, it was worth spending the extra $150 to not have to spend a couple of hours at a free breakfast getting a sales pitch to buy an over priced time share. As we all know, you can buy time shares right now for next to nothing (sometimes literally $1) because folks are getting rid of them because of the maintenance fees and other issues.
So, want to have a great place to stay and save a ton of money and still have a free bus service that takes you everywhere you want to go on the Disney property? Stay at Wyndham's Bonnet Creek Resort. I promise you that, aside from the possibility of a few minor details, you will get the best financial deal and have the best place to stay and it will truly add to your overall experience in a most positive manner. I would definitely stay there again.
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- Wyndham Orlando
- Fairfield Orlando At Bonnet Creek Resort
- Bonnet Creek Resort Orlando
- Orlando Wyndham
- Fairfield Bonnet Creek
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