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Vacation Homes near Disney

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

This blog entry is going to deal with questions we get asked day in and day out regarding Vacation Homes near Disney…hope this helps.

What are the bed types in my four bedroom vacation home?

Note: all private pool homes in Orlando around the Disney World Theme Parks are owned by individual investors. Many of these are citizens of the UK. You will generally find that they will outfit the Master Bedroom with either a King or Queen Bed. The second bedroom will generally have a larger bed, but the third and fourth bedrooms will have twin beds each. The five bedroom models, at least the ones I have seen, will generally have two bedrooms with larger beds and twins will be in the remaining three.

How close will my home be to Disney World?

All of the 325 homes in our inventory are inside of 14 minutes to the Main Gate of Walt Disney World.

Where can I see pictures of my specific vacation pool home?

Obviously with so many homes in our inventory we would have to have a lot of pictures. Let me better explain it to you….The nightly rates for our executive and standard homes are far below the average for the the quality you are getting. The reason is that the reservation is blind as to the property in question. The management company receives your reservation and when they confirm your reservation they are guaranteeing you an executive home (if that is what you are trying to reserve) for the dates you requested. They will put your reservation in inventory and move it around several times prior to your arrival. Now, lets say they showed you pictures of the first home your reservation was booked for, but when you arrived here to pick up the keys at the Welcome Center, the home you received was different….you would think what’s up. What they are doing with the low nightly rates is to give you what you want and move your reservation around in their system to max out the bookings in a given month for all homes in their portfolio.

What is the difference between a standard pool home and an Executive Model?

First of all, there are some similarities; both of the homes were built by the same builder. The differences lies in what happened after the owner/investor bought his home. The standard home buyer went to a furniture store and bought relatively cheap furniture. He put in the lower grade of carpets, Venetian blinds are on the windows, the paint color throughout the entire house is white, the lesser grade of pool furniture is what he purchased and he put in a few smaller televisions. The Executive Home buyer was proud of his investment and saw himself using his home quite often. He went to the interior decorator of the builder and they chose color to put on the walls, the better grade of carpet was ordered, drapes on the windows, the better furniture package, the better pool furniture and the larger televisions. The difference for you will be the quality of your vacation pool home. When your wife walks in and says WOW! The desired effect of the investment was reached.

As W. Brewer of Lexington, KY said…”the key for us was to have the necessary room to spread out and enjoy the comforts of our home…. the private pool enhanced the overall vacation experience.”


Best Deal on a Disney Condo

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

I love talking about “best deals” especially when it comes to renting a Disney Condo. There are so many choices and quite frankly a number of things come into play when looking for the best deal.

First of course would be location. Who wants to have first-class accommodations only to have to drive a half hour or so to the theme parks…that won’t cut it. Location is the prime reason 43% of our clients select one property over another. As long as the property is inside of 10 minutes to the parks…that is acceptable at least in my book.
Second consideration concerns quality. Who wants to rent a dump? No one! The property must be exceptionally nice for my wife and family to stay there…if not she will say we have got to find something better. Hence if you can find a newer property that is well maintained, you are on the right road.

Third consideration is low nightly rates. Disney World Theme Park Tickets are expensive and adding an expensive lodging choice might break the budget. I generally tell people a nice condo should cost no more than a three-star hotel at the entrance to the theme parks. Rate is definitely important consideration.

Fourth, there should be no hidden fees. I have heard of many management companies who advertise low rates and then come back around with booking fees and the like. This is not fair. Tell it like it is; if you charge a fee spell it out up front….not when I am ready to book.

Lastly, the property must accommodate my needs and offer a myriad of amenities that my family will enjoy. The idea of having a large clubhouse with activities all day for my kids is a benefit. A water complex with slides and water activities is a huge plus. Shuttle service to Disney World is a nice feature. All of these are things I would consider using. These are important when selecting the right condo.

The name of two of the condo complexes that meet the five criteria I have set as being a Best Deal on a Disney Condo are The Fountains Resort home of two bedroom/two bath units and Regal Palm Resort with 3 and 4 Br town homes. Click on www.dwvacationhomes.com and check them out, you will be mighty glad you did.