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Why Regal Palms Resort is So Popular With Guests

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Regal Palms Resort and Spa is an extremely popular home base for visitors to Walt Disney World and the other Orlando area theme parks and attractions. What, exactly, makes it so appealing? Here are three reasons:

1) Accommodations: You’ll feel like you’re truly home when you step into your vacation home or town home at Regal Palms Resort. The full-sized houses and roomy town homes all have the amenities you’d expect, like full kitchens, laundry facilities, and plenty of room for everyone in the family to relax in their own personal space. If you’ve never stayed in a vacation home before, you’ll quickly be spoiled by all the room and privacy.

Having your own house means you can prepare some of your family’s meals if you’re looking to save money or just want to spend a lazy day at the resort instead of cramming theme park visits into every day of your trip. You also save if you have a gaggle of kids or multiple generations vacationing together because you don’t have to book more than one hotel room or find a suite. Regal Palms Resort has a house that will comfortably fit everyone at an affordable rate.

Find out just how affordable your stay can be by checking rates and packages on www.dwvacationhomes.com or by calling the agents at 1-888-269-0276. Be prepared for a pleasant surprise.

2) Location: Regal Palms Resort offers the perfect balance of close proximity to Walt Disney World and a peaceful atmosphere away from the neon, gaudy signs, and traffic of the tourist strips. It’s located in Davenport, which neighbors Kissimmee and puts you just 10 minutes away from Disney property. The town homes are on site at the resort, and the vacation homes are all within seven miles.

Regal Palms Resort is just off Highway 27, which gives you a convenient route to both Highway 192 and I-4. 192 takes you right to a convenient Disney “back door” that leads to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you’re heading over to Universal Orlando Resort or SeaWorld Orlando, pick up I-4 and you’ll whiz right down to those parks. 27 is also the main road when you’re visiting Legoland Florida. Regal Palms Resort is only about 30 minutes away from Florida’s newest theme park.

3) Amenities: With a name like Regal Palms Resort and Spa, you’d expect a high level of amenities, and this resort won’t disappoint you. One of the biggest draws that makes Regal Palms so popular is its on-site water park. The huge tropical swimming pavilion features a water slide that acts as a kid magnet, and there’s also a lazy river for relaxation in the sun.

The spa is another spot to relax if you can fit the time for a treatment into your busy vacation schedule. There’s also a fitness room and free wi-fi. Highway 27 has plenty of stores and restaurants, but if you don’t feel like leaving the resort, just head over to the market or the bar and grill.

If you’re staying in one of the vacation homes, you have full use of the resort facilities. However, you might not even feel a need to leave the house because you’ll have your family’s own private swimming pool where the kids can splash up a storm.

These three factors all add up into one conclusion: it’s no surprise that Regal Palms Resort and Spa is a guest favorite.


Where Are Vacation Homes in Proximity to Walt Disney World?

Monday, February 18th, 2013

You’ve heard about vacation homes, and the idea sounds very appealing for your next Walt Disney World vacation. You love the thought of having an actual full-sized house with living space, a full kitchen, and enough bedrooms to accommodate everyone comfortably. Now you might be wondering, “Are there homes close to Disney, or will I be out in the boondocks?”

Don’t worry, there are plenty of vacation homes near the Walt Disney World resort. Here’s the low-down on three of the most popular areas:


Davenport is a hot spot for Walt Disney World vacation homes because it combines a great location with the feel of being in a residential area. Davenport vacation homes put you within 10 minutes of the Animal Kingdom area and close to both the I-4 expressway and the 429 toll road. You’ve got plenty of grocery stores and other retailers if you plan to cook in your vacation home or need to pick up a few necessities. The one thing you don’t have is a tourist strip right outside your door, with tacky souvenir shops and endless conga lines of cars. Regal Palms Resort and Spa is a very popular vacation home spot in this area.

Davenport vacation homes are also convenient to Legoland Florida, which is outside of the Orlando attractions area, in a town called Winter Haven. Hop on Highway 27 and you’re half an hour or less from this fun little park that appeals to younger kids and Lego addicts of any age.

West 192

If you want something closer to Walt Disney World than Davenport, yet you still like the Animal Kingdom vicinity, choose a vacation home located off West 192. One you get off that main road, you’re in a relaxing area mainly populated by vacation homes, with little traffic or noise. Emerald Isle Resort is a good example of a popular vacation home community in this area. Zip from your house to Disney World through the “secret” back entrance via Black Lake Road to Sherbeth Road. If you’re looking for restaurants, stores, and attractions like miniature golf or go-karts, just head east down 192 and you’ll find enough activities for many vacations to come.


Poinciana is another close-but-not-too-close spot for Walt Disney World vacation homes. It puts you in close proximity to Highway 192, a major route to Disney property and I-4, but you’re still in a spot that feels more residential. Poinciana vacation homes put you 10 minutes away or less from Disney property, and you’ll easily get to Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando via I-4, which you can pick up by heading west on 192, or via 535, which is just east of the Poinciana Blvd. and 192 intersection. Terra Verde Resort is a popular spot in Poinciana for Disney vacationers, since it has resort amenities right on site and is only minutes away from the theme parks.

Need more guidance on vacation home locations and which one would be best for your family? Check out www.dwvacationhomes.com or by call 1-888-269-0276 to get answers to all your questions and help booking your Orlando vacation in just the right area.


10 Reasons to Stay at Terra Verde

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Terra Verde Resort is very popular with Orlando vacationers for a multitude of reasons. Here are ten:

1) Recent Construction: All the homes at this resort were built in 2004 and 2005, so you don’t have to worry about pulling up to a run-down resort that looks nothing like the photos. Your vacation home will be modern and well-kept.

2) Spacious Accommodations: Why do families love vacation homes? Because it’s almost like bringing your home with you on vacation. Terra Verde Resort has roomy houses that are so much better for family harmony than a cramped hotel room. Everyone gets their own space.

3) Fully Equipped Kitchens: “Fully equipped” means not only appliances, but also silverware, pots, pans, and dishes just like you’d have at home. Of course there’s a stove, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, and toaster, and you even have a coffee pot to make sure you get your morning fix of caffeine.

4) Clubhouse: The centerpiece of the Terra Verde Resort is its 5,000 square foot clubhouse. Head over for a swim or work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center, which includes a sauna, and there’s also a game room for the kids. You can even book a massage from the therapist to visits the resort regularly.

5) Heated Swimming Pool: Of course you’d expect a swimming pool at a resort of the caliber of Terra Verde, but this one has a nice touch: it’s heated. That doesn’t matter in the summer, but if you’re vacationing in Orlando in the winter, or even during a cool spell in the spring or fall, you’ll really appreciate that heated water. There’s also a hot tub for the ultimate in muscle-melting relaxation.

6) Proximity to Walt Disney World: Terra Verde Resort is within minutes of Walt Disney World, yet it’s in a nice, quiet part of Poinciana. You’re close to Highway 192, State Road 535, and the I-4 expressway, which means you have an easy route to any of the four Walt Disney World parks, as well as Downtown Disney.

7) Proximity to Other Attractions: While Mickey is the Big Cheese of Orlando, there are plenty of other theme parks and attractions that you might want to visit. You can get to Universal Orlando Resort or SeaWorld Orlando very easily via I-4 or 535 when you stay at Terra Verde. If you want to try something a little different, head down 192 for an endless array of tourist attractions.

8) Beach Area: No, you don’t have to head to the Atlantic or the Gulf to enjoy a beach. Terra Verde Resort has its own sandy beach on the lakefront where the kids can build sandcastles to their heart’s content. There’s also beach volleyball, and the lake is stocked for catch-and-release fishing fun.

9) Security: No one ever wants to worry about security while on vacation, especially on a magical trip to Walt Disney World. Terra Verde Resort is a secured property that only allows entry to authorized guests with ID cards.

10) Free Wireless Internet: Sure, you’re on vacation, but you still need to check in online every now and then. Head over to the clubhouse and hop onto the free wi-fi network.

There are actually many other reasons why Terra Verde is a great choice when you visit Orlando. Find out more at www.dwvacationhomes.com or by calling 1-888-269-0276.


Romantic Amenities in a Vacation Home

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Valentine’s Day is the traditional time for romance, but couples can have fun together in Orlando at any time of the year. There are plenty of romantic activities, like hot air balloon rides, twilight helicopter tours, and dinner shows, but if you book a vacation home, you won’t have to look too far because you’ll have some romantic amenities right at your fingertips. Here’s a quick sampling:

Hot Tub: A hot tub is a great spot for a romantic interlude while the kids are off playing on the playground or in the resort swimming pool. A place like Regal Palms, with its water slide and lazy river, will keep them plenty busy while Mom and Dad relax and soak together. It’s also nice to spend some couples time together sunning on the pool deck. If you stay at Mystic Dunes Resort, check out the private poolside cabanas. If you book an executive vacation home, you’ll have your very own private hot tub for even more romance.

Kitchen: The kitchen’s not the most romantic room in the house, but it can lead to a nice, romantic evening at your Orlando vacation home. Make a reservation at one of the kids’ clubs at Walt Disney World, drop the youngsters off, and get together for a romantic candlelight dinner. There are plenty of Publix grocery stores around the Disney vacation homes, many of which sell pre-made meals that taste nearly as good as homemade.

Pick up some candles while you’re grocery shopping, pop the meal in the microwave or oven, turn down the lights and share a meal for two on the dinnerware provided as part of your vacation home amenities. You’ll probably even find fresh flowers at the store to add an even more romantic touch when you use them as a centerpiece on the table.

Want to make things even more special? Pick up a bottle of champagne when you go shopping and have it chilling in the refrigerator for a post-meal toast to your vacation.

On-Site Dining: Maybe you want a romantic meal but don’t want to shop, or even to leave your resort. Many Orlando vacation home resorts have on-site dining where you can share a pleasant meal together. For example, Regal Palms Resort offers casual dining at the Bamboo Tiki Bar. There are also plenty of restaurants within a few minutes of all the prime Orlando vacation home locations, whether you’re staying in Davenport or Kissimmee.

Big Screen TV: Many Orlando vacation homes have big screen TVs, especially if you choose an executive home with upgraded amenities. For example, the condos at Mystic Dunes all have 52 inch TVs in the great room. Grab a romantic movie at a grocery store rental kiosk and pop it into the DVD player. You might not even need to do that if you have cable or satellite TV at your vacation homes because you might luck into an appropriate offering on one of the movie channels. Combine a couples movie with your candlelight dinner to cap off your romantic evening.

Spa: Some vacation home resorts, like Terra Verde Resort or Regal Palms Resort and Spa, have a day spa right on the premises. Imagine melting away in the midst of a relaxing massage. Ask about couples treatments so you can your partner can enjoy the indulgence together.

Swimming Pool: A swimming pool? Romantic? Well, maybe not for couples, but private swimming pools are great babysitters if your kids are old enough to be trusted without close supervision. That means Mom and Dad can spend some private time together while the rest of the family is busy splashing in the sun. Since you have your very own pool, the children are secure so you don’t have to worry.

Visit www.dwvacationhomes.com or call 1-888-269-0276 to find out what romantic amenities each resort has to offer.


Why Guests Love Mystic Dunes Resort

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Mystic Dunes Resort is constantly gaining popularity with families who visit Orlando. If you’ve never heard of this resort, you might wonder just what’s so speak about it. Here are some reasons for its popularity:

Roomy villas: “Home away from home” sounds like a cliche, but it rings true when you stay in a villa at Mystic Dunes Resort. Choose from one, two, or three bedroom accommodations to perfectly fit your family size. The two and three bedroom units have a 52 inch TV, and all of the villas have a luxurious whirlpool bath in the master bathroom and a fully-appointed kitchen for budgetary meals throughout your vacation.

Location: Mystic Dunes Resort perfectly keeps that delicate balance of a quiet, out-of-the-way location and close proximity to Walt Disney World. It seems like you’re in a residential area, but you’re really only minutes from Highway 192, a major tourist hot spot of attractions and restaurants. Better yet, you’re also right near Walt Disney World property and Disney’s Animal Kingdom resort. Hop on the 429 toll road, which puts you on the I-4 expressway within minutes if you want to head out to Universal Orlando Resort or SeaWorld Orlando.

Huge water play area: Kids and swimming pools go together, especially under the Florida sun. Mystic Dunes has four swimming pools so you never have to worry about a crowd. The kids’ favorite is Dunes Lagoon, which features a two-story water slide for cool, slip-slidin’ plunges, and private cabanas for relaxing in the shade. Mystic Dunes is so close to Walt Disney World that you can easily herd the family back to the resort for an afternoon break. Let them play in the pools for a while (and maybe entice them to take a nap afterward) before heading back to a Disney park, or perhaps a side trip to Downtown Disney or a visit to one of the 192 tourist attractions in the evening).

Family-friendly activities: Kids get bored easily, even on vacation, but that’s not very likely to happen if you stay at Mystic Dunes Resort. Besides the pools, the resort has bike rentals, basketball, tennis, supervised children’s activities, and a miniature golf course. If the adults in your family are duffers, they’ll have to work time into their busy vacation schedule for a roundor two on the 18-hole championship golf course.

Free theme park transportation: Not only does Mystic Dunes have a free shuttle to Walt Disney World, but it also provides transportation to Universal Orlando Resort (home to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, which includes the Wizarding World of Harry Potter) and SeaWorld Orlando. You won’t have to worry about parking fees or finding the parks in an unfamiliar area. Just relax and let the shuttle driver do all the work.

On-site pizza delivery: Sure, you have a full kitchen in your Mystic Dunes villa, but maybe you’re just a bit too tired to cook after a long day traversing the Disney theme parks. Get on the phone and order a pizza from from Maui Pizza Delivery Service. It’ll show up right at your door to appease your hungry family.

If Mystic Dunes Resort sounds like a place your family would enjoy, visit www.dwvacationhomes.com or call 1-888-269-0276 to find out just how affordable it is to stay there. You’ll be very surprised and pleased.


Ranking the Most Popular Orlando Vacation Home Subdivisions

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

You may already know about the advantages of booking a vacation home rather than a hotel when you visit the Walt Disney World area. You get space for even large families to spread out, entertainment, a full kitchen, and even your very own private swimming pool. Now how do you choose the right Orlando subdivision in which to rent a home?

While the best choice depends on your family’s particular needs, here are five of the most popular subdivisions in the Disney area and the reasons why they rank so high with many guests:

Emerald Island Resort: Peace and Quiet
Emerald Island Resort is extremely close to Walt Disney World, yet you’d never think that the theme park complex is just minutes away when you settle into this attractive rental home community. It features full-sized houses and town homes, which makes it perfect for families of every size. You’ll want to plan to spend some quality time to stick around this gated resort, too, so the family can enjoy volleyball, the game room, community pool and hot tub.

Terra Verde Resort: Vacation Home Amenities, Budgetary Price
Terra Verde Resort ranks high with families who want vacation home advantages at a budgetary price. This lakefront resort offers town homes with the same size advantages as vacation homes at a lower price than many hotels. The resort also has amenities like a community swimming pool with cabana bar, game room, kids’ playground, basketball courts, a computer room with free computer use for guests, and a day spa. It’s easy to spend a day at Terra Verde without ever leaving the property, since there’s so much for the kids to do (and Mom might be able to slip off for a massage at the spa).

Encantada Resort: These Town Homes Are Something Special
This resort is another spot near Walt Disney World that features town homes, but they’re more upscale than many similar resorts because each has its very own private swimming pool. It ranks high with those who want town home accommodations that have a little extra pizazz. There’s plenty to do at this gated resort in the clubhouse, game room/arcade, fitness center. Even though you have your own pool, don’t be surprised if the kids want to try out the community pool and playground.

Regal Palms Resort: For Those Who Want the Best
How about a vacation home resort that lets you indulge yourself in the lap of luxury? Regal Palms Resort offers deluxe town homes with hardwood floors and upgraded furniture and appliances for those who want to be best in their accommodations. Enjoy the HD televisions and free wireless internet access throughout your town home. You probably won’t have a lot of time to hang out inside, though. The kids will clamor to play in the water park area, with water slides, pool, hot tub, and lazy river. The spa offers a tempting array of treatments, too.