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    • tgaudet

      Registered: November 2011
      Location: louisiana
      Posts: 7
      Review Date: Thu June 27, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Great location to theme parks, restaurants, grocery, retail, etc...
      Cons: No EMH while staying off property, ants

      Stayed at 7681 Sir Kaufman Ct. 5-26-13 to 6-1-13. Had a 3 bed, 3 bath, private pool, fully furnished condo in the Windsor Hills community. We booked though All Star vacation homes. Originally wanted to stay on grounds at Disney at AOA but for half the price per night we got a whole condo as oppose to a hotel suite. The money we saved allowed us to stay 3 extra nights (total of 6 nights in condo) and rent a mini van for what we would've paid to stay on property for 3 or 4 nights at AOA suites. The only downside was not being able to do EMH.

      1st off we arrived in Orlando on a late flight and after getting our bags and rental car from the airport we were on our way to our condo. I had called ahead and made arrangements for after hours check in and our welcome pack and door codes were in the night drop box which we picked up with ease at the rental office and found our property/condo with no problems; and this was at 1:00AM. It was nice to arrive and everything was just as pictured on the website. We settled in and went to bed. DH, DS8, DD5 and myself were happy to have nice clean and comfy beds to get into after our late arrival. The kids had twin beds in a Mickey themed room, DH and I had the master bedroom and we used the 3rd as a playroom for the kids.
      During our stay we picked up some groceries from the Winn Dixie market that was 5 minutes away. Also we enjoyed shopping and visiting all the different discount and souvenir shops that were located all along the main hwy located 5 minutes from our condo. We went to Universal and Disney parks the whole week we were there and our condo was very welcoming to come back to after a long day in the parks. The kids really enjoyed the private screened in pool. DH enjoyed the living room area and sofa where he could relax and watch tv. I enjoyed using the full kitchen to cook most of our meals and the washer and dryer within the condo and the extra bathrooms. It was like a home away from home. They even had a daily garbage pick up by the curb and also each unit has there own private driveway where you can park in front of your own door. There are lots of community spots (pool, gym, store, & playground) but we didn't use any of these.

      The only downside/complaints that I had were minor: 1st there were these little black ants that we would occasionally see in the downstairs bathroom and on the kitchen pantry floor. I was a little upset by this as I didn't want the kids to get bit or the ants to get into our belongings. Guest services offered to come and spray but I swept and sprayed and only saw 1 or 2 every so often after that. 2nd would be the flowers and bushes in and around the driveway. They were so thick and lush that it was hard to get into the van. We were full of flowers, leaves, and brush just getting in and out of the rental vehicle. For someone with allergies this could be a problem.
      But all in all the condo was WONDERFUL!!!
      Our family really enjoyed it and are strongly considering staying in one of the condos on our next visit to Orlando in 2014 or 2015.
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      Registered: June 2010
      Location: Indiana
      Posts: 16
      Review Date: Tue June 26, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): price, space, proximty to Disney parks, pool
      Cons: none

      This is the second time we have rented through All Star. We have had excellent customer service and attention to detail. Once you have a reservation, you receive detailed information by email that answers just about any question you have. The staff makes a pre-visit phone call about 3-4 days before you arrive to personally answer any other questions. Most recently, our family (4 adults and 4 children ages 9, 9, 6, and 4)stayed in a 4 bedroom house with pool in Windsor Palms.

      I like that All Star has a variety of properties to choose from and we were able to find one that met all of our requirements...Disney decor in the children's rooms, 2 master suites with King beds, gas grill, pool. The home you see when you view online is the exact home you will see when you arrive.

      Windsor Palms is close to Disney so leaving the parks for the afternoon is very easy. We were able to open the parks each morning and return to our house around 1 pm then back in the parks by 5 or 6 without losing much time in transportation.

      Additionally, we enjoy preparing most of our own meals for our family on vacation. Doing so saves an incredible amount in food costs over eating in the parks. Overall, for 8 people, we were able to save OVER HALF what we would have spent staying in a deluxe on property resort and eating out every meal. That includes the extra cost of renting a car and parking, as well. Add in the fact that in our home we had loads more space and were able to actually relax (a necessity for my little guy who easily gets sensory overload).

      I highly recommend staying in an All Star home!
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      Registered: June 2008
      Location: Southern New Jersey
      Posts: 30
      Review Date: Mon November 7, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Huge space, hot tub, game room, master bedrooms with baths
      Cons: you can't check in early unless you pay for it; big screen TV was not HD; could be cleaned better; gutters overflowed

      Spent 9 days in a 6 bedroom house in Windsor Hills development. House was "only" a 3 star, but it exceeded my expectations as a first time renter at WDW. We were only like 2 miles from Animal Kingdom. To and from the parks by car was minutes each day!!!

      I've easily had 20+ trips to WDW before this and always stayed on property. This time I split a house rental with a family member. For $3000, we had this huge house for 9 days and splitting this cost with someone else, this cost was less than staying at a moderate level hotel at WDW.

      Early check in is not available unless you pay extra. Even though I arrived before my 4pm checkin, we were able to get gate passes and hang out at the clubhouse and pool area. But quite frankly, we were lied to and told that the house wasn't ready because they were "fixing the dryer and needed every minute up to 4pm to get it done". We parked in front of the house at 3pm and nobody was there! I called at 4pm to get the door code and they told me "I must have just missed the repairman!". It seems to me they want you to pay the extra $150 for early arrival rather than give it to you regardless if the house was ready, IMHO.

      House was great and spacious. Great to have just my BEDROOM bigger than what I would have for an entire hotel room at WDW! A full master bath for most of the bedrooms. Kids rooms were themed and they loved it. Game room had an 80's style arcade game that had like 30 vintage games you could choose from. Pool was nice and hot tub was great to come back to after a hard day marching through the parks. Being able to cook breakfast each morning saved big $$$$$$$$.

      House was quiet and no noise from neighbors, etc. It was in a gated community. It was nice to be able to look out the window and see your car right there.

      My only real complaints: the hassle of early check in; the big screen TV in the family room was a standard definition TV with a cable box that took 30 seconds to do anything when you pushed a button. Who has a huge big screen in a new house that isn't HD? This was disappointing in terms of quality of the picture; The house could have been cleaned better. We found hair balls behind basically every door and the bathtub had some black hairs. We are blonde and we never even used the tub, so it wasn't ours!

      One major problem was that the rear gutters were overflowing and splashing on the concrete VERY LOUDLY. To the point we couldn't sleep. We had to clean out the gutter that morning so we could sleep during the rain storm. I could have called maintenance, but quite frankly, we just wanted it fixed then and wonder why nobody noticed they were full of junk before?

      From a cost and value standpoint, I don't think it could be beat. I miss WDW ambiance when staying on property, but the value of All Stars trumps any misgivings I might have had! Can't wait to do again.
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      Registered: January 2011
      Location: Connecticut
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Tue January 18, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Clean,plenty of room, location
      Cons: I don't own it.

      We stayed at Reunion Resort. Condo 4-7615 #201. October 16-21,2010. It's exactly as shown in the pictures. Plenty of room. More tv's than you can watch. Having a full kitchen came in handy for meals at least once a day. Grocery store, liquor store,(2)pizza,(2)Chinese restaurants, gas station and a drug store all directly across the street. We did not do any golfing but the course was a few feet from our back door. A short drive to Disney. I highly recommend it. The whole All Star experience was wonderful.
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