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    • iwuvdisney

      Registered: October 2012
      Location: Jacksonville, FL
      Posts: 3
      Review Date: Tue October 9, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Big, nice, and clean!
      Cons: Traffic

      Booked this hotel as a pricline.com express deal. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived. Our stay here was absolutely wonderful. From the very friendly and helpful check-in, to the large very nice room that included a very nice sized bathroom and a fridge and microwave. I am used to staying at Disney value resorts, but I have to say I may be addicted to the cheaper price and larger room! The traffic to get to Disney was not the greatest, but nothing terribly awful. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the area!
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      Registered: December 2009
      Location: Niceville, FL
      Posts: 80
      Review Date: Mon June 11, 2012 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 4 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): bunk beds, plenty of room for big family
      Cons: traffic, no hot water,

      We stayed here Dec 2010 for a trip to Sea World, when they first opened the new kid suites and LOVED it! I had since recommended it to several people. We are passholders and usually stay on property, but stayed here again on a last minute, short (2 night) Disney Trip. They were running an allears.net special and it was cheaper for our family of 6 than staying on property in June. We were really disappointed.

      The front desk check-in was slow and disorganized. The clerk forgot to give us the free kids meal vouchers for Applebees so we had to go back and get those during our dinner the next night. Our room was freezing! This may not seem like an issue in June, but it rained all day on us in the parks and we came back to a room that was turned down to 55 degrees. We tried to turn on the heat and only cold air blowed out. There were no blankets on the bed so we had to walk down to the front desk and ask for some to be delivered. (The buttons on the phone did not dial directly to house keeping or the front deak.) A hot shower would have felt great, but there was no hot water! It didn't seem to matter what time we wanted hot water - early morning, late night, etc. There just was NONE. The hair dryer snapped and started blowing smoke when I tried to use it.
      The traffic was horrible. It took us almost an hour to get back to the hotel from HS. We ate at Applebees instead of having a counter service at HS that night. It was nice to not have to pay for the kids meals, but we did have to wait a little bit for a table at 8pm.
      We will NOT stay off property again, and after this visit I will direct my friends to stay elsewhere.
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      Registered: February 2012
      Location: SW Florida
      Posts: 4
      Review Date: Thu February 23, 2012 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 3 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Clean, big room
      Cons: Traffic, traffic, traffic

      When I made the reservation, I didn't know the area. I wanted to stay at the closest Holiday Inn to WDW (not realizing there was one on Disney property). When I called reservations, I wasn't exactly lied to, but was definitely misled. Apparently the hotels are franchises and are in competition with each other, so this hotel didn't disclose to me that they weren't the one I wanted. As it turned out, it was very close, but it took at least 2-3 times as long to get anywhere because of the traffic. We checked in on a Friday and out that Sunday (Presidents Day weekend), so we were back and forth several times throughout our stay, even late at night. No matter the time of day, the traffic was insane, bumper-to-bumper with long waits at lights. I read about the traffic in other reviews, and thought those folks must be from farm towns or something. But they weren't kidding! The off and on ramps to the I-4 were between the parks and the hotel, so I think that's what made the traffic so difficult to navigate through. When we checked in, we were instructed to go to another desk for a "welcome packet" which consisted of nothing more than a brochure about the Magic Kingdom...not that big of a deal, but I waited several minutes in a deep line for something I could have gotten anywhere! The hotel also has an Applebees, which had several empty tables, several people waiting for tables, a 25 minute wait, and a sticky menu for me to look at while I waited. We braved the traffic and went somewhere else. My advice: stay off SR 535! To stay at a non-Disney hotel on Disney property, stay on Hotel Plaza Blvd. (I've also stayed close to Maingate South and while it was further away, it was faster to get to WDW.) The room was nice, but it sure didn't make up for the other drawbacks.
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