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TravelPod Member ReviewsBlue Heron Beach Resort Orlando
It's a very good apart-hotel for 6 people. It's big and secure (since there is no cleaning, you do by yourself), and have all you need to live: oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, etc.
The only problem is Wi-Fi: you have only access in the lobby (at least for me, in the 12th floor).
There is 2 kind of apartament: with disney fireworks view or lake bryan view. I stayed in the lake bryan one (and I don't regret).
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Historical Traveler Reviews Blue Heron Beach Resort Orlando
We stayed here for three nights and wish we could have stayed longer.The location is next to all the theme parks and is built right on beautiful Lake Bryan.The one bedroom sleeps 6 with 2 full bathrooms. All the units are brand new with high end furniture. Anything you need is nearby ie. (bars.supermarket,restaurants,outlet mall)
This place is a new property and not alot of people now abut it so book it why you can still get in. A Great Property with good service and a great pool with a hot tub.
I reccomend staying on a lower floor so you can see the gorgeos lake view right from your living room.Also from the Resorts web site you can buy your groceries before you arrive and they will stock it in your refridgerater prior to your arrival. A Great service especially if you have kids.
Great location-very nice decor-beds?
We booked "two "1 bedroom suites for Feb. 15-19th for Daytona 500( an hour drive if no traffic). They were ready and waiting for us as we arrived at 11:30 p.m. Delayed flight. The resort appointed the two rooms side by side which was a great plus for us. We really enjoyed how nicely decorated and the details that they put into the rooms. There are just couple things I feel they could and SHOULD improve.
1. The beds are very low grade HARD HARD HARD! I asked for a couple of extra pillows to help ease and they were brought up within short couple of minutes!
2. No blow dryer in either room we booked, so we had to go buy one at the Walgreens across the street. Not a big deal $14.99, but I also carried a travel dryer but it broke , and never replaced because all the bigger Quality Hotels have them. Unfortuneatly they did not , and did not have them on premises.
3. Very loud noises in the master bedroom when other guests walk by , or talking or children running ( thin window and front wall). Hopefully you will get respectful neighbors. Inside the rest of the suite is exceptionally quiet.
Now for the Very positive...........
1.You can only go up the elevator if you have a good room key still in operation, so no strangers can get into the facility! Great!!!
( once check out time has passed your key doesn't work)
2. GREAT location. Oh my gosh so good.You have everything right around you. Literally around you.Disney 2 minutes,premuim outlet mall 2 minutes, restraunts all around ,grocery store 1 mile , gas across the street , golf 2-5 minutes depending on course,
Disneys water parks 5 minutes......Just Great!
3. Food Recommendations: Cracker Barrel for GOOD home cooking great value for price and the kids will love the olf fashion
candy store located inside the restraunt. Their Biscuts are the best I've ever had. Breaskfast was my favorite there.(Went 3 times)
Next is Bahama Breeze next door(Chicken tostada salad). Bennigans across the street.
4. Walgreens across the street for water snacks etc. as you have a FULL size refridgerator.
Would stay again in a heart beat hopefully they will put egg crates on beds or change the matteress to become even more fabulous! We loved it..........ps.....Washer dryer was a bonus too.
Blue Heron a great surprise
We have now stayed at the Blue Heron twice. We have stayed in a 1 bedroom and a 2 bedroom unit. These units are very nicely appointed with high end furniture and granite countertops, full kitchen and dining area. The kids love the bunk beds in the hallway. Pool is very nice and the setting is peaceful with the lake in the back.
The second unit is under construction and there is some noise during the day, but that does not take away from the quality of the place overall. Service was congenial and they responded to minor repairs (the lock on the door) quickly. Less than 10 minutes to Magic Kingdom main gate and less than 5 minutes to Downtown Disney.
Do not expect maid service, room service or concierge service. This is not a hotel but a condo unit that you are renting by the night. They do clean the unit after you leave.
Highly recommend and will return.
Just returned from a two week vacation to Florida in which we spent 11 nights at the Blue Heron. We had actually only booked 8 nights, but liked it so much that we came back to spend our last three nights, having gone to Key West in between.
These are brand new condos being built for Festiva resorts for private ownership, but available for rental. There is only one tower occupied at the present time overlooking Lake Bryan.
There is construction going on in the adjacent tower 2, but we did not find that to be a problem.
All units have a lake view from their living room and balcony.
The units at each end of the tower have two bedrooms with front and back balconies, which were great for watching the nightly firework display from Epcot, not to mention the errupting volcano in the adjacent crazy golf!
We requested a high floor end unit (1201) and were not disappointed! The views over the lake were amazing!
The property still has a brand new feel to it and for much of our stay was very quiet. I suspect that it wont be long before more people discover it and it will get busier.
There is no daily maid service, so garbage had to be placed in a disposal chute located on each floor. Grocery stores and a Walmart are a short drive away and there is a Walgreens just across the street.
A special mention to the staff at reception who could not have been more helpful and accommodating. They even kept the same unit for us when we returned from Key West!
What a find!
We actually booked this trip through AAA, but found the resort via another travel website. Not many people know about this one yet so take advantage while you can! We stayed in a 1 bedroom condo and were extrememly happy with our unit. It was clean, roomy, and had everything we needed. Two big plusses: a full kitchen and an in unit stack washer and dryer. We went to Universal only during our stay and could hop on I-4 less than a half mile down the street. Located on Rt. 535, we were close to grocery stores, drug stores and even a Walmart. The staff were incredibly helpful - we had a few glitches but problems were solved immediately. All of our glitches were related to the newness of the resort (no iron in the room, exhaust fan in bath was not working), but everything was taken care of quickly. It was great to be able to have morning coffee on the balcony looking out over beautiful Lake Bryan. What a moneysaver to be able to cook and eat in the unit of we wanted to. This is a great place to stay and very affordable - AAA rate $130+ tax. Great price for all the amenities.
Very pleased! The lake is a plus!
Our family stayed in Tower 1 (5th floor) for a full week and loved it! We've stayed at other Orlando properties (including the Sheraton Vistana across the street) and thought this was the best by far.
Of course, it is brand new so you'd expect things to be in nice shape and clean. But the furnishings are a little more upscale than your average place and the tile floors and granite countertops reinforce that feeling.
The end units in Tower 1 have both front and back balconies - the middle units only a back balcony. There is a shopping center and minature golf right out front and tons of good restaurants just a mile down the street on the other side of I-4.
The pool and lake are a nice and rather unique touch. While we didn't spend anytime at either, it was nice to know that if we got burned out on Disney we could have a "near ocean" experience.
It was also nice to be so close to Disney. We actually watched the fireworks from both Epcot and Magic Kingdom simultaneously from the front balcony one night.
We'll be back at Blue Heron in 2007.
I was concerned when I saw that a second tower was under construction, but the stay was wonderful. The one bedroom condo we used was easily big enough for me, my wife and our three kids. The kids loved the bunk beds and my wife loved the full kitchen and granite counter tops.
The pool is heated and huge. It is set up for relaxation, but has a portion that has lanes for lap swimming. The kids pool was gated and safe. It was very clean, too. There is also a game room just off the pool area that kept the kids busy on the couple of cloudy days.
The resort is less than a mile from Disney and just off I-4. It was convenient to just about everything, but not overwhelmed with traffic. I'm not sure how many towers are going to be built on this site, but we hope to use this condo every year we come down. Once the construction is complete, I'll have no gripes whatsoever.
My new favorite in Orlando
This condo is my family's new favorite in the Disney area. We loved the new building, pool, and view, and were minutes from downdown Disney. We had our own mini Thanksgiving dinner here, and the kitchen had everything we needed. The condo was better than anything we've rented in the park, and we spent a lot less money in the process. A great time and a great price.
Great view and brand new
Well, that was a pleasant surprise. I had to book a vacation last minute, and stumbled across this new hotel right outside of Disney World. We stayed in one of the one bedroom units, but there was plenty of room for the five of us, thanks to a bonus bunk area. We had a great view of the pool and Lake Bryan, and had a nice balcony to sit out on after our days at the parks. We also got a good deal on the room, because there's still some construction going on as they finish the second building. All in all, a great trip, and a nice find
Blue Heron Beach Resort-Brand New & Great!
You would be very, very lucky to stay in this BRAND NEW condominium complex. From what I understand, each unit is individually owned, but Festiva Resorts is the management company, so it rents like a regular resort, only better. Their manager, Kevin Blocker, and his staff made our stay one of the best ever! The unit we were in was a 1 BR, but easily could sleep 6. There were bunk beds in a hallway along with a sleeper sofa in the living area. The kingsized bed in the master was extremely comfortable with the jacuzzi tub in the bath. Hall bath was a full bath, not just shower. Linens were fluffy, absobant and abundant. Full sized kitchen with side by side refrigerator, full stove w/microwave and stocked with all a kitchen needs. High end furniture and professionally decorated. Balcony overlooks a wonderful lake. Pool is fantastic as well as the walkway overlooking the lake. SOOO close to everything, less than a mile from Disney . At night, you can see the Disney fireworks display from the higher floors. Also, is easy commute to Sea World and Universal. A small grocery store adjacent to propery was good for quick pickup of drinks, bread. milk etc, but would go to major chain to stock up for the week. A Walgreens is within walking distance, but you have to cross a busy highway to get to it. Felt very safe in complex since you had to use room key to go up the elevator. They are building more of these and if you can stay now, you'll get the opportunity to book a new condo (this is their first season open) at a bargain rate with amenities and management like a high end resort.
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... photo done. Hats of to Cinders, it must be hard as anything being polite and smiley with all these kids, even more so with some of the parents, but she turned what could have been a very ordinary experience for that family into something really special. Our turn came and Lady Orlanda had a chat with Cinderella and had her autograph book signed and posed for her photo, then we had to wait on some rather fancy chairs for our names to be called so we could ...
... way around the loop and completed the tour at 8pm - good timing before the fireworks display at 9pm.
We had a Pizza in Italy, visited China and a beer in England.
The prices for food and drinks is steep and restricted the options that we felt comfortable with, hoverer what we did have was well presented and enjoyable.
... After our sedate start we went in search for something a little more thrilling and came across the rapids!! We got our fast pass again which meant we had enough time to look around Asia and grab some awesome Chinese food for lunch! We timed it perfectly because just as we got lunch the heavens opened and the deafening sounds of thunder began!! A lovely Texan family let us share their seated area under an umbrella and we swapped stories about the weather (it's 110 ...
... was looking glazed in the buggy.
Then we headed back to use our free fastpass on Carousel of Progress. Hmmm...not sure we will be doing THAT one again - although Gareth said he found it really interesting. You sit in a little theatre looking at a stage and then the theatre moves round the centre hub in a circle to show different stages and diferent animatronic shows which chart progress during the twentieth century. It showed ...
... Gusher", a water coaster that is a touch different from your conventional roller coaster, set in an old disused peanut factory. The braver ones in the group took on the dangers of snorkelling across "Shark Reef" and all made it across the shark infested waters safely...!!! After they'd dried off, Elaine and I took Elise to the Pearl Factory there and let her choose her own pearl which we had mounted on to a setting to go onto ...