Wyndham Cypress Palms
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A late start today as someone didn't get up to 11am. During this time I did some washing. We headed for our last and final Disney theme park before the universal two theme parks... Disney's Hollywood Studios. Not sure what I'm expecting. Maybe similar to universal studios which I found similar to movie world. On our way we needed fuel (gas). Did I mention that you need to pre pay. I know there are some in Australia. But all here you ...
... gave me cold water and ice for my neck. This helped a lot, and I was so glad that it did because after driving past some animals, they stopped the jeep so we could feed the giraffes. It was an amazing experience! They came so close to us and ate lettuce out of our hands really gently. I couldn't believe how close I got to the giraffes, I didn't expect it to be like that. We took so many photos, and also bought the professional ones that were taken. After the safari ...
When we arrived at Gatwick Airport we had to go through loads of security which took FOREVER!! Once we had gone through all the security and found out what plane we were flying on we went to Costa coffee to get a bite to eat.When they called out our flight number we all excitedly rushed to the plane and they told us that we were the last ones on the plane but we weren't because we saw some people come ...
... was my favourite of the theme parks – all of my favourite characters wandering the streets! I stuck to some of the tamer rides this time around, some of the big ones looked very scary and I definitely didn’t want to get my fur wet. It’s a Small World was about my speed except now I can’t get that song out of my head! I’ll be meowing it for weeks.
I checked out the Haunted Mansion while I was there – man, ...
... of those ghosts and goblins. He said OK and he was Scooby and I was Shaggy. I couldn't receive a greater compliment. This time he wanted to ride with Amanda, and she said that was fine. As they rode through the ghosts, they were trying to figure out the mysteries and understand where the music was coming from. I on the other hand was on the look out for more hidden Mickey's. I found it (my first one ever)! Check out the main dining table in the parlor. The ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Wyndham Cypress Palms Orlando
Excellent Choice for our Family
All I can say about our trip and Stay at Cypress Palms is it was wonderful. We just returned today. We stayed 4 nights and it was a great choice. I made my choice based on reviews from Trip Advisor.
Picking a place to stay is tough...except when it comes to this resort!
Just got back 1/20/05 - spent 5 days at the resort...
About the locaton: This was a fabulous location in conjuction to Disney World Parks and some major restaurants - hop on the main highway and drive 10 minutes and you are at the parks. Directions were "clear" yet highway signs were difficult to understand or missing (i.e. Scott Blvd). Look for the CV Pharmacy and Cracker Barrell Store and the big ORANGE store on the opposite side. The resort is only 1/2 block off 192 (which is the hwy that takes you right into the Disney World).
About the staff: Excellent and friendly. Disney rep was very useful to help with directions, suggestions and tips. Staff response for any requests we had were met with smiles and graciousness. They "invited" us for a one-hour timeshare presentation, which was our option to go; there was no pressure and they were still nice when we declined.
About the accomodations: Spectacular! Two huge bedrooms, two baths, fully equipped kitchen, huge living room with deck, 3 TVs, very nice, clean and great for family of 6. We overpacked not realizing that the laundry facilities were in the apartment - and they supplied the soap!
Resort had two pools, whirlpools, activity center with welcome breakfast on Monday morning. Trust me, it will be hard to go back to the ole' hotels after this stay.
Notes to keep in mind: Don't overpack - do laundry. Water from faucet tastes like chlorine - bring bottled water. Kitchen is fully stocked with dishes, although we ate out all the time (dah, vacation). Take note of the driving directions - Orlando maps calls streets by name, yet the street signs have number (not name) on it...so it doesn't make sense sometimes. Eves get cool - bring sweater/shirt/coat.
PS- We struggled with where to stay when we went to Disney, as this was our first trip to FL. We've been "victims" of what it looks like on the internet is NOT what you end up with when we get there (i.e. WI Dells). This place exceeded our expectations; staff, accomodations, and all the rest were exceptional...we're calling this resort for our next trip to Orlando! Impressive is the least we could say...happy travelling from MN family.
One of the best Fairfield resorts!
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our vacation in Orlando...thanks to Fairfield Cypress Palms. The facility is excellent...lots of activities for families and close to restaurants and shopping. We stayed in the 2-bedroom unit which was quite spacious. Hats off to the excellent customer service we received from Fairfield staff. I would recommend this resort without hesitation.
Great place to stay!
In the past, my husband and I have been disappointed with Fairfield, but Cypress Palms was nice. The 1 bedroom unit was clean and the decor was nice (looks better in person than their photos). Each unit has a very nice screened in balcony. Cypress Palms is right off a major road that has more than enough restaurants to choose from. The dinner show Arabian knights is only 5 minutes away. There's also a Farmer's Market, a carnival type amusement park, and a Super Target and Wal-mart close by. Disney, Universal Studios, and Int'l drive are close by. St. Petersburg is also a great town to vist. It's about 1hr 40 mins from Orlando. The prices in this area (especially gas) are much cheaper than near Disney and the other parks.
An oasis in Kissimmee !!
We've just returned from one week's vacation at Cypress Palms and we have to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. We'd requested a one bedroom suite and although we had requested a top floor near the pool, we ended up with ground floor accommodation overlooking the pool area, we didn't really mind though because as soon as we walked in the apartment we were pleasantly surprised as to the amount of space there was inside.
I'm not sure if we'd been upgraded because we didn't get our top floor but I wasn't going to ask in case they said there'd been a mistake ??
There's two pools, the larger is next to the activities centre where the fitness suite is located, we found the staff very friendly, helpful and responsive to our needs. The resort is kept clean and tidy and is just a five minute walk to the main 192 where there is plenty of restaurants,donut shops a pharmacy etc. A Publix is only a short drive away.
We've stayed in several high standard resorts in the past but in our opinion we've found that for the money this was the best so far and although we don't usually stay in the same accommodation twice because we enjoy visiting other resorts, I would have to say that we will probably return again to Cypress Palms in the near future. Can't wait !!
Boy Was I Wrong About the Fairfield Orlando!
I was admittedly hesitant in staying at a one bedroom condo exchange which was only a little over 500 s.f., since our kids are larger now (9 and 13) and they would be sharing the condo with us on the sofa bed. I also feared that the Fairfield name meant that these units were renovated hotel rooms with some added interior walls for the "perception" of privacy. And the designation of "Gold Crown Resort" by RCI (Resort Condominium exchanger) didn't provide much comfort either, because they seem to give out this "top rating" rather commonly, as half of their Orlando, FL resorts (29 of 59) are classified with their "best" rating.
We had the misfortune of staying at one of the Gold Crown Resorts that RCI has in the Orlando Area, and it was the single most disappointing experience we have had in our many years of resort exchanging. That resort was the Orange Lake Resort and Country Club, and room was in such disrepair and obvious neglect that we asked the staff to be moved, but they dismissed our pleas by saying that there was nothing they could do. We've owned a camcorder for twenty years and always include a tour of the resort unit on our vacation video, except for the single year that we stayed at the Orange Lake Resort, when we were too embarrassed to include that disgusting unit in with our vacation memories. To RCI's defense, I've read elsewhere that the Orange Lake Resort does an excellent job of maintaining the units that their owners (and probably RCI) stay in, and they reserve their run-down buildings for unsuspecting exchange victims. Nevertheless, when we had the chance this year to again stay in a TWO BEDROOM unit at the Orange Lake Resort, we refused and opted instead for the ONE BEDROOM unit at the Fairfield Orlando. I will never stay at the Orange Lake Resort again, and was hoping that RCI's misguided labeling of that resort was not a poor reflection on this year's adventure to another of RCI's "best" resorts.
Well, we were very pleasantly surprised to open the door into our Fairfield Orlando unit. The layout is what first greets you. The floor plan makes this unit feel much larger, and the color scheme is so cheerful that the unit instantly give you a good feeling that even on a rainy day your stay here will be a pleasant one. The angles of the floor plan reveal that this is not a hotel renovation, but a well thought out and designed living space. And THEN we turned the corner to view the bedroom and spacious master bathroom, complete with a large, large whirlpool bathtub. We never felt cramped in this unit, except for the fact that it only has one (separately roomed) toilet, complete with an additional shower stall.
The grounds were emaculately landscaped and cared for, in a manner you'd expect from a Disney theme park. The unit has two televisions, a washer/dryer, iron/ironing board, dishwasher, a full kitchen that felt larger that it really was, and a dining room table that was large enough for six settings, but tucked away cleverly in an area which just added to the overall spacing of the unit when not being utilized. I kept thinking that some mistake had been made at check-in and we were given a larger room, but it was still the 500+ s.f. unit we expected, only better than imagined.
We would love to stay here again. Although it was the same distance from Disney World as the Orange Lake Resort, it is half the travel time to Disney. That "other" resort is a hUGe complex which takes ten minutes of driving time just to reach it's own front gate.
I do need to mention two things though. One is that we stayed in a One Bedroom "Deluxe" Unit at the Fairfield Orlando. Their other 1BDRM unit is called a "suite", and as far as I can tell the only difference is that it has a partial kitchen, but otherwise cannot comment on that unit. The other thing is that for our convenience we requested a first floor unit to accommodate our wheelchair since there is only one elevator in each building. I do not know if this problem is just limited to the first floor units, or to the season (late August), but the bugs were all over our front door, particularly during the evening hours. We developed a routine of rushing through the door, closing it quickly and smacking the entering bugs with the fly swatter (provided). This couple of minute routine we found annoying, but bearable to enjoy what we felt was one of the best units we've stayed in for several years. And once the door was closed, no additional bugs were able to enter the unit. We hope that on our next visit to Orlando that another unit at the Fairfield Orlando at Cypress Palms becomes available. With RCI's Gold Crown rating becoming so unreliable, the Fairfield is a proven resort commodity.
Oh yeah, the staff in our dealings was excellent, but they'll try to get you to sign up for a 90 minute breakfast/timeshare presentation in exchange for $75 dollars. Our vacation time is too valuable for that, and once we said no, they left us alone. I'm sorry this review was so long, but I was just so happy with the Fairfield that I had to tell someone.
This a great resort. The staff is courteous and it is close to all the Disney attractions and restaurants are everywhere. It's a nice resort and is in a great spot. You can't go wrong. The place is very clean and there is security on the premises to make sure you are very comfortable.
Rooms are clean, well maintained, and tastefully decorated. Ours had a microwave and small fridge. Fitness center was up to date.
Upon checkin they did let us know that we could attend a 90 minute timeshare breakfast to receive cash or free/discounted attraction tickets, but they didn't pressure us to attend.
Great vacation spot
Fairfield Orlando Cypress Palms is a great place for families to stay.
The units are very spacious and include everything you need, including washer/dryer, jacuzzi, etc. The location is great! Maybe 10 minutes to Disney parks with very easy access on 192. There were daily activities for children, a great exercise facility, and two outdoor heated pools.
There are many restaurants within walking distance, as well as a great indoor flea market that has tons of everything!
Loved everything about it
I have stayed at several area Resorts and find Fairfield Cypress Palms to be the best fit. It's quiet, clean, decorated tastefully but not over the top with just enough scenery (the fountain area)and ambience to be soothing and romantic at night. Staff are knowledgeable, conscientious yet unpretentious, no matter what time of day or night.
Love the fact that it's located right off 192, so getting anywhere is never a problem. Restaurants and sites abound and CVSwhich is two mins.
away is open 24/7 for whatever amentities one may have forgotten. Loved the tub! Truly the right fit for both the mature vacationer and the young family group.