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Our day started out by getting up at the ********** of dawn. Actually, we got up at 7:30 (6:30 Arkansas time). We had a backstage tour to get to... Epcot's Undiscovered Future World tour. We started out by meeting up with the rest of the tour group at guest relations and getting name badges. Our group was made up of 13 or 14 people. We have very few pictures from the tour, since we aren't allowed to take any while backstage. Stop reading now if you don't want to hear what we ...
... It started to rain a bit and other than our umbrellas keeping us dry we decided to ride the Malestrom ride in Norway. I liked that one. It was cute.
Finally the show started. It was pretty. I liked being close to the fireworks but there were slow parts to the show with slow songs. It definitely was not as cool as the show at Magic Kingdom. The fireworks themselves were great but the globe and the slow songs just dragged on. I'm also pretty sure ...
On Sept. 20, we went to EPCOT for the day.
Here is a description of the theme park for EPCOT:
"Discover exciting attractions, enchanting international pavilions and award-winning fireworks. Celebrating the human spirit, Epcot has 2 distinct realms: Future World, which features technological innovations, and World Showcase, which shares with Guests the culture and cuisine of 11 countries: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the ...
... you want flip flops? A lawn mower? Potato Chips? A gun...? They got it all, everything and anything! Arrived at the Villa near Kissimmee its complete with a pool ! A BBQ with a few glasses of wine to celebrate our arrival and planning the next few days, Disney, Sea World, Coco Beach, Universal, Daytona, Space Centre....Drag Strip..?? So loads to choose from roll on ...
... eagle eyes for that sort of stuff you know!
Before we got to the pub we had walked around the lovely little lake, maybe 2 kilometre around, lots of birdlife and turtles etc. It was a nice park, and obviously well patronised on a Sunday afternoon by locals, many with their dogs. Erin got to talk to the black man running, he was trying to beat his record of 7 laps, we got the photo on lap 8!
We actually arrived in Orlando on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Reunion Resort Kissimmee
I am so happy we found this place. I recommend it highly.
I've been going to Orlando regularly for 30 years. This was the best lodging we've ever had there. The 3-bedroom townhouse/villa in seven eagles was comfortably spacious and thoroughly clean. Had nice touches -- for example, two hot tubs, luxurious queen size beds with down-filled comforters. The landscaping of the grounds was peaceful, beautiful, relaxing -- beautiful golf courses and nature trails. All the pools were clean and relaxing. But the best part for us was the water park with the lazy river in the middle of the tropical garden. It was heavenly to drift down the lazy river, getting splashed by the mini-waterfalls and smelling the flowers from the garden. We spent the days there unwinding, eating simple but delicious food from the pool-side grill and drinking tropical drinks. The service was fast and friendly. After relaxing like this during the heat of the day, we found we could enjoy the usual Orlando activities (the Disney Parks, Universal, etc) in the evenings much more.
There is still construction under way at the resort, but this did not affect us negatively. We were not disappointed in any way with this resort. I recommend it highly, and I think it will be even better in the future when they add more amenities. This is the way I plan to do Orlando from now on.
Great Resort - Fantastic place to stay and play
This resort has it all !!! 10 minutes from the hustle of Disney, Reunion offers a quite hidaway from the busy theme park adventure. When it's time to relax Reunion is where you want to be. The houses are beautiful and you feel like a "millionaire" staying in one of the many beautiful golf corse houses. The views are great. The resort has fantastic golf and there is even a water park on the property. They are currently building Tennis Courts and soon there will be a riding stable and a spa.... You couldn't ask for more when visiting Orlando. This adds a whole new dimension to the Orlando vacation.
Excellent Choice for family with young children
I learned about this resort from a Trip Advisor comment when looking for places to stay with my family (wife, in-law, 2 children age 4 and 3) in the Orlando area. The comment noted the family opted to rent a private home, which is the course we took as well.
The resort does offer its own hotel type service, which you do not get as a vacation renter, but I preferred having a home environment to keep my kids' routine fairly similar. You get a membership card for your stay when you rent from a private owner, but you should prepare some time to do that because the office did not seem too used to providing membership cards (which require a photo on the card). The person I dealt with could not get my picture to work and I had to get her one I fortunately had posted on the internet. Perhaps you should request a membership card prepared in advance and forward a picture.
The property we were at had its own heated pool, which appears small as you approach the house, but is perfect for a daily dip. The kids loved having it! The nearby water park was also a hit with my 4-year-old, but my younger son was scared when the extremely large bucket of water spills over, creating noise and spilling water everywhere. When we went on a weekday, we were the only ones at the child play area. When we went on the weekend, it did get a bit crowded. The life guards do appear mindful and numerous, however, they should enforce the rule that kids must be supervised by a parent, which some were not on the weekend. I loved the lazy river, the one time I convinced my son to do it, but he would not do it again with me. There is also a zero point entry area of the pool with no playground/pirate ship, which my youngest son preferred. The pool/water park is large and it can easily substitute for a day at Disney or other attraction.
We did not take advantage of the food service at the resort other than a lunch at the pool one day. There is a supermarket less than 4 miles from the resort with all other services you may need, movie rental, pharmacy, pizza parlor.
The golf course did look fantastic, but as a young family, we did not use it. The place is constantly under construction and will probably be fantastic when finished, but also more crowded.
The resort is about 35 minutes from its entry point to the time you actually park at a Disney park. It is incredibly convenient.
If I am to go back, Reunion Resort will be the first place I look to stay at.
Can't imagine staying anywhere else in the Orlando area for a long time to come
We have been visiting the Orlando area from the UK since 1992, sometimes up to 3 times a year, and have rented some truly fabulous private homes. We've also stayed at many of the area's top hotels (Ritz-Carlton at Grande Lakes; Disney's Grand Floridian, BoardWalk, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Beach Club, Contemporary; and all 3 onsite hotels at Universal Orlando - Portofino Bay, Hard Rock Hotel and Royal Pacific Resort). Since our stay at Reunion last month, I can't imagine wanting to stay anywhere else in the Orlando area for a long time to come.
Since visiting Reunion during its early stages of development in July, 2004, we have wanted to stay there and, after much internet searching, eventually found a private rental which ticked all the boxes - two palacial master suites (4 bedrooms/4.5 bathrooms in total); a proper games room (i.e. not a converted garage); enormous plasma tv in the main lounge, flat screen tvs in all the bedrooms and the games room; PC with internet access; top of the range fittings and furnishings (it was an ex-model home); outdoor kitchen; infinity edge pool and spa overlooking the 8th whole of the Tom Watson Independence golf course - 5500 sq ft of pure decadence!
There is still a fair bit of building work going on at the 'east side' (work has just begun west of the I-4 and I'm guessing the resort will double in size), but the resort is beginning to look complete. It is absolutely immaculate - there are people out continuously tending both the grounds and the golf courses. The golf courses are beautifully manicured and Reunion has agreed a 4 year deal to host the LPGA, the first of which takes place this April.
Reunion is a gated resort in the true sense. It has a permanently manned gatehouse and you are issued a pass for the duration of your stay. We have stayed at several so-called gated communities where the gate is invariably open and, even when it isn't, every person and his dog knows the access code anyway. This really is an exclusive place to stay. You can't just come along here and check it out, or book a round of golf - you have to be an onsite guest.
The water park (including a lazy river) is stunning and they are working on a separate adult only area. Access is free if you book your stay through Reunion itself, or $10 a day per person for private guests. The stables are complete, but there are no horses yet because they haven't finished construction of all the bridle paths. An outdoor concert area is also planned.
The clubhouse is very pleasant and the food is good, but the menu isn't vast. You can choose to sit in the (small) bar, the main dining room, or out on the patio. Once the 'town center' is completed, there will be more dining options and I think then I could gladly stay at Reunion and not step a foot outside.
Heaven in Florida
Forget about Disney. Take the kids to the park and return back to Heaven. My family spent a week at Reunion for the FAMU classic. We did not want to leave. It is truly your home away from home. Shopping center is 1 mile away. Reunion water park rivals the other parks in the area. Dubai has the only 7 star property in the world, Reunion is 6 3/4. See you there soon.
Great place for grown ups and kids!
We spent 5 nights at Reunion this Winter break. During Orlando's busiest season, it was such a pleasure to stay outside Disney. We were only ten minutes (max) from the parks and never had to deal with traffic. Reunion Resort is the perfect place to stay if you're hoping to have a bit of a grown up vacation as well. The Water park with lazy river running through it thrilled our children. It was well staffed and not at all crowded. The Seven Eagles pool was quiet and relaxing yet, very kid friendly. Big, thick towels were provided at each of the pools we visited. We ate one delicious meal at the Resort but were told by other guests that they never felt the need to eat outside the resort. The staff was attentive, the place was immaculate and the golf was outstanding. The beds were some of the most comfortable we've ever encountered and the 3br. villa we stayed in had a great floorplan. Aside from a bit of early-morning construction noise (only 1 day), Reunion was everything it promised to be. We loved it so much we "asked" to meet with a real estate agent.
Will be great when finished, but still building...
We stayed for 10 days in December and rented one of the houses on the resort. I agree with the other reviews that when completed it will be lovely - but right now it is a bit of a building site - something that we did not realise when we booked.
However, this being said, service was great and the quality of the home where we stayed was excellent - just make sure that you ask for a home in the more finished section of the resort. Otherwise you might be next to a building plot (as was the first house they took us to).
Water park is great - and the pirate ship for the kids is just brilliant. The quality of the food in the clubhouse was also suprisingly good.
Reunion is unlike any other resort in Central Florida!
Our family stayed at Reunion instead of a crampt hotel room at Disney. We were able to rent a million dollar home for the week and it helped to make our trip to Orlando a true vacation. We had more fun at Reunion than we had at Disney. They have two spectacular golf courses (the best manicured we'd ever seen), a waterpark and daily kids activities. We felt like we were staying at a Four Seasons property. Everything was first class including the service. These guys spared no expense.
This resort is a new resort in the baby stages of completion. Once complete, this will be the resort to visit. Our family enjoyed our stay in the three bedroom condo over the Christmas holiday. Resort was quiet, clean and the staff was excellent. No problems what-so-ever. Pool area was clean and staff was always on duty cleaning. Golfing outside your door will appeal to those who like the convenience of an execellent golf course at your fingertips. Since this is a resort under construction, the location near resturants and shopping is not there so you need a vehicle. There is a grocery store and fast food outlet nearby but transportation is still required. We would not hesitate to re-visit next Christmas holiday.
Right now, a Beautiful place for Adults
We visited the Reunion Resort in October 2004. This will be a beautiful resort once construction is completed with many amenities. Right now, the villas we stayed in were completed & the pool. Lots of construction in the area, but did not affect our stay. (our boys love watching back hoes). We had a 3bd villa--well-appointed, and beautifully decorated. However, with children...the layout was not conducive. This would have been ideal for 3 couples, each having their own room and bath. Being 2-story, and the kitchen upstairs, we found ourselves running up and down a lot. Everyone was very nice, NO pushy sales at all. A very quiet retreat from I-4 and I-drive, with a backway into disney that eliminated our being on I-4 at all.