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« Thread started on: May 25th, 2013, 04:26am »

Hello!

Just back from our trip where we stayed in 4 different hotels over the course of our time away. Yup, four.

5.15, offsite: Double Tree.
We flew in VERY late on Wed., 5.15 (technically 5.16!), so we opted for an off-site stay at a Double Tree near the airport. This proved to be a wise move, as we flew in even later than expected -- so it was well after midnite before we got in to Orlando. The hotel was clean, the beds were comfy, and our stay was fine.

5.16-19, Disney's Vero Beach Resort
Whatta beautiful resort! We had an ocean view on the 3rd floor of the Inn. It was spectacular! The location was marvelous, and we could literally hear the ocean in the room. (a good thing!) I almost felt like I was in a cruise cabin with that amazing view!

This resort has so many wonderful amenities to enjoy -- mini-golf, shuffleboard, a great pool, a private beach, bike rentals, tennis courts, a sauna, games/scheduled activities, a spa, a tavern, a sit down restaurant, a pool side quick serve place, etc.

The décor is very pretty -- think coastal cottage inspired with lots of white, shades of blue, & shades of yellow. The cast members are probably the *most* friendly of any Disney staff I have ever encountered. They all truly seem to LOVE their jobs, their resort, and their town.

The beach is lovely -- beautiful turquoise water, TONS of sea shells, & very un-crowded. It was sooo peaceful and relaxing!

Shutters (the sit down restaurant) was a great option for both dinner and a character breakfast with Donald & Goofy.

We would ABSOLUTELY stay there again! User Image

5.19-5.20, Disney's Art of Animation Resort, Little Mermaid section

We decided to check out this resort with a quick 1 nite stay. In all honesty, I had pretty low expectations on this resort after a less-than stellar stay at Pop Century back in '06. (That stay included dirty bed sheets, torn linens, a rude housekeeping staff, etc.) Now I realize this is a completely different resort, but I was still a bit scarred from that Pop experience... In all fairness, I should add that I had stayed at Pop in '05 and had a great experience there. So, the '06 experience appears to be an isolated incident. Nonetheless, I was apprehensive going into my stay here.

But... it turned out to be a lovely resort! The décor is very bright, fun, & festive. The food court, gift shop, & lobby areas are all very large and well-done. The staff was very friendly & helpful.

The rooms are very cute & well-themed. It is very much geared to those with little ones (or kids at heart!), but I found it to be very fun. My only complaint: there is not a true closet in the room. There is a hang bar near the sink area and 1 large dresser/armoire in the room -- but no "official" closet. We ended up with a pool view overlooking 1 of the quiet pools.

I would stay there again, as it proved to be a good value for a nice room. User Image

5.20-23, Disney's Wilderness Lodge:

We had stayed here 2x before -- 1x back in '97 and 1x in '02, so it was nice to be back again.

We had a "woods view" which actually ended up being a bit of a combination view. We could see a bit of the beach by the lake, a bit of the pool by the Villas, the Villas, and a bit of the "woods." Our assortment of views were all very nice and pleasant. We were on the 5th floor, and it was VERY quiet and calm in our location.

The rooms have a nice, rugged, outdoorsy décor. They very much play off the lobby's inspiration. I love the theming, and I find this to be one of the prettiest resorts. But I have a couple of complaints: I still think the pool & the quick serve dining option are tooo small for the size of this resort. sad When trying to sit poolside, we were unable to find 2 chairs or loungers ANYWHERE around the pool. So we ended up going down to the "beach" by the lake where we found a plethora of available chairs. But this turned out to be a better area, after all, as it was very quiet/tranquil. I was able to read my book while the hubs took a nap.

We ate at Roaring Forks (the quick serve dining option) 1 nite for dinner, and we ate at Whispering Canyon Café for b'fast 1 morning. Both were tasty options.

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« Reply #1 on: May 25th, 2013, 09:47am »

I'm so glad to hear you loved Vero Beach! We absolutely adored it and mean to get back there some day. I'm considering a possible stay on our way down to Miami for our cruise in October. I was wondering how AoA would be. We visited it back in January and though the outside areas were really cute! I'm itching to stay in the Cars section just because I totally fell in love with the theme of that area...as much as I am not thrilled about the movie. And I have to agree with you on WL. Thankfully when we go down to the pool, it's to swim so we can stash our gear on one chair if need be. And our meal times are so off of when people normally eat, but I have peeked into Roaring Fork during busy times and what a madhouse it is!

So glad your vacay was overall wonderful at all the resorts and hotels!
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 26th, 2013, 04:47am »

Thanks for this report. Would love to check out Vero Beach someday! Question on AoA. Was the Little Mermaid section a very long walk to/from the food court/buses. When we visited we never made it to that section

WL. So jealous! But agreed that Roaring Forks really should be larger
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 26th, 2013, 10:43am »

At AofA, we were in the "farthest" section away in the Little Mermaid area. So, it would be a bit of walk to the food court/Main Building. That being said, the resort is such a pleasantly themed area with lots of fun props/things to look at along the way that I wish we would have "explored" more.

We never made the trek back/forth between the main building and our room as we had a car at our disposal, and we were only there for 1 nite. We checked out the shopping and food court upon check-in, but never went back to it. We also did not utilize the buses, so I cannot speak on how those run/where the stops are located. We always rent a car, so I never looked at anything pertaining to the buses.

Sorry I am not much of a help on this one. embarassed
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