We returned home from a last minute Disney trip this week. My parents had an extra week available to exchange on their timeshare so I was able to convince the Hubby to take the trip down to Orlando. This was the second time we stayed at the Marriott Grande Vista Resort in Orlando. It’s across the street from Sea World, a 15 minute drive to all the Disney attractions and Universal, and less than 5 minutes away from restaurants and shopping.
We first stayed at the Marriott Grande Vista Resort back in August of 2012 when we did our first big Disney trip along with my parents, brother, and sister in-law. Back then we stayed in a 3 bedroom lock-off villa, this time in 2014 we got the 2 bedroom lock-off villa because my father wasn’t able to come down and the rest of the family only stayed with us a few nights.
I am a huge fan of this resort! They offer so much, on the days we wanted to just relax and recover from all our Disney fun, this resort is perfect. The kids can never get bored, they offer daily activities for them. Such as arts and crafts, games, and different events like having Gatorland visit the resort. They also have fun kid friendly pools, a rec room, boat rentals, a candy/ice cream shop and fishing rod rentals. If its raining there’s a game room and the maze room which is a tube area for the kids to run off some energy. They also offer kids drop-off nights and a kids field trip day to Gatorland for a fee, so parents have a chance to sit back and relax.
The Marriott Grande Vista also has a store and several restaurants on site. Weather you want a sit down meal, a quick bite to eat by the pool, or pizza back in your room, this resorts got you covered!
The store sells prepackaged S’more kits for the fire pits that are set on a beach area by the pond
We didn’t make it to a fire night yet, because there is so much to do in Orlando. However the kids loved building sandcastles on the beach!
If your looking for an adult friendly night, that’s also covered. With poolside bars, relaxing hot tubs, and an onsite spa and fitness center!
The landscaping is beautiful and the resort is set on a golf course. The kids woke up every morning and watched the golfers from the back patios.
The staff was also excellent, my mother kept shutting the lock off suite door by accident along with her room key and security always came fast with a smile on there face to unlock the door.
I also love having a full kitchen in our villa, we saved a lot of money being able to make breakfast most mornings, and barbequing a couple nights. Our villa also had a washer/dryer and Jacuzzi tub.
I understand why many people choose to stay in a Disney resort, however if you are looking to experience all the other attractions Orlando has to offer, or you want to spend days away from all the coming a going of the theme parks then this resort is an awesome alternative.
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