A few years ago we found a villa located in Indian Wells, Lake Buena Vista. It is owned by a couple from the UK and they have two villas; villa: Lakeside and villa: Elegant, both are on Indian Wells. Read my review of villa: Lakeside.
So, you have decided to go to Disneyworld, Florida…now which park ticket do you buy? Are you just doing Disney, or do you plan on going to Universal (I would!!), Seaworld, Busch Gardens, Legoland??? The choices are endless 😊.
Living in the UK, I think this is slightly easier than if you are in the US, for Disney, at least.
Here in the UK, we have a fantastic Disney ticket option, known as an ‘Ultimate’, it is available for 7, 14 and 21 days. If you live in the states, you may think, wow! The thing is, when we come to America for our vacation (holidays) we tend to visit for at least 7 days, if not 14. We are lucky enough to have approx. 4 weeks of vacation time off work every year.
The Ultimate ticket gives you unlimited access to all four theme parks (this includes park hopper), so you can go to as many parks in one day as you like 😀, I like to aim to visit all four parks in one day, at least, on each vacation! You also have access to: Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, Disney’s Quest, Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf and Winter Summerland Miniature Golf. These tickets are valid for 7, 14 or 21 days from their first use.
Of course, you also benefit from Fastpass+, so you can log into your MyDisney Experience account and make your Fastpass and dining reservations before you even leave for you vacation, currently if you buy one of these tickets you also receive Memory maker FREE!! Have a look at my post for a bit more information.
If you want to visit the other theme parks in Orlando, you can buy the Orlando FlexTicket, this offers you unlimited access to 5 or 6 theme parks!
Something to consider, if you are planning in going to Discovery Cove, you also receive access to SeaWorld and Aquatica as part of you ticket:
On our last trip to Florida we stayed in a villa, this is a first for us as we have only ever stayed in hotels & condos. My previous experience when looking for villas were that they always tended to be quite a distance from Disney and that is my main reason for going, so I did not want to be having to travel 30+ mins to get to the parks.
Last year I was googling villas and I happened across a1villa.com. There are 2 villas that are privately owned by a family in the UK and the pictures looked fab…even better they were located very close to Disney. Their official location is a community known as Indian Wells in Kissimmee, however I would say that they are pretty much in Lake Buena Vista only 4 miles from the Disney World entrance on the Epcot Center Drive (SR536).
We found Indian Wells to be very quiet and pleasant community, this is definitely an area I would like to live in. They do have community amenities, however we did not use these so I am unable to comment on these.
So the villa…
A one storey building with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living/dining area, kitchen, large utility room, double garage and pool deck, it also has a large grassed area leading down to a lake.
As you enter, the kitchen is on your left, to your right is the corridor which leads to the utility room and garage. Straight ahead leads to the dining room and living room, which has patio doors out to the pool deck. Off to the right is the corridor which leads to the bedrooms and bathrooms.
The kitchen is well stocked with everything you need to cook any meals which you decide to have in the villa. There is plenty cutlery and crockery including plastic ones for use around the pool. There are lots of tupperware tubs for storing opened food. The fridge has an ice maker which can be cubed or crushed. If you like tea there is even a tea pot…luckily I had taken some PG Tips 🙂 If you fancy take out there are menus on the fridge/notice board, we had Pizza from Papa Johns a couple of times…ordered online it was a breeze.
There are 3 good sized bedrooms, all with walk-in closets, ceiling fan and TV’s. The master bedroom has an en-suite with a large shower. The main bathroom has a bath and over the bath shower.
The Living area has a comfy 3- and 2- seater sofas, large flat screen TV, Cable Box, DVD Player and CD Player. There are DVDs, Books and board games available.
There are plenty of plug sockets around the villa, there is a cupboard fully stocked with towels, including beach towels. A large utility room has top loading washing machine and dryer, iron and ironing board and airer – I loved that I could just pop in some washing after a hot day walking around the parks, it also meant that I didn’t need so many clothes!!
There is an awesome pool and deck, the pool is 40ft and 17ft spa sits alongside it and the deck has the sun right through to early evening. There are inflatable pool toys in the garage along with plenty of BBQ equipment if you desire.
The Surrounding Area
The traffic can be busy on SR535, however there are a couple of ways you can go depending on which park you are going to, so be sure to do some research before you go. There is a Walmart approx. 2 mins drive away, or you could head down to the intersection of SR535/US192 where there is a Publix , plus the US192 has an abundance of shops and restaurants. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores are a few minutes drive on SR535 and just a bit further you will find the Orlando Premium Outlets. If you fancy venturing onto I-Drive the start of this is a short drive away
All in all this is a fabulous villa in a great location, an ideal base for any Disney vacation. It really is a home away from home.
I would highly recommend the villa and will definitely consider staying here on future vacations.
Whenever on vacation at Disney, this used to be my go to park, I would go here whenever I got the chance. However, on my last two trips I just haven’t been feeling the love for DHS.
There have been many rumours about changes to DHS for a while now but they seem to be becoming a reality, have a look at this article.
So many attractions are closing and just this past week another one has been announced – The Magic of Disney Animation. I love this building as it houses several character meet and greets as well as the Animation Academy. I love going and learning how to draw the characters so I will be sad to see this attraction close. I also used to love the Backlot tour it was great being able to go backstage and see the props and ‘working’ studios.
The rumours this week further suggest a Star Wars Land and maybe Pixar Land. I look forward to these attractions coming to life however, I am intrigued to see how they manage this expansion as DHS is already a small overcrowded park.