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.
The date of Toy Story Land at Disney Hollywood Studios was announced live on Good Morning America on Friday, February 16th…June 30th, 2018. Disney even brought a piece of the land to New York City’s Times Square – Slinky Dog 🐕. Slinky Dog Dash is one of the new attractions, along with Alien Swirling Saucers. The ever-popular Toy Story Midway Mania has been open since 2008 and will receive a new entrance within the land once the land opens.
Image source: Walt Disney World
How exciting, but at the same time how frustrating…we will be in Walt Disney World from June 1st thru’ 15th 🙁. On the bright side more reason to go again…soon!
Are you excited about Toy Story Land, or are you waiting for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge?
The Disney Skyliner is a gondola transportation system high in the sky. It will connect EPCOT to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Pop Century, Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach, and the new DVC Riviera resort.
I love the look of this transport, however, I am now sure I would like to be on it in the Florida thunder storms which are prevalent in the summer!!
The Minnie vans are Disney’s version of Uber. You can travel anywhere in the ‘world’ in your Minnie van with you own knowledgeable driver. When it first launched it had a limited service with only guests of Disney’s BoardWalk Resort and Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts being able to use the service. Disney has partnered with Lyft and you can book the Minnie van through the Lyft app. Lyft is not yet available in the UK so I have never used it, I will download the app and maybe I will get a Minnie Van!
Has anyone used the Minnie Vans, what did you think?
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.