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Central Florida - Close to Disney - Four Corners Area of Florida

Everyone's heard of Disney - millions travel to the central Florida area every year to enjoy the various theme parks created by the Disney empire.

The best area to stay in is south of the Disney complex along the six-lane highway called the 192. As with other areas in the US, the actual place name is Kissimmee but the downtown area of the city is many miles to the east. There is a huge choice of places to stay ranging from top quality hotels to cheap motels. But by far the best option is to rent a villa. This gives you a huge amount of space, your own private pool & costs no more than a reasonable hotel. In fact, for large families it's the best option.

There's something for everyone in the Disney area. There are four main parks - Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT & MGM Studios. There are also water parks & themed resorts. At various times of the year there are special events which certainly attract the crowds. For example, Halloween, Easter & Christmas - There's always a "Mickey's something or other" to enjoy (although at an additional cost). It's a good idea to book early (by which I mean months early!) to ensure a ticket.

Eating out - certainly an experience in the 'States. The tastes of every nation are catered for & you can easily eat your way around the world. The portions are huge & normally there are free refills for most drinks (non-alcoholic). Choose carefully though - there are good & bad. Most are part of a large chain & are normally consistent quality but check out the cars outside before you go in. Lots of shiny hire cars means popular with tourists, a few scruffy cars usually means avoid it like the plague! Certain places are best avoided - Cracker Barrel is supposedly genuine local cuisine but generally its grits & something stodgy - very bland. Also, be careful with their "wait for a table" idea - you wait in their dedicated shop whilst the restaurant is half-empty!

If you're staying in a villa the best supermarket is the huge Wal-Mart on the 27, just a couple of miles west from the Four Corners area. Everything is available although imported goods are very dear. A point to bear in mind is if you take something home to the UK & want a refund if the item breaks, take it to ASDA.

Overall, a fantastic place to spend a holiday but you'll need at least two weeks & deep pockets when you're in the theme parks. Save up your pennies & have a great holiday!

Written by Geoff Manns - Owner of Property 90311 in Encantada Resort, Florida

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Recent Reviews

Fantastic Location matched by a fantastic property

5 of 5
We spent a wonderful two weeks in Encantada , the facilities within the accommodation were excellent for our family of four and we cannot fault anything Proximity to Disney and Universal meant that we were only 25-30 minutes away from the furthest destination and only 10 minutes away from the nearest . Location to the 192 meant eating and socialising were only minutes away Communications from letting agents and instructions were all superb and their openness and availability was good to know should we had any issues I would go back in a heart beat , definitely our favourite holiday and the property as well as Encantada Resort also added to it greatly
  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

Perfect Vacation Location

5 of 5
We stayed at Encantada, as a party of 6, for two weeks and absolutely loved it. Encantada is perfectly situated close to all the main Kissimmee attractions and theme parks. The resort is immaculately maintained and you feel safe and secure behind the gates (although one of them was broken whilst we were there). The lake attracts a variety of interesting wildlife from Ospreys to terrapins. The club house is well staffed, friendly and welcoming with great facilities; the outdoor pools are excellent. Our house was spot on! Spacious, well equipped, clean, tidy and very well maintained. Even with 6 adults in the party, the house was roomy and the outside pool area adequate. There is plenty of parking outside. Encantada is perfect; we would love to, and hope to, come back again.
  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017