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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

                                                                                                      Excellent property. Great holiday

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We have recently returned from a fabulous two week holiday, and I would certainly have no hesitations about returning. This well appointed villa represents excellent value for money. Four good size bedrooms, and ample, comfortable living space downstairs. Great lanai covered pool area (of perfectly adequate size) which the children immediatly headed for after a long day in the parks, whilst we supervised them clutching an ice cold Harvey Wallbanger. (Great ice machine on the large fridge/freezer!!) The complex at Encantada has a nice relaxed feel and is only a few minutes drive from Disney main gates, and a little further to Universal. The villa was clean, and decorated/furnished to a high standard. The pool area was clean, and the pool guy visited during our stay to check the water quality. Close by are the large Super Target and Publix supermarkets, and an array of restaurants. Long Horn Steakhouse being our favourite. Good communications with owners.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Great property in close proximity to Disney

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We stayed for six weeks in summer 2016. The house is in a great location only a short drive from Disney. Great restaurants and shops are only minutes away by car. The house was very clean, well equipped and spacious. Shane, the owner responded to any queries by email very promptly. The clubhouse pools were great for the kids when they wanted a larger pool, entertainment was provided daily for the children by Team Marina. Will definitely stay here again.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      Lovely property in great position!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This was a great property for our trip to Disney. Good location. Really quiet. Well stocked and very clean. There was a small problem with the air con and after one quick call we returned to find it fixed. The boys loved the pool... Perfect for a cool off at the end of the day. Thank you!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016