There are so many family-friendly resorts in the Orlando area, it’s hard to choose just one! On our first trip to the area, beach weather was iffy, so we chose to stay in Central Florida and center ourselves around all of the major attractions like Universal Studios and Disney World. The Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas checked off every single one of our requirements.
Location – close to Disney World
Maybe the biggest draw to the resort is its location. The Sheraton Vistana Resort is located just a stone’s throw from Walt Disney World. It took us less than 10 minutes to drive to Disney World. Universal Studios is less than 15 minutes away!
2-bedroom suite amenities
According to the Sheraton website, the two-bedroom suites are 1,025 square feet. It felt so spacious and never cramped, even with three (and four) kids! Honestly, if the washer and dryer were full-sized, I would move right in! The two-bedroom suite offers a washer/dryer combo, 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, dining room table with room for 6, and a screened-in porch. What else could you need to truly spread out and relax?
Another thing we found handy in the villa is that the kitchen is a FULL kitchen. There is a full-sized fridge, stove, and dishwasher. You don’t need to downsize on food and drinks so that you can stay here. Throughout the property are gas grills for guests to use. One night we made steak, baked potatoes, and roasted vegetables! We had a gourmet dinner for pennies on the dollar of what we would have paid eating out.
Sheraton Vistana Resort amenities
The Sheraton Vistana Resort has so much to offer all ages! Our family enjoyed the mini-golf, resort pools, and tennis courts. In each area of villas, there is also an adjacent playground. We have requested both times to stay in the “Courts” area because we like the playground and the “Falls” pool. On our second trip, our kids fell in love with the “Cascades” pool, and my husband and I appreciated the connected Tiki Bar. 😉
At the beginning of our stay, we received a pamphlet showing what events would be taking place each night! Make sure you check it out as there was lots of money-saving info- from happy hours to mini-golf specials.
My Review of the Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas
Overall, our family loved our stay at the Sheraton Vistana Resort – so much we visited again in 2020 after our first trip in 2018 (CHECK RATES NOW). The kids adored the pool’s waterslide and playground. My husband and I found solace on the screened-in porch and enjoyed having our own master retreat.
However, the resort does have a few negatives. Because this is a Vacation Club resort, the timeshare pitch is annoying and (most-likely) unavoidable. At check-in, I was told I need to go to another desk to get my “parking pass.” Really all this was setting me up to fuss with a sales rep who offered me $100 to come to the next day’s Vacation Club demonstration. Since this was meant to be the relaxing part of our trip, I opted out, but the lady persevered. I found this to be very obnoxious, I had a husband and three kids waiting in the car wondering why mom was taking AGES to check-in.
Honestly, we were not in the villa that often, but each night when we’d return there would be at least one voicemail about how we too could be a part of the Sheraton Vacation Club.
Other than the strong timeshare pitch, we found the resort to be worth every penny and tons of fun for our family. We would definitely stay here again, armed with the knowledge to tell the parking pass lady to hand over the pass and leave us alone (KIDDING, kinda. ;)).
(Update: When we visited in 2020 they asked if we had visited before and when I said yes, they didn’t do the sales pitch).
For more family-friendly resorts in Orlando, check out this post from DQ Travel.
Have you been to Central Florida?? Where do you like to stay?
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