Disney World 2018 Trip Report Day 1: Flight + Springs
Finally the countdown is over and we get to go back to Disney World! The most magical place on Earth. But I think the waiting part is part of the magical journey. I will be posting daily blogs of our trip report and updating. Today we flew in from Little Rock and met up with the rest of our family then checked into our “Magical Vacation Home” and then decided to hit up Disney Springs.
I will review each aspect including the Magical Home part as well! So stick along this week and feel free to ask any questions. There will be a lot of photos and I’ll put some explanations at the bottom. I wanted to do a seperate post on reviewing the Magical Vacation Homes experience but I think I’ll just leave feedback under each photo.
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Magical Vacation Homes Review
Note: This review was edited and finalized after the entire trip.
So we opted to finally rent an entire home since we were traveling with a family of 8 and it was a lot cheaper option than to stay on property. I would always chose on property no matter how big of a mansion outside of the gates. To me part of the magic is the tv, the location, the setting, the shampoo, etc is what gets me going. The upside is also the drive.
Our house was in the 20 minute drive each way part of the Magical Vacation Homes area, they do have a variety of zones with houses but majority are in this same area. My overall experience out of 100 was a 65. In the end it makes total sense to stay here with a large family. However there a small things that add up to make you annoyed of the trip. The question you need to ask yourself, is 1 towel enough for a week? Are you really expected to pack your bags full of towels, amenities, shower curtains, doors, etc?
I’ll explain. Our master bedroom had no curtain on the tub, nor a DOOR for the bathroom. You could be taking a shit and look in the mirror and see the bedroom, absolute garbage design. These houses are paper thin, built for money making purposes only. One towel gets used quick, then you need to figure out how to wash/dry it after a day at the park when your dead tired (you literally don’t have enough energy to dry clothes you come home and pass out).
Also they said SUPER FAST WIFI (NOT). The WiFi here is unusable, also I had Sprint and got 0 service out here so be warned, the WIFI is garbage and the cell service I had was unusable. Also the most important part of a trip after a long day of walking is the beds. These beds are what made me lose my shit they are like a fucking stiff board, complete garbage. I almost requested a partial refund because of these beds, they skip out on the small things that matter that you don’t think about when you book these “luxurious homes”.
The gameroom in the garage was cool, had it’s on AC, pool table, air hockey, but in reality unless your going for 2 weeks who has enough energy after a long day at the parks to go play pool or air hockey? Also you can’t if other people are asleep due to the paper thin walls. It’s a cool feature to add to an online ad, but in reality for our one week adventure it was a room that after the first day we didn’t even look in.
Oh you want your hot tub or pool heated? You mean that doesn’t come with the included price? No. It does not. You must call and make a special request and be charged extra. Guess what, we added it for fun. The first night it worked, the next night after our first long day wanting to go jump in the hot tub, guess was it was COLD. We had to call and they didn’t know why then said we will come turn it on again the next day. The next day the same thing occurred. Finally we used our brains walked around to the side panel and turned it on ourselves, complete garbage service/customer service and FAIL on their part.
Also the main factor besides the bed’s being stiff as boards for giving this place a bad deal was the AC. The first floor was AC’d felt fine. The second floor? It was 83 degrees, they told us oh we will send someone out (this was at 7PM) we got back at 11PM and guess what? Still 80 degrees, some of us slept downstairs because it was so hot. Finally the next morning they fixed the AC and it would never go below 74 the entire trip (also there isn’t fans in every room). There is also a note in the contract (Do not turn the AC below 74 or else we will charge you for freeze ups or AC damage). Can you believe that?!!? Who uses the AC at 74?? Also, there is an easy way to get to this place but that entrance is reserved for “members only” and instead you have to drive a mile out of the way do a U-TURN and come back to enter the “Main Entrance” of this place. Don’t look at a map how to get to the home to the parks because you won’t know until you get here and realize it’s a complete shit show to get to your house. Then you need to drive at 15mph for 10 minutes inside the community to get to the rental houses in the very back. It was a nightmare.
In conclusion, if your going to rent a magical vacation home those are just some ideas of what to expect. I would stay at one of these places again because it made sense for the price and space is what our family needed. However I clearly want to educate people on these things because MVH does not do that at all. What they sell is a image of luxury at an affordable price. Also It’s hard to find any actual reviews of this place.
Anyways RANT OVER.
Onto Disney Springs (finally let’s get some magic).
Beautiful views from the parking garage, and the parking garage was so full we had to park on the top level. Slowest month my ass!
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
Must visit every time to grab some drinks and cocktails, oy It’s DOCTA JONES.
We decided to try the new restaurant at Disney Springs called the Edison which I guess is a competition with Magic Emporium at Universal City Walk. However I prefer Universal’s but Disney’s I don’t think will last, also 5 minutes after we left either the waitress or hostess jacked our bag that had our souvenir mugs in them. The manager even came and said were no cameras either. What a joke would never go back or support this place, they hire thieves. It wasn’t a customer because we were the only table in 100 ft of the floor. However the food was good, the waitress was gluten knowledgeable but talked WAY to much.
Thank you for checking out day 1 of our WDW trip report, be sure to tune in later to see the updates from the Flower & Garden festival, MK, AK, and Universal! See you tomorrow.