Tired of reading all the reviews so thought I would give this a try.
The boss (wife of course) decided to switch our planned annual Las Vegas trip in May to a Disney vacation instead. This is our vacation before our other annual vacations to Aruba and St Thomas.
Anyway, it has been a while since we have been to Orlando. We have been there a few times with our kids when they were younger and we once stayed at the Grand Vista which we enjoyed so I thought I would just reserve a room there. The rates are actually very cheap (using my MVC ownership discount code) but I was prepared to use some Marriott Reward points if needed.
Then I made the mistake of looking at some other Marriott properties and this put my small brain into a tizzy. There are some nice looking properties that I don't think were there the last time we were in Orlando.
For you experienced Orlando travelers ... I was looking at the JW Grand Lakes which made my mouth water because of the lazy river. Looks really nice and since this is just a kid free Disney trip, I could see myself floating around in that lazy river for a couple of days. Of course, the rates are much higher so I would probably use Marriott Rewards points. The only concern I have about this property is the rooms do not look very exciting. The balcony has no table and chairs and I would miss that. Not sure it is worth the points when I can get a very large one bedroom with large balcony at Grand Vista at a great rate (but then again .... no lazy river).
The other property I noticed was the Marriott Orlando World Center property. Wow ! Looks like a massive property with an assume pool area and close to the parks. But again, rates are to high so would have to use Reward points and the rooms much smaller.
I know there are many other MVC properties and some also have great rates or could use reward points.
1) Grand Vista one bedroom Villa for $114 a night... or
2) JW Grand Lakes for 140,000 points plus $25 a night for upgrade lake view room plus resort fee plus parking fee ...... or
3) Marriott Orlando World Center for 140,000 points plus $50 a night for upgrade to poolside patio room plus resort fee and parking fee....or
4) Some other MVC property that you highly recommend
Appreciate your thoughts.
While I may not be a marriot expert, I am a florida resident who has been to orlando literally hunreds of times throughout my, so far, short life (21 years)
I would recommend going to the hotel you prefer, without the lazy river, and if you want a lazy river, buy tickets to one of the dozens of water parks they have up there. You can usually add them to disney tickets for a substantially lower rate than a regular day ticket. And you get more than a lazy river for that price. That is, if you are planning on going to the parks.
If all you want is a lazy river at your hotel though...then that is that alreay. haha
I'd go for the Grande Vista property where you would get more bang for your buck. You will get a much larger room without the resort and parking fees. I stayed at the Grande Vista in early October and really enjoyed the stay with the exception of the annoying MVC sales pitches.