Marriott's Grande Vista is located on International Drive about 20 minutes from the DisneyWorld theme park entrance. The 2 bedroom villas are more than twice the size of Harbour Lake units so that you and your wife can have some privacy. Grande Vista has 4 pool complexes and features one of the largest MAZE programs because of the resort size. MAZE is Marriott Activities Zone Experience with complimentary and paid activities for kids and families. You will need to check now for availability, as the resort is undergoing a refurbishment that will be completed by the end of April 2009. (Owners have preference at their home resort and may elect to occupy after construction is completed reducing availability for those who exchange and/or rent.)
Marriott's Imperial Palm Villas feature a true 3 bedroom layout without a lock-off affording the maximum space and privacy for a family vacation. You and your wife have a master bedroom suite, the adult children have their own rooms which may be easily shared with the grandkids. The kitchen and breafast bar area combined with the dining table makes the villa a real hub for family meals. Less than 2.5 miles from Disney, you can park hop till the grand kids drop and come back to the villa for lunch or dinner and go back to the theme parks. Imperial Palm also features an active MAZE program. The Clubhouse and pool is surrounded by shaded areas for both children and adults to ensure that your time in the sun is safe! Imperial Palm Villas and Royal Palms were the recipients of Marriott Vacation Club's World Class Resort Award two years in the row based upon Guest Satisfaction Survey scores particularly staff friendliness and cleanliness of villas.
Imperial Palm Villas World Center
OWC Slide Royal Imperial Clubhouse Pool
Living Room/Sofabed Living/Dining/Kitchen
Master Bedroom Suite Guest bedroom & sofabed
Marriott's Cypress Harbor is another alternative. The resort is located across the street from Marriott's Harbor Lake. The General Manager of this resort received the highly coveted and presitigious General Manager of the Year Award from ARDA, the trade association that covers the timeshare condominium industry. This is significant because it means that among all timeshare resorts internationally, owners, guests, associates and other managers recognized this resort as extremely well-managed. Close to SeaWorld and Aquatica, Cypress Harbour features 2 Bedroom 2 bath units in a layout that provides the kind of privacy and amenities a family on vacation needs.
Like Imperial Palm Villas, Marriott's Royal Palms is located only 2.5 miles from DisneyWorld. Both Royal Palms and Imperial Palm Villas were the recipients of Marriott Vacation Club's World Class Resort Award two years in the row. Royal Palms features newly refurbished 2 bedroom, 2 bath villas overlooking the golf course at the Marriott Orlando World Center. A complimentary shuttle connects you to the main hotel, clubhouse and villas. Royal Palms has excellent availability in May and there may even be villas available for rent using Pointsavers.
Last, but certainly not least are the attached townhouse villas at Sabal Palms tucked away adjacent to the Marriott Orlando World Center. Sabal Palms just completed an interior and exterior refurbishment in December 2008. Sabal Palms is among the villas that pioneered Marriott's entrance into the world of timeshare resorts and are extremely popular with their European base of owners. Each townhouse features an upper and lower villa with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, full kitchen and sunken living/dining room with a sofabed. I've personally stayed there with my wife and two children who were 4 and 8 at the time during pre-construction of Imperial. We also stayed two nights just before the Millenium as pre-arrival for our bonus week at Imperial Palm Villas. Sabal Palms and the younger siblings, Royal Palms and Imperial Palm Villas collectively received Marriott Vacation Club's World Class Resort Award in 2007.
Master Bedroom Chessboard Sabal Pool OWC Pool