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      Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort Review

      Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort Review

      As our family is getting older we find that the standard rooms at WDW are a bit small for two adults and two kids (one of each, 11 & 6) so we have started looking at alternatives – last time around we tried SSR. As this was only a flying visit of three nights we wanted to try somewhere different and, after looking at various options, I came across a number of glowing reviews for the Wyndham Bonnet Creek. Further investigation led me to a huge thread on the big US Disney board of people who had stayed here.

      The Resort is a Wyndham Vacation Club property so you can ‘buy’ time at the resort. We found a website (www.vacationupgrades.com) which had been recommended by various people who were offering a 2 bedroom deluxe unit for $129 per night. This seems like great value for money so we took the plunge to see what it was like.

      Location

      For those who don’t know, Bonnet Creek Resort is a large area of land behind the Caribbean Beach Resort which is now home to several properties (Wyndham, Hilton and Waldorf Astoria). It is within the boundaries of Disney and you may have seen the signs as you head along Buena Vista Drive without knowing what is there. You don’t get the Disney perks but you are right in the magic.

      The Room

      After a long flight, there was a slight nervousness as we opened the door to our room. We needn’t have worried as we opened up onto a huge space.

      From the door, to the left was a small corridor leading to a bathroom and to a decent sized room with two double beds, flat screen TV and views across the lake. Directly in front of us was a large lounge area with sofa (which turns into a bed if needed) and chairs, large TV, DVD and balcony overlooking the lake. Adjacent to the lounge was a large breakfast bar with stools and a fully fitted out kitchen including proper oven, microwave, big fridge/freezer and even a blender. On the right was a large dining table and chairs.
      In the far corner was another door which led us into the master bedroom with a king size bed, TV, Jacuzzi, sink, another door leading to the toilet and another sink and finally a very large walk in shower.

      All of the furniture was of good quality and the beds are some of the most comfortable hotel beds I have ever slept on. There were some basic supplies left in the room such as coffee and popcorn(!) and the room also comes with a dishwasher and washer dryer. Having so much space is a so good as it gives the kids an area to let off steam, space to separate them when they get argumentative (and having three TVs stops arguments!) and also a bit of privacy for mum and dad which you don’t often get on holidayJ

      Our balcony gave us views across the lake which the resort is built around and we could also watch the EPCOT fireworks from our balcony.
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      The Resort

      Make no mistake, this place is big but it didn’t feel busy. It is Mediterranean styled and the units are spread across several buildings that are spread around a lake which includes a fountain that it lit up at night. Although there are some large buildings it doesn’t seem as if you are in the middle of a concrete jungle.

      We only had a chance to sample some of the offerings but there are numerous bars, swimming pools, hot tubs, two lazy rivers, splash pools for smaller guests, a pirate ship feature pool with slides, sporting activities including a mini golf course and volleyball court. There is a walking/jogging path all the way around the lake that people use to get around the resort.

      There is a large on site gym, business centre with internet access, resort shop, places to eat and a small Starbucks. There are also several grilles around the place that you can use to have your own outdoor BBQ.

      The resort also has an entertainment programme for those who want a break from the parks with games for both kids and adults. There is also evening entertainment laid on it one of the bars.

      There is free resort transport which runs every 30 minutes to the parks.

      The ‘Sell’

      It is a vacation club resort so they are trying to get you to buy into their programme. When you check in, you then have to go to the guest services desk to get your parking pass. Here you are asked to complete a questionnaire about yourself. I had been advised to put down the lowest income level as they tended not to call people who don’t have money and we were not hassled at all about joining. They do try to get you to attend a welcome breakfast and briefing and offer you goodies to attend. It’s up to you if you go – I guess if you have time to spare then you might see it as a worthwhile hour or two spend to get free park tickets or other rewards.

      My verdict

      For those who want that bit more space but who want to be near right in the heart of WDW, this place warrants serious consideration.

      If you are on a short trip, won’t be spending much time in the room/resort and prefer to stay ‘onsite’ then the benefits of staying in a WDW hotel probably outweigh the room size and facilities here.

      However, if you have an older family or larger group and will be staying for a longer period or, if you usually stay offsite and are looking for somewhere different, this resort really provides great facilities right in the heart of WDW at a great price.
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      Thanks for the great review! We are staying here next July. Really looking forward to it. I'm sure I'll have lots of questions for you as time goes on!







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      That looks like a great place to stay, especially for the price and being so close to the parks!
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      Sounds a lovely place
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      Quote Originally Posted by Bec View Post
      Thanks for the great review! We are staying here next July. Really looking forward to it. I'm sure I'll have lots of questions for you as time goes on!
      Fire away with the question - happy to answer if I can. What size room have you booked?
      Quality Inn International - 1990; Grosvenor Resort - 1996
      Dixie Landings - 1997; All Star Sports - 1999
      Grosvenor Resort - 2002; Newport Bay Club (DLP) - 2003
      Pop Century - 2004; Jacksonville - 2005
      Port Orleans French Quarter - 2007 (with MNSSHP & MVMCP)
      Doubletree Redington Beach/Jacksonville/Doubletree Universal Orlando - 2008 (incl. visit to Richard Petty Driving Experience)
      Saratoga Springs Resort + Jacksonville - 2009
      Wyndham Bonnet Creek / Jacksonville / Disney's Vero Beach / Homewood Suites Bonita Springs - 2011 (MNSSHP + Halloween @ VeroBeach)
      Wyndham Bonnet Creek - Spring 2014

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      I stayed there last year and have to admit that I really didn't enjoy it. I've stayed at Disney resorts for the last few years and have probably been spoilt. I didn't find the staff very helpful and yes, the lazy river is fine and the pools are good but although there are beach bars and barbecue areas to cook your own, there isn't a decent restaurant on the site. I've been used to the direct buses with Disney and couldn't get my head round the half hour service to the parks. When we go away we like to do different things during the day and a Disney park was always available just to walk down to the bus stop. With having just one car (I don't drive), if we wanted to do different things it was a bit difficult. The housekeeping only came once during the fortnight we were there and I just felt the buildings were like sky rise blocks. I know loads of people really love this resort but it didn't hit the spots for me. It's back to Disney resorts next year.



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