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Which Orlando MVC do you prefer?

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For 2 adults I would say you won't be disappointed with any Orlando Marriott. Harbor Lake would be the last one on the list to consider though as they do cater to younger kids.

Also...just my 2 cents. If early December is when you are planning and you have access to II - check out the cost of their getaways. Even better, if you have an AC check out those too.....you will be pleasantly surprised with the offerings for early December.
Interesting comment on AC’s. We find these are virtually useless for any place/ time we want to go. Have rarely been successful booking one.

As for Orlando area MVC locations we own at Cypress Harbor and really enjoy it when on our own ( no kids). We are traveling to Orlando in 3 weeks for a wedding and we used Our DSV II 1 bedroom lockoff to trade for a 1 bedroom at GV thru II. Easy trade and good value for us.


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Interesting comment on AC’s. We find these are virtually useless for any place/ time we want to go. Have rarely been successful booking one.

As for Orlando area MVC locations we own at Cypress Harbor and really enjoy it when on our own ( no kids). We are traveling to Orlando in 3 weeks for a wedding and we used Our DSV II 1 bedroom lockoff to trade for a 1 bedroom at GV thru II. Easy trade and good value for us.


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I haven't had a lot of luck but for seasonal locations during lower seasons and short notice, they can be very useful. Specifically for Orlando Marriott's I think one will do better for GV & HL for less than a 2 BR. For Orlando Marriott's I've had more luck reserving under 60 days with DC points for the discount for slower times.
 

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Cypress Harbour is right across the street and has a more adult theme but three great pool areas and activity center. They also run a free pontoon across the lake and offer rental pedal boats, etc. Downside to Cypress is 2nd bedroom has a double bed and pullout sofa, so very tight if using both.
Slight correction: 2nd bedroom at Cypress Harbour has a queen bed.
 
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And a sleep sofa. The second bedroom is very small at CH


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Slight correction: 2nd bedroom at Cypress Harbour has a queen bed.
Thanks for the correction. I wasn't sure it was a queen size because of the size of the room, and we've had four kids in there all at once! Tight quarters!
 

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Thanks everyone for all the input. It was awesome hearing from a variety of views. We were at Lakeshore 5 years ago and loved the townhouse layout and the lazy river. We visited GV two years ago. Agree it was great for multi ages which we had then. It is definitely a large resort! I’ve heard lots of mixed reviews about all the Palms. I think we are going to try Cypress Harbor.


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(Grande Vista is only a good choice if you have children or teens, or you want to spend most of each day poolside,
as the pools and activities are outstanding, and it's a huge resort...)
Not totally true. It's also a good choice if you like to golf. My husband and I (as as well as our adult 'children') love GV because it has an on-site 9-hole golf course.
 

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I’ve stayed at Sabal, Royal Palms and Lakeshore Reserve. Sabal is my favorite. The units are adjacent to the very nice World Center Fitness Center and about a 3min stroll to the Center pool. About the same to the Hawks Landing Club House. Lakeshore is fantastic but do your homework to determine what type of unit you’re reserving. I had a one bedroom that while nicely appointed it was very small.
 

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The screened porches at Cyprus Harbour have been mentioned as a plus. I agree, but feel compelled to point out that Sabal Palms also has screened porches.
 

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We have only stayed at the Palms resorts since we like their proximity to Disney parks and access to the World Center facilities. We own at Royal Palms and have stayed there several times over the years. Its major flaw is the small size of the 2nd BR. I would only stay there if traveling with small children or no more than 3 adults. Royal Palms has a nicer pool and fitness center than Sabal. I like this because the World Center pools and fitness center can get very crowded during conventions, so it is nice to have an alternative. We enjoy walking, so don't mind the longer walk.

For future trips with only adults, our first choice will likely be Sabal Palms unless we need 3BR. I like its larger size and easy access to WC, especially as I get older.
 

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Why Royal and Imperial and not Sabal? Sabal Palms is easily my favorite of all the Orlando Marriotts, and the best located of the three Palms resorts.
We just stayed at Sabal. The pool was down, so we had to walk to the hotel or drive to Royal Palms. The main building was only open from 8 am to 8 pm, so we had to drive to Royal Palms to check out. The Marketplace is tiny. There are no elevators and we were assigned a 2nd floor unit. The units themselves are great, spacious and well set up. It was convenient for Disney, but we won't stay here again as the property itself was lacking amenities.
 

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We just stayed at Sabal. The pool was down, so we had to walk to the hotel or drive to Royal Palms. The main building was only open from 8 am to 8 pm, so we had to drive to Royal Palms to check out. The Marketplace is tiny. There are no elevators and we were assigned a 2nd floor unit. The units themselves are great, spacious and well set up. It was convenient for Disney, but we won't stay here again as the property itself was lacking amenities.
As I have said many times, it is good that different people have different preferences. With Sabal, it is as close (or closer) to the World Center restaurants and other amenities as many buildings in most of the larger Marriott timeshares are to their amenities. Without the World Center hotel so close, I would agree with your conclusions, but with that proximity Sabal is my favorite Orlando resort.
 

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Can you bring a cooler of beverages to the pools at the Orlando resorts? I know it’s not usually a problem at other mvc’s but was wondering if iits different in Orlando. Thank you
 

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Without the World Center hotel so close, I would agree with your conclusions, but with that proximity Sabal is my favorite Orlando resort.
I haven't tried the restaurants at the WC but the water slides are pretty fun.
 

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Can you bring a cooler of beverages to the pools at the Orlando resorts? I know it’s not usually a problem at other mvc’s but was wondering if iits different in Orlando. Thank you
I've seen people do it at MGV, as long as there's no glass containers,. The pool areas have the grills, and people eat down there, so it makes sense they'd allow coolers and beverages.
 

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I haven't tried the restaurants at the WC but the water slides are pretty fun.
We have not been to Sabal Palms for several years, but I always found the World Center restaurants to be very good.
 
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Interesting comment on AC’s. We find these are virtually useless for any place/ time we want to go. Have rarely been successful booking one.

As for Orlando area MVC locations we own at Cypress Harbor and really enjoy it when on our own ( no kids). We are traveling to Orlando in 3 weeks for a wedding and we used Our DSV II 1 bedroom lockoff to trade for a 1 bedroom at GV thru II. Easy trade and good value for us.


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On AC's I agree for most places but definitely not Orlando. Getaway prices are $577 for 2BR Marriott's for all of October. AC's are even cheaper at around $300 depending on the type you have. Using a 1BR Marriott is not good value unless you have no other use for it.
 

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We just stayed at Sabal. The pool was down, so we had to walk to the hotel or drive to Royal Palms. The main building was only open from 8 am to 8 pm, so we had to drive to Royal Palms to check out. The Marketplace is tiny. There are no elevators and we were assigned a 2nd floor unit. The units themselves are great, spacious and well set up. It was convenient for Disney, but we won't stay here again as the property itself was lacking amenities.
Bad timing (luck) I guess. Am here at Sabal, pool is open. Marketplace is a generous term, lol. No elevators like DSV and some others. If you return and don't like the lack of elevators, request 1st floor unit. We like the quiet of second floor.

The Sabal 2BR are very nice and spacious! Love the shower. Definitely fewer amenities. Just depends why you are here and what you want to do.

Thanks to those who suggested Sabal, it indeed is a great choice! Glad we came.
 
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