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Old 03-08-2013, 12:09 PM   #796
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Did anyone else see the new feature at the resort? It was announced on their Facebook page this week:

https://www.facebook.com/SheratonVistanaResort

It's called the "Fishpipe". I want to see if bankr63 gives it a try .
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:58 PM   #797
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I just found this thread

Thinking of going here for a week w/no parks, so we'd need a resort w/a great pool. We're needing to get the place through a getaway with interval international....is Sheraton Vistana our best option? Is there a section that's better than others for a better pool?? Also, are Sheraton Resort & Sheraton Villages the same??

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Old 03-08-2013, 04:14 PM   #798
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Fish pipe

The fish pipe is a sphere (Ball) that spins .Kids get inside and it is padded. That's about it. Did I tell you it is $12 for three+ minutes. Better off buying a pool ring at the dollar store across the street, the kids love those. Remember any thing here comes with a price .If they are not busy they will let the kids us the balls for free.The giant slide was great kids loved that! ,rumor has it they got sued so they took it out .That has been known to happen in Florida lol Not really any pics that have not been posted.they would have my family/children in them. Are you from Fredsville? Friends are there right now sunny but to cold to really enjoy the pools. Will be returning god willing again next season two weeks,but not planning any theme parks as of yet.Lego land was great for the price (Read tripadvisor reviews) Ps about not having the IDP many counties are issuing fines if pulled over, so be ware . Should be revoked by the time you arrive.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:41 PM   #799
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[QUOTE=marshallandcartersmo;47741737]I just found this thread

Thinking of going here for a week w/no parks, so we'd need a resort w/a great pool. We're needing to get the place through a getaway with interval international....is Sheraton Vistana our best option? Is there a section that's better than others for a better pool?? Also, are Sheraton Resort & Sheraton Villages the same??

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We stayed at both . Villages is smaller, don't quote me on this but I do believe there are 4 sections but only 3 pools. We were there the first year that the pirate pool was in operation. The younger kids seem to really enjoy it. There was only one restaurant but we usually dine in the condo or off site. St. Augustine section was brand new. If you read past threads you will understand why we have fallen in love with SVR. It has everything that adults and children could want. It is a great alternative to the theme parks resorts. Your experience also depends on the time of year you will be visiting. Over crowding and rude inappropriate behavior by other guests can ruin anyone's vacation. The great thing about the location of this particular resort is that during the day many are doing the park scene. I would choose this resort at a price over any free offer to stay almost anywhere else in Orlando. With the exception of the Hilton on International Drive, it really is also a wonderful resort but almost impossible to get into during Feb/March.

I will end with this , it takes a lot to impress me but I will most likely in the near future become an owner at SVR.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:24 PM   #800
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Not a chance Gina...

We got here safe and sound, and have a great 2BR in Spas this year. Not a chance I'm trying the fishpipe Gina! I've already torqued my neck and jammed my knee getting off of Buzz Ligntyear. I've been reading Nebo trip reports too much, and it's starting to affect me. I'll leave the fishpipe to younger folk; like Jake...

It does look pretty cool!

We've got an action packed visit planned. Will update when we get back to the great white north.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:43 PM   #801
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Thanks to all for the great information here. We are planning to stay here in October through a Costco package.

I would love everyone's thoughts on what section of the resort we should request. We are going primarily for the Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT and for some quality pool time and relaxing. That being said, being right by a noisy pool doesn't appeal to us. We would like to be able to sit out on the the patio/deck and have dinner or a glass of wine and people watch.

Also, how do we go about requesting a certain part of the resort?

Thanks for any help!
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:55 PM   #802
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We got here safe and sound, and have a great 2BR in Spas this year. Not a chance I'm trying the fishpipe Gina! I've already torqued my neck and jammed my knee getting off of Buzz Ligntyear. I've been reading Nebo trip reports too much, and it's starting to affect me. I'll leave the fishpipe to younger folk; like Jake...

It does look pretty cool!

We've got an action packed visit planned. Will update when we get back to the great white north.
You're in Spas? Not Courts? Take lots of pics for me, would you? That's where I'm hoping to be assigned when we travel in August.

Hope you are getting some great weather and having a fabulous time. Be careful on those violent Disney rides there old fella . I don't want to hear that you're off to physio when you get home!!!
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Aug. 2012...Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa: Aquatica, Discovery Cove, and more
Dec. 2012...onsite at SW! Christmas week at SeaWorld, Aquatica, Gatorland, airboats, & holiday fun
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:00 PM   #803
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Thanks to all for the great information here. We are planning to stay here in October through a Costco package.

I would love everyone's thoughts on what section of the resort we should request. We are going primarily for the Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT and for some quality pool time and relaxing. That being said, being right by a noisy pool doesn't appeal to us. We would like to be able to sit out on the the patio/deck and have dinner or a glass of wine and people watch.

Also, how do we go about requesting a certain part of the resort?

Thanks for any help!
bankr63 is one of the resident experts on SVR, but he's there enjoying the resort as we speak (I am super jealous ). I am sure he will be back next week and will offer his expertise and insight to all your questions .

One thing I can help answer is how you request a certain part of the resort. I am told you can use Diamond Lane to make your requests (though nothing is guaranteed, of course.......that said, it never hurts to ask and hope for the best!). Here is the link to the form:

https://www.mystarcentral.com/servic...?propertyId=01

I think other posters have indicated earlier in this thread that you should submit your request approximately 2-4 weeks before your scheduled arrival.
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Dec. 2012...onsite at SW! Christmas week at SeaWorld, Aquatica, Gatorland, airboats, & holiday fun
**Christmas 2012 Trip Report: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3041415
Aug. 2013....Sheraton Vistana Resort: Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Cocoa Beach & more! **August 2013 Trip Report: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3167818

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Old 03-14-2013, 11:21 AM   #804
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I have a couple more questions

When I go to Interval International's description of Sheraton Vistana Villages, it says it's "featuring one of the "Best Pools" in the U.S. (according to TripAdvisor), a quarter-acre water wonderland with a "splashtacular" centerpiece waterfall". So is that place different than the Resort?? The Resort's description says something about 7 pools...

We're looking for great pools, but I think I read the Resort has better ones?

If so, can anyone explain the pools/room locations to me? We don't mind walking a bit to get to a big pool, as long as it's not too far.

TIA
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:50 AM   #805
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We had our stay booked at WBC, but my inlaws have exchanged through Interval International and gifted us a week at the Vistana Resort! Can't beat a free week! We are still doing a few days prior at Bonnet Creek.

Here is my question:

When exchanging there were two resort codes; VIO and VIT. Does anyone know what they mean? I have done a search and I seem to come up with different answers.

Thanks! I look forward to finding more on this resort as it looks awesome!
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:08 PM   #806
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We had our stay booked at WBC, but my inlaws have exchanged through Interval International and gifted us a week at the Vistana Resort! Can't beat a free week! We are still doing a few days prior at Bonnet Creek.

Here is my question:

When exchanging there were two resort codes; VIO and VIT. Does anyone know what they mean? I have done a search and I seem to come up with different answers.

Thanks! I look forward to finding more on this resort as it looks awesome!
I'm researching too. I think one is Sheraton Villages, the other Sheraton Resort. Still can't figure out if they are totally different, which is "better", etc. I THINK the Resort is the one most Dis'ers have been to and like...
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No, I don't think it is the Villagas, because there was a different code and location for that. Some stuff that has come up in me "googling" and searching is saying it stands for different locations within the resort?

When we were looking at the exchange form, there was a separate place to exchange for the Villages, so I am pretty sure it isn't that though...
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:12 PM   #808
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I'm researching too. I think one is Sheraton Villages, the other Sheraton Resort. Still can't figure out if they are totally different, which is "better", etc. I THINK the Resort is the one most Dis'ers have been to and like...
Once you're done reading this thread on SVR (all the pages ) then you could check out this one:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2854036

for information on the Villages.

Hope that helps!
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I have a couple more questions

When I go to Interval International's description of Sheraton Vistana Villages, it says it's "featuring one of the "Best Pools" in the U.S. (according to TripAdvisor), a quarter-acre water wonderland with a "splashtacular" centerpiece waterfall". So is that place different than the Resort?? The Resort's description says something about 7 pools...

We're looking for great pools, but I think I read the Resort has better ones?

If so, can anyone explain the pools/room locations to me? We don't mind walking a bit to get to a big pool, as long as it's not too far.

TIA
Vistana Villages has a pirate themed kids' pool/ water play area. There is nothing like this at Vistana Resort. The pool at SvR are very nice but only one has a pool slide and it is a tunnel type slide that is short. My kids didn't like it b/c they said the seams hurt their back when they went down. We liked SVR, but not as much as Wyndham Bonnet Creek because WBC had more variety in terms of pools/slides. At SVR, we were in building 19 in the Falls section and we loved that b/c we were right across the street from the pool. The pool was never uncomfortably crowded and the playground, bball court, tennis, shuffleboard, activity center and mini golf were all right there. One day, DD and I walked to the Cascades pool to get her hair wrapped and it was still really close. One night, we went to see a movie at the Fountains pool and we did drive there because it was far enough that we didn't want to walk back that late with the kids. Somewhere on this thread (many pages ago) there is a link to photos of our trip and these amenities. Perhaps you can search by my name to find my old post of our trip last April.
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Vistana Villages has a pirate themed kids' pool/ water play area. There is nothing like this at Vistana Resort. The pool at SvR are very nice but only one has a pool slide and it is a tunnel type slide that is short. My kids didn't like it b/c they said the seams hurt their back when they went down. We liked SVR, but not as much as Wyndham Bonnet Creek because WBC had more variety in terms of pools/slides. At SVR, we were in building 19 in the Falls section and we loved that b/c we were right across the street from the pool. The pool was never uncomfortably crowded and the playground, bball court, tennis, shuffleboard, activity center and mini golf were all right there. One day, DD and I walked to the Cascades pool to get her hair wrapped and it was still really close. One night, we went to see a movie at the Fountains pool and we did drive there because it was far enough that we didn't want to walk back that late with the kids. Somewhere on this thread (many pages ago) there is a link to photos of our trip and these amenities. Perhaps you can search by my name to find my old post of our trip last April.
Can I ask, how were the rooms at SVR compared to WBC? Were WBC as updated and clean as SVR? Thanks!
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