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Old 04-25-2009, 09:57 PM   #61
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Thanks so much for the maps - I had no idea the place was soo huge! Im not sure if this is a good thing for us or not. I know each section has its own pool, but which section is considered the "main section" - close to the food, arcade, shops?
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Old 04-26-2009, 07:56 AM   #62
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but which section is considered the "main section" - close to the food, arcade, shops?
There really is no official "main section", but I'd probably have to say the side with the Cascades section. Both sides offer places to eat, pools and Rec Centers with activities and arcades.

The Cascade side has the one sit down restaurant on property. It's very small though. I'd guess no more than 15-20 tables if that. So don't go during peak dinner times which is pretty much 6-9 pm. The restaurant is called Zimmies. There is the Pizza Hut, KFC, A&W Express on the Fountains/Lakes side.

The General Store is on the Cascades side as well. The Lakes/Fountains side is quieter and less congested.

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Old 04-26-2009, 12:27 PM   #63
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There really is no official "main section", but I'd probably have to say the side with the Cascades section. Both sides offer places to eat, pools and Rec Centers with activities and arcades.

The Cascade side has the one sit down restaurant on property. It's very small though. I'd guess no more than 15-20 tables if that. So don't go during peak dinner times which is pretty much 6-9 pm. The restaurant is called Zimmies. There is the Pizza Hut, KFC, A&W Express on the Fountains/Lakes side.

The General Store is on the Cascades side as well. The Lakes/Fountains side is quieter and less congested.

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You have been such a big help. Thank you soo much! Is there a pool bar by all the pools or just Cascades? Also are there servers or is it just walk up yourself? I am already dreaming of my poolside margarita!! hee hee
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Walk up service pool bar by Fountains pool, as well as Cascades and the Super pool. Zimmies has an outside sports bar that is pool side at the Super pool.

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Old 05-01-2009, 06:03 PM   #65
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This is such a great thread with so much info. We just found out we could possibly get a week for FREE here and though this is our first time offsite, this looks like a great resort.
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:21 AM   #66
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Yyaaahhh!!!

Just made our requests for our June trip!! I took your advice and made it kind of general and will hope for the best. I requested a newly renovated (non-smoking) villa and an elevator building close to zero entry pool. I also sited reasons like allergies and traveling with baby in stroller. Thanks for all your help Maria. I will also follow-up with a fax. 3-5 days before our arrival?
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:23 AM   #67
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Ooooh One More Question

Can anyone suggest a grocery store? We will be leaving disney property and heading over to Vistana. We will want to stop at the grocery store on the way from one to the other. What store would be most convenient (on the way)?
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Hey dtripli...
Sounds good so far. Yes, fax about 3 days before arrival. Also, you filled out the Diamond Lane online form as well ?
https://www.mystarcentral.com/servic...SVO_RC_DIA_SVR

You can do that now.

As for a good store. We use the either the Super Walmart or Publix. If you are exiting the Vistana out of the main entrance (nearest the lobby/check in), you would turn RIGHT out of the resort. Follow on SR 535 (towards signs that say Kissimmee) several lights (not more than 7 min down the road for the Super Walmart which will be on your RIGHT. You'll see it....just turn into the parking lot.

The Publix is a little further down (maybe another 2-3 lights ?) and will be on your LEFT. It's just before/at 192.

I'm sure others will chime in with suggestions because I'm pretty sure there is a Super Target nearby too ? Just haven't been to that one. Goodings is the closest store to Vistana but it's fairly pricey.

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Old 05-02-2009, 11:57 AM   #69
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We are booked here for October 2009 (four adults two childen). Can i ask a few questions.

1 - I appreciate this resort is huge, but can you 'walk' from the LAKES/FOUNTAINS side to the CASCADES side (on GOOGLE EARTH it looks like a main road separates the two sides. If you are in this side do you feel a bit 'separated from the Cascades section?

2 - looking at the resport map that has been posted on this thread Which is Fountain I and which Fountains II

3 - Will the refurbishment work on CASCADES cause any disruption in October 2009

4 - Where on the resort is the cycle hire shop

5 - How much does a taxi cost from Downtown Disney to this resort (looks pretty close)

6 - Is the onsite Grocery shop expensive?

7 - Are their plenty of parking spaces - or is it a battle to find a space when you return to to the resort at night?

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Old 05-03-2009, 01:55 AM   #70
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1 - I appreciate this resort is huge, but can you 'walk' from the LAKES/FOUNTAINS side to the CASCADES side (on GOOGLE EARTH it looks like a main road separates the two sides. If you are in this side do you feel a bit 'separated from the Cascades section?
Yes, you can walk and yes, I would say you would feel a bit separated from the Cascades area. There is a separate guard station for each section and a wall/fence partially dividing them. But you can easily walk between the two. Depending on where your villa is located, anywhere from a 2-3 min walk to a 10 min walk if you are in one of the back rooms.


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2 - looking at the resport map that has been posted on this thread Which is Fountain I and which Fountains II
Fountains II is generally the area that is the lighter color and to the right on the map. You can see the small roadway that separates the two on the map. Fountains II has the jacuzzi tub inside the master bedroom (as in the Lakes and Cascades). Fountains I has the whirlpool tub inside the master bathroom.


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3 - Will the refurbishment work on CASCADES cause any disruption in October 2009
I would say, yes, you will probably witness/hear some noise from the refurb. I can't imagine the noise will be too much.....but this is a major remodel, so you'll probably see workers all around. They will probably tackle one or two buildings at a time.


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4 - Where on the resort is the cycle hire shop
Do u mean where can you rent bikes ? I know they rent bikes near the Cascades Rec Center.


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5 - How much does a taxi cost from Downtown Disney to this resort (looks pretty close)
I can't help u with this, but I would guess around $10 one way. Maybe someone else has used a taxi and can give u a better idea.


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6 - Is the onsite Grocery shop expensive?
Yes, compared to offsite big chains like Publix, Walmart and Target. You pay for the convenience. But it's good for a few things you might want right away.


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7 - Are their plenty of parking spaces - or is it a battle to find a space when you return to to the resort at night?
The later you return, the harder it will be to find a space CLOSE to your villa it will be. I think the furthest I've ever had to park when we return late is maybe 7-8 spaces away from our door. Generally, we're able to park right in front during the height of the day. Late at night is the toughest. But I've always been able to find a spot.


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Old 05-03-2009, 07:25 AM   #71
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Thankyou so much for your thorough answers - really appreciated

We are there with our parents, us and our children 7 & 9, plus we are celbrating a 60th.

So because we will have a mixture of going mad in the parks and water parks some days and then relaxing at resort some days, I think either fountains I or Fountains II (or Lakes) sounds good to us, so thats what i will request using Dimond Check In, and then fax a polite reminder a few days before.

I just wanted to make sure we could easily walk over to the main activity centre and the other pools and rec areas (cascades & market place area mainly) easily - as it looks like its a busy road separating the two sides, and the ease in which to do this is hard to figure out from the google earth images.

Anyway - thanks so much
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Old 05-04-2009, 12:54 AM   #72
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No...not too busy of a street. Mostly utilized by resort guests only.

Oh...since you mentioned grandparents would be coming, just wanted to give u a head's up. Fountains I and II have no elevators. So request "ground floor" for those if your parents have mobility issues. They are only 3 stories high.

Lakes does have elevators and are 5 and 6 floors high.

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Old 05-04-2009, 11:33 AM   #73
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Just one question...are the pools heated?
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:58 PM   #74
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I know when I've been there during the Fall they were----steam was coming off the water. During the summer...not sure. I think they may be a little. But the sun is so hot in FL in the summer that it really heats the water in the pools. The water never feels uncomfortable to me.

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Old 05-07-2009, 07:43 AM   #75
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Thanks Maria!

Thank you again for all of your help with everything!! I was curious what your favorite section of the resort is and why? Also, I forgot all about needing a crib for the baby. Do they have them and is it something I need to request ahead of time or just at check-in?
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