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Oaks at Resort World
This is our page dedicated to our experiences while staying at The Oaks at
Resort World in Kissimmee, Florida, near Orlando.
We used Interval International to trade into the Oaks at Resort World. Our unit was a beautiful 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo with full kitchen. The master bath had an oversize whirlpool bath and the 2nd bath had a single whirlpool. The unit was very clean. Only drawback was there was no real "view," and no outside deck or patio.
Nice pool area - half indoors/half outdoors. Spa/hot tub in the indoor section. Great bar/grill by the pool with televisions to view sporting events. Resort emphasizes activities. We attended a wild animal show on the tennis courts (reservations are recommended). It was enjoyed by adults and children alike. Attendees could pet baby animals and have their picture taken next to a lion! It was a worthwhile way to spend a couple hours on a nice evening, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
Our encounters with the resort's food were restricted to the grill by the pool, but it was fine. The grill offered room service, and we took advantage of that one evening; the food was timely and excellent.
We made heavy use of the bar/grill by the pool area. Food could be eaten inside or outside. The bartenders were extremely friendly and made generous drinks. Although the bar was located in the recreation area, it was open into the evening hours.
This resort set the service standard by which we judge many of our vacations. The people were extremely friendly and couldn't do enough. One day, we wanted to make a frozen pizza for lunch but could not get the oven open. Apparently someone had used the self-cleaning feature and the oven was stuck in the position. The head of housekeeping promptly responded and assured us she would see that the oven was functional in no time. She had to call out two repairmen who practically tore apart the stove. They were courteous and cleaned everything up; we were able to make our pizza within an hour.
This being Orlando, the attractions are numerous. The trick was to balance all the activities with some genuine R&R. We went to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot (we loved it, and October is when they have wines around theworld; this is Disney for adults), and Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay (only an hour away and easy to find; the lines were extremely short and we rode Montu 4 times; free beer of the Anheuser-Busch variety). Next time we will cut out the Magic Kingdom and spend more time at Epcot and the studios.
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Late October is apparently a beautiful time of year in central Florida. We had no rain for an entire week, the humidity was low, and the daily temperature ranged from 65-85F. For couples without children, this is a good time of year to visit the Orlando area as the lines at the main attractions were practically nonexistent.
There is a lot to do in the Orlando area. Pace yourself, and don't forget you're on vacation, not on a mission to accomplish everything possible.