Staying in a Florida Vacation Villa

If you are looking for the best deal, then booking with Villas Near Disney will always give you a better price than a travel agent.  Along with the personal service, you will also know exactly which villa you will be renting.  Again, this is something a travel agent will not be able to promise and more often than not, your villa will be allocated upon arrival.

Why should I stay in a villa rather than a hotel?

Starting with the obvious - space and privacy.  Instead of being confined to a restrictive hotel room, you will have all the comforts of home and much more.  There will be separate bedrooms, a living area to relax for watching television, a dining area and kitchen.  With added extras like games consoles, pool tables, barbecues and wireless Internet the whole family will be catered for.  As each villa has laundry facilities, there is no need to over-pack and less chance of being charged for overweight baggage.  The list goes on and we have not even mentioned your own private swimming pool and sun-beds.

How do I find my ideal villa?

Villas Near Disney lists villas by the number of bedrooms, by community, by general location, whether they border golf courses, accept pets and even nearest to the theme parks.  We also provide the best map of the Orlando, Kissimmee and Walt Disney World area, which shows the villa communities, theme parks, attractions, golf courses, shopping outlets, post offices, business centres, airports and hospitals.  This map will give you an idea of the area, as well as allow you to see live traffic, street views of the actual communities and confirm routes between destinations.  There is a Property Shortlist where you can keep track and compare vacation villas that you like.

How close are the theme parks?

If you have never visited the central Florida area before, you may be surprised as to just how 'spread out' everything is.  The major theme parks of Disney, Universal and Seaworld are generally close to each other - albeit around a 20 minute drive apart.  Considering the scale of the actual parks themselves, Universal (including Islands of Adventure) and Seaworld are quite 'compact' in relation to the vastness of the Walt Disney World resort; which with 4 major parks, 2 fun parks and a sports complex is around 50 square miles in size!  Bearing these distances in mind, you will almost always need a rental car to get the best from the area attractions, as public transport is all but non-existent outside of the International Drive area.  Viewing the Orlando, Kissimmee and Walt Disney World area map will show that the majority of vacation villas are to the south or west of the theme parks and attractions.  Some villa locations are closer than others, with travel times ranging from 10 minutes through to 45 minutes - depending on which park you are heading for, time of day and traffic.

What about a private pool and is south-facing best?

Many of the villas listed on Villas Near Disney have their own private pool with possibly a spa or hot tub alongside.  When selecting a villa with a private pool, there is a belief that south-facing pools are best, as they should attract more sunshine.  Although south-facing pools will generally attract the sun for the majority of the day, this will depend on buildings alongside, privacy fencing and covered areas, so may offer no more than non-south facing pools.  In Florida, all pools are designed with sun-bathing and relaxation in mind, so you will not be disappointed.  With any pool area, always bear in mind that the Florida sunshine is very powerful and children will need a lanai or covered area for their protection.

For cooler months, it may be possible to heat the pool (to around 86F) for which an extra charge is likely to be payable.  Where a villa does not have a private pool, there will be a resort or communal pool.  These tend to be bigger, have amenities alongside (like a bar) and provide the chance to meet other guests staying at the resort.

What does 'Wheelchair Accessible' mean?

Vacation villas which are 'wheelchair accessible' are deemed suitable for persons in a wheelchair or with limited mobility.  This may entail a ramp for entry, low level bathing or shower cubicle and wide doors.  For full details regarding wheelchair access, always contact the owner of the villa to confirm suitability.

Enquiring about a Villa

Where you would like more details about a villa - including a price for your stay - simply enter your contact details and the dates you are looking to stay on the villa enquiry form.  Enquiries are sent directly to the villa owner.  With no obligation to book any villa which you enquire about, you can send as many enquiries as need be. There is also an All Villas Enquiry page which can be used to contact the owners of all villas listed on Villas Near Disney.
How do I know that the villas are legitimate?

The Villas Near Disney team recognise that booking a villa in Florida over the internet can be daunting.  However, please be assured that the team spend a considerable amount of time verifying the legitimacy of all villas advertised on this and our sister websites.  We run checks against Florida county records prior to a villa being advertised on our website and owners must provide formalised documents to confirm ownership periodically throughout the year.  If we have any concerns about the legitimacy of a villa, we would not list it on our websites.

If I enquire, who will receive my details?

Villas Near Disney adheres to the Advertising Standards Agency guidelines, so your contact details are only ever sent to the owners of the villas that you select.  We do not forward your details on to other villa owners and your details are never disclosed to third parties.  You will never receive spam or advertising e-mails from the Villas Near Disney website, but we may send you a follow-up e-mail to see whether you managed to book a villa and also, whether we can improve the service which we offer.

What happens after I enquire about a villa?

Where you enquire about a villa, then the owner will reply directly to confirm the availability of your dates and the rental price.  Due to the villa owner possibly travelling or having limited access to their e-mail, we have to allow 72 hours for them to reply (although we would expect them to reply much sooner).  Where you also opt to send your enquiry to other villa owners e.g. similar villas in the area, then those owners who can also accommodate your dates will reply with a price.  This avoids you receiving unnecessary e-mails and will provide you with a shortlist of suitable villas for your visit.  As some of the villa owners who advertise on Villas Near Disney also list their villas on our sister websites, you may receive a link to their advert on those websites.  Rest assured, these villas have been through the same verification process to ensure they are legitimate.

The best way to keep track of suitable villas is shortlist them and manage them on the Shortlisted Villas page.  Similarly, you can always see which villas you have looked at on the Recently Viewed Villas page. When you shortlist a villa, this does not send an enquiry to the villa owner.

What if I need more information about a villa?

If you have a question about a villa, then you should add this as part of your enquiry.  Also, once you receive a reply back from the villa owners, you will be able to contact the owners directly.  If after booking you are unable to contact a villa owner or have any concerns about a villa, please Contact the Villas Near Disney team.

Booking a Villa

To book a villa, first you need to send an enquiry.  Once you receive confirmation of availability and price from the owner, just reply back to confirm that you would like to book.  It is that straightforward.

Booking a villa typically involves completing a booking form and payment of a deposit to secure your dates.  Until payment is received, the owner should be able to hold your dates for you (which means no one else can book them).  When booking, the owner will make you aware of the terms and conditions of booking their villa.  Should you have any questions relating to the booking procedure, they must be addressed directly to the owner.  Booking a vacation villa is just like any other trip and the Villas Near Disney team would always recommend that you have suitable travel insurance in the event of any cancellation.

Do I book direct with the owner?

Yes, all bookings and payments are made direct with the villa owner and under their terms and conditions.  Villas Near Disney acts as a referral site to the owners of the listed villas, with any rental agreement always undertaken between the owner and renter.  Villas Near Disney is not responsible for the terms and conditions associated with booking a specific villa and accepts no responsibility or liability for the accuracy of any description (express or implied) of the villas described on this website.

If you are not familiar with booking villas direct or if when you are in correspondence to book a villa something just does not feel right for you, we always recommend looking elsewhere.  There are hundreds of fantastic villas in the Walt Disney World and central Orlando area, so never feel pressured to book.  If you have any concerns over booking a villa which you have enquired about, please contact the website team.

Villa Community Distances and Local Information

Details of the villa communities is compiled by the Villas Near Disney team and through contributions by the villa owners.  Distances to the theme parks, attractions and popular destinations are taken directly from Google Maps and based on an arbitrary point in the villa community. Facilities and local area information is referenced from a number of sources including personal visits and dedicated websites.  As the area is considerable, when referring to 'local shops and restaurants', it is not so much within walking distance, but a short drive i.e. around 5 minutes away.

How are the driving distances calculated and where are they taken to?

For accuracy, all listed mileages are taken directly from Google Maps to a central point at the destination.  Suggested driving routes are referenced and are not biased to any community.  Considering the size of Walt Disney World Resort, some villa communities will be closer to specific parks and unlike some websites, Villas Near Disney does not quote distances to the gates of Disney - which are likely to be 5 or 10 minutes away from the actual attractions.  Distances from the villa communities may factor in nearby shops, eateries and major supermarkets (WalMart, Publix and Target).  For golf clubs, only public courses are listed.

About Villas Near Disney

At Villas Near Disney, we offer our experience over the past 25 years as both owners and renters of vacation villas in the Orlando, Kissimmee and Walt Disney World area. Throughout the area there are countless fantastic vacation villas which can be rented.  Each will be slightly different - some will have their own private pools, others will have resort pools - but they will make sure your visit to the area is memorable for all the right reasons.

Rather than provide just a list of villas, Villas Near Disney provide impartial reviews with the added insight of the villa locality.  For an area in excess of 400 square miles, surely you want to know whether there are shops and restaurants nearby.  Also what are the best routes to the theme parks and attractions.  With Villas Near Disney, we want you to book with confidence.

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