"As a 15 year member of the Disney Vacation Club, we never thought we'd stay anywhere but a Disney Resort during one of our frequent WDW visits, especially when traveling with our large, extended family. In fact, we were all really nervous after we booked this trip, thinking we'd totally regret this decision to stay off property. However, Characters Corner has won us over! The location was fabulous - literally minutes from the Disney Parks, grocery stores, restaurants. We felt safe - a gated community, security system, and alarms on each door leading to the beautiful Mickey-themed swimming pool. Wonderfully appointed home - clean as a whistle, outfitted with everything we needed, terrific recreational amenities (pool, game room, televisions, DVDs, board games, etc...), and the kids LOVED the Disney-themed bedrooms! We enjoyed cooking some of our meals together, including using the gas grill while on vacation on the Fourth of July! We found this vacation to be the most relaxing Disney vacation we'd ever taken together, by far. Why? Mainly because the kids had so many options for hanging out together - the large backyard (for our soccer and baseball-loving kids), swimming pool, the game room, etc... without needing several parents providing constant supervision to make sure they were safe. If they were swimming, only one parent needed to be with them. Try keeping track of 10 kids at the Disney Resort swimming pools! This one thing afforded the adults so much more (needed) time for "unwinding and recovering" between our visits to the Disney Parks, which makes all the difference in being able to come away from a Disney vacation feeling relaxed rather than like you just survived armageddon, especially in the hot and crowded summer months. It's so nice to really be able to get away from the crowds when you need to - and yet be close enough to pop over for a Dole Whip at the Polynesian Village Resort if you need to! This was a multi-generational group, and everyone was pleased, from the youngest (4 years old), to the grandparents, who loved that they had such a nice place to just hang out and enjoy the pool on the days they didn't feel like going into the Parks witheveryone else. The owners thought of everything, and were also kind enough to provide extensive directions and wonderful tips in a notebook on Disney and other activities and local amenities. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!"
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: July 14, 2015