There are TONS of hotels in Orlando. There are also tons of timeshares around Orlando. It makes sense, thanks to all the theme parks in the area, there are a lot of tourists who need a place to lay their head. Did you know that you can stay at these timeshares without being a timeshare owner? While hotels and timeshares each have their pros and cons, today I’m sharing a few things to know if you’re considering a timeshare for your Orlando vacation.
Tips for Staying at a Timeshare in Orlando
One of the great things about staying at a timeshare is that they tend to be large, sprawling properties, with many buildings each housing a few units. On days that have some downtime, these properties are great for taking an evening stroll around the grounds. Plus, with only a few units per building, getting close parking is a lot easier. In addition to ponds and walkways, these grounds will often have fun activities such as splash-pads, putt-putt courses, paddle boats as well.
Yes, they will try to sign you up for a breakfast where they can try to sell you on buying a timeshare, and will probably offer some enticing discount or freebie for attending; however, you can say no. Simply having a full week of plans or small kids is reason enough for them to quit asking. As long as you don’t mind them asking at check-in (and probably a mid-week call to the room), you can easily avoid this hard-sell meal.
One thing that does take a bit to get used to is that for a one week stay, house keeping will only come once or twice. You can always call for extra towels or items you need; however, you won’t come back to a freshly made bed every day. Considering I don’t make my bed daily at home anyways, this has never been an issue for me.
If you are traveling with kids, or another family, you may want a bedroom or two. Many times this is difficult to do with a hotel, or the cost jumps quite a bit to add this feature. Timeshare properties have lots of units that feature one or two bedrooms (some even have three), plus, these units also come with a full kitchen. While we don’t often cook while on vacation, having a full size fridge and a microwave is convenient for snacks and breakfast.
While planning your next vacation to Orlando (or any location really), make sure to take a look at both hotels and timeshares, because you never know what sort of great deal you may find!