Memory Maker is a popular vacation home which is nestled on a private plot in the exclusive Emerald Island resort, less than 3 miles from Walt Disney WorldÂ® Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. With fully air-conditioned 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, you can dip in to this oasis of calm after a hectic day of fun at the theme parks, and it's perfect for families with kids, sleeping up to 10 guests.
* 1 Master bedroom suite with king-size bed
* 1 Master bedroom suite with queen-size bed
* 2 Double twin bedrooms
* 1 Queen sleeper/sofa
* Sleeps 10 max
* Pool with sun deck and shaded lanai
* Family friendly furnishings and decor
* Full kitchen with all appliances
* Laundry with washer and dryer
* Resort clubhouse with pool, hot tub and tiki bar, games room and video arcade, fitness and IT centers, kids playground and sports courts
* WiFi high speed internet provided FREE
* Local and long-distance (US) calls FREE
* Digital entry/lock system with unique, private code for each guest stay
* Inspected by Walt Disney World under the Vacation Rental Home Connection program
* Professionally managed, inspected and cleaned by VillaDirect Vacation Homes
* VillaDirect is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau
* Welcome amenities pack and starter toiletries included
* Local 7 day/365 Welcome Center with guest services staff available 24 hours
* Authorized Disney & Universal Studios discount ticket center
The Emerald Island resort surrounds an exclusive, fully featured resort clubhouse with many amenities for guests to enjoy. There's also a secondary resort pool, spa and cabana for the exclusive use of guests staying in the town homes (those guests can use the main clubhouse if they wish).
As you enter you immediately find yourself in a luscious sub-tropical resort, with driveway that stretches toward a manned security gate house and through to the stunning entrance rotunda with a Dolphin Fountain at the center, sweeping around to the Emerald Island resort clubhouse and facilities. The club house has a reception area which sells newspapers and sundries and provides information for guests staying at the resort.
There's a guest lounge where you can meet other families visiting Orlando and staying in Emerald Island. The kids can enjoy themselves in the games room, or on the video arcade games provided, and you can "keep in touch" while on vacation with the IT center that provides high-speed internet access for guests.
Choose to relax under the Florida sun at the Emerald Island resort pool with gazebos and a Tiki Bar, luscious landscaping and comfortable deck loungers. Or sit in the bubbling community hot-tub and chat with other guests staying at Emerald Island vacation homes.
Additional amenities include: video game console, board games, coffee maker, iron and board, free use of community/resort amenities, child pool safety fence, shaded lanai, cd player, securepass lock, bedrooms carpeted, range/cooker, free starter pack, kitchenware, hairdryer(s)....Read more
Left on 07/12/2011 for a stay in April 2011 | M LebeauReviewed Jul 12, 2011Stayed Apr 2011
Our stay at Memory Maker was memorable for the wrong reasons. While we enjoyed its privacy, this home felt more like Motel 6 than a resort.
First, there were at least 21 signs posted throughout the home reminding us-again and again-about Villa Direct's policies. Worse, over 12 signs threatened us with financial penalties for failing to adhere to their instructions. Forget to put out the trash? $50. Locked out? $150. Take a towel? $16. Other signs threatened financial penalties for: clogged toilets, setting the a/c too low, turning off the pool alarm, and causing bleach spots. Occasional reminders are nice, 21 signs-over half of which threaten financial harm-are too much.
Next was the quality and condition of the home: this home was average quality and suffered from drywall and other damage. Although newer, the home is an average american tract home-it has Formica counters and apartment quality cabinets, appliances, and plumbing. We also noticed drywall and other damage upon our arrival. After reading all the signs I felt compelled to photograph the damage and e-mail those photos to Villa Direct so that we would not be blamed for it. We expect some wear and tear in short term rentals but this home seemed a bit worse than normal.
Fourth, were the towels. The towels in this home were old and felt threadbare and rough. The bath towels were of low quality and rough on the skin-I have had better at Motel 6. At $16 each, any renter would be foolish to take the towels.
Lastly, the home's front yard has not fared well since the exterior photos were taken. When we arrived it looked like it was mostly dirt and ant hills instead of grass.
Despite our displeasure with the home, Emerald Island was better than expected. The Club House was active and the children's activities were age and content appropriate. We especially enjoyed the poolside bar and grill.
Thank you for your review of Memory Maker following your stay in April 2011.
We are sorry that you were so disappointed with your stay in this VillaDirect home. We admit that the value provided by this home (and others) in our program does make it competitive with a Motel 6. Vacation rentals do offer much better value, privacy, location and amenities than most cheap hotels and motels.
There are a number of mandatory signs which VillaDirect has to display for the licensing of the home as a vacation rental. Unfortunately, some of our signs - while written to advise - can be regarded as too harsh, and we are reviewing the wording on some of our signs to improve them for our guests...so thank you for your valued feedback.
We are sorry that you felt that the towels provided were old, threadbare and rough. We regularly ask our owner clients to either upgrade or approve an upgrade to the towels. The signs advising the costs or replacement are there to deter guests from taking them and leaving them at the nearby water parks. Despite the signs, towel replacement is one of the largest costs that owners have to carry when operating a vacation rental in this area.
You are correct in your observation that this is an average, American tract home. We are concerned that your expectation was of something different. Was there something in our advertising which led you to believe that this value-for-money vacation home would be of a higher standard? VillaDirect does have high-end, bespoke quality vacation rentals, but the price range is higher and matches the quality provided.
We are sorry that you had so many complaints following your stay. That is not typical of the guests who stay in our homes - and unusual of the guests who have stayed in this specific home. We have raised this to senior managers within the company for their review and to take any action necessary.
We hope that this email and response to your review answers some of the points that you raised. If there is anything else that we can do to resolve your issues, please let us know.
Left on 04/22/2010 for a stay in February 2010 | MarianaReviewed Apr 22, 2010Stayed Feb 2010
the home was just like the photo, and near the atractions. It took few minutes to get there.
It was comfortable for eigth people, it had everyting we needed and we had a very nice time.
unfortunatly the weather was so cold that we couldn´t use the pool
Thanks for your review of "Memory Maker" vacation pool home on Emerald Island resort in Kissimmee.
We were delighted to read that the home was such a good place for your party of 8. The weather in February was unusually cold for us locals and for our guests - and broke a number of records for the coldest nights and for the longest spell of cold weather in over 100 years!
We hope that the cold didn't put you off planning your return visit to the Disney area and look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
“Simply one of the BEST!”
Left on 08/12/2009 for a stay in February 2009 | TrishReviewed Aug 12, 2009Stayed Feb 2009
What a fantastic place to stay. Open spaces, lots of room, a place for everyone to sleep, eat, play, chat and all on one floor! The screened-in pool area provided a place to relax and converse while others were reading or playing in the pool. There were enough bathrooms so that everyone was able to get ready in the morning at the same time, for an early start at the parks. The house was very clean (this has been our typical experience with all of our stays at Villa Direct). Everyone felt extremely comfortable with the accommodations.This house is located VERY close to the Disney Parks, just the way we like it! It is close to our favorite restaurants like Outback Steakhouse, Taco Bell, and Red Lobster. Also, it is close to a grocery store with prices that are not significantly inflated for tourists. Most importantly, it is close to Dunkin Donuts . . .our first stop on the way to the parks! We liked this place so much that we plan to stay here again next year.
We are delighted that the vacation home was such a success for your family and hope that the experience will mean that you will consider vacation homes before hotels everywhere you stay! Thanks for your kind comments about the cleanliness of the house. We hope that you are planning your next trip to the Disney area and look forward to welcoming you when you visit.
“Memories in the Making”
Left on 06/10/2009 for a stay in June 2008 | jett1403Reviewed Jun 10, 2009Stayed Jun 2008
My family and I rented Memory Maker last year. The property was everything as described on the rental site. The house was well kept and accommodated our entire family. There was a washer and drawer which made it much easier and convenient, especially with kids around. The kicthen was fully equipped with everything we needed to prepare meals. I enjoyed sitting by the pool relaxing while the kids went to the theme parks. The property was conveniently located to theme parks, pharmacies, resturant and WalMart. We had a wonderful time and will try to visit the property again as a family or with friends.
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