Hi Disney Vacation Villa Renters! If you have been enjoying my updates on the progress of the building of the Walmart Supercenter at US 192 and N. Old Lake Wilson Road in Kissimmee Florida near Walt Disney World, do me a huge favour and visit my vacation home website. Click the photos for more details. Our Encore Resort Disney vacation home may very well be the holiday villa you've been looking for.
Thank you - Now for the update ...
I returned to my Orlando/Kissimmee Florida vacation home at the Encore Resort at Reunion to see if there was any damage from Hurricane Irma. I can report that, thankfully, all is well! Even the palm trees look exactly as we left them! While I was there I took the opportunity to check out the progress of the new Walmart being built at the North end of N. Old Lake Wilson Road at the intersection of US 192. This location will be the closest Walmart to Walt Disney World. I used the old "clip board in hand" trick and was able to walk past the construction workers and right up to the front and side doors to snap a few interior photos. As you can see, the inside is looking good, but they are nowhere near stocking the shelves yet. The exterior is definitely looking closer to finished, with the asphalt paving has been competed and the landscaping almost finished. It also looks like there will be a very convenient and, likely, affordable place for us to gas up our Orlando rental cars before we return them to either Orlando International or Sanford International Airport.
Also, while driving down Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, I also noticed the Walmart hiring centre and walked in to get an idea of when they expect the store to be opening. I was advised that they hope to be open early December. I guess I know where everybody will be doing their last minute Christmas shopping this year!
If you like the idea of being 4 minutes to Walmart and 8 minutes to Walt Disney World during your holiday, please takes some time to review our home's website and then get in contact with us. We would love to share our beautiful vacation home with a private pool and games room with unlimited access to the amazing water park at the Encore Resort at Reunion Florida!!
One of the best advantages to guests renting our Disney World vacation rental is having the option of making your own healthy meals in our large well equipped kitchen. Plus it's smart for those who are doing Disney World on a budget because it not only gives you more affordable meal options, but it allows you to prepare snack and drinks that you can take with you into the parks. The meal and snack savings alone help to offset the vacation cost.
We have been around for a while owning a few homes in different Disney World vacation communities and have gotten to know the lay of the land. Hopefully our experience will make your search for groceries much easier.
1. The best option for us is finding a WalMart with a grocery store. The main reason for this is that we want a one stop shop to get not only groceries, but all the other items we may need in one shopping trip. We're like you - we don't go to our Orlando Encore Resort at Reunion vacation home to shop - we go to play. So WalMart allows us to keep our shopping adventure to a minimum while still providing quality products at a fair price. The great news is that the new Walmart Supercenter near Disney World is almost complete. This Walmart is only a 3 miles journey north on Old Lake Wilson Road from our home and will be the closest Walmart to our Encore Club Resort home as well as the closest WalMart and closest grocery store near Windsor Hills resort. They will also have an online shopping pick up center, so you can plan your shopping needs at home and it will be ready to pick up on your drive from the airport. Talk about a time saver! My only beef (pun intended) is that the meat selection at WalMart isn't always up to the standard of this home chef. I'm hopeful that this new WalMart will have a better butcher shop.
2. If you prefer a true grocery store, we recommend Publix. Publix seems to be the main grocery store around the Orlando Kissimmee area and it feels like there is a Publix in every strip mall. We use 2 Publix stores - the Publix near the main entrance to Reunion Resort at the corner of Old Lake Wilson Road and the Osceola Polk Line Road is our go-to store for general grocery shopping. It is our go to Publix because it is the closest to Encore Resort Orlando and the products there are very fresh and the selection is quite good. If we are planning a special meal and want a better wine and meat selection, we go to the Publix located in Celebration at US192 and Celebration Ave. I believe this is also the closest Publix to Windsor Hills. It's a very nice store and has a Whole Foods feed about it. It also gives us an excuse to visit downtown Celebration (much recommended if you have the time).
3. If we are travelling with friends or staying for an extended period of time, we love taking a trip to Costco to load up. Costco's meat department can't be beat and you can buy everything you need for your stay. The only problem is that Costco sells most things in bulk, so if you are only staying for a week you will likely throw much of it away. The closest Costco to our Disney vacation villa, as well as the closest Costco to Windsor Hills, is located at 4696 Gardens Park Boulevard in Orlando. The trip is about 20 minutes from our home, depending on I4 traffic.
If you are a regular visitor to Windsor Hill, we welcome you to check out our home and the new Disney vacation home community in the neighbourhood. We are only a few minutes further south on S. Old Lake Wilson Road and all of our guests who have been Windsor Hills renters are now telling us they intend to become regulars at our Encore Resort at Reunion home because of the resort clubhouse amenities and the amazing water park. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and look forward to you joining those who are making the switch from Windsor Hills to the Encore Club!
Our whole family will be contributing to this Blog. We write about our experiences and news related to Walt Disney World as well as post our Encore Resort Blog and Reunion Resort Blog