Great place to stay!!
Submitted: February 17, 2013
Stayed: January 2013
We arrived midday and our room was ready so it was no time at all until we were unpacked and ready to explore. The swimming pools, hot tubs, and exercise rooms were great. The large pool deck has a small snack/drink cabana to purchase a refreshment. They can't, as yet, charge drinks to your room so bring cash or Credit card.
The room was clean and any issues were dealt with very quickly. The elevators were fixed so you had to use your room key, the burned out light, the leaky faucet were all dealt with quickly. The front desk staff, especially Darlin, Stephanie, Bernesha and Tyler were all helpful and cheerful.
As the crow flies, Blue Heron is less than 1 mile to Downtown Disney, and 2 1/4 miles to Epcot, but it's not walkable. There are six lane roads, some with no crosswalks, and the distances to get to the main gate are challenging. You will need to use the hotel shuttle, car, bus or taxi.
The hotel shuttle to the Disney parks is very convenient. If you take the first shuttle of the day you are at the park for opening and enjoy a relatively quiet park for the first couple of hours.
We used Atlas shuttles instead of taxis to get to other locations. Reasonable rates, really nice vehicles, plus Omar and his team were great.
The only challenge was figuring out how to get groceries. The Walgreens across the street has some staples and alcohol, but you will have to travel further to stock up. We found that we ate breakfast in our unit, packed a lunch (from things we bought at Walgreens) and worried about dinner later as we were often back late in the day (walk to Applebees, reasonably priced, or CiCi's for cheap pizza).
The views from our unit were amazing, the in suite laundry was great, and there is a dish washer, but we didn't use it. We were there two weeks and needed to purchase (nearby Dollar store) toilet paper, laundry soap, shampoo, bottled water, etc.
When we booked, the WiFi was hard wired so it was great to find we had wireless when we arrived. However at certain times of the day (especially late evenings) it was too slow to actually be helpful.
Our 2 bdrm suite was an end unit and spanned the width of the building giving us a balcony on both the lake side (Lake Bryan) and the Disney side. The lake side is very quiet and the sunrises are beautiful. The Disney side has a mini golf course with a volcano that "erupts" 24 hours a day. At first it was startling, but soon we didn't hear it most of the time.
I would definitely stay here again!!
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review! Glad to hear you had a great time! For groceries, we go to the Walmart which is a few minutes up the road by car - they have a huge selection! The Walgreens and Dollar Store are convenient to walk to, though, as you mention. Hope to see you again!
Helpful votes: 3/3
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