4Bed/3Bath,2 Master Cal-King enSuites, all beds comfy,100mbps, HomeTheater Bose
About Terry Puffer
As retiring teachers, we purchased this property in beautiful Emerald Island Resort. As parents we visited DisneyWorld every 2 years with our 2 children, and we wanted to offer a great opportunity to others to enjoy our experiences. I wish vacation homes were as popular then as they are now! We are just 3 miles to Animal Kingdom parking lot, 4 miles to Disney's Main Gate, and 20 minutes to Universal and SeaWorld.
Terry Puffer purchased this House in 2004
Why Terry Puffer chose Kissimmee
Emerald Island Resort is central Florida's premier vacation home destination. This is a gated and guarded community with night patrols throughout the resort. Recent improvements such as valet trash and recycle service, RF entrance cards, and enhanced security have made Emerald Island Resort one of the safest and most guest-friendly resort communities in the area. A noted travel website published an article that listed our game room as "One of the Best 10 Vacation Home amenities in the US." Since then, we have added more games. We decorated our walls with historical memorabilia of Walt and Mickey through the years. We planted a lot of tropical foliage around our pool and spa to make the area more private for our guests. Our beds are second to none. All have memory foam toppers to make the beds as comfortable as possible for our guests. One CalKing bed has a Comforaire adjustable mattress so guests can make their side of the bed as hard or soft as they want. As a retired HomeEc teacher, we upgraded our kitchen with granite, top-of-the-line appliances, free Keurig coffee, and just about every kitchen accessory you could want.
What makes this House unique
1. Game Room-- published that our game room was one of ten top vacation home amenities in the US. Since that award, we have added a Simpson's Pinball and a Shuffle Alley. Our Arcade machine plays over 6000 games with over 100 light pistol games, our driving game races around Alcatraz, our Shuffle Alley is awesome, our Simpsons Pinball Party is great fun, our Wii has games for the entire family, and our Pop-a-Shot will make you feel like Lebron. ALL games are set to FREE PLAY. 2. Pool and Spa with dual heating of solar and over-sized heat pump 3. Comfortable beds--memory foam in each and every bed to make for comfy sleeping 4. Endless hot water with our solar hot water system 5. 65' curved 4K-UHD TV Home Theater with Bose 6. 100mbps WiFi 7. Computer and Laser printer for business and boarding passes 8. PS2 or PS3, DVD Player, and LED TV in both twin bedrooms 9. 2 master bedrooms with ensuite, LED TV, DVD player 10. Vertical Cellular blinds--no more vertical blinds 11. Power reeling love seat with USB charging No worries about shopping, grocery stores, drug stores, restaurants--there is a bounty of these very close. Margaritaville Resort Orlando is just 3 minutes from Emerald Island's front gate. There you will find a high tech water park, a 12-screen state of the art theater, many restaurants, and shopping opportunities--all open to the public.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
stollers, baby monitors, etc available
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Over all good house great neighborhood nice location worth what we paid a night.
Thank you for the review. We strive for a 5-star review from every guest because we want to earn a 5-star review from every guest. We ask guests to advise us of any problems immediately so we can fix whatever immediately. Sometimes the guest can find a problem that is not found by our cleaners or our manco. Then we act immediately. When guests tell us after checkout, we cannot fix whatever.
Great Family Vacation
Our family has stayed in the super Emerald Island complex 4X before, and Terry's place is as good as it gets! 35-40 minutes from Orlando airport. Right next to Disney World, Animal Kingdom the closest, and about 15-20 minutes depending on traffic to our favorite, Universal/IOA.
The home is beautiful, clean comfy and fun. Where else for this price can you get 4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms, 6TV's, private heated pool/hot tub/BBQ, a great game room, top notch appliances, and beds- all in a well kept gated community?
He sends you out tons of helpful info. The best thing is his attentive service. Especially with how booked up this rental is.
Lots to do in Orlando. Get to the parks early. We go in September and get on all the rides with minimum waits. Hagrid's in IOA and Millennium Falcon/ Star Wars in Hollywood Studios are the latest and greatest. There are free drop off lanes if you, like I did while attending a conference, need to 'dump and run' at WDW or Universal. Near the house is a fairly new super Walmart, lots of restaurants, giant, tacky, but our kids love them, gift shops, mini-golf(cut out a coupon)- feed the alligators, one down on Highway 192. About an hour to Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral and ocean. We've been here many times and keep doing new things even w/o the parks. Do your research, pick your times carefully, buy discounted tickets, use coupons from the free travel guides, plan your days at parks with time to recharge and relax at the house, follow Terry's advice and stay here at this wonderful home. We've already booked for next year.
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We look forward to your return.
More then we could ask for...
We were looking forward to the tropical retreat hoping for a better stay then our last years trip to florida.
From the moment we drove into Emerald Island to the moment we left we knew we had found something special. The house was clean, cozy, close to disney and full of amenities. The pool and hot tub were surround by lush tropical plants and trees. The game room had a variety of games that each age in our party could enjoy. Emerald island is gated and I felt extremely safe. I had a few quick questions for Terry during our stay and she responded quickly.
We will certainly recommend this house to anyone who is traveling to the Disney/Orlando area.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. We are alway happy to hear another guest had a great vacation at Tropical Retreat. We look froward to your return.
Great home close to everything and cozy
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Glad to hear you and your family had a great vacation. We look forward to your return.
Great location for Disney parks
The villa is in a gated community and is only 20-30mins from all the Disney parks. Supermarkets are only a 10min drive away.
The games room was an instant big hit with arcade games, a Nintendo Wii, a shuffle bowling game, a pool table and a Simpson’s pinball machine. The pinball machine was our favourite and we got quite competitive at times trying to beat each other’s scores 😃
The pool and spa were great and the spa was pretty hot like having a hot bath. We had one issue with the pool and spa as the pipes sprung a leak but this was fixed the next day, so we were impressed with Terry’s responsiveness.
We also had internet issues following a massive thunderstorm overhead but the whole resort was down so it wasn’t just us. Terry kept us informed the whole time.
The only reason I haven’t given 5 stars for cleanliness was underneath the beds could do with a good clean but the main living area and kitchen were spotless when we arrived.
The tv, dvd and Bose sound system was quite difficult to get the hang of with three different remotes, but once you work out which remote does what and what setting to have on the sound system, it was fairly easy to operate. The sound is great too!
All in all we had a great stay at Tropical Retreat!!
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. I am glad to hear you and your family had a great vacation. I will certainly have the cleaning staff check beneath the beds--Had I known about the problem, I would have sent a cleaner to the house immediately. We look forward to your return.
This is the second time we have stayed here and both times were highly enjoyable!
We love staying so close to the parks, and coming home to relax at the private pool after a long day of fun and excitement making memories! Everyone loves the game room and all the games we can play together! The inside themes of the house make our stay most enjoyable, providing all the comforts of home, away from home! We have stayed here twice so far and look forward to staying again!!
Thanks for choosing Tropical Retreat again! We really appreciate your taking the time to write us a review. I am glad to you and your family had another great vacation. We look forward to your return. Terry
Tropical Retreat game room was named as one of ten best vacation home amenities in the US! Since that award, we have added a Simpsons Pinball and a Shuffle Alley!
65' Curved 4K-UHD TV in Living Room
Laser printer for business and boarding passes
Winner 2010 Top Vacation Rental, Kissimmee
Winner 2012 Top Vacation Rental, Kissimmee
You're going on a magical vacation--Don't you really want to stay in a very magical place! We combine the the magic of DisneyWorld with the comfort and convenience of Tropical Retreat to ensure each and every guest has the best vacation experience of their lives.
Tropical Retreat is just 2.6 miles from DisneyWorld in Emerald Island Resort. We want our guests to experience the very best a vacation home has to offer. We provide an awesome game room, pool, spa, comfortable beds--really comfortable beds, 2 masters with ensuite baths, 2 bedrooms with 2 twin beds highly themed to delight every child.
Our philosophy is simple: We do everything we can to ensure our guests have a great vacation. We gladly answer your questions, reply promptly to your emails, and respond to your phone calls. We not only provide our guests with a great place to stay, but we also provide our guests with tips, tricks, and money-saving suggestions that can make your vacation even more magical.
for pool heat (some charge $30+ extra per night)
for spa heat (some charge extra for spa heat)
for BBQ propane (Some charge extra for propane)
for WiFi (Some charge extra for WiFi…if they have it)
for our desktop computer (Most do not offer a desktop computer)
for arcade games (Others may not even have a game room)
for cleaning fees (Others may charge an extra $70-$100)
for our Simpsons Pinball Party
for our Computer
for our Keurig Coffee Bar with K-Kups
for our in-house safe
for our laser printer
We invite you to checkout the features, comfort, conveniences, fun, security, and excitement we provide our guests.
Just look at the amenities we offer our guests:
New 4K-Ultra High Def TV
New Simpsons Pinball Party--set on Free Play
New Shuffle Alley--set on free play
New Pop-a-Shot basketball game
Tropical Retreat Arcade--over 1000 arcade games set for Free Play
Our SF Rush sit-down Arcade Driving Game set for Free Play
All new high-end appliances and new cookware in kitchen!
Pool/Spa State-of-the-Art Heater hybrid system with Solar
Color-Themed Carpeting in all bedrooms (100% recycled materials)
LED LCD TV's in all bedrooms
Frieze Carpeting in the Living & Dining Rooms (100% recycled materials)
Ceramic Tile in Nook, Hall, Kitchen, and Baths
Granite kitchen countertops
Leather Sectional with Full-sized Sofa Bed and Reclining Love Seats
Tropical Coffee Table and media stand in Living Room
Tropical Retreat’s Keurig Coffee Bar with Your Favorite Gourmet Coffees
Solar Hot Water System (to better protect our environment and provide more hot water for our guests)
Solar Pool Heating System (to better protect our environment and provide our guests with a warmer pool and spa)
Intelliflo High-Efficiency Pool Pump
Space-Saver High Chairs
Color Video Baby Monitoring Systems--Interference-Free
Top 10 Vacation Home Amenities in the US (Game Room)
Joovy Ultralight Caboose Sit & Stand Stroller
Joovy Cboose Stroller
Visco Memory Foam Mattress Toppers on Every Bed—Even the SofaBed
Free Local, State, National, and International Long Distance
Improved activities in the clubhouse--even massage!
Our Mission is to provide a safe, convenient, comfortable vacation home with luxurious features and unequaled amenities so that our guests have the best vacation of their lives, they return, and they tell their friends.We take pride in providing our guests with the highest value for their vacation dollar. Our home, named Tropical Retreat for its lavish tropical decorations, is located in the prestigious resort community of Emerald Island Resort.
You're going to have a great vacation!