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So Close To Disney You Can See The Fireworks! Private 4 Br Pool Home

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,990 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 BR (two masters), 3 BA, Sleeps 8, Backs to private wooded area.

You will love our four bedroom luxury home just three miles from Disney in the gated Emerald Island Resort. The moment you see our resort you will know that you are going to have the best vacation that you have ever had. As soon as you enter our home, your children will fall in love with the themed decor and you will feel like you belong there.

Our home is an easy walk, less than one block, to the resort clubhouse. The clubhouse offers basketball, tennis, a gym, sauna, jacuzzi, bar, game room and pool. More importantly, our front door is less than three miles from the front gate of Disney!

Our pool is one of the most private ones in Emerald Island. We back up to some of the protected areas so the main thing that you see as you enjoy yourself in the pool and on the deck is nature. The house to one side of us has a hedge along their screen room that adds to our privacy. The pool deck and pool are perfect for relaxing after a day at the parks or for just enjoying a day home.

We have themed rooms that your children will love. My son wanted a Star Wars room, so one of the rooms has a double/single bunk bed and a style that helps kids sense the 'force'. :) The mural has various characters from "The Force Awakens" with a bright light saber that seems to glow. The comforters and pillow cases star Kylo Ren.

My youngest daughter chose the theme for the next room, which also has a double/single bunk. She loves Frozen. We have heard "Let It Go" so many times.... The mural has Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, and Olaf. We also have them on the beds as well as stuffed dolls to sleep with.

One of my older sons wanted the jungle theme of the next Master. You will feel like you are at Animal Kingdom, except with air conditioning. The queen bed and private bath maintain this theme.

My wife chose the King Master theme. For our 30th anniversary we went to Europe, and one of the places we visited was Cinque Terra along the Italian coast. The painting reminded her of that dreamscape. The soft colors are soothing and calming...which mothers of many children often need. :)

Having two master suites makes this perfect for two families sharing a vacation and/or for older children. We can comfortably sleep 10.

Our pool table is tournament sized and inside rather than in a hot garage. Those not playing pool can enjoy our Wii games on the large flatscreen. Our house has full wi-fi throughout, a television in every bedroom, and two more televisions in the house--one in the living room and one more in the entertainment room. Our heated swimming pool is surrounded by top of the line, comfortable patio furniture.

We have recently (fall 2013) installed a real 6 person hot tub that gets hot. Not like the 'spas' that are attached to pools that are only warm. Come home from the parks, hop in the hot tub, enjoy the stars and let your stress fad away.

Our location is fantastic for everything that the Orlando area has to offer. We are minutes from Disney. We are actually the closest gated community to WDW that is no on Disney property. It is almost like being on Disney property without being locked into a total Disney holiday. If you feel like going to Universal or Sea World, hop in your car and you can be there in about 20 minutes.

If you want to enjoy a night eating out instead of cooking in our beautiful kitchen, we are literally minutes away from every ethnic food you can imagine. Our location puts you within miles of any fast food, medium or expensive restaurants. We were there for a few months in 2016, so we decided to eat at a different place every 'date night'. For our entire marriage we have gone out at least one night a week on a date. In four months, we never ate at the same place twice and never had to drive more than 20 minutes. The location is so fantastic.

If you are a shopper, there are outlet malls, strip malls and normal shopping malls all an easy drive away.

We love the beach. My son and daughter in law live in Clearwater Beach so when we are in the States we visit them often. Just take I-4 west and you are there in a little over an hour, enjoying the calm waves and white sands of what was voted Florida's Number One Beach in 2016. If you like more adventure, then head to Port Canaveral to the east. It is slightly closer and offers surfing and wind-surfing. We are close to Universal and Sea World, and easy drive to water parks and tons of shopping opportunities.

Our price includes all fees. If your stay is 7 nights or more, we will waive the cleaning fee.

Our home is full of features that will serve your family well.

Beautiful, lush vegetation and woods right behind our house.

We are only a half a block, easy walking, from the clubhouse.

Free us of all the amenities of the resort such as a sauna, fitness center, Tiki bar, 2 heated pools, spa, volleyball, tennis courts, playgrounds, and more.

Our house backs up to the 11 acre nature walking trail

Upgraded stainless steel kitchen appliances and granite countertops.

Upgraded tile and hardwood floors

Open floor plan with high ceilings

Free local calls

Two master suites

Three full baths, one with a corner, garden soaking tub and a separate walk-in shower

Washer and dryer

Fully equipped kitchen including electric tea kettle, coffee maker, blender, food mixer, etc.

Hair dryer in every bathroom

All linens included (towels, sheets, etc)

Strollers for use in the park

Flatscreen televisions in every bedroom, the living room and the entertainment room.

Free Cable

Free high speed Wi-fi

Wii entertainment system with Epic Mickey 2, Super Mario Smashbrawl, and Super Mario Bros Wii

You will love the fact that our secure, gated community is the closest resort to Disney.

Free maid service

Free wifi

Free use of the clubhouse/resort facilities

Free use of our umbrella stroller

In a growing part of Kissimmee with new restaurants, shopping, etc., all around us

Less than 10 minutes to several grocery stores, Super Target, all kinds of fast food including Taco Bell, McDonalds, Chick-Fil-A, Panera Bread, and Pizza Hut just to name a few.

Restaurants incude staples such as Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Buffalo Wild Wings, TGI Fridays, Chuy's Mexican, Texas Roadhouse, Carraba's, Macaroni Grill, Cracker Barrel, and Sweet Tomatoes.

Less than 10 miles to Premium Outlet Mall.

Honestly there is too much to list. My wife and I did this off of the top of our heads. You are in the center of it all.

Let me close by saying that we are not your typical vacation home owners. We purchased this home because we love making memories with our children here. We are committed to your loving the time that you stay here, and will do what we can to make this the absolute best vacation that you ever have. Our goal is to have the people who stay with us become our friends and repeat guests.

More Details

Property Manager
Joe and Denise Holman
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Joe and Denise Holman

Hello! Thank you for considering our home! We are a little different from most of the owners in this area because this really is our only home, not a second or third property. This is it. That is why everywhere you look you will see tender, loving care.

So, who are we? We are a normal, fun-loving couple with 11 kids...yes, you read that correctly. We have 11 children. That is why we know what kids like, and why we love Disney.

My job required that my family move out of the USA, so we packed up our bags and moved to South America where we rent a small home way up high in the Andes Mountains.

We purchased this home in Emerald Island so that we can have an anchor. It is our connection to 'home' in the States. We vacation here. Our older children who now live in the States (WV, DC, and FL) can also vacation here.

In a nutshell, we know the importance of a great vacation, probably more than most. Every two and a half years we come back to the States with the entire family, and this is the home we come to. Disney in our backyard, fun all around us, and memories to be made.

I know that you will love our home because we sincerely want to do whatever it takes to make this vacation your best one ever. Your children deserve the memories.

Joe and Denise Holman purchased this house in 2013

Why Joe and Denise Holman chose Kissimmee

We have been coming to WDW since 1992. I honestly do not know how many times we have been here. Until this year, 2013, we always rented. We discovered a few little 'secrets' to having a great time.

First of all, staying close to the property, but not on the property. Being close means that you don't spend precious vacation time on the road every day, yet being off property gives you tremendous freedom in food and other choices.

That is another key to having a great time. We wanted a place that was close to shopping (Target is a few minutes away) and an easy drive to multiple food choices.

A third reason that we chose this property was the resort itself. We wanted activities for everyone to be able to participate in on those 'non-Disney' days. Our resort has a beautiful hiking/jogging trail, gym, pool, hot tub, game room, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and a sauna...and that is just the beginning. Emerald Island is also uber-safe with 24/7 guards and its one-way in/out access.

The final reason...just look around. It is beautiful.

What makes this house unique

When we were looking for a property, being close to Disney was a huge bonus, but not the only thing. We wanted privacy as well. That is why we chose a home that backs up to the woods. Even when the resort is full, you feel like you are in your own little resort when you open the back door and sit by the pool.

We also wanted a place that 'felt' like home--but had the pizazz of Disney. You will agree that the soft colors, the paintings, furniture and rugs all give our home the feel of a 'home' not of an institution or even a museum. In order to get the pizazz, we asked our kids how they would like their rooms decorated. That led us to the pirate, princess and jungle themes of the bedrooms.

Our central location also makes it an easy and fun drive to the beach. If you want waves, head east one hour for Cocoa Beach. If your children are younger and you want calmer waters with a family beach, head west to Clearwater, about an hour and a half away.


Kissimmee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1990 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Resort ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath 1 - toilet , tub , shower , A relaxing corner soaking tub and a walk in shower.
    Hall Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Our Mickey bathroom for the kids.
    Master Bath 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , The jungle theme of the bedroom continues.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master 1 - 1 king , The master is decorated in a soft blue and brown.
    Master 2 - 1 queen , The second master is decorated with a jungle theme.
    Pirates - 2 double , Your boys will love the pirate theme.
    Princess - 2 double , Our girls made a special request for this decor.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Deck / Patio
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • tennis


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So Close To Disney You Can See The Fireworks! Private 4 Br Pool Home
average rating of 4.806452 based on 31 reviews

Would highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time staying off the Disney property in Orlando so we weren’t sure exactly what to expect. We quickly found that we had had more space than we were used to and looked forward to relaxing in our own pool/hot-tub after a long day at the parks. We couldn’t have had a better experience here and would highly recommend. Joe made our experience easy and we felt at home right when we walked in the door!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That is so awesome! I love love love it when people have a great time! Please come back soon.
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Winter holiday

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to rest after a day at Disney or other parks in the area. The private pool is great and the master bed is really nice and comfortable. We were a family of 4 from western Canada that had a wonderful time at this place. An uber ride to a Disney park will run you $12-15 and is cheaper than parking at priority parking. Lots of restaurant's and Walmart and Target nearby. We would recommend this to everyone!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Laust, it was a pleasure hosting you guys. You were so friendly and easy to work with. I am happy that you had a great time. Please come back! Your review made my day and I am having a pretty good day. :) Joe
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Terrific vacation home

  • 5 of 5

The house was terrific and close to Disney. We enjoyed our stay. Pool was great. Hot tub. A must after a long day in the parks

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your good words. We are so happy that you had a good time and enjoyed your stay.
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nice home close to Disney

  • 4 of 5

We spent 8 nights in late December/ early January. The house is very spacious and very clean. Kitchen is well stocked for our needs, we purchased breakfast food/snacks and mostly ate out the rest of the time. The beds were comfortable and had extra blankets which unfortunately we had to use because it was rather chilly that week in Florida. One thing when we all had to take showers in the morning we did run low on hot water, that is probably our only issue. We did use the hot tub a few times and that was great. We didn't get to use the pool as much as we had originally hoped to because of the weather, the kids went in a couple times. We enjoyed the pool table a few nights which was nice to have. We arrived late and check in was very smooth. We did notice that the gaming system was missing but game cases were left but empty, I had sent Joe a message so he would be aware and we weren't held accountable. He got back to me quickly and was actually in Florida at the time so he purchased a new system and came over to install it, quite impressed by that. All in all we had a great time wish we had warmer weather but would rent this house again if we were heading back to Orlando

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you had an awesome time. The weather was a bummer, but next time!
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday in this house. It had everything we needed and was close to loads of shops and restaurants not to mention all the amusement parks. The house is well maintained and has lots of nice little touches that made our stay outstanding. Would definitely go back. Stay here if you can!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I absolutely loved our stay at Mickey's Hideaway! The house is gorgeous, spacious and so well kept. The kitchen was nicely stocked with everything needed to make a couple family meals. The pool was a huge hit during our non park days AND evenings after coming home from the parks...the hot tub was really nice for the aching bodies after the long days of walking at Disney and Universal. We left a few pool toys behind for the next tenants to use. Joe and Denise were wonderful people to deal with...very nice and attentive. The only small issue we had was that the three bedrooms were all a little warm during our stay. We talked to the management company about it but they said there wasn't anything they could do about it because they can't lower the thermostat below 74 degrees. The main master suite was fine. Everything else was perfect. Thank you Joe and Denise for sharing your home with us. We will definitely plan on staying here again when we do our next family Disney vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Walt Disney World Resort
Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Orlando International Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Mystic Dunes Golf Course
Nearest Beach
73 Miles
Coco Beach
Car: necessary

Our location is fantastic for everything that the Orlando area has to offer. We are minutes from Disney, close to Universal and Sea World, and easy drive to water parks and tons of shopping opportunities.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.