My Global Resort Homes Experience in Kissimmee…

Before my Princess Party Crew adventure, I had never stayed in a Vacation Home near Walt Disney World property and this time I was going with some of my dear blogging buddies! We were all so excited to be sharing this fabulous home and had been looking forward to the trip for months! I was participating in my first runDisney Event too…I’ll tell you about that in my next post.

Our accommodations were at a Global Resort Homes vacation home in the Windsor Palms Resort neighborhood located just 2.5 miles from the gates of Walt Disney World! Exciting, right? I was so glad when we pulled up to see that it was a gated community where an attendant verified who we were before allowing entrance 24 hours a day. We pulled up into the driveway of our home for the week and I couldn’t believe how huge and beautiful it was! We were staying in an awesome 5-bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2800+ square foot home!!!

When we walked in, it was so refreshing to see how open and airy this house was! It was so beautifully decorated too! I could definitely live there, in fact, I told the ladies I wasn’t leaving!

See that red chair in the corner of the living room? That was everyone’s favorite during the entire 5 days! I seriously didn’t want to leave that chair! And what do you think about the giant frames on the wall? That wall went up as high as the ceilings of the 2nd story of the house and I thought it was such a creative way to make the wall look awesome without it being too busy.

So, I told you there were 5 bedrooms, right? Well, each one of them was so beautiful! This home sleeps 12 people and there were only 5 of us, so we each had our very own room! This was my mine…love green and brown together!

My room was actually the 2nd master bedroom with a full bath. The rooms were really spread out nicely in this house and I’m pretty sure that my family and my extended family could stay here quite comfortably without tripping over each other at all!

The kitchen in our house was awesome because they not only had a regular coffee pot, but they also had a Keurig!! I didn’t even think to ask about this before we came down or I would’ve brought some k-cups! Fortunately, one of my roommates brought some awesome coffee and had it ready in the morning before I even crawled out of bed…totally fabulous! I got spoiled. The kitchen was fully stocked with all the dishes (including lots of coffee mugs!!), utensils, and cookware we ever could have needed if we were cooking this time. There was even a grill outside by the pool, so you could really do some grilling if you were so inclined. We just had too many things going on to take advantage of that particular amenity this time.

One of my very favorite things about the stay here was the pool and hot tub right in our own back yard. It was heated and fabulous. It was great to just go right out the sliding glass door in the living room and soak our feet in the hot tub after a day of walking around the Parks. That was gold in my book! We even had a game room right in the garage of the house. The kids would have thoroughly enjoyed that!

Global Resort Homes has nine different communities in the area to choose from with nearly 200 vacation homes. I’m quite certain that there is something for every budget with options from 2-bedroom upscale condos to luxurious 7-bedroom vacation homes. The Windsor Palms Resort neighborhood that we stayed in had a 7,500 square foot clubhouse with a huge community pool, sundeck, and hot tub. There was a variety of recreation and activities for everyone, including a playground, state-of-the-art fitness center, sand volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, video arcade and billiards. They even have a 58-seat movie theater!

Check out this video we made for Global Resort Homes while we were vacationing!

All in all, we had a fantastic stay. The house was very relaxing and it was nice to have complete peace and quiet without having little feet running down the hall outside our door before we were ready. It was also a great “at home” feeling to come in and drop our stuff and have the living room (and private hot tub) to debrief at the end of each day. I’m so glad that we were able to experience vacationing this way. I think this will be a great option for our extended family vacations!

Disclosure: This post carries a Level 1 compensation. My stay at Global Resort Homes was complimentary as part of their Global Blogger Program. I received no monetary compensation for my stay or for this review. All pictures in this post are courtesy of Global Resorts. All opinions are my own.

*Updated 4.5.2012 to add video!

Global Resort Homes Giveaway!

Happy Thanksgiving friends! I hope you are all getting ready to enjoy a wonderful holiday meal with your families!

I have something very special going on here and I’m really excited to tell you about it! I’m not sure how they did it, but two of my very good friends (Kristen and Traci) have convinced me to go down to Walt Disney World in February for the Royal Family 5K during the Princess Marathon Weekend! They are both flying in for the occasion and I can’t even wait! I haven’t done a marathon since the March of Dimes walk in Seattle back in 2005. Yes, it’s been quite a few years. I’m a little nervous, but I’m confident that I can do it!

When I travel down to Orlando with my family, we normally try to stay on WDW property. Now that we go down fairly often, we’ve ventured off and stayed in some of the off-property hotels. Well, this time we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to stay in a Global Resort Home vacation property!! I’m so insanely excited to be staying in this vacation home with two dear friends for what is working out to be a fabulousy pink and girly weekend!!

Anywho…back to the “something special” I told you about earlier. I am teaming up with Kristen at DVCMom.com and Traci at The View From My Fishbowl to bring you a month-long opportunity to WIN a 7-night stay in a Global Vacation Home!!!!

I don’t know how you guys feel, but I think a vacation to Walt Disney World can often be exhausting! It is incredibly important to feel comfortable and able to relax in the place you’re calling “home” for the duration. Our family has thoroughly enjoyed staying in different accommodations in Orlando and there are lots of choices available from Global Resort Homes

“From 2-bedroom upscale condos to spacious 7-bedroom homes, you’re sure to find accommodations that will suit your every need. Unlike traditional hotel rooms and Orlando hotel properties that offer minimal accommodations and amenities, vacation homes in Orlando offer the added space and functionality that can make all the difference in the world.”

Sounds amazing, right? We’ve timed this contest just perfect too because you have until December 24th to enter and the winner will be announced on Christmas day! What a fun holiday surprise this could be for next year’s vacation!! Please start your entry by leaving a comment below and telling me why you think staying in a vacation home would make your vacation more fabulous than ever and then follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter for easy entry!

Now, for the fine print…

*Not available to anyone who has won a prize with Global in the past 6 months, active/inactive Global staff, or affiliated companies.
*Prizes are not transferable.
*Entrants MUST be 25 years of age or older.
*Black out dates apply – March, April, June, July of 2012, and December 20, 2012-January 4, 2013
*Valid for stays completed by December 20, 2012.
*Prize is valid for a 7 night stay in a Global Resort Home, 4 bedroom or larger, with a pool, based on availability.
*Actual property will not be guaranteed until 2 weeks prior to travel; however, once dates are chosen, winners WILL be guaranteed a home.

You can also follow Global Resort Homes on Twitter and Facebook for current specials.

Disclaimer: Global Resort Homes is sponsoring our stay in February. No other compensation was received for this post. All opinions are mine.