by Terry Ward
Don’t come expecting your standard theme park area hotel at this popular Orlando vacation resort. Encore is all about vacation rental homes with hotel-like services, and you can choose from houses with three to up to 12 bedrooms, almost all of which have private pools.
The property’s community Club and Aqua Park is a huge hit with families, with thrilling drop slides, a huge pool, cabanas you can rent for the day, and the Surfin’ Safari children’s splash area for the younger members of your crew. For families who love playing sports together, the resort’s soccer fields, tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts are a huge hit. And there’s an awesome kids’ recreation area, too: the Hang Ten Hideaway, with arcade games, arts and crafts, and a lot more. The staff are always arranging one family activity or another — whether it’s a scavenger hunt, balloon toss or a giant Jenga competition!
The property has several onsite restaurants, as well as a market with basic supplies, sandwiches and snacks. The resort can also arrange chef service or grocery deliveries to your rental house.
And when you’re ready to head off to Orlando’s nearby theme parks (Disney is about 10 miles away), the resort has a free shuttle to whisk you there.
Our Editor Loves
- Vacation homes with hotel services
- Onsite water park and sports courts
- Complimentary shuttle to Disney World
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
My kids and I just took a trip to Florida. We met up with friends and stayed at Encore and were soooo pleasantly surprised by how well laid out the home was, how nice everything was. The kitchen was huge! I loved that. And the backyard was my kids dream backyard. We had planned to visit Disneyworld two days but my kids had so much fun at the Encore Waterpark that we only visited Disney for one day and then spent more time at the waterpark. But The location is super close to all things Disney. My kids say this was their favorite vacation ever and I agree that it was wonderful.
We stayed in a 5 bedroomed villa in May, and it was perfect! We didnt bother with pool heating as it was so hot. The villa was clean, tidy and very comfortable. We did not hire a car and used the free shuttle to and from the parks and also used uber. The staff were very friendly and bent over backwards to make us feel welcome. We used the resort pool on a few occasions and all of our party loved it. The cocktails were amazing! Finns restaurant was also a pleasure to eat in. The burgers were gorgeous.
I could not fault the staff or this resort