by Whitney Rife
Regal Palms offers vacation home rentals within driving distance, but away from the bustle of Disney World. The main draws of this resort are value and spaciousness. An onsite swimming area includes a zero-entry pool, a lazy river and a waterslide. The resort sits next to the Highlands Reserve Golf Club, making it the ideal place for golfing families. Vacation homes have three bedrooms and can sleep up to seven or 11 family members, depending on the size. Families can choose to stay by the pool or in a town home in the gardens. Homes contain full kitchens, washers/dryer units and living rooms.
Our Editor Loves
- Pools and water park
- Spacious homes with kitchens
- Close to Disney World
by Timothy P
We just spend 2 weeks at the resort and other than the security staff being inconsistent with the rules, the resort was very nice and we had a great time. However, the staff at the restaurant was rude and condescending. They used a bait and switch on us to charge us more then the cost on the menu and then added the tip on as part of the charge. When we called them on it, they just said "you are on vacation right, so just done worry about it" and would not do anything about it. it was the one and only time we got anything from the restaurant and it cast a bad feeling over the rest of the stay as you have to walk past the bar(which is part of the restaurant) to get to the pool. On top of it, the food is not very good. come to the resort, but stay away from the crooks in the restaurant!
This was our first time visiting the resort. We were worried about the distance from the airport and Disney parks. MCO was about 45-50 minutes away depending on traffic. The parks were roughly 30 minutes. Not horrible.
Check in was pretty quick and easy. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Wristbands instead of keys had its pros and cons. Sometimes my key/wristband would randomly stop working and I had to knock on the door for another family member to let me in. They do charge $10, per wristband, if you misplace one. I feel like with the money we pay for timeshares the cost of a wristband or two should be already paid.
The units were clean and aesthetically pleasing. We had a 4 bedroom condo style house towards the back of the community. There were 2 king bedrooms and 2 rooms with queen beds.
The kitchen was fully stocked with utensils and appliances. We were very pleased and had breakfast and dinner in the unit like a normal family for once.
Club house had a gym, pool, restaurant and arcade. The kids loved the pool and the lazy river.
The gym had no free weights and the machines looked as if they were from the 90s. They did have multiple cardio machines with TVs. I do understand very few people look to lift weights on vacation so it’s not a big incentive for the resort to spend money for new equipment.
All in all, I’d definitely come back and we had a great family vacation.