Renting a Villa - Frequently Asked Questions
Staying in a Villa
Enquiring about a Villa
Booking a Villa
Why Disney Orlando Villas
Renting a Villa FAQs
Why stay in a private villa rather than a hotel?
Starting with the obvious - space and privacy. Instead of being confined to a restrictive hotel room, you will have all the comforts of home and much more. There will be separate bedrooms, a living area to relax for watching television, a dining area and full kitchen. With added extras like free wi-fi, games rooms, consoles, pool tables and barbecues, the whole family will be catered for. As each villa has laundry facilities, there is no need to over-pack and less chance of being charged for overweight baggage. The list goes on and we have not even mentioned your own private swimming pool and 'no-hassle' sun-beds.▲ Top of Page
Vacation villas which are 'wheelchair accessible' are deemed suitable for persons in a wheelchair or with limited mobility. This may entail a ramp for entry into the villa, low level bathing or shower cubicle and wide doors. For full details regarding wheelchair access, always contact the owner of the villa to confirm suitability.
Disney Orlando Villas lets you search villas by the number of bedrooms, by community, by wider location, whether they border golf courses, accept pets and even nearest to the theme parks. We also provide the best map of the Orlando, Kissimmee and Walt Disney World area, which shows where the villa communities are located in relation to the theme parks, attractions, golf courses, shopping outlets, post offices, business centres, airports and even hospitals (hopefully you never need to visit these whilst on holiday). This map will give you an idea of the size of the area, as well as allow you to see live traffic, street views of the actual villa communities and confirm routes between destinations.
If you are looking for the best deal, then renting a villa through Disney Orlando Villas will always give you a better price than a travel agent. Along with the personal service, you will also know exactly which villa you will be staying in. This is something a travel agent will not be able to promise and more often than not, your villa will only be allocated upon arrival in Florida.
What about a private pool and are south-facing pools best?
Many of the villas listed on Disney Orlando Villas have their own private pool with possibly a spa or hot tub alongside. When selecting a villa with a private pool, there is a belief that south-facing pools are best. Although south-facing pools should attract the sun for the majority of the day, this will depend on buildings alongside, as well as privacy fencing and covered areas (so may offer no more than non-south facing pools). In Florida, all pools are designed with sun-bathing and relaxation in mind, so you will not be disappointed. With any pool area, always bear in mind that the Florida sunshine is very powerful and children will need a lanai or covered area for their protection.▲ Top of Page
For cooler months, it may be possible to heat the pool (to around 86°F) for which an extra charge is likely to be payable. Where a villa does not have a private pool, there will be a resort or communal pool. These pools tend to be bigger, have amenities alongside (like a bar) and provide the chance to meet other guests staying at the resort.
How close are the theme parks and attractions?
You may have heard of the 'Golden Triangle' in Florida, which is the area within a 20 minute drive of the three main theme parks (Disney, Universal and Seaworld). That said, even if you have visited the central Florida area, you may still be surprised as to just how 'spread out' everything is.▲ Top of Page
The major theme parks of Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando and Seaworld are themselves around a 15 minute drive apart. Considering the size of the actual parks themselves, Universal (including Islands of Adventure) and Seaworld are quite 'compact' in relation to the vastness of the Walt Disney World Resort; which with 4 major parks, 2 fun parks and a sports complex is around 50 square miles in size! Bearing these distances in mind, we would always recommend that you hire a rental car to get the best from the area attractions, as public transport is very limited outside of the International Drive area.
Viewing the Orlando, Kissimmee and Walt Disney World area map will show that the majority of vacation villas are to the south or west of the theme parks and attractions. Some villa locations are closer than others, with travel times ranging from 10 minutes through to 45 minutes - depending on which park you are heading for, time of day and traffic.
How are the driving distances calculated?
Distances to the theme parks, attractions and popular destinations are taken directly from Google Maps and based on an arbitrary point in the villa community. Facilities and local area information is referenced from a number of sources including personal visits, villa owners and dedicated websites. As the area is considerable, when referring to 'local shops and restaurants', these may not be within walking distance, but a short drive i.e. around 5 minutes.▲ Top of Page
For accuracy, all listed mileages are taken directly from Google Maps to a central point at the destination. Suggested driving routes are referenced and are not biased to any community. Considering the size of Walt Disney World Resort, some villa communities will be closer to specific parks and unlike some websites, Disney Orlando Villas does not quote distances to the gates of Disney - which are likely to be 5 or 10 minutes away from the actual attractions. Distances from the villa communities may factor in nearby shops, eateries and major supermarkets (WalMart, Publix and Target). For golf clubs, only public courses are listed.
What happens when I enquire about a villa?
Where you would like more details about a villa - including an exact price for your stay - simply enter your contact details and the dates you are looking to stay on the 'Contact the Owner' enquiry form. Your details are sent directly to the villa owner. With no obligation to book any villa which you enquire about, you can contact as many owners as need be. There is also an 'Availability Enquiry' page which can be used to contact the owners of all villas listed on Disney Orlando Villas.▲ Top of Page
Where you enquire about a villa, then the owner will reply directly to confirm the availability of your dates and the rental price. You should receive a reply within the hour, although depending on owner accessibility to their e-mails, please allow up to 72 hours for them to reply. Where you also opt to send your enquiry to other villa owners e.g. similar villas in the area, then those owners who can also accommodate your dates will reply with a price. This avoids you receiving unnecessary e-mails and will provide you with a shortlist of suitable villas for your visit. As some of the villa owners who advertise on Disney Orlando Villas also list their villas on our sister websites (villasneardisney.co.uk, disneyvillasflorida.com and disneyorlandovillas.com), you may receive a link to their advert on those websites. Rest assured, these villas have been through the same verification process to ensure they are legitimate.
Disney Orlando Villas adheres to the Advertising Standards Agency guidelines, so your details are only ever sent to the owners of the villas that you select. We never forward your details on to other villa owners and your details are never disclosed to third-parties. You will never receive spam or advertising e-mails from the Disney Orlando Villas website. So that we can improve the service which we offer, we may send you a follow-up e-mail to see whether you managed to find and rent a villa.
If you have a question about a villa, then you should add this as part of your enquiry. Thereafter, once you receive a reply back from the villa owners you will be able to contact them directly. Should you have any concerns about a villa, please contact the Disney Orlando Villas team
How do I know that the villas are legitimate?
The Disney Orlando Villas team recognise that renting a villa in Florida over the internet can be sometimes be daunting. For this reason, the team spend a considerable amount of time verifying the legitimacy of all villas advertised on this and our sister websites. We run a number of checks - including some against Florida county records - prior to any villa being advertised on our website and owners must provide formalised documents to confirm ownership periodically throughout the year. If we have any concerns about the legitimacy of a villa, it would not be listed on our website.▲ Top of Page
Will I receive junk or third-party e-mails if I enquire?
Disney Orlando Villas do not make your contact details available to third-parties and will never send you advertising e-mails.▲ Top of Page
Disney Orlando Villas respect your privacy, so when you enquire about a villa, your contact details are only sent to the villa owners which you select. We never forward or pass your contact details on to other owners. A few days after you enquire, the Disney Orlando Villas team may send you a follow-up e-mail to make sure you received a reply to your enquiry from the villa owners.
If you have a question or concern about using the website then please contact the Disney Orlando Villas team.
How do I book a villa on Disney Orlando Villas?
To rent a villa, you first need to send an enquiry. Once the owner responds to confirm availability and the price for your dates, just reply to confirm that you would like to book. It is that easy.▲ Top of Page
Renting a villa typically involves completing the owner's booking form and making payment of a deposit to secure your dates. Until payment is received by the owner, they should be able to hold the dates for you (which means no one else can book them). When booking, the owner will make you aware of the terms and conditions of booking their villa. Should you have any questions relating to the booking procedure, they must be addressed directly to the owner. Booking a vacation villa is just like any other holiday and the Disney Orlando Villas team always recommend that you have suitable travel insurance in the event that you need to cancel.
All bookings and payments are made direct with the villa owner and under their terms and conditions. Disney Orlando Villas acts as a referral site to the owners of the listed villas, with any rental agreement always undertaken between the owner and renter. Disney Orlando Villas is not responsible for the terms and conditions associated with booking a specific villa and accepts no responsibility or liability for the accuracy of any description (express or implied) of the villas described on this website.
If you are not familiar with booking villas direct or if when you are in correspondence to book a villa something just does not feel right for you, we always recommend looking elsewhere. There are hundreds of fantastic villas in the Walt Disney World and central Orlando area, so never feel pressured to book. If you have any concerns over booking a villa which you have enquired about, please contact the Disney Orlando Villas team.
About Disney Orlando Villas
At Disney Orlando Villas, we offer over 25 years of experience as both owners and renters of vacation villas in the Orlando, Kissimmee and Walt Disney World area. Throughout the area there are countless fantastic vacation villas which can be rented. Each will be slightly different - some will have their own private pools, others will have resort pools - but they will make sure your visit to the area is memorable for all the right reasons.▲ Top of Page
Rather than provide just a list of villas, Disney Orlando Villas provide impartial reviews with the added insight of the villa locality. For an area in excess of 400 square miles, knowing where the nearest shops and restaurants are, distances to the attractions and the best routes to them is essential for any visit. With Disney Orlando Villas, we want you to you to book with confidence to ensure you have the perfect Florida holiday.
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