Try a unique way to enhance your Disney stay

Sunday, 29 March 2009 22:57

goofy_optWith the possible exception of Starbucks (appropriately called Charbucks by Jackie Mason), the biggest complaint of hotel guests concerns noise.

We’re not just talking about a baby crying in the corridor, but doors slamming at all hours, proximity to ice machines or highway noise, and rooms equipped with adjoining doors – a noise conduit second only to the telephone.

That’s why vacationers headed to Orlando should consider renting a house instead of a hotel room.

All-Star Vacation Homes, a company located in a mall off U.S. 192 in Kissimmee, is the best of some half-dozen firms that have found the home rental business lucrative – as well as practical for guests.

The company has homes of all sizes and descriptions, including some in gated communities. All come equipped with screened-in pools, multiple bedrooms, large kitchens, and enough TV viewing rooms that multiple families won’t fight over what to watch.

The house I had this March even had an eight-seat home theater – something I had never seen anywhere before. Had I been a technowizard, I might have been able to use it properly. But I did get to watch a giant-sized version of ‘24' and was more on the edge of my seat than usual.

It’s a good thing the house was quiet at night and in the morning too. Instead of doors slamming around the clock – a virtual guarantee at a hotel or even a condo – I heard the peaceful cacophony of birds and animals.

The house was big, clean, and far bigger than what I have at home, with room to sleep 10 people comfortably. Several families, or four adult couples, would

certainly save both dollars and sanity to stay in a rental while visiting Disney and other area theme parks, or coming down for baseball spring training (Braves at Disney, Astros at the other end of town).

The price is certainly right: a four-room house with three-and-a-half bathrooms, two master bedrooms, game room, home theater, WiFi, pool, Jacuzzi, barbecue, and more sleeps 10 and costs just $349 per night. At $34.90 per person – far less than a no-frills joint – and provides the best value anywhere in the Orlando market.

Don’t believe it? See or call 800-659-2579.