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If you want all of the comforts of home, yet a resort with full amenities such as pools twisty slides, and fun and games, look no further than FantasyWorld Resort in Kissimmee Florida. These vacation villas near Disney fit all your needs for a safe, comfortable, vacation with all the resort amenities you may not get with a traditional home rental.
FantasyWorld Resort hosted us in exchange for a review, however, all opinions are my own.
Kissimmee has long been a popular resort destination thanks to its proximity to Walt Disney World. While many people often think of Orlando as a vacation capital of the world, in reality, Walt Disney World is closer to Kissimmee.
Nestled behind one of the busiest attractions roads in the Kissimmee area is FantasyWorld Resort. However, don’t let that deter you from having a quiet vacation. Because FantasyWorld Resort is a collection of townhomes, it’s location and design makes you feel as if you’ve wandered onto a private residence of apartment complexes. However, these full-size townhomes are perfect for a family looking to have that theme park vacation experience, without staying in a cramped hotel room for days on end.
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The Resort Area
Even though you are staying in what looks to be a townhome with all of the comforts of home, which I will go into below, FantasyWorld Resort has no shortage of resort features for the whole family.
The main attraction at the center of the resort is the pool area. The pool has a zero-entry level as well as a twisty slide, making it feel more like a waterpark. Next to the pool area is a lazy river. Tubes are positioned around the various entry points. Both the pool and the lazy river are heated, making it perfect for these Florida residents year-round. FantasyWorld Resort also has cabanas available for rent so that you have your own private space yet still enjoying the pool.
Next to the pool is a hot tub near a fireplace. Currently, the hot tub area is closed.
Close to the pool area is an activity center. Here you will find an arcade room, places for crafts for the kids, group activities, and a foosball table. Upstairs is a fitness center with plexiglass in between the workout stations for your safety.
Additionally, on the property, you’ll find a small miniature golf course, complete with 18 holes, bocce ball, tennis courts, basketball court, and a batting cage.
Events at FantasyWorld Resort
While we were there for our stay, the upper level of the activity center featured a Halloween Horrors haunted house with actors and animatronics. We were pleasantly surprised by the haunted house and all of the amazing design work that was into creating this Halloween experience.
In addition to the haunted house, the Kreepy Karnival featured a maze with scary props, but no actors. This one is toned down for the younger audience, but may still be scary for the very young. If you visit during the Halloween season next year, be sure to check them out.
Starting on November 30th to January 2nd, FantasyWorld Resort is hosting Home for the Holidays. From the resort, “Visitors to ‘Home for the Holidays’ will be welcomed into a winter wonderland, filled with light displays and beautiful decorations, and with even more merriment when it starts to ‘snow.’ A variety of photo sets, themed with holiday classics such as ‘Candyland’ and ‘Polar Bear Heaven,’ will be available for those seeking to commemorate the day with a selfie or family photo. And, for an even more immersive holiday experience, visitors are invited to show off their moves on a 600-square-foot synthetic ice-skating rink.
Guests are welcome to bring their own skates and 30-minute skate rentals will be available for $4.95 per person; this fee is waived for FantasyWorld Resort Rewards members (see below)”
Townhomes at FantasyWorld Resort
We were lucky enough to celebrate my daughter’s birthday while at the resort. Below I will cover why is this is a great place for family celebrations or reunions.
As I mentioned earlier arriving at the property feels like you have arrived at a collection of private residences. This is what makes FantasyWorld Resort stand out among other resorts in the area.
Our townhome was comfortable enough for our family of four, and could even sleep two more on the pull out sofa. Upstairs, we had a king-size bed in one room and two twin beds in another room. Additionally upstairs was a full-size bathroom and a full-size washer and dryer. Imagine all the things you have to pack for a family of four to stay and play at Walt Disney World for a week. Now imagine how much less you’d have to pack if you had the ability to do laundry midway through your week.
The best part about our room, however, was the full-size living quarters on the main floor. Walking in we had a small kitchen with a full-size refrigerator and a full-size oven, microwave, and dishwasher. The kitchen is fully stocked with plates Bowls cups cutlery cookware, etc.
The kitchen opened up to bar seats and a full-size dining table in the dining room. The open floor plan also had a sofa, a chair, and a coffee table. The living space then opened up to a screened-in patio with additional seating for outside dining.
You can see my Facebook Live Room tour Here.
As mentioned above, we were able to celebrate our daughter’s birthday while at FantasyWorld Resort. We were able to invite three of her friends for a birthday celebration that lasted all day. I had plenty of room to cook a full spread of taco fixings, as well as provide plenty of snacks for hungry teenagers, and a celebratory birthday cake. The kids had plenty of room to spread out in the living area and enjoyed many of the aforementioned amenities on the property. Additionally, we brought along plenty of board games for the kids to play as that was my daughter‘s birthday wish.
Because FantasyWorld Resort is tucked off the main highway, I felt safe letting my teenagers roam and enjoy the amenities. They played mini-golf, did the haunted house, and played foosball to their heart’s content.
If you’re celebrating your vacation or a family reunion, I can’t think of a better place than FantasyWorld Resort.
When you’re searching for vacation villas near Disney, you’re searching for convenience.
FantasyWorld Resort is conveniently located with easy access to two pharmacies and grocery stores. While there we did make a couple of runs for items we forgot. Additionally, if you don’t have a vehicle, this would be a perfect place to take it vantage of grocery delivery such as Shipt or Instacart.
If you need some ideas outside of theme parks, be sure to check out my list of fun things to do in Orlando here.
FantasyWorld Resort has implemented a new rewards program for 2020. It includes:
- Free grab and go breakfast for every member of your party every day. We enjoyed a full breakfast with fruit, yogurt, waffles, and juice.
- Wwo free drinks at the poolside bar.
- A welcome gift – currently a 16GB flash drive
- Discounts for local restaurants and entertainment venues
It’s free to join and well worth the breakfast!
FantasyWorld Resort is taking plenty of safety precautions to protect you during the COVID-19 pandemic. These precautions include a deep sanitizing and washing of all dishes and cookware in your room, limited entry points to the pool area, masks worn by staff and guests. You can read about their Healthy Stay Program here.
What are your requirements for vacation villas near Disney? Do you think FantasyWorld Resort meets that and more? Let me know in the comments.