One of the best ways to stay at Disney is to book a luxury villa, and these are usually found with one of the many resorts in the surrounding area. It gives you freedom and space that you do not get with a hotel room, and unlike staying on the Disney site itself, it also gives you a chance to escape the park for a day or two, as they are usually close to other attractions and amenities. Of course, being in a resort also means that they have a stack of excellent facilities that you can take advantage of, and these are included in a compulsory resort fee, which to be fair is well worth the money. Reunion Resort recently introduced a new Resort Fee, provided the villa you are staying in has a Reunion Resort membership, so we thought we would take a look at what that gets you for your money.
Many of the villas have their own pools, but the resort pools also come with added extras, and there are eleven of them to choose from. Seven Eagles is one of the best pools and is located near the villas. The kids can play in the shallow water while you take turns relaxing in the Jacuzzi or keeping an eye on them from the seating around the pool. It is also a great place to grab a snack as it is home to Cove Bar and Grill where you can get salads, sandwiches and more, it also serves a full range of alcoholic beverages. Some of the other pools are more geared up towards children with slides, lazy rivers and water parks to help entertain the kids. All eleven pools and water parks are included in the Resort Fee, Water park opening times, 10 am-6 pm, 7 days a week depending on the weather.
Shuttle to Disney
Even if you have hired a rental car, you might want to reconsider driving into Disney, the carparks are enormous and fill up fast, meaning a considerable trek before you even reach the gates. It is much easier to use the shuttle, which is also included in the fee. There are regular shuttles leaving from Reunion and back from Disney around the clock and you have plenty of space for taking pushchairs or wheelchairs as needed. The shuttle will land you right outside the gate, making it a breeze to get over-excited kids into the park for the day. It also saves little legs a trek at the end of a long and busy day in the park. You may also be a bit unprepared by the size of Reunion itself, but there are shuttles that operate around the resort, and you can also use these for free.
There are three signature golf courses onsite, and you have access to the short game practice area. You can arrange to play on the main greens, but this is subject to an extra fee. The green prices vary so you will need to check, but generally, they are around $120 Jun-Dec climbing to $180 Jan-May. You can also reserve your golf tee time for up to two weeks before you play. The practice area is the only bit included for free. On the nights it is offered Evening Glow Golf Event Entry is also free.
Reunion is also home to Seven Eagles Fitness Centre which is well stocked with everything you would expect to find in a commercial gym. If being on holiday leaves you in limbo with your fitness routine, then you can use the facilities at the fitness center for free as they are included in the Resort Fee. They offer a range of classes and other fitness activities so feel free to join in. If you prefer to get out and exercise alfresco, you can take advantage of the free hour a day bicycle hire and explore the site with pedal power. Other sports include tennis, and you can use the courts for free, assuming there is availability, so you might want to book. If you do not have your racket and balls, these can be hired from the Tennis Shop. Reunion also offers Pickleball, FootGolf and Bocce Ball, which again will require the hire fee for the balls, rackets and other equipment. FootGolf only takes place after 3 pm on certain days.
During the year there are various special events hosted to coincide with holidays etc., and these are included in the fee. The Children’s Activity Program is also included if you are struggling to find ways to entertain them that don’t cost the earth. There are timetables available, so you know exactly what is happening when.
There is an onsite spa and salon, but some services will require extra charges to be paid. There are many onsite bars and restaurants that you are welcome to book in with; some offer take-out services if you fancy staying in the villa but not having to cook for yourself. If you happen to be childfree or can take turns babysitting with other members of your party then Eleven is worth checking out, this is a rooftop bar and restaurant with stunning views, and After Hours Cover Entry is included in the Resort Fee. Should you need to catch up on a little work, the self-service Business Centre is available, and there is WiFi Internet access across the resort.
Reunion is a bustling and vibrant resort that has a lot to offer, and there are many other facilities that can be accessed for extra charges. However, there is plenty included that will enhance your stay in Florida, and your time in the villa. It is well worth checking out what you can do for free as this breaks up the time you spend in theme parks which is pretty much a given but something that can get really expensive. You could have a day or two inside the resort and still find plenty to keep the whole family entertained. It is one of the biggest and most highly recommended resorts in the Orlando area.