Orlando area vacation home rentals

Jan 4th, 2009, 12:55 PM
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We just returned from a stay in Formosa Gardens home. It is a great location and out house was wonderful. I do remember driving by these huge houses each time we entered the gated community. They are just as you enter the gates. I would also agree that renting two homes would be a good idea.

We used a lovely lady, Barbara Bellew. She and her husband live in Formosa Gardens and they own at least three other homes there. The home we rented, Gardenia villa, was a 4 bedroom and beautifully done. Barbara was very responsive and easy to work with. I believe all their homes are quite close to each other, but she could certainly answer that question. I also believe that she could give you some good information regarding the larger homes even though they are not her own properties. Barbara seemed to know everything about the community (which is quite small) since she lives there as well as rents there.

Formosa Gardens is a good location as there is a nice grocery nearby and several good, casual restaurants as well as a doctor, liquor store, etc. Its an easy drive to all of Disney World.

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Jan 4th, 2009, 01:48 PM
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sludick or Orlando Vic: looks like Formosa Gardens is near where the old Splendid China used to be??

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Jan 4th, 2009, 03:38 PM
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321go - yeah, that's what I am thinking too.
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Jan 5th, 2009, 09:02 AM
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321; Just wondering, what is the "old Splendid China"? I ask because each day we would drive by a walled area that had a very Asian look to it. The whole thing seemed to be an abandoned something or other and we often wondered what. Any insight? Thanks.
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Jan 5th, 2009, 09:31 AM
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We just rented a large home in Windsor Hills through All Star Vacation Homes http://www.allstarvacationhomes.com/and were highly satisfied. We stayed the week of Christmas and had a terrific time. The All Star staff were top notch and fulfilled our every request. We had 6 adults, 2 toddlers and an infant and rented a 5 bedroom home which was advertised to sleep up to 14. I think that would have been tight, but for our group of 9 it was very roomy. We had our own pool, hot tub and home theater. Everyone in our party agreed it was fantastic and allowed us much more flexibility than the three hotel rooms that would be the alternative. Our only minor complaint was that the 40 gallon hot water tank was not adequate for the size of the house - you need to be very fast in the shower or have people split up their shower times between morning and night. We went to the Disney parks each day for a week and we were there and parked in minutes. We did go early when the parks opened and came home around lunch time, so I can't comment if traffic worsened during the day. Going early allowed us to enjoy the parks relatively uncrowded, even during Christmas week, and we were home most days for lunch and enjoying our pool in the afternoon. I totally recommend both All Star and Windsor Hills. An example of All Star's service was that on Christmas Eve we called about the printer for the computer in the house being out of ink. They sent staff out to the stores that were open and couldn't find the correct ink cartridge, but on Christmas Day, someone found one and brought it over to the house. We had this type of service through the entire process of making the rental arrangements and during our stay. We also rented baby furniture, and two Enterprise cars through them. The baby equipment (high chair and crib) were excellent, clean and had beautiful linens. We had a great Disney experience and would definately do it again via a house rental.
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Jan 5th, 2009, 09:34 AM
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It was a grandiose idea for a theme park that is now defunct. Here's a link with some interesting information on it:

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Jan 5th, 2009, 12:53 PM
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Thanks, Sludick. I bet that is the place we saw. Its all weedy and grown over, but the wall looks very Chinese and the corners had large Asian art on them. We could see what appeared to be houses over the wall in a few places. The entrance to Formosa Gardens is just beyond that wall on the left side.

Here are the driving instructions we got for getting to Formosa Garden Estate:


Stay on the Florida Turnpike until you reach I-4. Take I-4 WEST.
Leave I-4 at exit 64B for US Hwy 192.

Continue on Hwy 192 for approximately 6 miles.

Some landmarks you will pass on your right:
signs for Disney, Bob Evans, Perkins, Knights Inn Motel, IHOP, Denny’s, Key W. Kool’s, Magic Mining Company.

You will be turning left at Formosa Gardens Boulevard which is
between markers 4 and 5 on Hwy 192, so when you come to
Key W. Kool’s, you should be in the left lane.

After turning onto Formosa Gardens Boulevard, continue straight for
approximately 1 mile and you will come to a 4-way stop (crossroads).
Stop here, in the left lane and then continue straight on for 200 feet and then turn left into Formosa Gardens Estates.
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Jan 5th, 2009, 01:15 PM
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TC, it sure sounds like that's what you saw. It was interesting in it's day.
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Jan 5th, 2009, 03:11 PM
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I love this site!!! It makes planning a vacation so much easier!!! THANKS FOR EVERYONE"S RECS!!!
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Jan 5th, 2009, 03:35 PM
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japw82, I think you'll enjoy the location. If you want to get away a bit, just head west (toward milepost 0) and either head north towards Clermont (my home) or south towards Winter Haven. It's at the fringe of the touristy area and you can get away from it all quickly if you feel the need.

When are you planning your visit?
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Feb 20th, 2009, 04:48 PM
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I used the website above for my vacation home planning (www.orlando-vacationhomerental.com). Any tips where the best ticket prices online might be? I am planning an early June trip.
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Feb 20th, 2009, 05:21 PM
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Hi uk_hillary!
I am assuming you are inquiring about Disney tickets? Disney doesn't offer many discounts. However, there is some good information here and .
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