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"Wow Wow Wow...what a vacation it was...13 of us, 5 children under the age of 6 and 8 adults all celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary at Disney. We chose ALL STAR based on your high customer ratings all over the Internet. What we received when we arrived far exceeded our expectations. ALL STAR under-promises, and over-delivers, so unusual in this day and age. From the moment I started my planning, the staff were more than helpful. They can answer any question you have and if they don't have the answer, they find it and get back to you!!!
"As for the home we stayed in, well it is a home not a house. Our family loved everything, but the one feature that stood out was the comfort of the beds...after hours of walking, those foam topped beds are heavenly and everyone slept so well (we all returned home and bought one for our beds).
"ALL STAR does a great job of advertising and giving you all the information you need to make your decision, but here of some of the great things they don't tell you: the foam toppers on the bed, two dryers not one, great for a big family, a waffle maker, movies available at no charge, a Disney book on the coffee table, the table all set ready to eat when you arrive, and a wonderful resident handyman who seems to sit by the phone in case you need anything.
"Our family loved our vacation and we have told everyone that staying in an ALL STAR home is the only way to go if you have a family. We will be back. Thank you ALL STAR for making our anniversary and Disney visit such a wonderful one."
- The Durdos Family from Canada
"Lighthouse Key Resort was everything we expected. The condo was clean and spacious. The kids had their own room and we had a place to relax when they went to bed. The balcony overlooked the beautiful pool area. We used the in-room washer/dryer daily which meant we only needed to do one load of laundry upon coming home from vacation.
"We also used the business center each day to make restaurant reservations, look up directions for places, and to print out out return plane tickets. It was very convenient for us. The game room was a big hit for the kids as well. Overall, this place was great. I will definitely use ALL STAR again in the future!"
- The Soler Family from Connecticut
6-2001 LK-LK #207
"My husband will be leaving in July for a one year tour of Pakistan. In looking at taking the children to Disney we decided a house versus a hotel was the way to go. Then, once we decided on a house, we invited the whole family to join us for our vacation!
"The house was great, everyone had plenty of space yet we were able to all watch movies in comfort. The kids enjoyed getting to go to Disney World with Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts and Uncle. What a great vacation!"
- The Gregory Family from Alabama
"I could have never imagined that going to Disney with my husband, 3 children - ages 6, 5 & 2 - my parents, sister and 14 year old nephew would be so relaxing. We spent the most glorious week enjoying our beautiful ALL STAR home and all the fun Disney World has to offer.
"Our ALL STAR home in Windsor Hills gave us the opportunity to relax and enjoy one another's company each and every day. Having the comforts of home away from home made our trip to Disney even more magical. Our kids had the greatest time with their big cousin in the pool and at the Disney parks. They enjoyed every second of it because they had the normalcy of a home and their own room every day.
"Enjoying the 'new-to-them' toys in the playroom, the themed bedrooms, swimming in the pool and then off to Disney each day was not too much for them because they were comfortable and well rested. You can never do that in a hotel room. Their happiness each morning made the trip more magical and relaxing than I ever thought it would be.
"I never could have imagined how much fun this trip would turn out to be. I can look at our pictures every day and still get teary-eyed reliving it because the magic is still in my heart. Now, I just hope I never lose it.
"In the end, this is the only way we will go back to Disney. It was a true vacation! We came home happy, full of magnificent memories and well rested. And, Mommy came home the happiest because the only dirty clothes we had were our pajamas from the last night in the house.
"Thank you ALL STAR, we will surely see you again soon!"
- The Martin Family from New Jersey
everything we thought that it would be."
"What a great house. There were 12 of us staying in your home. My husband and I and our four children and my friend and her husband and 4 children.
"We went on a cruise to the Bahamas and we were very crowded on the boat. No room in the pools and people everywhere. It was such a relief to get to the house and everyone could have there own space. OUR OWN POOL AND HOT TUB.
"We also went to Disney and did some shopping. The house was immaculate and everything we thought that it would be.
"Your ALL STAR Staff was very friendly and helpful every time I had to call with questions - even before the trip.
"Thanks and can't wait to go again."
- The Norman Family from Indiana
Our 2009 ALL STAR Story Winners!
"Our family trip consisted of 11 people, from 6 months old to 65 years old. The house was perfect for all of us. It had everything we could think of: crib, high chair, pool, spa, game room, movie theater room, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, every kitchen item imaginable. The furniture was top notch. The decor was also top of the line. The pool safety features were wonderful too.
"If that weren't enough, the clubhouse offered other swimming and gaming options. We felt safe and secure in the gated community and the kids loved the playgrounds.
"Thank you ALL STAR for a wonderful experience.
"PS...we certainly didn't expect someone from ALL STAR to show up with new batteries for the remotes. That was very impressive. Thanks again!"
- The Lucas Family, North Carolina
"This was a trip to remember. Christmas in Disney with 4 grandchildren and 6 adults who enjoy Disney as much as the grandchildren. ALL STAR helped us arrange for the decorated Christmas tree to be set up when we arrived at the home. The kids thought this was really great that Santa knew that they were spending Christmas in Orlando.
"ALL STAR also helped us find a chef to cook us Christmas dinner in our home. What a meal - nothing to do but eat...
"Our family thought that this was one of the best Christmases that they ever had."
- The Stewart Family from Canada
"Many of our most cherished family memories come from when our parents exposed us to different vacation destinations, especially during the holidays. Last Thanksgiving my siblings and I were able to do the same for our kids with our vacation in the Windsor Palms Resort.
"Our kids took full advantage of all of the amenities that were offered, especially the Wii game room and 60 seat movie theatre in the resort clubhouse. It's been almost a year since our visit and our kids are still asking us 'when are we going back?'
"Our ALL STAR vacation gave me and my siblings the ability to be able to give our kids the kind of memories and vacation experience that our parents gave us. We look forward to coming back real soon!"
- The Neal Family from Florida
"This was my family’s second stay in an ALL STAR vacation home and it was just as great as the first time!! Not only was it our family of 5 this time, but my parents and my brother’s family of 6 visiting Disney for the very first time. The kids, ranging in ages from 4 – 12, had a ball at the house swimming in the pool, sharing the Mickey themed bedrooms, playing pool and using the computers. Not to mention the entertainment they provided for each other and the adults in the house. There was never a dull moment.
"My son even celebrated his 8th birthday during this trip and couldn't have been happier celebrating in Disney with his cousins. This trip provided these cousins with memories and fun that they will always remember. This never would have been possible in a hotel. My parents thoroughly enjoyed watching their grandchildren enjoy the magic of Disney and each other all together."
- The Silano Family from Pennsylvania
"We absolutely loved our Orlando vacation. We traveled with 6 adults and 3 children (4 years and younger). The house we stayed in was perfect - 5 bedroom/5 bath, which worked wonderful for 11 people! The pool and spa were the perfect end (or middle) of the hot August days. The house had a playroom which occupied the kids for hours. Each bedroom had a DVD/TV Combo, which helped out a lot. Once we settled into the home, which had plenty of storage, perfect kitchen and comfortable living room, we had everything we could have asked for. Having a washer and dryer was key! The house also had a PC with Internet access, so we were able to look up everything we need to know for the parks, weather, as well as take-out food options.
"The service ALL STAR provided equally matched. When I first reached out for information, I knew we'd stay with this company. The service representative was so informative and suggested this home because of our family arrangement - additional safety fence around the pool and close proximity to the playground. She listened to our needs and selected the perfect home for us. ALL STAR also politely answered our silly questions and replaced problem appliances within minutes of our call. The house was immaculate upon arrival and set up perfectly. ALL STAR has everything covered!
"The Windsor Hills community was beautiful and offered a zero entry pool (which everyone loved) and an amazing playground for the children.
"We will no doubt return to Orlando and will again stay with ALL STAR. We have already recommended the house and ALL STAR to a dozen friends.
"Thank you for making our family vacation everything (and more) than we had hoped for."
- The Sullivan, Miele, Sullivan and Chamberlain Families From New York
"Thank you ALL STAR Vacation Homes for making our dreams come true. We had a total of 16 people, including three generations of Texans who had never been to Orlando or to Disney World. For many of the adults in our group, this trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit and experience the magic that is the Magic Kingdom. For the children, it was a time to spend quality play time with their cousins, swim in the ocean, and participate in endless opportunities for fun that can be found in Central Florida.
"However, although most of us were looking forward to visiting Mickey, Minnie, and the rest of the characters at the theme parks, we were extremely impressed and excited with the luxury accommodations that were offered by ALL STAR Vacation Homes. Our Five Star house in Acadia Estates offered plenty of bedrooms, bathrooms, and all the amenities to keep a large extended family happy. We LOVED the pool, the game room, the wireless Internet, and more. But, what we enjoyed the most was spending our days and nights together as a family that would not have been possible had we stayed in a hotel or other type of lodging. Thanks again for a memorable and outstanding vacation! When we come back to Orlando, we'll definitely stay with ALL STAR Vacation Homes!"
- The Hummel, Aranda and Cruz Families From Austin and Dallas, Texas
“We first heard of ALL STAR Vacation Homes when we attended the 2007 DisMeet (MagicMeets™) in Allentown, PA, and ALL STAR Vacation Homes was a sponsor. We looked at the brochures they had at their table and saw how beautiful the houses were and dreamed of going. Imagine our surprise when we won the grand prize of a 4 night stay!! I went home and immediately began planning when we would go and picked Memorial day weekend, so my son could go to Star Wars Weekends at Disney, since they were usually held the last 2 weeks of May and the First 2 Weeks of June. So we booked for our whole "Disney family" (12 of us - 4 children and 8 adults) and planned and were so excited.
“Unfortunately, that year they moved SWW to 4 weekends in June, so we missed it by one week. But the house more than made up for the disappointment!! We swam and relaxed and had a wonderful time.
“So wonderful, in fact, that my father in law (83) kept mentioning to us how much he enjoyed it and how he wished we could do it again some time.
“Labor Day weekend 2008 we had friends over and looked over the school calendar and decided to go the 5th of June -11th of June, 2009. We booked it and the kids (7 of them this time - we added another family and picked a house with bunk beds to fit them all) were jumping up and down and screaming. It was all we talked about from that point on.
“And what a wonderful time we all had!! The pool was wonderful, the house was fantastic (especially the Movie Theatre Room!), and it was close to our favorite place in the world: Disney! The best part of the whole thing? My son finally got to go to Star Wars Weekends, and this time with more friends!!
“Thank you ALL STAR for wonderful times and wonderful memories! I hope we will be able to book again soon!”
- The Stocker Family From Pennsylvania
ALL STAR Vacation Homes is a proud sponsor of MagicMeets™ 2009.
See you in Harrisburg August 7th - 9th!
"My family and my buddy’s family decided to book a home for our Disney vacation - 9 people in all with 5 children under 5 years old. We decided on a 4 star home (to save some money). We were so happy with our home. There were 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, so no one complained about not having a potty.
"The house was immaculate and fully furnished (pack n' play, high chair, blender, bowls, silverware etc.) The pool was awesome!!! There was an alarm system on the back door so no kids could go outside unsupervised. There was even a child gate around the pool that an adult had to lift up and unhook (ALL STAR thought of everything).
"The staff was so helpful and friendly (They even offered us a great recommendation to a phenomenal buffet 5 minutes away: Villa De Flora in the Gaylord Palms hotel - highly recommend - and even came over to raise the heat in our pool within 10 minutes of calling).
"The house had 2 suites for the adults and an amazing game room for the kids. The kids loved the house, the parents loved the house and we will not get a hotel on any future vacations!!! I will recommend ALL STAR Homes to anyone and everyone who asks!!!!!"
- The Asch Family From New York
"I spent three years planning our Disney vacation! I studied the parks online from my desk at work. I ordered videos from all the attractions, calculated costs on spreadsheets, and looked at dates on calendars. Each year I felt defeated when I realized the Orlando dream was out of our budget. I wanted to take my children to Orlando while they were young so they could experience the magic that can only be felt by a child. Finally, after years of nagging, my husband agreed to take us.
"I had decided to stay at one of the moderate Disney resorts for our accommodations but I was shocked at the price. Because I am a school teacher I can only travel during the peak season and the costs were outrageous! My friend told me to research vacation houses online and when I did I found ALL STAR Vacation Homes.
"I found the most beautiful townhouse (4-2536 ML-WH) with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen/living room, and washer/dryer. It was cheaper than a room with two queen beds at the Disney resort! It even had a pool and a Mickey themed bedroom/bathroom with a PlayStation 2 for the kids!!! There was also a community pool with a water slide! I rearranged my husband's vacation time just to get that town home and I am so glad I did!
"We had a great time in Orlando! We visited the Magic Kingdom, Sea World, took a fan boat ride, and visited Universal Studios! It only took five minutes to get to Disney and 15 minutes to Universal Studios! We even visited family at Cocoa Beach! They were jealous of our accommodations! Because of the August sun we took the short ride back to the house during the days we visited the parks and ate lunch and swam in the pool.
"We thought our vacation was going to be stressful with two kids, but it was wonderful. The home made the vacation relaxing and stress free! It was a home away from home. Actually, it was better than home! We were spoiled! The kids loved the house so much that they WANTED to leave the crowded hot theme parks to swim in the pool!
"We had such a great time that we made a movie of our vacation for all of our family and friends to see! I have told all my friends and PTA moms about ALL STAR! I can't imagine what our vacation would have been like if we had the whole family crowded into one hotel room for a week! We have decided to go back to Orlando again and plan to stick with ALL STAR!! The staff was great and friendly and accommodated all of our needs!! We will never stay in hotel again."
- The Dooley Family From Virginia
"Our stay at Vista Cay Resort in Orlando was not only a vacation, it was our delayed honeymoon. Eight months after our wedding, we both finally had the chance to get away from the demands of college and work. What a perfect place to relax, bask in 5-star amenities, and enjoy Florida's beautiful weather!
"We really appreciated the no-hassle check-in/check-out process. We simply entered our emailed pin number in the door of our condo, and checked-in online at our own convenience. There were no long lines at a front desk keeping us from getting our vacation started. Upon leaving, we just closed the door behind us. How cool is that?
"During our five days at Vista Cay we swam in the huge infinity pool, enjoyed the hot tub at night, and used the provided Internet access to plan other activities. We visited nearby SeaWorld and took a roundtrip shuttle to Busch Gardens. More than anything, my husband and I were grateful to stay at such an impressive resort that made our honeymoon well worth the wait.
"Our friends and family have seen our photos of the resort and are very impressed. The large bedrooms, leather furniture, granite countertops, tile floors, and spacious patio are gorgeous. Because the condo was stocked so well with supplies and amenities, we only needed to bring toothpaste and shampoo. We hope to book another stay with Vista Cay ALL STAR Vacation Homes next year. This time we'll bring others along too!"
- The Moorey Family From Michigan
5-5048 SL-VC #104
"Since this was our sixth year renting a home through ALL STAR Vacation Homes, we pretty much knew what to expect - excellence! We were not disappointed.
"We down-sized this year since we did not have as many people joining us. This was our first stay in the Windsor Hills community and we were very pleased with the home and community. My daughter loved the slide at the pool. We felt very secure in this neighborhood and did not mind having to be let in through the gates each time we returned home.
"This year was all about relaxing and taking it easy, and that's just what we did. One day we rode out to Cocoa Beach and laid out on the beach and enjoyed the ocean. We went up to the Daytona NASCAR flea market and shopped around, but most of the week was spent enjoying the home, pool, hot tub and all the home's amenities. It was a much needed week of relaxation, rest, and enjoying the company of the friends we went with.
"I can't wait until next year...we are already booked!!!! See you in February 2010!"
- The Dillon Family From Maryland
"Our dream vacation happened with ALL STAR Vacation Homes! My husband has been working on his education for most of our married life (15 years). He is now working on his doctorate and at a very challenging part of writing his dissertation. On top of this, he also works full-time to support his family. Most of our vacations are spent driving out to see our families that live in a different part of the country than us.
Last year, my in-laws made a special announcement that they wanted to go on an individual trip with each of their 6 children's families. They said we could choose anywhere in the continental United States. This was a dream come true for us - finally a "real" vacation for our family to enjoy.
When we made this announcement to our children, and asked them what sounded interesting for a vacation they asked us the following questions:
"Does it have to be in Minnesota?" (That's where we live.)
"Do we have to drive again?" (That's our usual mode of transportation, 2-3 days each way.)
Then with more courage, "Could we see the ocean?"
And finally, "What about Disney World?"
Thus began our adventure of planning our vacation. Our children, 9 and 12, had never been to Florida or to Disney or to the ocean. Naturally we chose Orlando as our vacation destination. Staying with you was the icing on our cake! Our family enjoyed the townhouse and amenities almost as much as the visits to the Disney Parks. We even took a day off of the Parks to just enjoy the pool, activities, and movie theatre. It helped us relax and enjoy the Parks even more. The excitement of Disney can be exhausting, so it was good to come "home" each night to our townhouse and soak in the warm, heated pool.
The location was perfect! We easily drove to the parks and grocery stores - even the ocean was a pleasant 45 minute drive. It was in good proximity to other major attractions of the area as well.
Our family finally had one of our dreams come true, and a big part of the pleasure of our vacation was staying at ALL STAR. Now we can come home and tackle my husband's schooling with more vigor. And who would have known that we would want to come back just to stay at ALL STAR and see the other attractions of Orlando we didn't have time for on the first visit!
Thank you ALL STAR for your wonderful service, beautiful home and excellent value!"
- The Willis Family From Minnesota
Our 2008 ALL STAR Story Winners!
"My parents celebrated their 40th anniversary by taking the family to Orlando for the week. The seven of us had a wonderful trip. The logistics of renting the All Star Vacation Home for our group was perfect.
It began with renting the full-size SUV which fit all of us (& our belongings) comfortably. Having just one vehicle made it easier for us to all stay together. The rental home was phenomenal. The home was a 2-story with 5 bedrooms giving everyone their own space. The in-ground heated pool was a relaxing refuge at the end of each day. The game room also provided entertainment for the kids (both young and old).
Our week included visits to the Magic Kingdom, Disney Hollywood Studio, EPCOT, the Magic Kingdom (again), and Sea World. Each morning we would get up to be at the park for opening. It was so nice having 4 bathrooms to get ready. After spending the day at the amusement park, we would phone one of the many nearby restaurants to order food for pickup on our way home. This was ideal as none of us wanted to cook or deal with a crowded restaurant after a busy day. We would eat dinner outside by the pool and unwind. With 2 young children, it was nice being able to put them to bed in their own room. We couldn't imagine being at a hotel and having to turn out the lights so they could fall asleep. The large family room also provided a place for the adults to visit after the kids went to bed.
It was the first trip to Disney for my 2 daughters (ages 3 & 5). Their favorite memory of the trip varies between seeing Ariel, riding the teacups, the Princess Breakfast, visiting Sea World, or swimming in the pool. After returning home to Illinois, my 3 year old keeps asking when we will go back to our other house (referring to our rental house)."
- G. Yuccas, Naperville, Illinois
After driving over a thousand miles with nine kids, the last thing all 13 of us wanted to do was cram ourselves into 3 or 4 hotel rooms. We've done Disney with family groups as large as 21 and done everything from multiple rooms on property to timeshares. But nothing compared to the value and comfort we got from having our own house from ALL STAR Vacation home.
The pool and hot tub were the biggest hits with the kids. Several days we just cooked up snacks and then set out a "buffet" for them to graze on while they swam. At night, the littlest ones could go to bed, while the older ones played games and the adults could watch a movie or have some hot tub time to themselves. Even Santa found our stockings hung on the entertainment center and left presents under our decorated ficus tree!
Still today, the kids say that when we go back to Disney, that they only want to go if we rent that house again!"
- The Green Family From Texas
I started looking for nearby homes to rent for 9 people and the most beautiful and accommodating one I found was through ALL STAR Vacation Homes. The site is user-friendly as well as the staff I spoke to on the phone.
The kids loved the pool and swam every night in it after a day at Disney. What a relaxing, enjoyable vacation!
Although, I think I've earned the job of planning all family vacations! Thanks for making it so easy."
- The Harder Family From Wisconsin
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- The Joseph Family From New Jersey
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- The Hernandez Family of Texas
The fact that we didn't have to spend money on eating out because we had everything we needed in the house was great. I can honestly say I had more fun in the house and pool than in the Disney Park.
Thanks All Star for such a wonderful experience.
- The Cruz & Garcia Family
Michael and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your help and support as we planned our wedding. All of our family was coming from out of town and you managed to help us find several homes to fit all 45 family members and close friends that were making the trip from all over the United States to our wedding here in Orlando.
Your homes are warm and welcoming, as well as spacious. Due to so many friends and family coming to our wedding that we don't get to see often, we wanted to have a family BBQ style dinner Friday night before the wedding. The house my parents rented was a perfect layout, open and spacious for all 60 people that came to the BBQ dinner Friday night. It was perfect!
The house was also perfect in that it allowed our families to relax and enjoy getting ready for the wedding Saturday night. It might not have been my parent's home, but it sure did have a lot of love in it and it will always have a special place in my heart. The boys enjoyed spending Saturday morning swimming in the pool and had fun with our photographer on the playground.
Our families still speak about their "wonderful Florida week"! It was the first time that anyone in mine or Michael's family had used a vacation home, and I'm pretty sure that after our wonderful week, filled with happy memories it will not be the last time! Thank you for sharing in one of our family's special moments in time.
You are a truly wonderful company and I will be recommending you to anyone that asks about places to stay in the Orlando area!
Thank you for all you did!
Michael and Ariana Detert
Tony and Sue Miller and Family (Bride’s family)
John and Mary Detert and Family (Groom’s family)
"We loved it! It was our first trip to Disney, and we were worried having three young children (6, 4 and 13 months) that a 7 day vacation in Orlando wouldn't be relaxing. We were wrong!
The condo with our own pool was perfect for us! The kids could sleep in their own rooms after a busy day at the parks and we could relax ourselves in the evening by our own pool. We saved a lot of money by not doing the Disney hotel, especially since we ended up not eating out once. It was just easier to cook in the fully equipped kitchen or have food delivered than to drag tired children to a busy restaurant. The club pool was huge and never busy. The kids also liked the playground and just walking around the neighborhood with us (it felt very safe and home-like). We were a short drive to Disney, an hour from Cocoa Beach and close to everything else we needed. The condo was a relaxing place to come home to. Our kids called it home all week and still ask if we can go to our "other home with the pool". I don't think we'll ever stay in a hotel again for vacation. I would highly recommend All Star to anyone!"
- G. Wilker, New Bremen, Ohio
We are a family of six, and that meant paying for two hotel rooms, or a suite. We were traveling on a budget due to the fact that the children were paying for it with paper route money!! I was able to locate All Star Vacation Homes on the internet, and the more I researched, the more impressed I became! My initial impressions were completely accurate...our experience with All Star has been wonderful.
Our vacation condo was beautifully decorated and in "top notch" condition when we arrived. Everything was just as it was featured on the web site...what a wonderful blessing! Everything went very smoothly for check-in...we arrived in the middle of the night, but had absolutely no problems finding the All Star office or our condo! Another blessing considering we had been traveling for nearly sixteen hours from the West Coast of Canada with four children in tow.
Your service is THE BEST!!
- C. Jones, British Columbia, Canada
be a yearly tradition!"
"We had 6 kids and 6 adults and we all had a blast. It was so nice having fun at WDW all day, then heading HOME! At least it felt like home. I had myself, my wife, my son, my sister and her twins, my mom, my brother, his wife and two kids and we also brought my sister-in-law’s niece! The kids were never bored with the media room, pool table. We even had our own life size arcade game. The heated pool came in VERY handy. It kept the kids up for anything. They didn't mind if we decided to leave a park early because they knew we could go home and swim.
"We have told several friends and family about it and even had a group of 12 stay on our same street with overlapping dates so we could hang out. The biggest decision was picking whose house was better!!
"All the homes are decorated perfectly and the ammenities are pretty much the same. What a great deal. We will never stay on property again! Thanks ALL STAR!"
- B. Pilkington, Sr., Charlotte, NC
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