Monday, December 27, 2010

Travel Review: My Adventures in Brandcation 2010: Kissimmee, FL: Global Resort Homes

Discovering Kissimmee Florida in a whole new way...

In November, I was part of a wonderful blogger experience called a Brandcation.  Brandcations are the invention of mom blogger Trisha Haas at and consists of a group of bloggers traveling to a city and experiencing first hand some of the brands that make the area great.

On this trip I was part of 35 mommy bloggers who brandcation'ed in Kissimmee, Florida. I have been to Kissimmee twice in the last few years, but I have never ventured outside of staying on Disney property and going to Disney World and Universal Studio. Brandcation really took me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to see Kissimmee is a whole brand new light.  So come with me as a share in a series of blog posts entitled My Adventures in Brandcation: Kissimmee.

Global Resort Homes - Like being at home, but better!
This post is about where we stayed while in Kissimmee. Instead of staying in a hotel, we bloggers stayed in four homes that were part of Global Resort Homes. Global Resort Homes is a gated community of privately owned rental homes that is only 2 1/2 miles from Disney World.

I have only stayed in Disney properties when I visited Disney World, so staying in a Global Resort Home property was an adventure for me. The house where I stayed had 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a living room, a dining room, an eat-in kitchen, a family room, a laundry room, a pool and a two car garage.  And the daily rental on this type of home is around the same price as a moderately priced Disney property hotel room.  

If you want to travel to Disney World with your extended family and friends, this is a great deal.  Every home amenity is included in these rental properties and some of the homes are even adjacent to playscapes for the kids.  The house where I stayed was better than my own home with a beautiful kitchen that included stainless steel appliances and cherry wood cabinets.

The bedrooms are all beautiful and range from rooms with king size beds and attached bathrooms to rooms with two twin beds decorated in kid friendly themes.  All the bedrooms include flat panel televisions.

You need to bring a few things with you...
You will need your own transportation to get from your Global Resort Home to Disney World and the other entertainment properties. The rental office can schedule a shuttle to Disney properties, but the cost is not cheap.  You will also need to make a grocery store stop for your own food (to cook in the fabulous kitchen), paper towel, bathroom tissue, soap, personal care items and laundry detergent. All other items are included in the rental such as pots, pans, silverware, sheets and towels.

To find out more about Global Resort Homes, follow them on Facebook at

All the bloggers in front of Global Resort Homes
Watch for my next review in this series where I will tell all about the fabulous Florida excursions that we bloggers took as part of Brandcation 2010 Kissimmee.


Disclosure: I paid for my own airfare and received all Brandcation related lodging and activities at a substantially discounted price.

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