Florida Vacation


We went to Summer Bay Resort near Orlando, Florida and absolutely had the best time. My daughter and I took my 2 grandkids and we went to Walt Disney World. My grandson, Jordan, turned 4 while we were there and had a little birthday party at the resort. He had such a wonderful time. It rained almost everyday while we were there but we made a good trip out of it even with the rain. Summer Bay Resort was the most awesome place to stay and such a beautiful resort. We loved it so much that we are going back next month to celebrate my granddaughter's birthday as well. Her name is Taylor and she will be 2 years old. This trip was by far the best trip I have ever been on through RCI.

-Deborah M. from Denver, CO

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FORE! A golfing vacation


Marcel O. - Occidental Vacation Club1I consider myself very fortunate. I live and work in the Dominican Republic and spend much of my time in Punta Cana where there are plenty of great opportunities to golf. My role takes me all around the Caribbean to great resorts and great golf courses. Even with all that, one of my favorite vacations is (you guessed it), golf, golf and more golf.

 

Each year a group of my golf buddies and I get together for a golf trip. Before we even leave we are counting down to the excursion. Three weeks. Two weeks. One week. We even shop for the perfect attire; making sure to match our socks with our belts. It can be a bit extravagant.

 

For six years, our tradition has been to go to a great location and play a round of golf every day for seven days. Sometimes we even play two rounds the same day. We tee off early enough to go for 36 holes on many days.  And certainly, by the time we get to the 19th hole we are reliving the first 18 holes all over again…which certainly makes it seem like we have played two rounds at the end of the day.

 

Most years we have gone to Myrtle Beach, SC to be challenged with the great courses that the area is known for – TPC Myrtle Beach, Barefoot courses, among others. This year, however, we changed the destination to Florida and tackled a course at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando and Copperhead Course in Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club near Tampa. We also played on some other great courses, such as Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course and the Reunion Resort’s Palmer, Nicklaus and Watson courses. Whether it’s a Fazio-designed or Nicklaus-created course, no matter what, we are there to have fun and challenge the course.

 

We are setting our goals high as we start planning next year’s trip and the next.  Our group hopes to get to destinations like Pinehurst, or maybe England, Ireland and…Scotland…where it all began.

 

This may not be the Masters, but it certainly is the best “tournament” ever to a group of guys from the Dominican Republic.  We are already counting down to next spring!

 

PS:  handicap 2, wishing to be 0 hcp, one day!!!

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Hawaiian Wedding 2007


My husband had been an RCI subscribing member for many years before we met. We used the unit at his home resort a few times, but after our engagement on Feb. 14, we decided to go to Hawaii for our wedding...We stayed in Kona for 4 days before island jumping over to Maui for a week. Both resorts were wonderful. Two days before flying back home to Virginia we got married on the beach. Just us, the minister, a photographer, and two sea turtles who crashed the ceremony. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. Almost two years later we are beginning to plan another vacation through RCI, this time to Walt Disney World for our new son.

 

- Russell K. from King William, VA

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Orlando 2007


A family vacation to the Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando was the highlight of our year. With our 4 daughters all under the age of 7 the accommodations and location were ideal. We could have done without the Disney passes and spent time just hanging around the resort and taking advantage of all of the amenities which it had to offer. We were glad that we had banked our week from a year or two earlier when we were not able to take a vacation and then use it when it was a convenient time for us.

 

- Tricia M. from Orange Park, FL

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Orlando, Florida – The right mix of sun, water and breeze


Manju S. - Vacation Stories from an RCI Associate

Warm breezes welcome guests as they arrive, taking away the winter blues from those of us traveling from up North. Lighter clothes, a slower pace of life and plenty of fun activities – a great escape from the office chatter.

 

We stayed at Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort in nearby Kissimmee, which was one of the many beautiful resorts in the area. We started to unwind by playing golf and lounging around the pool. The pools are kid-friendly and there are many surrounding play areas to keep them busy.

 

Our resort was close to Walt Disney World – a great benefit when traveling with kids. One day, we traveled to one of the theme parks and the fun rides kept all of us entertained. The next day, we went to SeaWorld Orlando…it is amazing to see the sophisticated interaction between humans and animals! SeaWorld had a lot of space to sit, eat and walk around. We enjoyed the evening show "A Sesame Street Christmas". The script was good and the actors really brought life to the characters!

 

I enjoyed every moment in Orlando. The sun warmed the heart, the water got the body moving and the breeze soothed the soul. Orlando really gives a great opportunity to go back in time, to being a kid again!

 

Want to learn more about Orlando? Come back to the RCI Blog this week to read stories and see photos from RCI subscribing members who have visited here!

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Florida Vacations - Bay Lake Tower @ Disney's Contemporary Resort




Bay Lake Tower at Disney is ideally located next to Disney's Contemporary Resort, just outside Magic Kingdom Park. Bay Lake Tower offers a distinctive modern design balanced by a warm and inviting decor with the feel of an urban boutique hotel. An enclosed sky bridge connects this property to Disney's Contemporary Resort-with a wide array of shopping and dining options. Relax at Bay Lake's sandy white beach or enjoy some parasailing, fishing or cruising on your own rental boat. The Monorail is next door. Visit the Top of the World Restauant/Lounge to view the Disney Property.

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Florida Vacations - Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa




Discover the rich heritage of Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort with it's Victorian elegance and quiet charm. Named for the natural mineral hot springs found in the area, Saratoga Springs Resort immerses you in history, relaxation and luxury. The resort is a lakeside resort featuring Victorian architecture and great activities. Local attractions include Disney's Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Downtown Disney, Typhoon Lagoon Water park and much more. Transportation to all Walt Disney Resort areas is available by ferry or bus at no additional cost.

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Orlando, Florida Vacations - Silver Lake Resort




Get away from it all at this award-winning vacation retreat. Silver Lake Resort is adjacent to one of Florida's most popular attractions - Walt Disney World®. The resort's Caribbean ambience offers peace and quiet, and the location is perfect right in the heart of one of the country's most popular vacation spots. A variety of restaurants and shops are a mile away. In addition to the abundant off-site entertainment, a weekly schedule of on-site activities is centered around the resort's spectacular heated outdoor pool and gorgeous clubhouse.

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Disney World Trip 2008


It was our son's 10th birthday and we promised him that we would go to Walt Disney World. We stayed at one of the wonderful affiliated resorts there in Kissimmee, Florida and ended up buying a timeshare. It was so great to be able to fix our own meals and the kids could go swimming everyday! We had so much fun and it was so relaxing. We were only 10 minutes away from the theme parks...some nights we could see the fireworks from our place too! It made our son's birthday even better when they gave him a button that said that it was his birthday and everyone at the theme parks all told him "Happy Birthday!" If I had my way we would always stay at a resort for vacation because we can cook our own food, relax, and do laundry so I don't have a whole bunch to do when we get home. It is just like being home, but near a fun place to play too!

 

- Valerie D. from Nampa, ID

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Walt Disney World


I had never really gotten into the whole "Walt Disney World experience" until, while staying at an RCI affiliated resort for a week, my wife and I bought tickets with the Park Hopper option. It was at this time that I went to Disney's Animal Kingdom...we had a blast! By enabling us to spend a week, RCI opened the door for us and gave us the luxury of being able to come and go at our leisure, day or night, and return to the comfort of our accommodations. Additionally, because of its location, we were able to play in the Orlando area and digest much more of what the area had to offer. Would we take this opportunity again? No question about it!!

 

- Robert B. from Ooltewah, TN

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Walt Disney World


We went to Walt Disney World and stayed at a very nice RCI affiliated resort. It was an amazing time with friends. It made going to Walt Disney World affordable!

 

We went to Walt Disney World and stayed at a very nice RCI affiliated resort. It was an amazing time with friends. It made going to Walt Disney World affordable!

 

- Daneen K. from Lake Dallas, TX

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Vistana Resort - Orlando, FL


Going to Disney is the highlight of our trip to Orlando.

Going to Disney is the highlight of our trip to Orlando.

- Albert B. from Madison, WI
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Disney World


My family lives close to Disneyland in California, so we never were very interested in visiting Walt Disney World in Florida. But the kids suggested it as a family vacation idea, and we started to look into lodging options. We exchanged our week and stayed at the Orange Lake West Village in Kissimmee. It was beautiful. The condo was fully equipped with two bedrooms, two baths and a full kitchen. They had a gorgeous pool area with several swimming pools, slides and a lazy river to float around. It was super-close to all the attractions of Orlando: Disney's Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios and Sea World, to name a few. We concentrated on the theme parks that we don't have here in Southern California, like Epcot, Sea World's Aquatica and Universal's Islands of Adventure. We had a great time and would definitely go back-- but only if we stay at a luxurious RCI affiliated resort.

- Jeanine B. from Temecula, CA
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Walt Disney World Trip 2007


My wife, seven year old son, and I went to Walt Disney World and Sea World during our son's school spring break week in 2007. We stayed at the Orange Lake Resort property for the week. The trip was a fantastic success! The pre-arrangements performed by RCI led to a flawless arrival, stay, and checkout process. All we had to do was enjoy the activities of the resort, Walt Disney World, Sea World, and the area. Our son had the time of his life; one that he'll cherish and remember forever. Thank you for making the arrangements for the stay.

- John L. from Lansing Charter Township, MI
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My Birthday 2009


I had not had a real birthday party in a long time, so I decided to throw myself one! Fortunately, I found a Last Call vacation through RCI at the beautiful Kings Creek Plantation resort in Williamsburg, VA. It was very reasonably priced but when I got there, I thought, "Oh my, I should have paid waaaay more for this." It was so nice to have my family come with me. We had enough room for everyone! One of my husband's gifts to me was 'Guitar Hero' and my family and I had a blast taking turns playing it on the big screen television! I was skeptical at first because we are fairly new to the whole timeshare thing, but now that we're confident that RCI will do their best to accommodate our needs, we won't travel any other way! As a matter of fact, we're leaving Monday for a week in Walt Disney World...yippee!

- Steven B. from Suffolk, VA
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Summer Bay Resort


I went with my wife, 2 daughters and my mom to Orlando. We loved staying at the Summer Bay Resort and Walt Disney World and Universal Studios were an incredible experience for all of us because we got to be together and have so much fun. It brought us closer and made us realize how important is to have fun! These parks have games for all the generations. We look forward to keep traveling to different and distant places because the memories created during vacation stay in the heart forever.

I went with my wife, 2 daughters and my mom to Orlando. We loved staying at the Summer Bay Resort and Walt Disney World and Universal Studios were an incredible experience for all of us because we got to be together and have so much fun. It brought us closer and made us realize how important is to have fun! These parks have games for all the generations. We look forward to keep traveling to different and distant places because the memories created during vacation stay in the heart forever.

- Juan H. from Missoula, MT
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Amazing Orlando Vacation


WOW! That's what our entire family said when we walked into our first RCI exchange unit at Kissimmee Florida. We had seen photos of Orange Lake Country Club online, but it didn't compare to the beautiful grounds, fountains, unit, and facilities where we were granted access. We had anticipated spending all of our time at Walt Disney World, but with all of the extra ammenities and activities available, we stayed at the resort most evenings and afternoons. Our individual unit also was nicer than anything we could have imagined. It was really a home away from home.

- Linda S. from Melrose, MN
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Florida Trip 2007


My sister, brother-in-law and son went on this trip to Florida. We stayed at the wonderful Summer Bay Resort which was just minutes away from Walt Disney World. From this location we were able to drive to Clearwater and visit friends for the day. We also drove to Kennedy Space Center and got a chance to see the shuttle actually on the launch pad. Another day we drove to Daytona Speedway and drove the race cars and then on up to Saint Augustine. What a beautiful city. We also found time to go to Epcot and Walt Disney World. Since this was our third trip to Orlando, Walt Disney World was not quite a priority this time around.

- Suse K. from Irvine, CA
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Florida Trip 2008


Went to Orlando, Florida with my family and an extra person my daughter invited. We stayed at a beautiful resort (Buena Vista) about 3-5 miles away. The place was breathtaking with beautiful furniture, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It had a patio overlooking the pool area. We visited Walt Disney World (Magic Music Days), Universal Studios (Indiana Jones), Epcot (restaurants), and Busch Gardens (fun screaming rides) in Tampa and Daytona beach (awesome). We were so exhausted by the end of the week but we didn't want to waste any time. We had a very memorable time which we will never forget and we still talk about it even today. The best part was the wonderful weather and lots of shopping to do. RCI made it happen...

- Rosanna G. from Kennewick, WA
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Orlando Spring Break


Every year we return to Orlando for our Spring Break. We always enjoy Silver Lake Resort. It has a Caribbean ambience and is close to all the Walt Disney World parks. The units are wonderful with lots of space for families to relax in. Overall the resort is very clean, very well maintained, lots of sunny areas around the huge pool deck to sunbathe. You never feel out of place in this resort as everyone is extremely friendly. Lots of things for everyone to do if you want to enjoy a resort day. One, two and three bedroom lockoff units. Very secure.

Every year we return to Orlando for our Spring Break. We always enjoy Silver Lake Resort. It has a Caribbean ambience and is close to all the Walt Disney World parks. The units are wonderful with lots of space for families to relax in. Overall the resort is very clean, very well maintained, lots of sunny areas around the huge pool deck to sunbathe. You never feel out of place in this resort as everyone is extremely friendly. Lots of things for everyone to do if you want to enjoy a resort day. One, two and three bedroom lockoff units. Very secure.

- Siobhan B. from Pembroke, Ontario
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