Vacation Homes
A Great Alternative!!

The Vacation Home Advantage

Whether you're taking a family vacation or bringing a large group to visit Walt Disney World, vacation homes are a great way to save money and get the most out of your Disney vacation accommodations. You may be surprised at the many advantages vacation homes have over both on-property and off-property Disney area hotels.

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What is a Vacation Home?

A vacation home is a private home that has been built, furnished, and managed for the purpose of renting to people like you for their vacation.

Vacation home rentals come in a variety of sizes and styles to suit your individual vacation tastes and needs.They come fully furnished with sofas, dining areas, kitchens with all major appliances as well as multiple bedrooms such as King, Queen, Twin and even bunk beds. And unlike hotels, vacation homes feature anywhere from 2 to 6½ bathrooms, meaning you'll spend less time getting ready and have more time to enjoy a full day at Walt Disney World.

Most have everything you need including, dishes, pots and pans, glasses, coffee pot, can opener, bake wear, and other kitchen items. The linens are provided too! The homes also come with a starter supply of toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap and the like.

The homes are cleaned after your departure, which is included in your cost unless you stay for less than 6 nights, or desire daily maid service, which can be pre-arranged.

Also, a lot of vacation homes, condos and town homes are in resort communities that feature club houses and community centers with amenities such as: large swimming pools, ping pong and pool tables, fitness centers, arcade games, tennis courts, children's playgrounds, cinemas and more.

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Vacation Home Advantages

When it comes to your Disney vacation, vacation homes provide five distinct advantages over Florida hotels:

1. Savings & Value

While renting a Florida condo or home may seem to be an expensive choice, there are many ways vacation rentals actually save you money in the long run and provide a great overall vacation value.

Vacation homes provide a lot more space than even the most luxurious Disney area hotels. In the past, you may have found yourself booking multiple hotel rooms to accommodate your family or group - a choice that probably consumed a large portion of your Disney vacation budget. However, vacation home rentals can sleep anywhere from four to sixteen people comfortably, ranging anywhere from 2 bedroom condos to 7 bedroom houses. You can see where the savings on lodging is significant.

Another big expense that can add up quickly is dining. Whether it's at the parks or local restaurants, before you know it, you've spent hundreds of dollars just on food. Renting a Disney area vacation home gives you the freedom to make your own meals and snacks at a fraction of the cost you'd pay at local attractions and restaurants. All it takes is a quick trip to the grocery store and you've got a fully stocked fridge for your stay, something you simply can't do staying at a hotel.

Beyond dining, entertainment can empty your wallet quickly. Many vacation homes can save you a lot in this area with a host of in-home entertainment options like home theatres, game rooms, private pools and spas as well as computers with high speed and wireless Internet access as well as the latest video game systems (PS3, Wii and Xbox 360) and LCD TV/DVD combos in bedrooms. As mentioned earlier, vacation rentals in resort communities also present a host of indoor and outdoor entertainment options the whole family can enjoy.

2. Better Amenities

When it comes to amenities, hotels can't compete with vacation homes. Besides having full kitchens plus more room and sleeping capacity, vacation homes can include top-of-the-line amenities like: big screen HDTV home theatres with surround sound, garage-sized game rooms, large screened-in pools with spas an spacious patios plus unique features like kid-themed bedrooms, exercise rooms, offices and more.

3. Privacy

Another great thing about vacation homes is the level of privacy they provide for both you and your family or group. Many homes are located in gated communities and have large private screened in pool patios. And with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, everyone can have their individual privacy as well.

4. More Room to Relax & Play

One of the really fun parts about renting a vacation home is all of the things your family can do together at the house itself. For example, you could watch a blockbuster on the "big screen" in the home theatre, have a family game night at the dining room table or put on a billiard or video game tournament in the game room. And for those moments you need to stretch out relax, you could catch some rays while in the spa or enjoy an outdoor meal on the patio.

5. Communities Close to Disney

We all know how important location is when planning a Disney vacation. Even though vacation homes are off-property, all of the Disney area rentals are located in communities very close to Walt Disney World. Communities like Acadia Estates, Formosa Gardens Estates, Windsor Hills Resort, Windsor Palms Resort and Emerald Island are only 3 or 4 miles from the main gate.

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Now you have lots of questions don't you?
Like where do I start to look for a vacation home?
What companies do I trust?

Well, ALL EARS®.NET has already done the research and makes it easy for you by recommending our partner ALL STAR Vacation Homes! "I believe ALL STAR Vacation Homes offers a wonderful alternative to on property accommodations and at very reasonable prices. They even have a partnership with rental car companies and have special offers for a 'free car' with a week long booking!"

Rentals begin at off-season rates of under a $129.00 per night for a two bedroom, two bath condo that sleeps 6 people. The pool homes start at $219.00 per night in off season for a three bedroom that will sleep 8 which includes free pool heat and the free rental car with a weeks booking. The "5 Star Series" homes start at $299.00 per night in off season for a four bedroom that will sleep 10! (Do the math…10 people in hotel rooms???)

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Coming for a family reunion?

Vacation Homes can accommodate large groups too. For example a 7 bedroom pool home which will sleep 16 will usually have four or more master suites, five or more televisions with VCRs, DVD player, computer, stereo, fully equipped kitchen, private pool and spa, telephone service, washer and dryer, dishwasher, two car garage or game room or home theatre, formal dining rooms, and much more. The off-season rates for 5 Star Home can start at $299.00 per night. And if you need even more space for a larger group many homes are available right next door to each other, just be sure to ask!

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All Star Vacation Homes

ALL STAR Vacation Homes has a very informative friendly website at that will provide a listing of rentals, availability and prices, photos, virtual tours, the on line private chat with a reservations agent and much more. You can also contact them at 1 800 591 5579 (US) or 1 407 997 0733. via e-mail at or through their website online form. ALL STAR offers more than 170 vacation homes within 5 miles of Disney.

All Ears®.net and ALL STAR Vacation Homes have a long standing partnership which has continued to solidify over time. ALL STAR Vacation Homes is the exclusive Vacation Home partner of All Ears®.net!

If you are looking for an alternative to staying on Disney property, give the folks at ALL STAR Vacation Homes the chance to provide you a wonderful place to stay in Orlando.

Read what folks have to say about All Star Vacation Homes!

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Specials for readers

Any® reader will receive savings of $175 off 5 Star Homes or $125 off any other vacation home, with any 7 night reservation (not valid during peak/holiday seasons or with any other discount or special). Be sure to tell the ALL STAR Team member that takes your reservation that Deb says "Hello!" Or redeem this special online by entering the following promotional code when prompted: allears