TOONion Resort! #1 – Those Crazy Water Park Rules!

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Ever wondered how far Reunion would take the crazy water park rules?
Our first ever Toonion Resort sketch takes a fun filled look at what President Obama’s visit to Reunion Resort’s water park might be like!

Click on the image to view the image in full size!

Reunion Resort’s management continues to make things deliberately difficult for guests staying in privately owned homes to access the resort amenities that owners have paid for, for so many years.
The very unpopular approach is a poor attempt to encourage guests to book directly with the resort, and to encourage owners to move their homes to the ‘Official Rental Program’.

All it has achieved is harden existing and very loyal owners against the resort.

The No-Union Water Park is cartoon #1 in our series, so keep following our blog for future editions!

Margaritaville Village To Remove Reunion’s Stranglehold?

I’d covered the Margaritaville Village development recently, as a very loose connection to Reunion.
The Margaritaville developer, Encore, has an interest in Reunion, so deserved a quick mention I thought.
Interestingly, I can’t deny my tentative hopes that Margritaville, at some day, could be something that Reunion Resort house guests could make great use of.
Thankfully, today, Jim Bagley from Encore, announced in the Orlando Sentinel, that Margaritaville (under 10 mins from Reunion), would also be open to the general public.

Although Margaritaville is a few years away from serving its first cocktail, this is incredibly good news for private homeowners on Reunion Resort.  The strangle hold on owners choosing to keep their homes in private ownership looks finally set to loosen in a spectacular way!

Not only can homeowners save almost $400 a month to obtain 40 days of access for their guests, the Margaritaville water park is almost certainly going to be in a different league to Reunion’s albeit very nice water park!
Shame it’s come to this, but I for one will be considering abandoning the Reunion membership in favor of a much better return, both financially, and beneficially.

It’s Always 5pm somewhere in the world!

Margaritaville Plan

Encore Ventures Slightly Further Away From Reunion

Margaritaville_logoWhile the Encore Club makes steady progress over on Reunion Resort’s west side, the developer seems confident enough in the growth of interest in specialist resorts to partner with Jimmy Buffet and a 300 acre Margarita Village resort up by the 192.
Just minutes away from Reunion Resort, the tropical themed paradise will take place of what was once known as ‘Splendid China‘, a now derelict tourist attraction, formerly funded at a cost of $100m by the Chinese government in 1993.
After 10 years, things came to an end, and closed for good in December 2003.

Now it looks as though the Encore team have another major project under way in the immediate area around Reunion Resort.
From the Margarita Village Blog

Reunion’s Condos Are Perfect For Autumn Getaways!

One of the best times of year, Early Fall is a great opportunity to enjoy the peace and beauty of Central Florida.
The temperatures hold well throughout the day and the summer rains are beginning to ease off in October.
Best of all, the theme parks and golf courses are generally very quiet during the weekdays, in stark contrast to the previous months.
September in particular is without doubt the best month to book accommodation, with almost unlimited choice to select a perfect vacation rental from.
For short breaks, the Condos on Reunion Resort are perfect for space, lifestyle and value if you are going to squeeze a quick golf break or family getaway into your busy schedule.
With full kitchens, laundry rooms, balconies, TVs in most rooms, and family living areas, these fully self contained apartments are unrivaled for their combination of quality and cost (Value!).

A 3 bedroom condo in low season, can sleep 8 for as little as $1000/wk and now that investors are turning attention to the Resort, some newly furnished examples like this in the Villas area, are far more comfortable than an equivalent hotel room on a $ per person per night basis.

Images courtesy of Jeeves Reunion Resort Condo Rentals


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Magical Dining Month At Reunion Resort

Magical Dining 2015

Orlando food lovers can rejoice a little earlier than usual in 2015 as the region’s amazing ‘Magical Dining’ program kicks off its preview week on Saturday August 24th 2015.
If you’ve not heard of Magical Dining month before, here’s a very quick rundown;

  • Over 70 Orlando area restaurants are participating in 2015
  • Diners can enjoy a special ‘short menu’ with 3 courses for $33 (+taxes gratuity and beverages)
  • Reservations aren’t essential but are highly recommended
  • The restaurants regular menu is still available at regular pricing
  • The event runs from August 24th through September 30th 2015
  • For every diner, the restaurant will also donate $1 to ELEVATE Orlando
  • Check here for participating restaurants
  • Reunion’s Forte and Eleven Restaurants are participating in 2015

Reunion Resort’s Eleven – Magical Dining Menu

Choice of Appetizers
COCONUT SHRIMP
Served with pina colada sauce
CAPRESE SALAD
Tomato, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, balsamic glaze
Choice of Entrèes
CHICKEN OSCAR
Lobster, asparagus, bearnaise sauce, couscous

PAN SEARED SALMON
Cucumber slaw, key lime butter sauce, mashed potatoes, broccolini

GRILLED HANGER STEAK
Chimichurri sauce, mashed potatoes, asparagus

Choice of Desserts

VANILLA BEAN CREME BRULEE

HOUSE MADE GELATO OR SORBET


Reunion Resort’s Forte – Magical Dining Menu

Choice of Appetizers
BEET & GOAT CHEESE SALAD
Roasted, pickled and confit beets, goat cheese, Arugula & honey herb vinaigrette

STUFFED PEPPERS
Red & green peppers with Italian sausage, bulgur wheat, sauteed vegetables & Asiago cheese

Choice of Entrèes
VEAL SALTIMBOCCA
Pan fried veal cutlets with sage, prosciutto, mozzarella, mushroom risotto & asparagus

CHICKEN FLORENTINE
Herb-crusted free range airline chicken breast stuffed with spinach & mozzarella
with pan-fried potato crisp & truffled bechamel sauce

THREE CHEESE RAVIOLI ALFREDO
Ricotta, Parmesan & mozzarella ravioli, creamy Alfredo sauce, confit tomatoes,
spinach & fried basil

Choice of Desserts
HOUSE MADE CANNOLIS
Fresh made cannolis with sweet mascarpone cream & dark chocolate shavings

TRIPLE CHEESECAKE
Flavored with a hint of citrus & vanilla bean


New Freeway Project – Could Hugely Affect Reunion Resort

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A developer/consultation meeting will take place at Reunion Resort’s Grande Ballroom on August 12th between 11am and midday to discuss the proposed I-4/Poinciana connector route.
The map above shows the original 6 routes under consideration, however currently only 4 options are available as follows;

  • Corridor 2a (Route immediately close to Assembly Ct & Gathering Dr – Intersecting at the I-4/429 (60 ramp)
  • Corridor 3 (The route along the existing SR532 – past Publix and the resort main entrance)
  • Corridor 4 (UPDATE: AUG 4th – Corridor 4 is eliminated from the project, leaving 2a, 3 or ‘no build’)
  • Final option – No project (fingers crossed!!)

Owners, members and residents will be offered the opportunity to hear more about the potential projects and to express their opinions to the project’s representative (Ch2m)

Corridor 1, must have been too close to Celebration and received a lot of feedback, probably eliminating it from further study.
Unless we want the area immediately to the North of the resort (route 2A) being turned into a huge roadway, we may be wise to engage with the project and have our voices heard.
Equally corridor 3 poses even more disruption to the 532 (Osceola Polk Line Rd), which effectively serves the main entrance to the resort.

In practical terms, the economic importance of the resort, and the upcoming businesses around Reunion probably rule that option out, but we can’t take that assumption.  We need to have a voice, if anything due to the fact that every remaining route will face very tough opposition from equally unhappy businesses and residents.
The proposal with the least opposition could well become the default option, and that could easily be route 2a, past Gathering and the northern area of the Watson course.

If you are not able to attend, please send your questions or concerns about the proposal to jesse.blouin@ch2m.com copy amy.sirmans@dot.state.fl.us

For more information on the general project, here’s the Osceola Expressway Plan website and here’s the Osceola Parkway Extension project website.

Never a dull day in paradise!!!

Reunion Relying On Grapes To Boost Their Own Rentals?

GrapesIf you had ever hoped that Reunion would some day embrace the loyal members that invested deeply into the resort over the last 10 years, this latest snippet may dash your hopes forever.
I’ve not had chance to confirm this, but, a report came back that the water park staff are wandering around the water park, handing out occasional complimentary treats to guests.
Nice touch? Wait for it;

ONLY IF THE GUESTS ARE MEMBERS OR STAYING IN A REUNION MANAGED HOME!

If true, Reunion appears to be relying on a plastic cup with 3 grapes in it as part of their ‘masterplan’ to win over guests, members and homeowners alike.
One Reunion member commented ‘Reunion may as well spit in the eyes of water park guests’.

Reunion’s tactics of dividing guests into ‘privately managed and Reunion official rental program’ may seem like a plan to their marketing team, but divisive tactics typically aren’t successful in the long run, and definitely develop an overwhelming distaste towards a brand.
If a bunch of grapes is their best shot, we’ve got to wonder what’s next in their master plan?

Nice one Reunion.  The only resort in the world that does not offer satisfaction to all of its legitimate patrons.
Disgraceful tactics if true and I would never trust the integrity of a business that deliberately made guests feel unappreciated!

If anyone has any updates on this rumor, we’d be glad to update/correct this article.

Encore Club Resort – Progress Update

I’ve just had sight of the latest images from the new Encore Club resort that’s currently under construction over on the Sinclair Rd area of Reunion Resort.
There seems to have been a big push on construction over the last month and the area is beginning to show a hint of its form as a resort.
From the aerial image below, we can see around 50 of the Encore Club villas in a fair state of readiness, but also, the clubhouse is starting to show some of its ornate styling and features.
For further images and details, please visit the Jeeves Encore Club Villas blog.

Encore Club Aerial Image

Image courtesy of www.theencoreclub.com

One thing that is very noticeable, is the offering of amenities and services that are available to owners and their guests.
Bear in mind that access is unlimited to any guest or member of the Encore Club that is staying in any of the approved property management homes.
A stark contrast to the ‘ever changing’ policies that Reunion Resort has adopted over the last 10 years.

Amenities include;

• 24 HOUR FRONT DESK SERVICE
• CONCIERGE SERVICES
• COMPLIMENTARY TRANSPORTATION (Reunion Resort wide and attractions!) 
• WITHIN ENCORE CLUB
• WITHIN REUNION
• SHOPPING VENUES
• PARKS AND ATTRACTIONS
• AQUA PARK / POOLS
• CABANAS
• FITNESS CENTER
• KIDS ROOM / ACTIVITIES ROOM
• CONVENIENCE MARKETPLACE
• CABANA BAR AND GRILL / POOLSIDE DINING • FULL SERVICE BAR AND LOUNGE
• CASUAL CLUBHOUSE ALL-DAY DINING
• BELL SERVICE
• WIFI THROUGHOUT RESORT
• FITNESS CLASSES
• LOCAL ATTRACTION TICKETING
• BICYCLE RENTALS
• FULL ACTIVITIES PROGRAM FOR ALL AGES
• SPA SERVICES
• FACIALS • MASSAGE • MANICURE • PEDICURE
• GRILL RENTALS
• CHEF / BARTENDER / PARTY SERVERS • LAUNDRY / DRY CLEANING
• BABYSITTING

Frankly Putting Pad Closed

Frankly Golf

I’m told that one of the nicest people in golf has closed the doors on a very popular business at Reunion Resort.
The Frankly Putting Pad ceased operations very recently, to make way for Reunion Resort’s offices, (about to be relocated from its former location over at the disused fire station).

A number of members have expressed outrage at the loss of the golf world’s most highly respected technical experts.
I’m unable to verify this, but one owner advised me that Reunion had suggested that the recent upheavals were down to Encore asking Reunion to leave land that Encore currently owns at the fire station, (let’s treat that as a speculation for now).

If this rumor is true, my understanding though, was that the resort had been aware of Encore’s plans for some considerable time and not something that should have been a surprise.
I’m hoping that the Frankly Putting Pad has not been closed for this reason, as it would further underline an apparent trend of short sighted mentality at Reunion.

Sadly, Frank Thomas, the esteemed inventor of the graphite shaft and the man responsible for introducing the Stimpmeter, will no longer be a part of your golf technique improvement program at Reunion Resort.

HOA Notices For Homes With Garage Conversions

A couple of people had contacted the blog lately regarding letters received from the HOA about their garage conversions.

Obviously the letters had caused a lot of concern for owners, that had perhaps used their garage space for games rooms or home theaters.  These ‘bonus rooms’ are a big financial commitment to their property investment and perhaps not one they’d really look forward to ‘undoing’.

I took a few minutes to catch up with the HOA’s Oraine Williams, Sr, Community Association Manager who to me, offered a very balanced understanding of the current use of the garage spaces. His underlying message to owners was ‘not to panic’.

Oraine mentioned that he has no intent to cause any concern for owners and was working very intently on potential options that would create a long term solution without hardship to the homeowners, and the wider community.

He mentioned that the background to the heightened awareness stems from the rising level of ‘on street’ parking within the resort.
Oraine did mention that without a good solution, the resort would Read more…