This was our first experience staying at the Worldmark in Anaheim as we typically stay at one of the hotels directly across from the pedestrian entrance. We stayed in 1019, which was a 2 BR, 2 BA unit with a king in one BR and twins in the other. There were 4 adults and 1 child under 3 in our party, so the child slept on the pull-out sofa. It was okay for a 3 year old, but definitely not very comfortable for an adult, so keep that in mind if you have more than 4 staying in the unit. One of the twin beds was also very wobbly, although we never called it in. Check in was easy (and we were able to check in early), but they do the typical timeshare ploy of having you pick up your parking pass at their Resort Host desk (AKA the "try to sign you up for a presentation" desk). We stayed 4 nights and our Transit tax upon check in was $81.68. Their sales pitch for the presentation was $100 AMEX gift card to help offset the taxes. We are Wyndham Plus owners, and decided to go for their free breakfast the morning of our departure (more about that later).
The timeshare is within walking distance (about a mile away), but after spending full days at Disneyland/California Adventure we knew we wouldn't want to be walking back, so we purchased ART 3 day passes at the kiosk in the lobby of Worldmark. The 3 day passes were $10 for adults and $4 for children over 3. The stop is directly in front of Worldmark and drops you off in the shuttle lot at Disneyland. The passes included unlimited riding and our route, #8 only stopped at 3 other hotels in the area. Most of the passengers on the bus were from Worldmark. Although the bus wasn't always exactly on schedule, they seemed to be fairly close to their every 20 minutes, and during peak times (when Disneyland closed at night) they had multiple busses waiting. We were able to take our stroller onboard with each trip with no issues. Overall the bus experience was very positive and more cost effective than parking in a Disney lot and being shuttled to the same area for drop off/pick up.
The Gardenwalk is a restaurant/shopping area directly behind Worldmark, so there are plenty of dining and shopping choices in the immediate area. We ate at Bubba Gumps one night and had a very pleasant dining experience. Our bill for 4 adults (no alcohol) was just under $100.
Since we were trying to do the trip on a budget, we packed our lunches each day into the park. I had found a small soft-sided ice chest that fit in the stroller bottom basket. We were able to get 4 sandwiches, fruit, snacks plus frozen water bottles into it and did not have any issues passing through the security checkpoint each day. We had to open the bag for inspection, but were never questioned. This saved us TONS of money in Disney and we were able to spend our $$ on treats in the park instead of food for lunch. I spent a total of $4 during our 3 days there and my daughter spent $13. We ate our dinners in each night with the exception of Bubba Gumps.
Overall the experience at Worldmark was great. Because we had signed up for the presentation, we were not nagged each day by phone. Our unit was clean and well appointed, although there were no trivets for hot dishes or coasters for glasses. The unit had 6 small packets of common spices (garlic powder, parsley, etc) along with S&P shakers. There were also not any extra towels in the unit, but we made do with the ones we had plus a beach towel we had brought along for the 2 year old.
The sales presentation - guaranteed to only be from 8 - 9 AM. Free breakfast, advertised to be scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes with fruit ended up being a spoon full of fruit on your styrofoam plate, and 1/2 of a large breakfast burrito (you did have a choice of bacon or sausage). There were also a few danish pastries out. That was our menu for Friday morning, but I believe they change it depending upon the day. So we are supposed to arrive at 7:45 AM, we are taken to 'register' where they asked for a driver's license and credit card (which I questioned so they didn't notate the card #s). Then it's off to the 'buffet' and your assigned representative. You actually eat your breakfast in their 'office' (cubicle), then are led into a room to watch a presentation and video, then back to the reps desk. By the time I found a break in the conversation to tell her we weren't interested, it was 9:30 AM. Once I explained we weren't going to buy, they were friendly and had us complete the paperwork for the $100 AMEX card. There was no high pressure sales pitch, so overall for 1.5 hours we felt it wasn't bad to get the gift card. The rest of the family was invited to attend, but they stayed back in the room packing up to leave.
I saw lots of comments before we left on the trip about the elevators. The elevators were slow, but not enough to make the wait unbearable. We were always able to get on the elevator the first time (no long waits).
I would definitely stay there again the next time we go to Disneyland. 4 stars due to comfort of the sleeper sofa, wobbly bed, no free internet, and lack of hot water (one of their boilers broke during our stay).
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