Back in March we met up with another family to hang out at Disney World for the weekend. We decided to stay at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando and wanted to share our thoughts since it is a property that many traveling families will likely consider when heading to Disney. In Part 1 of the review I covered the room, an overview of the property, their transportation options to Disney, and the on-site dining options. In this post I will look at some of the many amenities, the Regency Club, the process of getting Disney tickets through them, and how you can do it too.

The Pools:

This hotel has very solid water offerings for families! There is a 1/2 acre free flowing lagoon pool, twelve waterfalls, two whirlpools, a water slide, splash zone, and more. It is fresh off a pretty substantial renovation and it looks great! It was a bit cold while we were there in early March, but it was warm enough for us to play in one of the heated pools for a little bit. If we were there in the summer we could easily spend a ton of time taking advantage of all the pools and water features.

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20130520-153342.jpgIn addition to the pools there is a sandy beach area for the kids to play in as well. This backs up to a small lake that is not for swimming.

Other Outdoor Amenities:

Accompanying the large amount of pools and water activities, the resort has plenty of activities on dry land. Some of those include bike rentals, a rock wall, and a golf course.

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Regency Club:

The hotel has a Regency Club with both indoor and outdoor seating areas. You can book a Regency Club room for additional dollars or points, or get access by having Diamond status with Hyatt. Many Regency Clubs in the US aren’t overly amazing, but this one was actually one of the better ones.

As shown in the photo below, the Regency Club is open from 6:30AM – 9:00AM for breakfast.  It is closed from 3PM – 5PM in the afternoon.  From 5PM – 9PM there are evening snacks served.

20130520-160623.jpgThe evening spread was pretty decent with one hot dish, many appetizers, sushi, wraps, bruschetta, and more.

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20130520-160656.jpgWe didn’t have any problem getting seats, but it did get pretty busy at peak times.

20130520-160714.jpgThere were plenty of breakfast options to keep us happy for the few days we were there.

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20130520-160749.jpgBuying Disney Tickets Through the Hotel:

Thanks to a very lucrative MyPoints.com and OpenSky promo in 2012, I had a good amount of Hyatt gift certificates to use.  While much of this hotel stay was already paid for via a certificate I won at a charity auction, I decided to charge Disney tickets to the room and pay for them via those Hyatt certificates.  I wasn’t 100% sure it would work, but it did.  There was a small fee to do this – I think about $3 per ticket, but it was well worth it in our case as the bulk of our Disney ticket expense was covered via the Hyatt certificates I had on hand.

Normally I like to buy my tickets via a discount link to UnderCoverTourist from the MouseSavers newsletter, but they don’t really discount tickets of less than three days anyway.  In my case it was a no-brainer to use the certificates to significantly reduce the cost of the weekend.  It also allowed us to go straight to the gate at Disney instead of having to get tickets (though that wouldn’t have added too much time).

You Can Do it Too:

This is a Category 5 property that is fresh off a renovation.  It seems to be common for rates to be between $200 – $300 per night, so it isn’t “cheap”, but if you plan to take advantage of the many resort features it isn’t horrible.  Of course it is a much better value if you can use points and not have the out of pocket cost.  It would require 18,000 Gold Passport points or Ultimate Reward points transferred in 1:1 via cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or Ink Plus® Business Card.  This is a hotel that would be worth using your two free nights that come with the Hyatt Credit Card (make a reservation on Hyatt.com and you may get an offer for a $100 statement credit on top of the two free nights) if visiting a Category 6 isn’t in your plans.  Using points would save you from the $25 daily resort fee.  If the rates are closer to $300 I would strongly consider using points, otherwise it would come down to looking at my budget and points balance and making a call.

Overall Impressions:

If all you want is a hotel close to Disney with a clean bed to sleep in at night, this is probably not the place for you.  If you want a Hyatt resort property where you can take advantage of using points or your elite benefits, this may be the place for you.  We very much enjoyed the Regency Club and they do have some high quality outdoor amenities.  It is very much not a Disney property.  It is more of a large resort that wants you to spend several days of your vacation on-site enjoying their amenities and activities.  When we were there we saw a few other families, but far more convention goers than families.  If you don’t value the activities they have on the property, or you want to be closer to Disney, you will be better served elsewhere.  We enjoyed our stay for the most part, and I do like the property, but we will probably do our next Disney-centered vacation back on Disney property while Little C is still little.

Have you stayed at this property before?  What are your thoughts?

 

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Posted by Mommy Points | 10 Comments

10 Responses to “Disney World in a Weekend: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando (Part 2)”

  1. Rayn says:

    Do one get hyatt pts for the disney ticket purchase? Plus the diamond/platinum bonus?
    If it does, would the points earned be a better discount for short term tickets?

    • mommypoints says:

      Rayn, great question. I did not earn Hyatt points for that directly, but you would earn for the hotel bill as a whole on your Hyatt credit card (or other card).

  2. Jon says:

    I think what he’s asking is, did the Disney tickets count as Hyatt spend? I.e. if I were to purchase Disney tickets from the Swan or Dolphin, with my SPG card, would I get the 4x bonus for SPG spend?

    • mommypoints says:

      Sorry I wasn’t clear, no they do not count as Hyatt spend for the purposes of earning points via Hyatt Gold Passport. They will, however, be lumped into the total hotel bill so you will earn extra points via your hotel loyalty credit card for the stay since the Hyatt card pays out at a higher rate for Hyatt charges. I haven’t tried this at the Swan yet, so I can’t say for sure how it works there.

  3. margo says:

    Thanks for the review, I would love more info on staying at Disney properties with points

    • mommypoints says:

      Margo, there are two SPG properties on Disney property that you can stay at one points – The Swan and Dolphin. We have stayed at the Swan before and had a good experience.

  4. Hi can you please help me, my daughter wedding anniversary is in June, her 26th birthday is in June,am her hubby is starting medical school on Monday the 27th. she is a full time mum with two beautiful boys and knowing her hubby is starting school and her anniversary is coming up and her birthday and she is expecting, I want to ask you to please give me two nights for them at your beautiful hotel and park, please I can only afford $100 to pay for them please be kind to help them please as make it romantic for them as I am disabled and unable to give them anything and I am sad as I have to face the shame of asking you to help out here,please, I lived in the UK my daughters live with my brother is valrico, please help my daughter to celebrate please, thanking you kindly, your sincerely a desperate mum.Monica

  5. Cathy Edwards says:

    Hi there, thanks for the great article. I am thinking of getting the Barclay’s 40,000 points card; worth about $440 in travel expenses. Do you think I could charge a Disney Annual Pass? How specific are the hotels bills for items. I am thinking of just charging the pass (florida resident) or paying for a hotel night and charging a pass.

  6. Danny C. says:

    I stayed here last year using certs. earned from our credit union. It was a nice property but NOT a Disney like experience. The resort had a cold feel overall and although the regency was nice, the concierge at Disney and Universal were far superior. The pool area was nice but the bar area near it was odd as we found intoxicated guests in the hot tub with kids running around. It not a “stay away” property but no substitute for Disney or Universal properties.

  7. David says:

    More of an FYI, but for hotels where the rates are in the $150-200 range, it may be cheaper to book through Chase UR Travel, and not transfer the UR pts to Hyatt.

    For example: this hotel during a weekend in July is going for $159, and using UR pts, it is 13200 pts per night, instead of 18000 Hyatt GP pts. I’m not positive about elite benefits though…

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