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East Haven, Connecticut
September 28, 2004
Orange Lakes ofers a Disney Planning Center in the main lobby where you can get park maps that tell you attraction specifics like height requirements and length of shows or attractions, that we found very useful when planning our day in advance.
We were impressed with the security at the entrances who assured that only the people who were supposed to be on the grounds were there. The resort area was enormous. Upon check-in we were provided with a map and directions to our unit; the roadways even have their own street signs.
The two bedroom unit was very spacious with two bathrooms and a balcony that overlooked one of the golf courses. The master bedroom had a huge bed and a private bathroom where as the second bedroom had 2 double beds and access to the second bathroom. There were 3 televisions throughout the unit, just in case anyone wanted to stay in.
Overall this resort has everything that one can ask for when visiting Orlando and the Walt Disney World area.
From journal An Orlando Vacation at Orange Lake
Aiken, South Carolina
August 2, 2004
Check in at Orange Lake can be a bit tedious with long lines, but considering the size of the resort, this may be expected. Don’t expect to check in early. When they say 4:00pm, they mean it. But while you are waiting, free popcorn is available for everyone in the lobby, and there is usually a "balloon man" making decorative shaped balloons for the kids.
We had a three-bedroom unit in one of the new "East Village" high-rise buildings. The view was spectacular! We could literally see for MILES out of EVERY window in the unit. In fact, every window had a fantastic view of their newest golf course as well. The main living space in our unit had a Kitchen/Living Room area with a dining nook. There was also a screened porch. The Master Bedroom had a king bed and a desk which provided excellent space for a computer hookup. The adjoining large Master Bath was well lighted and open, with a whirlpool tub and a good sized walk in shower. The second bedroom was large enough to accommodate two queen beds. The third bedroom was almost a small suite unto itself with a queen bed, sitting area, and full bath. The unit was all on one level, and with elevators serving the building, there were no stairs to climb.
Orange Lake also has a very large number of older two-bedroom "Villas" on the property. We stayed in one of these Villas before, and it really wasn’t up to the quality of the high-rise buildings, but Orange Lake is renovating these older units, and if you get one that has been renovated, you won’t be disappointed with it.
Orange Lake has a large clubhouse, with a game room, a movie theater, a pizza shop, and a restaurant. There are other restaurants on the property as well, and the food is good. There are two miniature golf courses, an 18-hole championship golf course, and an additional 27 holes of golf. Activities are plentiful, and there are special activities such as pool parties, barbeques, "Western" nights, etc. planned for virtually every day.
Orange Lake is, not surprisingly, rated "Gold Crown." And rightly so.
From journal Orange Lake Country Club
November 9, 2002
Orange Lake has 90 holes of golf and 36 holes of mini-put. If golf is your passion (regular or mini-put), visit their website to read all the details. I am not a golfer, so I don't have an opinion to offer on this subject.
You won't find more to do on-site at any other timeshare property, bar none. How many properties boast a movie theatre with free movies on site?
The units are bright, spacious, tastefully decorated, comfortable, and clean. The two bedroom has a master suite with KING bed, which is very important if that's what you are used to a home. The second bedroom has two queen beds. There are two full bathrooms, and a fully equipped, spacious kitchen. There is a large table, with room for eight to eat in comfort, or 10 in a pinch. The kitchen also has counter seating for those meals eaten on the run.
Every two bedroom we have stayed in has had a washer and dryer, three TVs, a queen pull-out couch, and two full bathrooms.
We have stayed at Orange Lake in a two bedroom unit three times and once in a studio rental unit, on a owners referral.
The King studio rentals units are very spacious. They include a separate kitchen area, two full bathrooms, and a common sleeping area, with two king beds and one queen pull-out couch.
The regular studios, the ones you buy (only available as a resale now), are not as big. They have one bathroom, and the rest of the unit is in one room. There is a mini-kitchen (no oven, but there is a microwave and a stove), a small round table for four people, two queen beds, and a twin pullout couch. It is not suitable for four adults, but a family with two adults and two kids would be fine.
This is what we own, but we have never stayed in one. We always bank our week in August, and often trade for a two bedroom in May, at Orange Lake. The smallest unit we have traded for was a studio in Cancun at Royal Sunset. It was still great for a romantic getaway, with plenty of room for two.
In May 2003, we have booked (through an RCI exchange) a three bedroom unit one week and a two bedroom the next week in Costa del Sol, Spain, near Malaga.
Orange Lake and Disney are in such great demand that our studio unit has great trading value within RCI. Let's face it, you don't spend a lot of time in your unit, no matter how nice it is, because there is so much to do at Orange Lake Resort and Country Club, and in the Orlando area.
FYI - Non-owners can only trade to Orange Lake once every three or four years, but I'm not sure which, so check with RCI.
From journal Walt Disney World
June 26, 2006
Orange Lake CC is located just a few miles from Disney World on Route 192 in Orlando, FL, Disney World is just minutes away. SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and all the wonderful experiences and restaurants of Orlando are all just a short drive away, too.Orange Lake is a beautiful, spacious, self-contained timeshare resort with about 2,000 units. Each unit (except the studios) is equipped with a full kitchen, laundry facilities, and beautifully decorated living/dining rooms. Most two-bedroom units feature whirlpool tubs in the master bedroom. Three-bedroom units feature a separate living room/bedroom area for the third bedroom. Why vacation out of a hotel room when a resort like this is available?There are more than seven pools located throughout the resort including a beautiful pool complex complete with water slides, a lazy river, restaurants, shops, and Internet access known as River Island. Just completed in May, 2006, River Island makes Orange Lake the perfect destination for families as well as single adults looking for a great vacation.
There is also a huge pool complex located in the West Village, featuring four pools (including an Olympic-size pool for the serious swimmer), a miniature gold course, bar and plenty of places to relax in the sun or shade. The North Village features Splash Lagoon, a large, walk-in swimming area with water fountains, restaurants, and lots of fun. The existence of three large, separate swimming areas keeps your vacation from getting boring!Orange Lake is a complete vacation destination, even if you're not a big Disney World fan. There are four beautiful golf courses, a movie theater gym, and a beautiful lake with water sports (such as jet skis, boating, water skiing) along with the three large pool areas. A fun-packed daily activity schedule includes bingo, children's craft activities, nightly adult and family activities, and various exercise classes. On-site restaurants meet anyone's needs, from Pizza to fine dining. On-site shuttle service is available at regular intervals throughout the day and evening, so you don't even need to worry about your car.Orange Lake is a great destination whether you're looking for a restful, calm vacation or a fun-filled week at the parks. We've done both—stayed at the resort and relaxed all week, and explored Universal or Disney World all week, and Orange Lake has made all our vacations exceptional!
From journal Magical Week At Orange Lake CC
March 27, 2006
From journal Orange Lake Spring Break Vacation
July 21, 2005
We had a two-bedroom unit and my brother had a three-bedroom unit. The units were very well equipped, with a full kitchen and everything you needed to cook and eat in for dinner, plus a washer and dryer in each unit. Each unit also had a patio or balcony. The units were large enough that it was comfortable just hanging out at the three-bedroom place with seven adults and five kids. They also provide you with laundry detergent. There was also a Publix supermarket at the Orange Lake Town Center, a strip mall right next to the resort, which made it super convenient.
Housekeeping does not come in during the week to clean or provide new towels, unless you want to pay the extra fee. But they were quite responsive - we didn't have any sheets or pillows in our unit for the pull-out sofa bed, and we called at 10:30pm and they brought them right away. Same for the toaster that didn't work - they brought a new one in a box within 30 minutes.
The resort also has free movie nights, which we never had the opportunity to take advantage of. And our kids really enjoyed the pools and waterslides at Splash Lagoon.
However, the downside of this resort is that you basically have to get into your car to drive to the pool or to go anywhere, as the resort itself was so large. So if you want someplace with large units where you can just hang out as a home base (like renting a condo), then this is the place for you. If you prefer a hotel-like resort atmosphere, as we do, where you can take the elevator down to the pool and walk everywhere you go on the beautifully landscaped grounds, then this isn't someplace I would recommend.
From journal Disney World Vacation
April 2, 2006
A shuttle service runs the entire resort every 20 minutes, so big kids can get from place to place without hitching a ride with the adults. There are paths for roller blading, jogging, or walking, and a fitness area with machines. The West Village Pool Complex also has a playground and kid's pool, and makes a great place to hang out after check-out and while waiting to head to the airport. The resort is really spectacular and a great time for families.
From journal Kissimmee Family Vacation
September 19, 2004
Second, the room was in poor condition. Time was spent removing roaches from the kitchen area, killing a 2-inch spider, and cleaning a moldy refrigerator (the next guests should be sending us a thank you note). The front desk was of no help whatsoever. We called numerous times to have the insects (disgusting) removed (husband was good enough to remove), to get clean towels (had to bring them in from the pool area), and to clean the refrigerator. They were courteous enough to say they would send someone, but not once did anyone arrive. After the last call, we gave up and did the cleaning of the room ourselves.
Understandably an old resort, but it can be kept looking good with paint, clean sheets, a few good cleaners, and better management.
Third, when they tried to sell us a time share for this resort and we told them we were not interested, they asked us for the reasoning (I do have to say they were interested in the reasoning). Before we even finished with the first incident we were rudely cut off. Very disappointed, especially with this being a crown-category resort.
From journal Honeymoon trip to Kissimmee florida
by Robin Ward
June 15, 2005
One quick tip: The Orlando airport was close, but we flew into Tampa and rented a car. This was great because we got to see other parts of Florida on our way. It was only about 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the resort from there.
We were located in the wing by the pool with the waterfalls. Awesome!! They were very clean rooms. I am a stickler for clean rooms, and this truly was. If you can, try to request this wing when you arrive. They won't let you request it on the phone, so don't forget to ask when you get there.
Both areas for the pools had snack bars that were really reasonably priced. I was surprised, considering it was a resort. It was very handy to have. There was a cabana boy who would walk around to take drink orders. Way cool! I thought I was being spoiled this week.
We didn't visit any of the nearby attractions, except for Gatorland. That was cool. I would definitely visit this place again. A lot of regular visitors to this place didn't even know about Gatorland. We also visited NASA, which was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. We went to Florida planning on just winging it. We live in Arizona, so we visit the attractions there, which are similar, except for a couple. But we spent most of our time on the grounds, as there were activities to do all the time. I love the evening shows. The lake was on site, but I was too scared to enter the waters in Florida due to alligators. Understandable!!! I am bummed I did not get to play the putt-putt golf. We were so busy at the pools that we forgot. This place had everything. We didn’t' get to the movies, either. It was just truly relaxing! We never have a relaxing trip.
The only drawback to the facility was it shutdown too early, 10pm. There is a 3-hour time difference for us, so that was early. But it is a family resort! I had to keep reminding myself of this. I truly enjoyed this place!
We did visit with the resort sales people, but told them we were not interested to buy on the phone and they were cool with that. There was no pressure at all. We sat with them, and they gave us $30 towards the NASA center and a free breakfast.
I would extremely highly recommend coming to Orange Lake Country Club.
From journal Relaxing in the Florida Sun!
by Stephanie in AZ
June 30, 2004
Every unit did have their own private patio and parking was right in front of the units, which was nice because you did not need to fight to find a parking space. Housekeeeping left you extra towels and sheets for the week. Although we did have a washer and dryer in the unit the resort only gave you two single use boxes of Tide laundry detergent. So if you wanted to do more laundry than two washings you had to buy detergent yourself.
Otherwise, our week was good there. I would not recommend going during the summer months unless you don't mind the humidity! (I was awful walking around the parks with it being humid.)
From journal Florida Getaway