on August 23, 2007
My parents have owned a timeshare at Orange Lake since the mid-80s and I have been there many times. My wife and I bought a week last year. Don't buy a timeshare from the resort. We bought our week (pre-owned) on eBay. Total cost for a week in August, including closing costs, was approximately $4,500. A coworker bought a less desirable November week from the resort the year before and paid over $10,000.Check-in was a hassle. The woman who checked me in was pushy and wanted us to meet with their sales staff, to convert our week to points. We agreed to the one hour sales pitch and received approximately $67 worth of miniature golf and food/drink coupons for saying no.They have built a lot of new units in recent years and I noticed the cleaning staff is having problems keeping up. Our unit was not as clean as past years and was missing quite a few kitchen items when we arrived. To their credit, someone brought the missing items within an hour of us phoning the front desk.We ran into some rowdy college aged kids at the swimming pools. I hope this isn't a trend. In the past, Orange Lake was a family place.We took our kids, age 4 and 5, to the new River Island water park (inside the resort). They hired attendants (we called them 'pool Nazis') to patrol the water park and make sure nobody uses store-bought inner tubes. If you want to use an inner tube, you are forced to rent one from the resort. The problem is, our children (ages 4 and 5) were unable to use the rented tubes - they slip right through. We were disgusted by the experience and vowed to never use the water park again. Even though we had some problems this year, Orange Lake is still a very nice resort with plenty of activities. It is very close to Disney and other attractions in the Orlando area. If you want to stay on the resort, there is plenty to keep you entertained.
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