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“Very disappointing....” 1 of 5 stars
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Orange Lake Resort and Country Club
8505 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Celebration, FL 34747   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 hotels in Celebration
Shanty Bay
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Very disappointing....”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Where do we start? Check in was okay, but we were immediately shuffled over to get "discount" attraction/golf tickets. We normally don't agree to the time share presentations, but we thought we would save some money... and they said it would only be an hour (more on this in a bit).
We checked into our villa, it was West Village. These are the oldest units there. They have done a few upgrades (counters, floors etc..), but still seemed out-dated (the tv's were not flat screen). We were right at the 4th hole on one of the golf courses too. Having three young children, we were concerned with their safety. We did call to express our concern, but they refused to accomodate us or make other suggestions. We also informed them of our screen which had fallen off as soon as we opened the door. They did come and fix it.
We went to our time share presentation the following morning. Of course the one hour turned into three hours. I think they couldn't believe that we didn't love their resort!!!! What they showed us compared to our unit was totally different. Anyhow, we did get our discount play pass tickets. Don't buy them....you don't need them. What a waste of money. We can't believe they charge for such things as mini golf, the hippo slide, a tube for the lazy river!!!! You can't bring your own beer to the pool either. More money spent......
Speaking of pools. You have to drive or take a shuttle to get to any pool. The pool areas are nice, but cluttered and hard to find a chair (especially at River Island).
We golfed at Legend's Walk. That was nice for a walking course. Make sure you reserve tee times as soon as you get there. The other courses fill up fast. We could only golf the one day.
For a resort (which prides itself on gold crown too), it was very costly and not relaxing. Too big and obnoxious for our liking. Never again!!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

OLR&CC is a Holiday Inn owned property which is located on 1100 fabulously landscaped acres just 4 mi. from Disney and actually adjacent to Animal Kingdom. Disney World was the initial draw for us to come here. When the grandchildren had done DW enough times to satiate, we continued to come. The golf courses are the big draw for us.
There are several kinds of housing to accommodate from 2-8. We choose the 2 BR fairway apartments which are tastefully furnished and appointed. The beds and pillows are lusciously comfortable, the units are clean and fully equipped. When we are inside, we feel like we are fully alone. On the patio, we meet only the golfers passing by and an occasional Sand Hill Crane or Hawk.
There are many guests - I venture to guess several thousand or more- from all countries coming and going, but the layout of this place is so innovative and grand, that one does not get a crowded feeling. There are places to gather, sunset at the beach and pool over Orange Lake, games nights, movies, exercise rooms, restaurants. They make it fun for adults as well as children.
There are five or six restaurants, 6 pools, 4 fabulous golf courses, a Lodge with rooms and plenty of activities throughout to satisfy any age. Several of the pools are river-like with moving water on which you may get a inner tube and take a "mile long" ride. The lush landscaping is beautifully maintained and even though a major highway goes through over head, one hardly notices as they have so carefully concealed it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Second stay. Preferred the bungalow this year which although more dated than the "blocks" enabled parking right outside so very easy trandfer of luggage and shopping. We love the fact that on Priceline we've got this for about $120 a night for two years in a row. Two bed condo with kitchen and living area. Very good value. Pool areas are great with slides for the kids and a long lazy river. You need to pay extra for flotation devices although after a few hours you can pick up "abandoned" ones for free! We've never eaten on site but that's beause it's so handy for various restaurants offering great food and drink deals. Applebwees on a Monday offering 60oz of beer for $5.99 and half price appetizers as an example.
So easy breakfast in the apartment, sandwiiches in the Disney park (made at the condo) followed by cheap evening meal. The breakfast and lunch can be quite healthy! Evening meal probably not !!
We'd give it 5 stars but you always need to be careful to avoid the time share salespeople. Don't accept the $20 voucher on check in and be careful of all phone calls.
Overall, excellent place to stay but remember it's a timeshare and you can get it for $120 a week without any up front cost or maintenance charge or anything else. Enjoy!

Room Tip: You have washer dryer so you can wash towels / sheets without paying for room service
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

We recently stayed at Orange Lake for four days. Beautifully well appointed property. The amenities are first class. We stayed in the East. Village. This is the furthest village from the registration area. Located about 15 minutes from I 4, this property is very large. Travel throughout the property is either by your personal vehicle or the provided shuttles. This is a timeshare property so be prepared, if you are a first time visitor, to attend a sales meeting. If attending its best to schedule an early morning appointment since presentations take over 2 hours regardless of what you are told.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Great amenities. Something for all ages. Water slides, lots of pools, beach and close to shopping. Super target just outside gate with lots of restaurants but you can save money by cooking in your own private kitchen in your own private villa. Disney World close by. Lots of golf and kids programs. We have been coming here for over 20 years and there is always something new to see.

Room Tip: We like the golf villas as you have golf course right outside the door. Not to fond of the highrise...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

Awesome resort! Our family of 6 had a great time! Our unit was clean, well stocked and spacious! The landscaping here is beautiful! My 4 year old didnt want to get out of the pool or the lazy river even though he was definitely water logged :)

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Minnesota, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

I've been going to Orange Lake for over 25 years, with my parents, as an adult and now as a parent myself with my children. I've seen it all in all stages and their are some really great things about the resort, I wish I could rate it higher, but there's just a few things they need to start doing better. Here's my review.

Accomodations:
I've stayed everywhere, here's my take
River Island: It's nice to stay in river island if you have kids, if you don't avoid it at all costs, there's other great pools, also I personally don't like it because it feels more like a hotel rather than your own vacation condo. DO NOT get a "forest view" which means you are overlooking the parking lot and road which are very busy and noisy. The rooms are quite nice, new decor, nice kitchen, great TV's and bathrooms.
North Village: This is my favorite place to stay as I love the pool it's nice and not as busy as the others but BEWARE they have not updated the kitchens or bathrooms in the units and they are BAD!!! Extremely bad, crumbling cabinets, broken tiles, dirty old! They did update the decor but not the kitchens or bathrooms and they are in bad shape. So find out if they've been updated before you go or for the same price you can stay in the west village which has been updated
West Village: Great location as it's by the front of the resort, they have redone these units so they have updated kitchens and decor, great place to stay. The units have a different layout so they seem a little smaller in my opinion to any of the other locations.
East Village: Newer but do not have the updated kitchens and bathrooms but they are in better shape then the north village but they are really far from anything but are very quiet if that's what you are looking for.

Service:
The service is REAL hit or miss, for some reason I always get great service at breezes for several years now. The service at the golf courses is horrible, impossible to get a tee time or to get someone to answer the phone they also nickel and dime you for everything for golf. Tee's and Towels, etc.
The service at river island is horrible, the restaurants and shops for some reason no one is very helpfun in the shop which is very nice. Front desk, hit or miss i've had both very good and very bad experiences. The holiday inn vacation club people are TERRIBLE. My parents have owned for over 25 years and even they hate it. You can get some good free stuff if you sit through their presentation if you can stand it but it's very high pressure and they are rude. We avoid it every year!

Pools: AWESOME! #1 reason to go, they have 3 pool areas that are huge and perfect for kids, they have a lazy river at river island which is great, as well as a beach sand area. It's always packed there so get to the pool early but the kids of all ages will love it. West village has a great pool area as well as a lake with sand beach. North village also has a huge pool area with large kiddie pool, slide, waterfall. There is so much for kids to do!

Food: Surprisingly the food is actually pretty good, they have a ton of choices, Marketplace, Pizza, Bar and Grill. Here's the good and the bad
Good: The pizza place is great! Good Pizza reasonable prices, The Legacy bar and grill has great bar food! Breezes has really great food and you can sit and eat by the pool.
The Bad: River Island Grilling Company and Anchors are horrible. Anchors is outdoors and is absolutely disgusting, the food is bad and its filthy! River Island Grilling Company is their "nice" restaurant, the food and service are terrible, don't bother go off the grounds!

Overall I really like this place thre's just a few things that can be improved upon and it will be a much better place to stay, the grounds are great! Great place to stay with kids!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Orange Lake Resort And Country Club Hotel Celebration
Orange Lake Resort And Country Club Hotel
Orange Lake Hotel And Country
Address: 8505 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Celebration, FL 34747
Location: United States > Florida > Celebration
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 8 hotels in Celebration
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