Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort

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review holiday inn club vacations orange lake resort

I just got back from my amazing honeymoon, and I will have lots to share about that on the blog soon, but today I wanted to get started on sharing all about my perfect Disney bachelorette! Now, I know I am a bit late on this, but I had no idea just how crazy the month leading up to the wedding would be, with a shower, lost luggage (more on that soon), packing for the honeymoon, and oh yeah, the whole getting married thing. And because I like to really fill up my plate, the day after I returned home from Disney, I started my dream job. Talk about a whirlwind!


review holiday inn club vacations orange lake resort

When we arrived I was thrilled to find that their team had taken care of all of the little details, surprising me with beautiful decor, orange juice, sparkling wine (hello mimosas!), and a thoughtful card.

review holiday inn club vacations orange lake resort

Our stunning villa had three bedrooms, and enough space for 7 adults to sleep comfortably. With our little group of 5, I had the master room because #bride, Madeline and Candice split a sweet room with two double beds, and Kailey and Clare split the last room, with a large bed and a pullout couch. The sleeping space was great for us, but I could imagine it being perfect for a family, with two rooms looking great for adults (maybe parents and grandparents) and the third room (Madeline & Candice's) being great for kids. Given that we were 5 women travelling on an Instagram vacation bachelorette I knew that mirror space would be at a premium. Thankfully both my room and Kailey & Clare's room had en suites, and there was another bathroom just outside of Madeline & Candice's room. Speaking of bathrooms, the tub in my room was incredible.

We also had a common space which included a fully decked out kitchen, which was perfect for making breakfast and frozen pizzas in, and a living/dining room!

review holiday inn club vacations orange lake resort

While we were of course staying at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort for its proximity to Walt Disney World, we also wanted to enjoy the amenities at the resort. We enjoyed a dinner at one of the onsite restaurants where we had the chance to try gator bites (basically popcorn chicken made with alligator). But more importantly...River Island.

River Island

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river island holiday inn club vacations orange lake resort

With a massive lazy river, water slide, hot tub, and cabanas, we were set for a perfect pool day. Not only did we have a blast, but we saved everybody the cost of another admission to Walt Disney World. We (of course) ordered cocktails, ate snacks, and took obnoxious photos by the pool. Some of the older ladies staying at the resort were thrilled to see our bachelorette party (the giant ring gave it away!)  and couldn't stop congratulating me, offering advice, and wanting to celebrate with us! I should also add that the resort has golf courses, a rock climbing wall, cafes, a gift shop, and more!

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One of the sweetest moments was when a little boy (he must have been about 8) kept looking at my shyly, until his dad came up to me and said that his son had a question for me. I bent down to talk to him and he said "Um, excuse me, are you getting married". Of course I said yes, and then he congratulated me,. It was so sweet, so I asked him about school and where he was from and we ended up high-fiving.

river island holiday inn club vacations orange lake resort

river island holiday inn club vacations orange lake resort

The cabana (which can be rented for the day) was a great place to leave our things, and relax between rounds in the lazy river, and dips in the hot tub. Of course March in Orlando was way warmer than March (or May for that matter) in Toronto, but it was a touch chilly in the sense that locals kept on apologizing for the weather, but we were still comfortable in our bathing suits. Our Canadian genes could handle it ;)


Given that I was planning the weekend, I had assumed that we would just Uber everywhere. I don't know exactly how much, but I seem to think it would be about $20 to get to Walt Disney World. However, Kailey found a great deal on a car rental, and it worked out to either cost the same or less, but with added flexibility to get between the parks, restaurants, and airports. She was more than happy to be our "Bus Driver", so we were also able to head over to Gatorland and Target. Having a car also helped us get from our Villa to River Island (Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orange Lake Resort is a HUGE property). Now, the resort does offer onsite transportation, but of course having a car made things more flexible for us.

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Everybody was raving about our accommodations. Close to Disney, with a great atmosphere that we could all relax and unwind in. We were all saying that we could imagine a future family vacation staying on the property. With golf for the dads and grandpas, proximity to shopping, restaurants, and theme parks, and a fantastic water park on site, what more could we need? I love the idea of coming back with my kids, and future nieces, nephews and grandparents. I appreciated having a few days in the parks to soak up the Disney, but then being able to enjoy a day at the resort, and the evenings in a way that was a bit more low key. And of course, at a much better price point than staying on
property!

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disney bachelorette orlando

Flamingo beach coverup from Target $20-$30 USD (can't remember exactly but I bought it on the trip and it was in that range. Loved wearing it on my honeymoon too!)

Hat from San Diego Hat Company purchased at Disney Springs, also enjoyed on my bachelorette.

Engagement Ring Pool Floatie from Amazon, purchase yours here. I was able to inflate it using just my lungs, which will help with your packing!

Head on over to Madeline's blog, Classicaly Contemporary for her take on our amazing week away.

Check back soon, I'll be sharing more about our trip, and about some of the special experiences we enjoyed while at The Happiest Place On Earth!

xoxo

Alanna

This post was done in partnership with Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort; opinions are my own!

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