Disclosure: All opinions are my own. My family received a complimentary weekend stay at Westgate Town Center, along with gift cards for food and fun, for the purpose of this review.
It has been two weeks since our weekend at Westgate Town Center, and boy do I miss that place! We had such a fabulous weekend with awesome accommodations and so many fun things to do, and I think everyone in my family shed a tear or two when we had to leave.
We checked in on a Friday night, and as soon as we walked through the door, I was amazed at how nice our “room” was! I say “room”, because it was way more than just your ordinary hotel room – it was more like a small house. We had a kitchen with full size appliances, cooking utensils and dinnerware, a huge dining table, a living area with two couches (one of which was a sleeper sofa), a giant master bedroom with a king sized bed, an open bathroom area with a large vanity and two sinks, and a massive Jacuzzi tub. There was even a stacked washer/dryer combo in a utility closet in the hallway!
Everything was so nice and clean! I loved the colors and the “homey” feel of the villa. We literally had all of the comforts of home while we were away from home…and then some. My kids immediately started asking if we could move there. I wish!
Of course no “VIP” stay would be complete without a little bag of goodies from the host, so once we got done checking out our villa, we had to see what was in the bag…
There was another door off the back of the kitchen, which was locked. I noticed that our room assignment sheet had the room number with “C-D” after it, so I went outside to see if I could get in that way. The “D” door was right next to the door we came in, and when I opened it, I was shocked to see another full suite that we had access to.
The D side was a little smaller than the C side, but still had most of the same amenities. There was a kitchen equipped with a countertop stove, living area, bedroom and bathroom, and there was a combo washer/dryer in the bathroom. Just like the other side, everything was very clean.
The units are connected in a way that you can reserve between 1 and 5 bedrooms for your stay. This is a great way for multiple families to travel together! Each family has their own space, but everyone is still connected. You can close off your portion, or just leave every space accessible to everyone else.
There are plenty of dining options when you stay at the Westgate Town Center. Sid’s Bistro has breakfast and lunch items available during the daytime hours; Draft’s Sports Bar & Grill has a huge breakfast buffet available, along with a sit-down pub-type restaurant that serves appetizers, burgers and pizza; Cordovano Joe’s serves delicious, authentic New York style pizza available for pick-up or delivery to your villa (or even poolside!). You can also get Krispy Kreme donuts and ice cream, and you can order food at a couple of the pools.
Since all of the villas contain equipped kitchens, guests can also prepare their own food during their stay. If you don’t want to venture off property to search for a grocery store, you can even purchase all of your groceries right there on property! Joe’s Marketplace & Deli has a variety of food and drink items, along with a deli stocked full of fresh meats and cheeses. You will also find sunscreen, pool toys, and even Disney souvenirs.
Now that I have told you how wonderful the accommodations are, let me tell you about how much fun there is to be had at Westgate Town Center. I’ll start with the outdoor activities…
First, there are fourteen pools. Yes, fourteen! We had planned to check out several of the different pools, but we found the one with the bar (for the food, of course!), and ended up hanging out there for the entire day. The water in the pool was crystal clear, and the kids enjoyed swimming around while Mommy and Daddy spent the afternoon relaxing in lounge chairs. There is also a “Jurassic Golf” putt putt course, paddle boats and swans in which you can cruise around the lake, and several play structures for the kids to swing, climb and slide on. Thomas the Train will even give you a ride from one activity to another! You can also rent bicycles and other sports equipment.
If you need a break from the Florida sun (or our daily thunderstorms), there are plenty of indoor activities to keep your family busy. You will find craft workshops, workout classes and other fun things to do on the Activities Schedule, some of which are free, and others that have a nominal fee. We had originally planned to attend several of the craft workshops, but once my kids got in the pool on Saturday, they didn’t want to get out. We did head over to the Activities Center on Sunday, and even though it wasn’t offered that day, the awesome guy running the programs allowed the kids to do the “Stuff-N-Fluff Workshop” and make their own stuffed animals.
There were several animals to choose from, which you stuff with fluff. The kids were more interested in playing with the fluff than actually stuffing it in the animals, so the adults had to assist with the stuffing. Once the animals were all stuffed, the kids got to choose an outfit for their new friends. B chose a superhero outfit for his dragon, and R chose a karate outfit for her giraffe. The kids absolutely loved this activity! You can also make candles, bobbleheads, tote bags and piggy banks!
There is also a movie theater on the property that shows Disney movies at different times each day!
Oh, and I can’t forget my son’s favorite place of all…the arcade! Full of lights and sounds, this is a great place for any video game enthusiast. The kids can also test their skill and win prizes!
If you are visiting Orlando to go to theme parks, the Westgate Town Center is the perfect place to stay! The resort is located just minutes from Disney World and a short drive from both Universal and Sea World. Since we were so close, we headed out to Downtown Disney on Saturday night to visit our favorite restaurant and play at the Lego store.
Trust me when I tell you that the Westgate Town Center is absolutely amazing! We have been to plenty of resorts, and this is definitely one I would go back to over and over again. We had a wonderful weekend, and I would love to return for a longer stay sometime.
You can reserve a one-time rental at the Westgate Town Center, or, you can become a timeshare owner and purchase a week (or more!) per year. Most of the newbies are asking about the question: Are timeshares for life? If you want to know more about timeshare you can book for a timeshare consultant for much needed information. Either way, this resort is an affordable option for anyone visiting the Central Florida area. I highly recommend it for your next visit to Orlando!