Property ID : 111-407
The history of Orange Lake Resorts begins 30 years before its actual founding, in the early 1950s. The working-class family man Kemmons Wilson was traveling with his wife and five young children on vacation. Anticipating a week of relaxation on the road, they instead found cramped hotel rooms, no air conditioning, few basic amenities and poor service. What’s more, he was charged an extra fee for each of his children. This was repeated at each stop he made.
A self-made entrepreneur since his youngest days, Kemmons decided to do something about it. So in 1952, on the outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee, he opened his first Holiday Inn® hotel. Guests enjoyed clean rooms and unheard-of perks such as air conditioning, free parking and ice, swimming pools, restaurants, rates by the room and warm, genuine service.
It was a simple idea that quickly transformed the entire hospitality industry. By 1970, Kemmons’ vision had grown into a billion-dollar corporation and was soon crowned by Time magazine as “the world’s innkeeper.”
In the Heart of Florida Family Fun
Orlando has everything you need for the vacation of a lifetime. From the Walt Disney World® Resort and Universal Orlando Resort to SeaWorld® Orlando and Legoland® Florida, its world-class theme parks are unmatched. But don’t miss the fantastic outlet shopping, rapidly expanding fine dining and plenty of championship golf.
Our spectacular 1,450-acre flagship resort is built around providing fun for the whole family. Located right next door to Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, it offers four separate villages of amenities available to all resort guests. And our complimentary resort shuttle makes it easy to explore everything we have to offer.