by Whitney Rife
Westgate offers an upscale experience for families who want to be within a mile from Disney World. Complimentary transportation is provided to area parks and restaurants. Suites feature sofa beds, kitchens or kitchenettes, dining areas and washer/dryer units. Kids under 18 who stay with parents accrue no extra charge at Westgate. Complimentary cribs are available upon request.
There are 13 outdoor pools and hot tubs, and even a children’s wading pool. A game room and playground are at the resort. Also, kids up to age 12 can participate in the complimentary Kids’ Club. This program runs daily supervised activities and childcare services. Westgate plans activities for adults, too. Bicycle rentals, paddleboats and fishing equipment are some of the fun free offers for families. Swan Lake has a marina and activities center on the grounds.
Onsite dining is available for all meals — just choose from one of the restaurants, poolside cafes or quick-stop eateries.
Additional perks include pet-friendly accommodations for an additional fee of $11 per night, free parking and a fitness center. Check-in is at 4 p.m. and check-outt is at 10 a.m.
Our Editor Loves
- Plethora of activities for all ages
- Multiple dining options
- Spacious villas for large families
- Theme Park
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
The check-in process takes a very long time. You are shuffled from one place to the other as they are trying to give you "free gifts". These are NOT free gifts, they are trying to get you to go to their sales pitch that takes wayyyyyy longer than 90 minutes and it's NOT worth it! We wasted 2 hours just trying to check in with groceries in the car. They finally gave us our keys. But will call you EVERY morning to again... offer free gifts, or free breakfast. Please don't go, unless you want to be overcharged for a timeshare. They start at 60K and try to make you think you are getting a great deal when they finally come down to 10K. Truth is, you can buy them on the secondary market for pennies! Just do your research, because people are trying to get out of their timeshares. The rooms are nice, much like a condo, But if you are on the 1st floor, you can hear the VERY loud people upstairs at all hours of the night. If you are looking for peace and quite, this is not the place for you. They do have several pools throughout the complex, which is very nice!
We loved staying here. Our room had a full kitchen and 2 separate bedrooms. The room was clean and even had a jacuzzi tub. There are lots of different places on site to shop and eat. There also is a water park.