Studio Room Review at Orange Lake (West Village)

A studio room at Orange Lake’s West Village is a great option if you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel room with a few of the comforts of home. Since this Kissimmee-based resort has so much to cover, this article will focus specifically on a studio room in Orange Lake’s West Village.

If you would like to know more about the resort as a whole, you might want to check out the full Orange Lake Resort review. That post provides an overview of the different villages, dining, and recreation. In addition, it includes a few tips for dining and grocery shopping in the immediate area.

As for the Orange Lake studio room in the West Village, it sleeps up to five guests per the Holiday Inn Vacation Club’s website. As you can see in the photo below, there are two queen-size beds. Additionally, the sofa sleeper pulls out to make a third bed.

Space-wise, these rooms feel tremendous at a sizable 540 square feet. For comparison, a standard hotel room is 325 square feet.

Speaking of space, this kitchen and dining area accounts for some of that extra square footage.

I was really pleased with the functionality of this room. On my last trip to Disney a few months before, I had stayed at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (review). Those rooms run about 315 square feet. Therefore, this studio room at the West Village felt tremendous.

There are many variables to consider when comparing the differences between a resort like Orange Lake versus a hotel on Disney property. Perhaps you’ll cook a few meals in your room at an off-property condo.

That will save you money. However, don’t forget to budget the cost of groceries.

When you stay at Disney, you’ll have access to free transportation to the theme parks. And while you do have to pay for parking at a Disney resort, you won’t incur an extra cost to park at the theme parks.

If you stay at Orange Lake, you’ll have to pay to park at the theme parks. Standard daily parking fees at the theme parks run about $25.00 per day at this time.

These are just the main considerations. However, I felt like it was important to add them to this review.

Now back to the studio room at Orange Lake’s West Village.

There were two queen beds with a nightstand in between.

In the corner of the West Village studio room was a window. Unfortunately, it looked out to the parking lot. Normally, I would prefer a room with a balcony, but that was not an option here. Nor is it an option at a Disney moderate resort like Caribbean Beach.

A flat-screen television sits atop the dresser. I liked that it was on a swivel stand. When I was having a meal, I could adjust it to face the direction of the kitchen area.

The beds and pillows were very comfortable.

The sofa provided a nice seating area.

It converts to a double bed.

There is an end table beside it.

The kitchenette in the studio won me over. It had everything I needed to prepare meals throughout the week.

There was a table and chairs that sat four people.

The cabinets were stocked with plates, bowls, and a variety of glassware.

The counters provided room to prepare food. There was a cutting board, blender, coffee maker, and toaster oven.

The cook top was solid surface with two burners.

The drawers had plenty of silverware and extras.

It was nice that they had a cheese grater, vegetable peeler, and utensils. Not only that, there was a can, bottle, and wine opener. How many times have people spent money on a wine opener while on vacation?

Plenty of cookware located under the cooktop.

The microwave doubled as a convection oven. I have to admit it was a little fancy and could potentially be hard to figure out. For me, it was used as a microwave. You might notice that it had quite a few buttons.

One of the things that impressed me was the extra convenience items provided. There was a roll of paper towels, plenty of dishwasher detergent, and dish soap in the room. That is not always the case when you rent a condo.

Since I travel often, I usually keep an extra suitcase stocked with these kinds of things. So it was nice not to need them during this stay.

Another positive feature was the sink having a detachable sprayer. And there was good water pressure throughout my stay in the kitchen and bath.

I ended up starting the dishwasher every morning before heading out to the parks. Then everything was clean and ready to go when I came back in the evening to cook dinner.

The fridge was comparable to the ones you would find in a deluxe studio villa like Grand Floridian Villas at Disney.

Here are a few of those appliances.

The bath was standard. A tub with shower combination is on the right-hand side.

There was plenty of counter space and storage in the cabinets underneath.

While there wasn’t a washer and dryer in the room, a laundry room was available at no extra charge down the hall. I brought washing detergent with me and was able to do a load of laundry halfway through the trip. This was very convenient because I came back to the room one evening, started the laundry, and then prepared dinner.

For those that read the resort review, I promised to add a few of my in-room hacks and grocery tips to this Orange Lake studio room review. And because I’m in this Four Corners area of Kissimmee fairly often, I’ve developed a few habits and routines.

Usually, on my arrival date, I check in wherever I’m staying, unload my belongings, and then head out to Target.

I prepare a list of items that I’ll need to purchase before my vacation. When you plan on cooking during your vacation, it’s so much easier if you have a plan. If not, you’ll end up at the grocery store worn-out and starving, which usually leads to making a lot of unnecessary purchases.

If you have that grocery and supply list prepared in advance, you can focus, get your items, and get out.

However, I do have to warn you that the Target in this area has a massive Disney store inside it. So you could easily get caught up spending a little time and extra money there as well if you aren’t careful.

Anyway, when I get to Target, I call Flipper’s Pizza (it’s in the same shopping center) and order pizza for takeout. Then I go to Target, get my selections, and pick up my pizza on the way back to the room. Pizza is a simple first night meal, and you can eat leftovers for breakfast, or the kids can enjoy them later.

Personally, I do a protein shake for breakfast. But you could easily do oatmeal, bacon, eggs, etc., in this Orange Lake studio room if you would like.

I do recommend planning one nice breakfast while you are at Disney. The character breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace is one of my top recommendations. And if you aren’t a fan of characters, you might try my Ale and Compass breakfast review or the Grand Floridian Cafe review.

Related: Character Dining at Disney World

Now, if you need ideas for dinner, there are so many things you can do. Sandwiches are great, and I always end up cooking grilled cheese. Another good option is to purchase a rotisserie chicken and if there are any leftovers, use them to make chicken nachos or a salad.

Since I’m on a vegetarian diet, I used the stove to make omelets and sauté veggies. Microwave baked potatoes are another simple, filling meal with hardly any prep involved. And I like that you can use a few simple ingredients like cheese, bread, and butter and incorporate them into several meals.

One other thing I always purchase is fruit. It’s easy to eat a lot of junk food while you are at Disney. It’s fun, it tastes good, and you are on vacation. However, it’s also hot, and you can get dehydrated from being out all day.

Coming back to the room and enjoying a bowl of strawberries, watermelon, or whatever fresh fruit is your fancy will help you feel refreshed.

Another good option during the week might be to drop in Publix, pick up a fried chicken meal, or have them make sub sandwiches for the family. There is a Publix and Target within two minutes of the entrance to Orange Lake Resort.

Lastly, on Fridays, I often end up at Magic Kingdom. When I get back to my car in the parking lot, I order Mexican from Tijuana Flats. They have the best guacamole! And it’s always ready by the time I get over that way to pick it up.

For this full week’s stay, I ordered pizza the first evening, cooked dinner in my room the next 5 evenings, and picked up take-out my last night. During the week, I ate breakfast in my room most mornings and ate lunch in the theme parks daily.

In comparison to that last week, I stayed on property at Disney; I can assure you I saved a considerable amount of money in food costs.

While this Orange Lake studio room had plenty of amenities, you might want to consider bringing aluminum foil or gallon-size plastic bags for storing leftovers in the fridge. I usually open a one-gallon size bag and stuff it full of a variety of other size plastic bags. Then add in a few straws, and fold up a long sheet of aluminum foil to bring with me. That way, I don’t have to purchase these items.

Overall, I enjoyed the extras that this room provided. The resort is a wonderful place to enjoy a week’s vacation.

And this Orange Lake studio room is perfect for the family with plans to travel back and forth to the theme parks daily.

Now, if I were planning on spending a lot of time at the resort during the week, I might look into the rooms in the River Island area. But those rooms are considered an upgrade and will cost more.

Additionally, if it’s your first visit to Disney, I always recommend staying on the property. For budget-friendly accommodations, try our guide to the best value resorts at Disney. And the Flamingo Crossing Resorts in our article, Marriotts Near Disney World, is a great off property option with reasonable rates.

Or you can view the entire list of Walt Disney World Resorts Reviews here. Or you can browse our Best Resorts at Disney World guide

Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts on the Orange Lake studio room. Have you stayed here before? Was your room comparable to mine?

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