Things to Do
Despite the many on-site options, guests at Westgate Vacation Villas will find it easy to access all their favorite Orlando area theme parks and attractions. The resort is ideally located just a short drive from SeaWorld Orlando® and Universal Studios® and just one mile from the main gate at Walt Disney World Resort®, as well as nearby shopping, dining and other top attractions.
Universal Orlando Resort
Blockbuster movies. Thrill rides. Stunning shows. Eclectic nightlife. Miniature golf. Dazzling parades. Iconic restaurants. Exclusive events. Magnificent music. It’s all part of the excitement at Universal Orlando Resort. Anchored by the popular nightlife and entertainment district, Universal CityWalk, Universal Orlando Resort offers twice the fun with two extraordinary theme parks: Universal Orlando Florida® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure®.
Enjoy epic thrills of legendary proportions at Islands of Adventure® or ride your favorite movies at Universal Studios® Florida. Both offer cutting edge rides and amazing attractions. And both parks also now offer the excitement of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ For those looking to cool off from the Florida sun, check out the all-new Volcano Bay water park!.
Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Resort® consists of four major theme parks, two fun-filled water parks, and an amazing array of shopping and entertainment. Toss in Orlando’s sunshine and sub-tropical temperatures and it all adds up to a magical experience designed to create a lifetime of memories for kids of all ages. Where else can you visit Cinderella’s castle, take a trip around the world, go on an African safari, tour a movie studio and meet the world’s most famous mouse! Walt Disney World Resorts’ four major theme parks – Magic Kingdom®, Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Animal Kingdom® – offer something for everyone. Westgate Lakes even offers the convenience of complimentary, scheduled transportation to and from Disney World.
Located in the heart of Walt Disney World Resort®, the Downtown Disney area offers a wide range of entertainment, shopping and dining. Whether you choose to play all day or visit after a long day in the theme parks, the entire family will enjoy the food and fun at Downtown Disney Orlando.
From the World of Disney Store and Lego Imagination to D Street and Orlando Harley-Davidson, Downtown Disney is a shopping heaven for any age. You can find toys, trinkets, household items, pins, clothing, pearls, art and more at places like The Art of Disney, Build-A-Dino by Build a Bear Workshop, Curl by Sammy Duvall, Disney’s Candy Cauldron, Disney’s Days of Christmas, Disney’s Pin Traders, Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, Goofy’s Candy Company, Once Upon a Toy and Tren-D. You’ll also find plenty of entertainment. You can build your own Lego car, get a caricature drawing of yourself, go bowling, catch a movie or listen to live entertainment.
As the world’s premier marine adventure park, SeaWorld Orlando® Florida features 200 acres of world-class shows, top-notch rides and unforgettable animal encounters. SeaWorld Orlando animal adventures include petting sting rays, feeding dolphins, watching exciting dolphin and killer whale shows, coming face-to-face with sharks and getting up close and personal with a huge colony of penguins. Thrill rides include Kraken, the fastest, tallest, longest and only “floorless” roller coaster in Orlando; Journey to Atlantis, an exciting coaster/flume ride with a thrilling final plunge; and Manta, which was recently voted the best roller coaster in America by roller coaster enthusiasts.
You can also enjoy a variety of live shows featuring dolphins, tropical birds, acrobats and, of course, the popular Shamu show that entertains, educates and inspires while showing off the power and grace of killer whales. Animal encounters include Dolphin Cove, Manta Aqaurium, Pacific Point Preserve, Shark Encounter, Turtle Trek and the all new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. Kept at a bone chilling 32 degrees, this unique attraction provides an epic exploration of the mysterious and icy world of the South Pole as seen through the eyes of a penguin.
Mall at Millenia
Upscale. Elegant. Amazing. The Mall at Millenia is all of the above, a world-class shopping and dining destination and a popular Orlando attraction. Guests can enjoy a dazzling selection of international stores and retailers within a distinctive environment marked by dramatic architecture and exclusive amenities. Shopping is an experience. With 1.1 million square feet of retail space, The Mall at Millenia greets 10 million visitors annually and is considered one of the nation’s Top 10 producing malls. Enjoy the elegant design throughout, with each storefront reserved exclusively for retailers of distinction. In fact, more than half the stores are exclusive to the Orlando market. The Mall at Millenia offers a U.S. Post Office, valet parking, Foreign Currency Exchange, multi-lingual staff, complimentary cell phone charging station, complimentary wheelchairs and strollers, and a full-service concierge offering an array of amenities.
Take a moment to escape, and discover the magic and natural wonders or Orlando through an extraordinary bird’s eye view inside an air conditioned, fully enclosed capsule. Hop aboard the Orlando Eye and you’ll soon be on top of the world, enjoying a tranquil ride on this iconic 400-foot tall observation wheel. Enjoy breathtaking views of Central Florida in all directions, with sights of downtown Orlando’s skyline, theme parks, lakes and lush landscape. On a clear day, you can even see Cape Canaveral on the east coast.