We are a lazy river family. Erin loves to lay out on vacation and I love to do stuff. Lazy rivers have something for both of us. Erin is in the sun not moving and I feel like I’m doing something. When I’m thinking about a Disney vacation, I often search for a great Orlando lazy river I can do on points.
IHG Rewards Club Select
One hotel in particular has a credit card that comes with a free night at any of their locations each year. Every cardmember anniversary, the IHG Rewards Club Select credit card grants a free night at any of their hotels around the world. These include Intercontinentals, Hotel Indigos, Holiday Inn Resorts, Holiday Inn Club Vacation properties and more. For only a $49 annual fee (waived the first year), this is a perk you can easily save money using.
In addition, you’ll earn 60,000 points when you sign up and spend $1,000 in the first three months. Those 60,000 points are worth about $350. For daily spending, the card is honestly not great. You won’t earn a lot of value that way. However, you will earn a good return on paid stays at IHG hotels. Regardless, the annual free night certificate makes it a card we’ll never cancel.
Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort
For Disney World vacations, we love the Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort. It is a massive property just across the highway from the Animal Kingdom Lodge. When you book a free night with an annual certificate or you book using points (35,000 per night), you get a two bedroom villa that sleeps up to eight people. This 1,200 square foot room has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and more. The resort also has water slides, zero-entry pools, golf courses, mini-golf, and all kinds of other activities.
When you’re not using points or an annual night certificate, this room runs between $150 and $200 a night. During the summer months it’s on the higher end of that range. During the winter months, when it might be too cold to float a lazy river, it’s on the lower end.
We’ve got a big family trip to Disney World coming up next summer. The grandparents are taking all the kids and grandkids. We’re thinking about seeing who might want to come out a day or two early and stay with us in this massive room and float this great Orlando lazy river.