It’s a family-oriented business, and I’m really privileged to be a part of it.
After selling the Holiday Inn brand and retiring in 1979, Kemmons became intrigued with the concept of vacation ownership. He believed it was a great way to bring the resort lifestyle within reach of the average consumer and was convinced it was the future of vacationing. On a family trip to Orlando, Florida, he found the perfect location to start the second phase of his storied career.
In 1982, with 27 holes of golf under construction, one pool and 32 villas, Orange Lake Resort opened its doors next door to Walt Disney World® Resort. Within a decade, the resort grew to almost 600 units and was one of the first singled out by RCI® for Gold Crown Resort status. Kemmons handed the reins to his son Spence later that decade, who continued to grow the resort to more than 1,450 acres. Today, it is among the largest single-site timeshare properties in the world.
In 2002, its flagship Orlando resort was singled out as the first recipient of the American Resort Development Association’s (ARDA) ACE Project of Excellence Award, judged to be among the the world’s most outstanding timeshare resorts. The award is based on the resort’s overall excellence in areas including owner/guest satisfaction, accommodations and amenities, as well as community involvement.