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Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club 3.5

South of Disney, Orlando, Central Florida

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  • All large one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos
  • Full kitchen in every guest room
  • Popular, 18-hole golf course
  • Four well-designed and kid-friendly pools
  • No resort fee, something other Orlando resorts charge
  • 10-minute drive to Disney's Animal Kingdom (free shuttle service available)
  • Free Wi-Fi in lobby and clubhouse


  • Daily housekeeping costs extra per day
  • Room service isn't 24 hours
  • Small extra fees for many resort activities
  • No spa, just in-room treatments

Bottom Line

As a time-share-style resort, Mystic Dunes' 986 condo units (each with a full kitchen and a washer-dryer), four pools, waterslide, popular golf course, and daily family activities make it a reasonable, more affordable alternative to Disney's villas (15 minutes away). But, with its lackluster service and limited dining, it doesn't compare to pricier resorts nearby.

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Family-focused time-share-style resort with four pools and a popular golf course, but lower service standards than at other nearby resorts

The Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club is a collection of 986 one-, two-, and three-bedroom condo-style guest rooms, each with a full kitchen and a washer-dryer. It is best suited to families and small groups on longer vacations who are happy to relax by the four pools, play some golf (or minigolf), and maybe spend a day or two at the nearby Disney theme parks (the resort is just a 10-minute drive from Animal Kingdom). While the service standards are low compared to what you'll find at other resorts nearby, the large, comfortable rooms (starting at 650 square feet) are aggressively priced and the quality of the pools and popular on-site golf course are real assets.

While it isn't a conventional resort -- it's a "vacation ownership" resort, meaning that all units are individually owned -- guests don't seem to notice any appreciable difference, save occasional mentions of deals and priority service for owners. (They get, for example, first dibs on tee times and free use of the tennis courts.) There are time-share presentations for potential buyers, to be sure, but there's absolutely no pressure to attend.


Just a 10- to 15-minute drive from Disney World; farther from Universal and the airport than most Orlando resorts

The resort is situated just west of Interstate 4, five miles south of Disney's Magic Kingdom and 27 miles southwest of Orlando International Airport. As at most Orlando resorts, a car is essential, even if it's just used for driving to nearby strip malls, chain restaurants, or the grocery store.

  • A good selection of chain restaurants line Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, a commercial strip five minutes away.
  • Just south of the Disney theme parks, about a 10- to 15-minute drive away
  • Downtown Disney, a retail and dining complex that also provides park-and-ride service to Disney theme parks is about 15 minutes away.
  • SeaWorld Orlando is 20 minutes north along Interstate 4; the drive to Universal Orlando Resort takes about the same amount of time.
  • 30-minute drive to downtown Orlando; there's not much to see downtown, though Orange Avenue has a notable dining and nightlife scene, and non-theme-park attractions like the Orlando Science Center and the Harry P. Leu Gardens are popular with tourists.
  • Getting to Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center takes about 90 minutes by car.
  • 30-minute drive to Orlando International Airport


Full kitchens and lots of space in every room

The standard room at Mystic Dunes is a 650-square-foot apartment, complete with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room with a sleeper sofa, and a washer-dryer (unlike at other condo-resorts, all of the units have the same furnishings). Rooms are clean and comfortable, though a bit generic. But the full kitchen is convenient, equipped with everything needed to prepare meals for four. For larger families, the three-bedroom units accommodate up to 12 people. However, the design at Omni ChampionsGate and at the Reunion Resort is a bit more 21st century.

  • All guest rooms are large, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with full kitchens, washer-dryers, and sleeper sofas in the living room.
  • Queen-size beds in standard rooms: off-brand mattress (neither notably comfortable nor unpleasant); four poly-fil pillows; light blanket appropriate for the climate; one-bedroom Deluxe units have king-size beds
  • Each kitchen includes a stove, oven, microwave oven, fridge, freezer, 12-cup coffeemaker (with free generic-brand coffee), toaster, teakettle, pots, pans, utensils, and four place settings (including four wine glasses).
  • Breakfast bar with four stools; no proper dining table in the standard one-bedroom suites (something the one-bedroom Deluxe units do offer).
  • Whirlpool washer-dryer combo with detergent
  • Huge flat-screen TVs, both in the bedroom and the living area, in two- and three-bedroom villas. 
  • Small in-wall safe, big enough for some laptops
  • Most bathrooms have stand-up showers; two-bedroom units also have a tub.
  • Generic but ample toiletries


The resort offers plenty to do, sometimes for an extra fee.

With four pools, a par-71 golf course, tennis courts, minigolf, and a range of kid-friendly activities, there's plenty to do at Mystic Dunes. While there are numerous structured activities -- like minigolf tournaments and movie nights -- some come at a nominal additional cost.

  • 18-hole golf course, designed by player and broadcaster Gary Koch; the terrain is varied, with the front nine in low-country style and the back nine recalling links courses (at least as much as possible in Central Florida). Course rating: 75; slope rating: 145.
  • Three tennis courts scattered around the property
  • Full-size basketball court
  • 18-hole minigolf course
  • Small video game arcade
  • While there's no on-site spa -- as at Omni ChampionsGate and Reunion Resort -- Mystic Dunes can arrange in-room massage.


Four well-maintained pools are popular features -- but they aren't as nice as the pools at the pricier Reunion Resort.

The resort has four distinct pool areas, meaning you're never far from at least one. (Free resort shuttles that run throughout the day connect everything anyway.)

  • The Dunes Lagoon is the biggest of the four pools, and includes a waterfall, a waterslide, cabanas, plentiful deck chairs, and a gradually sloping "zero-entry" section.
  • Small bar with beer, frozen drinks, and Maui Pizza at the Lagoon pool
  • Cabanas can be booked -- or won during resort activities like minigolf tournaments -- though there's no service provided.
  • The Garden Pool is good for families, with a smaller waterfall appropriate for younger kids, and plentiful shade.
  • The Terrace Pool has a broad deck, ideal for sunbathing.
  • The smaller Courtyard Pool is convenient for guests near the resort entrance. It also has good sunbathing and a small kid-friendly waterfall.


Limited on-site options, but rooms do have full kitchens

The only full-service restaurant on the property is Kenzie's, in the same building as the pro shop. As such, it sees a decent share of local golfers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; guests also occasionally stop by, too. The menu has bar snacks, burgers, pasta, salads, and steaks. There's also a Maui Pizza on-site that delivers to rooms and the Dunes Lagoon pool.

  • Kenzie's is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; its bar offers 12-ounce mugs of domestic draft beer all day long.
  • Room service from Maui Pizza
  • In-room kitchens: The closest grocery store, a Publix Super Market, is about a 10-minute drive from the resort.

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7600 Mystic Dunes Lane, Celebration, Florida 34747-2501, United States


(407) 396-1311

Also Known As

  • Mystic Dunes
  • Mystic Dunes Golf Resort
  • Mystic Dunes Hotel
  • Mystic Dunes Orlando
  • Mystic Dunes Resort
  • Mystic Dunes Resort Golf Club
  • Wyndham Palms
  • Wyndham Palms Resort

Room Types

  • Deluxe One Bedroom Villa
  • Lock Off Two Bedroom Villa
  • Standard One Bedroom Villa
  • Standard Two Bedroom Villa
  • Three Bedroom Villa

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