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Known for its proximity to Orlando’s theme parks, Kissimmee is a town bustling with excitement. When families come to Orlando and are looking for hotels that are right on the edge of Walt Disney World or looking for something a little further away but still have all of the family-friendly amenities that their kids love, Kissimmee is the answer. From wildly themed resorts to quieter hotels, families will love these six properties in Kissimmee. 

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Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center

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Just a few miles away from all of the major Orlando theme parks is the Gaylord Palms Resorts and Convention Center. The resort is known for its indoor atrium where families can participate in activities like scavenger hunts and animal encounters, and watch nightly light shows. Outside at Cypress Springs Water Park there are multiple water slides, a new water rapids experience, and plenty of lounge chairs to enjoy the sunshine. The resort has more than 1,500 guest rooms, many of which face the atrium, and 129 suites for larger families to spread out. 

Disney’s All-Star Movies

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For families on a budget, but wanting to stay inside the Walt Disney World bubble, consider Disney’s All-Star Movies. The resort features larger-than-life Disney movie icons like 101 Dalmatians and Toy Story, which little kids will love. The pool features Mickey Mouse in his iconic role as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Fantasia. Each of the rooms were recently refurbished with laminate flooring, a queen bed and one queen Murphy bed, and plenty of storage, which was previously lacking. 

Orlando World Center Marriott

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The Orlando World Center Marriott is a great spot for families looking to take in more than just the theme parks in Orlando. The hotel is conveniently located near International Drive where your family can experience other attractions that Orlando has to offer. While at the resort kids will enjoy the Falls Pool Oasis, which has waterfalls, waterslides, whirlpools and a splash zone. Each night families can step out onto their balcony to watch the laser show, and have a view of the theme park fireworks. Included in the cost of your stay is shuttle service to the Disney parks and Disney Springs. 

Margaritaville Resort Orlando

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It’s always 5 o’clock at Margaritaville Resort Orlando. This Kissimmee hotel is a little farther away from the theme parks than others, so it’s perfect for families who need a break from the action or are looking for a place without a castle in sight. Kids and adults traveling together can enjoy a plethora of family-friendly activities such as the heated pool and family cabanas at Fins Up Beach Club, and catching a movie or try getting the high score on the arcade games at the Promenade at Sunset Walk. When the weather is nice, head next door to the water park, Island H2O Live!, where your family can enjoy a day of slides, wave pools, and cheeseburgers in paradise. 

Omni Resort at Championsgate

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The Omni Resort at Championsgate is a nice accommodation for families who plan on spending a good amount of time at their resort. Kids will love playing and splashing around in the five pools, lazy river, and waterslide. When it’s time for an adults night out, send the kids to the supervised kids club where they can play while parents indulge in dinner at one of the many onsite restaurants. There are 862 guest rooms including two- and three-bedroom villas for larger families, or if you’re taking a multi-generational trip. 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge 

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge puts your family in the middle of an African safari adventure right in the middle of Walt Disney World. The resort has two buildings, Jambo House and Kidani Village, but the latter is exclusive to Disney Vacation Club members. Jambo House is known for rooms that face the savanna where you can watch animals like zebra and giraffes from your balcony. In the afternoon, take a dip in the pool, or ask one of the animal guides your questions about the animals that call the resort home. The resort has so much to do each day so be sure to take a look at the activities guide that’s left in your room to plan when you want to be at the resort or when you want to be at the parks.

Megan duBois
Megan is a freelance travel and lifestyle journalist with bylines at Popsugar, Insider, Delish, Travel + Leisure, TripSavvy, TODAY and more. Follow her on Twitter (@megand513) and Instagram (@minglingwithmegan) for more travel tips, tricks, and insider secrets.

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