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It’s no surprise that family-friendly hotels abound in the areas that surround the theme parks in Orlando, especially in the Lake Buena Vista area. Offering close proximity to the parks and ample amenities, these resorts bring families in from around the world to enjoy a few days of fun in the sun, along with roller coasters, beloved characters, and sugary sweet treats. When it’s time to pick a hotel for your next trip to Orlando, consider one of these family-friendly locations in nearby Lake Buena Vista.
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista is part of the Disney Springs area hotels at Walt Disney World. The hotel is just a few minutes walk to the entrance of Disney Springs, a hub of dining, shopping, and entertainment offerings. Each of the spacious rooms and suites offers ample room for the entire family to spread out and have their own space, and the upper floor rooms have sweeping views of Disney Springs. While at the resort, your kids can start the morning with a character breakfast featuring their favorite Disney pals. When the day is done, head back to the hotel to watch a family-friendly movie in your room or go to one of the two heated pools or kids splash pad area.
Springhill Suites Orlando, Lake Buena Vista in Marriott Village
Families looking for a hotel central to all of the Orlando theme parks will love the Springhill Suites Orlando, Lake Buena Vista in Marriott Village. The hotel is part of a set of three Marriott hotels in one gated area near some of Orlando’s best outlet malls and theme parks. Larger families can book a room with two double beds plus a sofa bed for extra room. Since the resort is considered a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel, you can purchase your Disney tickets at the hotel, there is a dedicated team to help you with any Disney park questions, and a free shuttle to get you to and from the parks. The hotel does have a small zero-entry pool that is just the right size to take a dip in after a day at the parks or exploring the city.
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
Located in the heart of Walt Disney World, the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek is just a short drive to all of the Walt Disney World theme parks and Disney Springs, as well as Universal Orlando and SeaWorld. The family bunk bed rooms are ideal for families with smaller kids. They are furnished with one king or two queen beds and a set of bunk beds. Be sure to plan a day to explore the 62 acres of fun the resort has to offer, including five pools, a mini-golf course, two lazy rivers, and a spa for mom and dad.
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts are sister towers that sit between EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The two resorts have 17 dining locations, five pools, and free swan boat rides to keep families with kids of all ages entertained. The resorts also offer complimentary boat rides and a lit walking path to get to either EPCOT or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Rooms at the resort are spacious, and some come with a balcony offering stunning views of the nightly fireworks.
B Resort and Spa, Disney Springs Resort Area
With rooms starting at just $89 nightly, the B Resort and Spa at the Disney Springs Resort Area is a great hotel for families on a budget. Each resort room sleeps four to five people and have views of the pool, Disney Springs, or the surrounding areas. Kids will love the heated, zero-entry pool which has interactive water features. There’s also an entire area called the Kids Zone, where families can play arcade games or watch a movie together.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Families who have a larger budget will enjoy the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. The resort is just a short drive away from Magic Kingdom Park and many rooms feature views of Cinderella Castle and the nightly fireworks. The sprawling resort offers families the chance to relax and recharge at Explorer Island, which is the five-acre water park that features splash zones, interactive fountains, a lazy river, waterslides and more. Kids can also enjoy the complimentary kids club while adults treat themselves to a service at the spa or dinner at the rooftop restaurant, Capa. Every Saturday morning families can start their day at Ravello with the Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and His Pals, where Goofy and friends don resort wear as they greet you and take photos while you enjoy a bountiful breakfast before hitting the parks.
DoubleTree Suites By Hilton Orlando, Disney Springs Resort Area
The DoubleTree Suites By Hilton Orlando is within walking distance of Disney Springs, making it a good resort for families who are looking for something close to Disney without the higher Disney hotel prices. The resort offers an abundance of amenities for families, including free DVD rentals, a glittering pool and kids splash zone, onsite jungle gym, and a shuttle to and from the Walt Disney World theme parks. Another plus of staying here is the Kids Eat Free promotion that’s ongoing. With each adult entree purchased, kids under 12 who order from the kids menu eat for free.
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
One of the more unique hotel offerings in Lake Buena Vista is the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. The resort is nestled on 750 acres of forest, making it a great place for exploration and adventure. While staying at the cabins you can rent a golf cart to get around the resort, and during the holiday seasons, the golf carts are a great way to see campsite decorations. Kids will love taking a dip into one of the two swimming pools, learning the sport of archery, fishing, taking a wagon ride and visiting the Tri-Circle-D Ranch where they can get up close to the horses that are part of parades at the Disney Parks. When it’s time to relax, enjoy dinner inside the fully furnished cabin or have a cookout at the small grill that’s located on the cabin patio. End the night with cabin-side s’mores and watching Happily Ever After from Magic Kingdom near the edge of Bay Lake.
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