A Disney vacation is a once-in-a-lifetime dream for some families, and an annual tradition for others. Either way, choosing the right place to stay is vital, since a full day of Disney is always exhausting. The perfect hotel is one that lets you get back to your room easily, sleep in peace, and hurry back to the fun, pampered and refreshed, first thing in the morning.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
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It’s no surprise that Disney’s own resorts are among the most magical places to stay near the parks. The Grand Floridian, for instance, is close enough to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks and electrical parade. This elegant, old-world resort will spoil you with impeccable service and easy connections to all the Disney theme parks. Luxury resorts like the Floridian become affordable when you use online tools to find great deals on hotels.
Disney’s Polynesian Resort
If your family’s other dream is to visit Hawaii, this is the perfect compromise. The Polynesian Resort conjures an island vibe with luaus, palm trees and tiki torches. The resort is directly across the lagoon from Magic Kingdom, so you can enjoy the fireworks even if the kids wear out early. The monorail is a fun way to travel between the resort and the theme parks.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
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If your family loves wildlife, the Animal Kingdom Lodge will be your dream home. You can sit on your balcony and watch zebras and giraffes stroll by. The Lodge has comfortable rooms, swimming pools and, of course, outstanding Disney service. This hotel is a little farther from the amusement parks than some of the other Disney properties, but a convenient shuttle bus makes the trip a breeze.
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
If your flights arrive or leave at inconvenient times and you’ll only be in town for a few days, there’s no better place to stay than in the airport itself. The Hyatt Regency is smack dab in between the A and B terminals of the Orlando airport. If you’re arriving late at night with small children, the location will be a huge relief. The hotel’s guest services will even pick up your luggage for you. Disney World is just a 20 minute taxi ride from the hotel.
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Lake Buena Vista
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Another non-Disney option is a suite at this Hilton-owned property. The hotel couldn’t be closer to the Disney parks; it’s right by the entrances to Downtown Disney and Epcot Center. The hotel is all suites, each with one or two large bedrooms. You’ll enjoy the buffet breakfast and swimming pool. Shuttles are available to all the theme parks, although you can walk to some of them from the DoubleTree.
The Orlando area is brimming with great places to stay, and the efficient Disney transportation system, including the monorail, is available to all guests, regardless of their lodging choices. However, if you want to stay as close as possible to the Disney magic, choose one of the above hotels.