Everyone loves the idea of going to Disney World. Many exclaim it as a victory cry of sorts when they come into some money. But for a family vacation that is supposed to land you in the happiest place on Earth, it can become a stressful endeavor when you begin to consider the cost of park passes and a good hotel. And it’s true, park tickets are not cheap, and hotels on Disney’s properties tend to run from moderately high to exorbitant.
Luckily, there are a lot of wonderful hotels, many of which include shuttles to Disney parks and benefits worthy of consideration. Keep in mind that the nightly rates at these hotels do not include resort fees, and are likely to be pricier during the “busy season”.
Let’s take a look at 5 options at various prices that could serve as a great Disney World stay:
Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista
This is a great budget choice for a family vacation to Disney World. Just a mere mile away from the Disney World properties, Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista has shuttles to all the nearby theme parks (a perk included in the resort fee price), a heated outdoor pool, a fitness center, a splash pad for younger kids, and even an on-site Applebees where kids eat for free!
Starting rate: $99
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs Area
This beautiful hotel, located within walking distance of Disney Springs, prides itself on having enough activities to keep the family happy and busy. Sporting a whopping seven restaurants including Disney character-themed breakfasts on Sundays, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista has multiple outdoor heated pools, one specifically for children. Offering a myriad of perks like Disney’s FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours, the hotel includes booking options where a longer stay can score you an extra night for free. For families looking to take advantage of some extra space, a one or two-bedroom option is available.
Starting rate: $119
Walt Disney World Swan And Dolphin
A two in one resort setup, Swan and Dolphin offer free shuttles to the theme parks, access to FastPass+, five outdoor swimming pools, paddleboat rentals, a white sand beach, and an on-site spa. Parents who have youngsters looking to get some energy out can have them have a blast at the resort’s Camp Dolphin. Both buildings at the resort have numerous levels of rooms and suites, including family-themed room choices that appeal to kids and parents.
Starting Price: $199
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
This massive, luxury complex has several swimming pools, a lazy river, golfing and some fine dining options. Providing free shuttles to both Disney and Universal parks, the resort offers multiple rooms and suites facing amazing lakefront views. Kids can have a blast splashing around in a children’s pool, while adults can enjoy a spa and a gym on the property. The resort is located close enough to the Disney property to feel convenient, but also far enough to provide ample choice to spend the latter half of the day enjoying the resort’s many luxuries instead.
Starting Price: $259
Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
This amenities overabundant luxury hotel has a lazy river pool, golf courses, nearby boating and fishing activities, as well a litany of restaurants (a sushi bar among them) on the property. The resort fee includes shuttles to Disney World, Universal Orlando, and Sea World, so families can get to all the popular parks hassle-free. Kids can have a great time at the Ritz Kids program, while parents have some adult time at the on-site spa.
Starting Price: $539