A trip to the famed Disney World in Orlando, Florida can be found on almost anyone’s bucket list – it truly is the happiest place on earth! With so many options to choose from, the hardest part about booking your Disney World trip is deciding where to stay. While choosing a Disney property is convenient, there are also various luxury properties in the surrounding area that offer a lot of the same benefits as an on site Disney hotel–and at a much lower rate. Below we have highlighted some of our personal favorites that are guaranteed to make your Disney world experience much more magical!
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Nestled in a secluded setting within Walt Disney World, this AAA Five Diamond Resort has something to offer for every type of traveler. Families with children enjoy splashing around Explorer Island – a five-acre water park complete with waterslides, a winding lazy river and dive-in movies at the family pool. Choose to relax with a cocktail in hand at “The Oasis”, an adult’s only pool. Children will have a blast at “Kids For All Seasons”, a complimentary program that is offered daily. Wake up and choose from a delicious omelet bar at Ravello with a Goofy and Pals character breakfast where a photographer will capture all of the fun! You can also spend the evening learning culinary secrets from the executive chef in a private cooking class in the Ravello Demonstration Kitchen. As a guest of the Four Seasons, you also get access to Disney benefits like Extra Magic Hours, Disney Fast Passes, and complimentary transportation to the parks.
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Nestled in a serene nature preserve just a short ride from all of the entertainment, you’ll make as many magical memories here as you will in Orlando’s world-famous theme parks! Soak up the Orlando sun by the pool and book a private cabana where poolside attendants will cater to your every need. Enjoy a luxurious dinner at the award winning Bull & Bear restaurant featuring re-imagined steakhouse classics or choose a casual dining setting at one of the many eateries the property has to offer. Travelers with children love the Waldorf Astoria Kids Club, where little ones can make new friends while enjoying activities ranging from poolside games, to crafts and marshmallow roasting. Enjoy the convenience of your complimentary transportation to fun at the Disney Theme Parks and Disney Springs area.
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Another luxury resort to add to your list – the Gaylord Palms Resort. This one-of-a-kind property is located just minutes from the Disney parks. Explore the spirit of the Everglades, the sights and sounds of Key West, and Florida’s Spanish colonial past when strolling through three themed atriums that connect different areas of the resort. Enjoy an array of aquatic adventures at the on premise water park, featuring simulated surfing and a multi-level water playground. During winter months, take a thrilling ride down the Gaylord’s signature ice slide. Choose from one of the seven fine dining options featuring regionally inspired foods and locally sourced ingredients. Hang your Mickey ears up at the end of the day and relax at the adult’s only pool or enjoy the full service spa to wind down. Complimentary shuttle services to the parks is included.
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek guarantees you a magical resort experience! Located on the 482-acre Bonnet Creek Nature Preserve, this breathtaking property is just minutes away from all of the fun at the Disney Theme Parks. Enjoy breakfast where kids eat free, or grab a light breakfast and coffee at Muse – the 24 hour coffee bar that features snacks and gourmet pastries. Catch your complimentary shuttle to the park, which runs every half hour. After a long day at the parks, unwind in your spacious room with beautiful views of the lazy river pool, 18-hole championship golf course, or the Walt Disney World Resort. Choose to spend your evening at La Luce – An Italian restaurant offering Italian traditions like family-style pastas and seafood specialties, all made with the finest local ingredients.
Located in beautiful Bonnet Creek, your dream vacation unfolds at the Wyndham Grand with an unbeatable location, upscale accommodations, and exceptional dining. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find something exciting just a short drive away. On site, you can enjoy the lagoon-style pool or float on down the lazy river. Choose to dine at one of the five on site restaurants like the Deep Blu Seafood Grille, which offers fresh seafood with a Southern twist. Once you’re ready to head to the Disney parks, grab your exclusive FastPass and catch your complimentary shuttle to enjoy all of the magic Disney has to offer. Enjoy premium coffees and teas from the comfort of your own room with the in-room Keurig coffee maker, then head to the Blue Harmony Spa for a day of pampering where you will find an extensive menu of spa services including massage therapies and facials.