Hotels Near Disney World
You'll find hotels near Disney World are plentiful and range in price levels from low-budget to luxury. Of course, there are many lodging options on Walt Disney World property, but if you want to explore other theme parks, attractions or activities during your Central Florida vacation, you will want stay off the Disney property. The park's resorts are quite nice, but by design they encourage you to stay within the kingdom of the Mouse.
Here are a few tips and suggestions for when you choose to stay in hotels near Disney World.
Hotels Near Disney World: Budget
Lots of independent and budget chain hotels line the highways near Disney World, but you'll get what you pay for. There might be a pool and hot tub, perhaps a free continental breakfast, but not much more. Most of these are tucked in along U.S. 192 through Kissimmee. But if you plan on spending the entire day at the park or pursuing other adventures, and just need a clean bed to sleep in at night, you'll get that. If you're vacationing during the off season, you can pick up some of the free coupon books for Florida hotels (trust us; they're not hard to find) and you might find an even better deal. Examples include the Howard Johnson Inn Maingate East and the Days Inn Kissimmee.
Hotels Near Disney World: Mid-range
This is the most prevalent type of hotels near Disney World, and you can often find a great deal if you book ahead of time. Amenities can include business and fitness centers, game rooms, tennis courts or free Internet access. Examples include the Ramada Orlando Celebration Resort or the Holiday Inn Maingate East.
Hotels Near Disney World: Luxury
Spas, fine dining and personalized service mark the luxury hotels near Disney World. Expect larger rooms and suites, room service, and entertainment and activities for both children and adults. The closest of these to Disney World is the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, a sprawling resort with 4 ½ acres of gardens and waterways under three atrium roofs, six restaurants and lounges, and shopping. The Gaylord Palms regularly schedules special events throughout the year, including the fascinating ICE! exhibit during the holidays.
Hotels Near Disney World: More
No matter what your budget, you'll find hotels near Disney World to fit it. Most of them offer shuttle service to the theme parks, but if you drive, you'll be within 30 minutes or less of the main gate. Be sure to search for deals and special package prices on the Internet before you go, although if you're visiting Disney World during the slow season, there likely will be plenty of rooms available when you get there.
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