You don’t necessarily have to stay at a Disney World or Universal Orlando Resort Hotel to enjoy easy theme park access and awesome amenities. These Orlando resorts for families are great alternatives at cheaper prices.
Just 10 minutes from Disney World, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek offers rooms with views of the nightly fireworks at Epcot, as well as complimentary shuttle service to all the Disney parks. However, it's definitely the water park -- with two zero-entry pools, a 3-acre lazy river, waterslides and more -- that makes this hotel a great option for families. Plus, there are several restaurants, a kids' club, spa and golf course onsite -- something for everyone in your group to enjoy.
A Family Vacation Critic Favorite, Floridays Resort Orlando delivers affordable rates for spacious suites with kitchens, a giant swimming pool (with a separate kiddie section), a man-made beach and game room. It also provides complimentary shuttle service to Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando.
Two- and three-bedroom villas with kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms provide a home away from home at this popular resort, located a mile from Disney World. Although WorldQuest Orlando Resort lacks the glitz and glamour of nearby resorts, it offers affordable rates for large groups. The swimming pool and complimentary breakfast aren't too shabby either, nor is the complimentary, scheduled transportation to Disney World.
Part of a massive property that includes the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes offers nearly 1,000 rooms, a plethora of family-friendly restaurants, and one of the best pool complexes in Orlando -- it's 24,000 square feet in size! The hotel provides complimentary transportation to Universal Orlando Resort, too.
Guests at Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista enjoy complimentary transportation to Epcot, plus free, cooked-to-order breakfast and Wi-Fi. The all-suite resort, which was renovated in 2014, also offers full kitchens for added savings, plus outdoor pools, a kids' splash pad, and dive-in movies.
Formerly the Nickelodeon Suites Resort, the Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Waterpark features a 20,000-square-foot water complex complete with dump buckets, water sprayers, slides and cabana rentals. It also has a 4D movie theater and a Batman Laser Challenge.
The Orlando hotel, located just 1 mile from Disney World, also features two- or three-bedroom suites with kitchenettes or full kitchens.
You can't get much closer to Universal Orlando Resort (unless you stay at a resort hotel) -- than The Point Orlando Resort, which is within walking distance of it. The hotel also offers scheduled shuttle services to Disney World, along with onsite dining options, an outdoor pool, and family suites that sleep up to eight guests.
The Fairfield Inn and Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista offers affordable accommodations just 1 mile from Disney World, and is within close proximity of Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando. A Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel, it also offers complimentary breakfast, a food court, and swimming pools, which include a kids' splash zone.
Less than a half-mile from Disney World, Radisson Hotel Orlando - Lake Buena Vista is within walking distance of the parks, yet it still offers shuttle services. It also features family suites, free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and an onsite restaurant, where you can fuel up before a day with The Mouse.
Be careful if you decide to stay at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World -- you may never make it to the theme parks! The expansive property, opened in 2014, touts a 5-acre water park, complete with waterslides and a lazy river, plus kids' clubs, five onsite restaurants, a spa and more! Guests also receive early park entry, character breakfasts, and complimentary transportation to the parks.