Disneyworld Area Hotels

by Edwin Thomas

Visitors to Disneyworld face no shortages in the hostelry department, since Disney's complex of theme parks sits at the center of a network of resorts and hotels. These hotels range from reasonably priced (by local standards) mid-range establishments to expensive and rarefied resorts. Also, in addition to the various hotels located outside the boundaries of Disneyworld, the Disney company itself offers a diverse range of accommodations situated among its attractions.

Bargain-Hunting

According to Frommer's, room rates for Disneyworld hotels are always open to at least some negotiation. In addition to discounts offered to organizations such as AAA or AARP, hotels rates are often reduced as part of a package deal. Other possibilities include calling the hotel and negotiating directly with a clerk or acquiring an Orlando Magicard from the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau. However, visitors should keep in mind that Disneyworld is a year-round destination and, therefore, not expect steep "off-season" discounts.

Disney's Cornonado Resort

Fodor's labeled this mid-range resort "Disney's most popular convention hotel," due in large part to its expansive exhibit hall and convention center. However, all the convention facilities are tucked away in a separate wing, making the resort just as family-friendly as it is business-friendly. The resort's buildings and rooms have a decidedly Southwestern decor and are centered on a Mayan-themed swimming pool complex sporting a 123-foot long water-slide. Because of its business slant, the Coronado Resort has amenities that Disney's other "moderate" lodgings lack, such as Wi-Fi access.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

A Fodor's Choice and rated "Exceptional" by Frommer's, the Grand Floridian evokes images of the Gilded Age and the Roaring '20s. Guest rooms come with Victorian-inspired, contemporary furnishings and marble-topped bathrooms, and every rooms in this complex of over 900 rooms and suites has a view of something pleasant, such as a garden, courtyard or the Seven Seas Lagoon. Many come with balconies. The Grand Floridian is also one of the few resorts with a Disney monorail station, and the resort boasts a vast array of amenities such as watersports rentals, lighted tennis courts and five separate restaurants.

Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort

This branch of the Hilton chain lies outside Disneyworld, but within walking distance of Downtown Disney and has views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks at night. The hotel also has complimentary shuttle service to Disney attractions. Guest rooms are spacious and have a Shaker-style decor, while the public spaces of the hotel have a New England-like, nautical look with their indoor shutters and weathered wood. Among the amenities are a large swimming area with two pools and plenty of in-house dining options.