Situated in central Florida, Orlando is home to some of the biggest tourist attractions in the country. It’s either home to or in the general vicinity of Universal Studios, the Hard Rock Cafe, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, NASA and Daytona Beach, to name a few. But it’s probably most famous for the Walt Disney World resort, the “happiest place on Earth,” so there’s no shortage of hotels in the area. However, if you’re looking for hotels close to Disney World, you can’t get any closer than staying at one of the hotels on the resort property.
All-Star Sports Resort
If you’re not looking for posh accommodations and want a bang for your buck, book a room at this hotel. Listed as one of Disney’s value resorts, All-Star Sports Resort appeals to the athlete in everyone. All of the buildings have a sports theme, like the Hoops Hotel, and the main swimming pool is shaped like a surf board. Ask for a room closest to the central building, where you‘ll find the End Zone Food Court and the gifts and sundries shop. Disney World buses stop right out front.
Caribbean Beach Resort
The resort's pastel-colored villas will immerse you in the sights and sounds of a tropical paradise, complete with lush landscape, palm trees and the white-sand beaches of Barefoot Bay. Indulge in Caribbean cuisine at Shutters at Old Port Royale restaurant, which serves up island favorites such as pineapple-marinated chicken and "lava coladas" with raspberry rum. If you have the kids with you, book a pirate room, which features pirate-ship beds and swashbuckling decor.
One of Walt Disney World’s first hotels, this well-recognized A-frame structure's design was spearheaded by Walt Disney himself. It also is the only Disney resort in which the park’s monorail system travels directly through the main lobby. The Grand Canyon Concourse features a 90-foot mural created by artist Mary Blair, one of the first women to be honored as a Disney Legend. Make a reservation at the California Grill on the 15th floor and enjoy the spectacular fireworks show from the Magic Kingdom.
White facades with colorful striped awnings transport guests back to 1940s Atlantic City. Each guest room has a private balcony or patio, and the resort sits along a Coney Island-style boardwalk with plenty of shops and restaurants. Rent a fringed surrey bike, a four-wheeled carriage with pedals made popular in the 19th century, and take a tour around Crescent Lake. The chocolate mousse cake and the key lime tart are worth the extra stop at the BoardWalk Bakery, and adults will enjoy the dueling pianos at Jellyrolls in the evening.
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