What Hotels Are Near Downtown DisneyWorld?

by Diane Dilov-Schultheis, Demand Media

    The Downtown Disney Area, one of two Walt Disney World Resort extraordinary entertainment areas, provides guests an abundance of shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Divided into three sections, including Downtown Disney West Side, Downtown Disney Marketplace and Pleasure Island, vacationers can take a break from the theme parks and explore specialty shops, dine in a variety of restaurants, and enjoy live shows. Travelers wishing to stay near the Downtown Disney Area can select from four Disney World accommodations.

    Disney’s Old Key West Resort

    Escape to a tropical island setting that transports you to the relaxed, friendly and famous Key West area of Florida, or so you will think with all the flourishing scenery, cool waterways and pastel-colored plantation-type buildings scattered about the resort’s property. Disney’s Old Key West Resort offers guests deluxe villas near the Downtown Disney Area. Select from one- and two-story accommodations including, deluxe studios or one-, two- and three-bedroom villas that can sleep from four to 12 guests comfortably.

    Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa

    Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa sits on the shoreline of Village Lake across the water from the Downtown Disney Area. Designed to resemble the renowned and historical New York retreat made famous in the late 1800s, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa covers 65 acres and features gently sloping hills, cascading fountains and peaceful lakes. Guests staying at the resort can choose from deluxe studios or one-, two- and three-bedroom villas spread throughout the property, including distinctive Treehouse Villas that sit 10 feet off the ground.

    Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter

    Travelers who wish to experience the famous and historical area of New Orleans known as the French Quarter can make plans to stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter. This three-story, moderate-rated hotel features light-colored stucco and black wrought-iron railings on balconies that offer views of the cobblestone paths, old-fashioned street lights, landscaped courtyards or the Sassagoula River located below. The resort offers comfortable guest rooms, horse-drawn carriage rides, watercraft rentals, and a brightly colored pool complex as well as Cajun-style food, music and celebrations.

    Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside

    Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside, located near the French Quarter hotel, provides guests a more rural and relaxing Louisiana Bayou setting to enjoy on their next Disney World vacation. The resort encompasses 350 acres that include a canal system, manicured landscaping, and the option of two distinctive parishes featuring moderate-rated guest rooms. Choose from either Alligator Bayou, which offers backwoods cottages, or Magnolia Bend, which features rooms in a grand mansion setting. The resort features a 3.5-acre island that has a massive pool complex, old-style fishing hole, and woody playground area.

    About the Author

    Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published online at the Travel Channel and Intel.