Saving money on accommodation may appear on your top priority list when planning a Disney vacation. With thousands of Disney World’s accommodation and daily deals you can find online and offline, ultimately busy moms and dads just need someone to tell them where to look for the best. In this case, the best kid-friendly places to stay that do not come with a hefty price tag.
Here are Travelmath’s 10 best kid-friendly places to stay in Disney World (in no particular order):
1. Wyndham Bonnet Creek Orlando
Located around 20 miles from Orlando International Airport (MCO), adjacent to Walt Disney World Resort and less than one mile from the park’s entrance, this kid- and family-friendly resort offers shuttle services to Downtown Disney and Disney World’s theme parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.
The availability of shuttle service to Disney means parents with little kids do not need to deal with driving routes and parking problems. The round trip shuttle service is $8 per person. Free for children under 3.
The biggest advantage of this resort is the well-equipped kitchen in the one and two-bedroom suites. These suites also come with a washer/dryer, balcony, separate living and dining space and bedroom(s). Cooking your own meals will help save money and promote healthy eating even on vacation. Parents can do laundry at their convenience in the suite, which makes it easy to pack light.
When you are done visiting Disney World, kids and adults can relax and have fun at the swimming pools, lazy rivers, miniature golf and more.
Information: Wyndham Bonnet Creek Orlando
2. Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Similar to Wyndham Bonnet Creek, Hilton has its own lazy river, waterslide and pool. Hilton offers complimentary bus services from resort to all Disney’s theme parks and Downtown Disney. Unlike Wyndham, you can’t cook in Hilton’s suites.
3. Floridays Resort Orlando
Floridays is an all-suite, condo-style accommodation with full kitchen, dishwasher, washer and dryer, separate living and dining area and a choice of two- or three-bedroom suites.
This property offers complimentary shuttle service from resort to Epcot. You will need to take Disney World’s complimentary transportation like the monorail to get to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. It takes about 20 minutes from Floridays to Epcot.
4. Caribe Royal Orlando
Caribe Royal is an all-suite resort, located 1.5 miles from Disney World area. It has a 75-foot winding waterslide and a 250,000-gallon free-form pool surrounded by a huge pool deck area filled with tropical foliage and palm trees.
The best type of accommodation for families at the Caribe Royal is the fully furnished two-bedroom villas with full kitchen, dining area, king master suite, double queen bedroom, bathrooms and either a screened lanai or balcony.
Shuttle service is available from the resort to any of Disney theme parks at $4 per person round trip. Free for kids below 4.
Information: Caribe Royal Orlando
5. Grande Villas Resort
Grande Villas is one of the most economical resorts with the choice of one-, two- and three-bedrooms condos. Each condo has a kitchenette equipped with refrigerator, microwave, oven, coffee maker, toaster and more.
Shuttle service is available from the resort to Disney World for $12 per person round trip. Kids under 3 are free. Check with the resort for further details on designated drop off locations and times.
Information: Grande Villas Resort
6. Disney’s Pop Century Resort
If you like staying with one of the affordable Disney’s resort, check out Pop Century Resort. This resort has toys, catch phrases and timeless fashions that let you experience the fun of the 1950s through the 1990s.
Enjoy the 1960’s Hippy Dippy Pool with flower-shaped water jets or the kiddie pool with a pop-jet water fountain. Or the 1950’s Bowling Pool and the 1990’s Computer Pool.
Two of the top advantages of staying in a Disney Resort are the free airport shuttle service and the ample complimentary shuttle services to all the theme parks.
Information: Disney’s Pop Century Resort
7. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has six villages- Trinidad North, Trinidad South, Martinique, Barbados, Aruba and Jamaica. The resort’s Fuentes del Morro Pool is one of the best pools in Disney World Resorts. It has a 102-foot long slide, cannons, wading pool, shipwreck play area, mini slides, cabanas and more.
You get free airport shuttle and free shuttle services to all Disney’s theme parks when you stay at the Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Another advantage is you get extended theme park hours when you stay with one of the Disney’s resorts.
Information: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
8. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Enjoy Africa without going to Africa. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge offers views of 4 lush savannahs filled with over 30 species of African wildlife and birds. See zebras, giraffes, gazelles, kudu and flamingos roaming in the ‘wild’. This resort will definitely bring joy to animal-loving families.
A stay at the resort will give your family a different experience of Disney World. Families can reserve a Wanyama Safari and Dinner experience where you will not just feast but get a chance to have an up-close animal encounter as well.
Information: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
9. Gaylord Palms Resorts and Convention Center
Located just 1.5 miles from the main gate of Walt Disney World, Gaylord Palms Resorts has a zero-entry swimming pool with four slides and a multi-level tree house playground.
The resort fee includes shuttle bus service to all Disney theme parks and Downtown Disney area.
10. Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village
This value hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to Disney’s theme parks and discounted room and ticket packages for guests.