Hotel at a Glance: AAA Three Diamond Residence Inn Lake Buena Vista
As an official Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® Hotel, the Residence Inn Lake Buena Vista is situated near all four Disney theme parks; a free hotel shuttle drops passengers at the Epcot® Ticket and Transportation Center. After a long day of park exploration, head back to the AAA Three Diamond hotel, where you can grill on the outdoor barbecue.
- Distance to Magic Kingdom® Park: 8 miles
- Other nearby attractions: Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, and ESPN Wide World of Sports
- Included meals: Complimentary buffet breakfast daily
- Take a dip: Outdoor pool and whirlpool
- Keep the kids busy with: the game room or volleyball and basketball courts
Orlando, Florida: World-Famous Theme Parks and Cultural Surprises
Located in the center of Florida, Orlando may be forever associated with the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, which now are part of the world’s most-visited entertainment resort. It spans roughly 30,000 acres, encompassing four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, and the Downtown Disney® Marketplace. There’s no shortage of things to do here: begin your day by boarding a rocket-shaped three-seater that climbs to 180 feet before entering a deep black tunnel and racing past stars, satellites, and constellations. Walk across the park to sample Moroccan cuisine for lunch, or ride a dune buggy through a haunted 18th-century mansion. Before heading back to the hotel, take in the nightly fireworks, laser, and water show. As one of the most popular family destinations in the world, sunny Orlando is home to other theme parks including Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, and Gatorland.
Those hoping to shake up the typical theme-park-dominated itinerary can head into downtown Orlando's vibrant arts district. The neighborhood boasts venues such as CityArts Factory, a multifaceted patchwork of gallery spaces, and SAK Comedy Lab, which hosts family-friendly improv shows five nights a week.
About a 10-minute drive north, you’ll find eight cultural institutions at Loch Haven Park, including the Orlando Museum of Art, which houses pieces by Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Ansel Adams, and Andy Warhol. The park is also home to the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orlando Science Center. Visit the science center to take a rover across a simulation of Mars’s red surface, or race on a 70-foot pinewood derby track.
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