Palm-Lined Resort Minutes from Walt Disney World
Even when the Magic Kingdom's castle gates close for the evening, imaginations carry on well into the night at the Worldgate Resort’s castle-themed playspace. Though family vacations to Orlando usually revolve around its world-class theme parks, Worldgate Resort does its part to keep kids and parents alike entertained between attractions. Located less than a mile from Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, the hotel offers a palm-lined pool, a poolside cabana with snacks and tropical drinks, a kids' movie-screening area, and free scheduled shuttle service to nearby theme parks and shopping at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores.
Worldgate’s spacious guest rooms come with mini fridges and a crisp, white color scheme. The resort offers a wide variety of dining options, including the full-service Savannah Grille, which overlooks the pool and serves American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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. Guests can also visit the Old Town shopping and dining area–located just two miles from the property. The Old Town area offers over 100 restaurants, rides, and shops along with live entertainment.
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.