Family-Size Condos Located Minutes from Orlando Theme Parks
The Lucaya Village Resort embodies the concept of "a home away from home"—each three- or four-bedroom condo has a fully equipped kitchen, comfy living room, and spacious bedrooms. And each condo is the only unit in its building, so there’s plenty of peace and quiet. They’re ideal for families who are visiting the theme parks nearby, including Disney World (about 10 minutes away) and Universal Studios and SeaWorld (both about 15 minutes away). As a Disney-authorized independent retailer, the concierge can sell tickets to the theme parks as well as discounted admission to other area attractions and dinner shows.
Outside the condos, ancient pines shade two small ponds and the picnic areas. Not far off, you’ll find a heated outdoor pool and burbling jacuzzi. If you've got kids in tow, they can head to the playground, engage in heated competition on the volleyball court, or engage in heated debates about Goofy's career choices.
Kissimmee, Florida: Gateway to Disney World and Downtown Orlando
Located on the banks of Lake Tohopekaliga, Kissimmee sits about 22 miles from downtown Orlando and just 16 miles from Walt Disney World. The world’s most-visited entertainment resort, Disney World spans roughly 30,000 acres, encompassing four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, and the Downtown Disney area. Here, you can ride Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom in the morning, then sample Moroccan cuisine over at Epcot’s World Showcase pavilions in the afternoon before the nightly IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth light show. The success of the park has brought an influx of other theme parks to Orlando, including Universal Studios and SeaWorld.
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 the CityArts Factory, a multifaceted patchwork of gallery spaces, and SAK Comedy Lab, which holds improv shows five nights a week.
About a 10-minute drive north, you’ll find several cultural institutions surrounding Orlando Loch Haven Park, including the Orlando Museum of Art, with a collection featuring pieces by Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Ansel Adams, and Andy Warhol. The park is also home to the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the Orlando Science Center. Visit the science center to take a rover across a simulation of Mars’s red surface, or race model cars down a 70-foot pinewood-derby track.