Resort at a Glance: Grande Villas Resort
Grande Villas Resort is within easy driving distance of all of Orlando’s main attractions and exudes Florida style with its pink, blue, and yellow façade. Like a luxurious home away from home, each villa at the resort comes with a fully stocked kitchen and master bedroom. Guests can use the foldout sleeper sofas to accommodate additional family members.
- Enjoy the view from your private balcony.
- Onsite activities often include poolside trivia, ping-pong tournaments, mini-golfing, beer tastings, and ice-cream socials.
- Set kids loose on the playground.
- Sing your heart out during onsite karaoke sessions.
- Take a dip in one of two outdoor heated pools.
- Distance from Walt Disney World® Theme Parks: 1.5 miles
- See live alligators at Wild Florida, about 45 minutes south of the hotel. This deal includes Gator Park passes for each guest.
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—the world’s most-visited entertainment resort. Spanning roughly 30,000 acres, it encompasses 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 mansion. Before heading back to the hotel, take in the nightly fireworks, laser, and water show. One of the most popular family destinations in the world, sunny Orlando is also home to Universal Orlando—which includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—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 work 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, where you can a rover across a simulation of Mars or race on a 70-foot pinewood derby track.