Resort at a Glance: Legacy Vacation Club Lake Buena Vista
The Walt Disney World® Theme Parks—which include Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, and Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park—aren't actually in Orlando, as many believe. Rather, they're located in neighboring Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Down the road from the parks, you'll find this Legacy Vacation Club resort. The 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner has everything your family will need for a memorable Orlando-area vacation.
- Distance to Downtown Disney® Area: 2 miles
- Take a dip in the outdoor pool and jacuzzi
- Fully equipped kitchen in every one- and two-bedroom suite
- Tennis courts where you can reenact scenes from Match Point
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 resort, 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.