Resort at a Glance: Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is only 11 miles from Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, but you don't even have to leave the property for entertainment. Right on the property, there's a miniature water park, 24-hour arcade, and lighted tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. Seven restaurants are onsite. Kids will feel right at home thanks to the welcome package, while adults can kick back on one of the lounge chairs in a cabana at the formal pool or grab a drink at Croc’s Pool Bar.
- Take in a round of golf at two championship courses designed by architect and golfer, Greg Norman.
- Make a splash at the zero-entry family pool with corkscrew water slide or drift down the 850-foot lazy river.
- Rejuvenate: Mokara Spa at ChampionsGate offers mani-pedis, massages, and facials.
- Complimentary shuttle: Take advantage of regular shuttle transportation to EPCOT and Disney's Magic Kingdom® park from the hotel.
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.