Hotel at a Glance: Park Inn By Radisson Resort and Conference Center Orlando
Located just outside Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, this family-friendly hotel makes sure the magic doesn’t end when you leave the parks. Magical-view guest rooms live up to their name, with windows that look out to nightly fireworks displays. The hotel also has a free shuttle to whisk you to and from the parks throughout the day.
- Claim to fame: The resort is official Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® Hotel, and is located right next to Animal Kingdom®.
- In-room amenities: a mini refrigerator, a garden tub, and high-speed Internet access
- Go for a swim in an outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees and loungers.
- Where to eat: Feast on burgers, wraps, and other American cuisine at Savannah Bar and Grill, which overlooks the pool. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Pick up toiletries and souvenirs at the onsite gift shop.
Kissimmee, Florida: Easy Access to World-Famous Theme Parks and Major Orlando Attractions
Located on the banks of Lake Tohopekaliga, Kissimmee sits about 22 miles from downtown Orlando and just 16 miles from the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks. The world’s most-visited entertainment resort spans roughly 30,000 acres, encompassing four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, and the Downtown Disney® Area. There’s no shortage of things to do here: begin your day at Magic Kingdom® Park by boarding Space Mountain® Attraction, a rocket-shaped three-seater that climbs to 180 feet before entering a deep black tunnel and racing past stars, satellites, and constellations. After that, ride past the ghastly goofballs inside The Haunted Mansion. For dinner, head over to Epcot® to sample cuisine from Morocco, Mexico, France, Italy, and several other countries at the World Showcase. As one of the most popular family destinations in the world, sunny Orlando is home to other theme parks including Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando.
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 Loch Haven Park, including the Orlando Museum of Art; the collection features 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, where you can take a rover across a simulation of Mars or race model cars down a 70-foot pinewood-derby track.