Theme Park Hotel with Shuttles to Each Park
An Official Walt Disney World® Hotel located across the street from the Downtown Disney® Marketplace, the Wyndham brims with little touches of magic. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, you can dig into a breakfast buffet at the onsite Lakeview Restaurant while Goofy and Pluto mingle with diners and pose for photos. (Up to two children eat free with a regular paying adult.)
The Oasis Aquatic Playground at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort is the perfect place to spend a sunny day, as long as you don’t mind getting soaked. Kids man the water cannons set up around the swimming pools, dousing their fellow vacationers when they least expect it. When you’ve had your kicks at the water park, dry off and hop aboard a shuttle to any of the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks to carry on the fun.
Throughout the day, an onsite director of fun organizes children’s activities, such as poolside bingo and crafts. Younger guests can visit the Kids’ Corner, which is set up with board games, coloring books, and a Wii gaming system. At day’s end, guests return to comfortable and spacious standard, tower, and Disney-view guest rooms.
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 several other theme parks and attractions.
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. Shopping is also available at the nearby Premium Outlets and the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores.
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.
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