Family-Friendly Hotel near Theme Parks
An Official Walt Disney World® Hotel located across the street from the Downtown Disney® Marketplace, the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort 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. At day’s end, guests return to comfortable and spacious guest rooms, some of which have views of Disney.
The onsite Oasis Aquatic Playground is the perfect place to spend a sunny day, as long as you don’t mind getting soaked. Kids can man the water cannons set up around the swimming pools and douse fellow vacationers when they’re not looking. When adults need some R&R, there’s a hot tub. The whole pool area overlooks a scenic lake. 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. Each park is only a short ride away.
Throughout the day, a director of fun on staff organizes children’s activities, such as poolside bingo and crafts. You can stay active at the onsite fitness center, which features tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. In addition to the Lakeview Restaurant, the hotel has two more restaurants and two bars.
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 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 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.