Best Orlando Resorts for Families

In kid-friendly Orlando, nearly every resort or hotel is relatively family-friendly. Yet some stand out for their stellar locations or fantastic amenities. Here are some foolproof choices:
 

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    Orlando Resorts with Awesome Lazy Rivers

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    ••• Grande Lakes

    If your family loves to float along a lazy river, you'll be spoiled for choice in Orlando. Of course, you'll find fabulous lazy rivers at many of the area theme parks and waterparks. Or you can up the ante by staying at one these resorts where you can relax in an inner tube and let your cares drift away.

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    Cabana Bay Beach Resort

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    ••• Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal Orlando Resort. Loews Hotels & Resorts

    Open since 2014 at Universal Orlando Resort, the Cabana Bay Beach Resort offers value-priced rooms and moderate-priced family suites with separate sleeping areas and mini kitchenettes.

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    Four Seasons at Disney World

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    ••• Explorer Island, Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. Concept art, Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

    Open since 2014 inside Disney World, the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World offers 444 rooms and suites, many of which deliver spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom's nightly fireworks display. The lakeside resort is located inside the gates of Disney World in a residential setting minutes from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

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    These Are the Six Cheapest Resorts at Disney World

    Photo of Animal Kingdom Lodge, © Teresa Plowright.
    ••• Photo © Teresa Plowright.

    Looking for ways to cut back the cost of a Disney World vacation? Consider choosing one of the five hotels in Disney's value category or staying at Disney's campground. No matter which property you choose, you'll get the same resort benefits as you would at the pricier hotels at Disney World, but at a fraction of the cost.

     

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    Portofino Bay Hotel

    Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort
    ••• Universal Orlando Resort

    The most luxurious of the four one-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort, Portofino Bay Hotel is a very plush slice of Italy, complete with cobblestone streets, Cypress trees, a charming piazza, authentic Italian restaurants, and three spectacular pools, including one that looks like a Roman aqueduct. 

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    Best Disney World Resorts for Large Families

    Disney's Art of Animation Resort
    ••• Walt Disney Parks

    For families with three or more kids, the typical standard room just isn't big enough yet ponying up for two rooms is pricey and inconvenient. Luckily, larger families have plenty of options at Disney World. Here's a range of solutions for families of five or more, and for every budget.

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    Hard Rock Hotel

    Photo of Hard Rock Hotel, © Teresa Plowright
    ••• Photo © Teresa Plowright

    Another great choice at Universal Orlando, the Hard Rock Hotel has a large freeform lifeguarded pool with sand beach, "Camp Li'l Rock" with kids' activities, and convenient access to the two theme parks by a free water-taxi shuttle or a garden walkway. Guest get front-of-the-line access to popular rides. 

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    Disney World's Swan and Dolphin Resorts

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    ••• Swan and Dolphin Resort

    Many in-the-know families love this resort because of its wonderful location. Part of Westin Hotels & Resorts, which in turn is owned by the Starwood Group, the Swan and Dolphin sister properties are situated inside Disney World between Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Guests can take advantage of Disney World's complimentary water taxi service to nearby Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios and bus shuttles to the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, as well as to Downtown Disney and the water parks. 

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    Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

    Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

    The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort sits on a gigantic 1500 acres where features include nature trails, horseback riding, golf, lake watersports such as kayaking and paddleboats, and a half-acre pool with waterfalls and waterslides. This property also has a Camp Hyatt kids' program and a child care center.

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    Gaylord Palms

    Photo courtesy of Gaylord Palms Resort.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Gaylord Palms Resort.

    Gaylord Palms is a giant property with over 1400 rooms and 2 million square feet, set on 63 acres just a few minutes from Disney World. A signature feature is a 4.5-acre glass-covered atrium with three themed sections on different regions of Florida. Guests at Gaylord Palms will also find an outdoor recreation park., a large kids' club, and more.

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    - Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher