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Here are the 9 most kid-friendly Orlando hotels and resorts, catering especially to families with special children's areas, supervised activities, family-friendly room layouts and suites, and fun kid-friendly themes.
Marriott Orlando World Center Resort & Convention Center
With 2,000 guest rooms, this is the world's largest Marriott. You'll find an abundance of amenities, including six swimming pools and a 106-foot waterslide. A playroom off the indoor pool has games, toys, videos and a TV; a video arcade with ping pong and air hockey; two children's pools; a 106-foot water slide; and organized daily fun like pool games, bingo, and craft projects.
Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes
Not only is there a 40,000-square-foot spa at this ultra-luxe resort, but there's also an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed championship golf course. The Ritz Kids Club for kids ages 5 to 12 is open every day; Kid's Night Out from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. includes arts and crafts, games, and dinner. The hotel has an activities center, fish feeding, Butterfly Gardens and nature walks, and a Kids Badge program.
Waldorf Astoria Bonnet Creek Resort
This lavish, much-anticipated resort in the midst of Walt Disney World is the first newly built Waldorf Astoria since the historic original was built in New York City. The Waldorf Astoria's own WA Kids Club leads activities like arts and crafts, roasting marshmallows, scavenger hunts, and games. Astoria After Dark feeds kids dinner and keeps them entertained in the evenings.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Universal Orlando's newest resort has cleverly-designed family suites available that add space and mini-kitchens to accommodate families. n addition to being connected to theme parks and the City Walk entertainment area, Cabana Bay has its own fun: a large zero-entry pool with a water slide and lazy river, a bowling alley, and outdoor ping pong and pool tables.
Royal Pacific Resort
One of three Universal luxury hotels, Royal Pacific offers a South Seas theme, Loews quality, and benefits for theme park goers. The Loews Loves Kids program includes games on loan, children's menus with healthy options, welcome gifts and Kidbanas by the pool. Kids can join the Mariner's Club supervised program and play in the interactive pool playground.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort
The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort is itself a world-class destination, not just a place to spend the night while hopping from theme park to theme park during the day. The 800,000-gallon swimming pool itself covers nearly half an acre and includes 12 waterfalls and two slides. For kids, there's the Camp Hyatt kids' program; a video arcade in a cave; paddle boats for rent; and wildlife trails and suspension bridges to explore.
Gaylord Palms Resort and Spa
Gaylord Palms Resort and Spa, from the same parent company that brought you Nashville's incomparable Opryland Hotel, boasts 1,406 rooms on 63 acres and is adjacent (and very visible) to I-4, just three minutes from Walt Disney World. At 2.1 million square feet, it is one of the biggest resorts and convention facilities in all of Florida. Supervised indoor children's program. An extensive outdoor water play area. Complimentary shuttle service to Disney World.
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
The watchwords here are "sensible luxury," and it shows, from the casually elegant lobby to diverse recreation options just outside one of the first true destination resorts in Orlando. Has an 850-foot lazy river, a 125-foot corkscrew water slide and a zero-entry family swimming pool, plus complimentary shuttle service to Disney World. The Omni Kids Crew program gives kids a backpack with stickers, crayons, and a coloring book upon check-in, as well as milk-and-cookies room service on their first night. Camp Omni Kids Escape runs Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and offers movies, video games, and dinner for kids ages 4 to 12.
Marriott's Harbour Lake
A whimsical pirate theme creates a family friendly atmosphere at this resort. Pirates are the theme at the kids' club, the interactive Pirate's Plunge water playground (with a water slide), mini-golf, and the interactive pirate ship in the main swimming pool.