A trip to WaltDisney Resort, Florida is like no other experience. This hugely popular resort has come a long way since opening in 1971, and has grown into a mammoth beast covering 47 hectares with unbelievable facilities to cater to a wide demographic, not just the kids. There are a myriad of attractions including, of course, the rides but also live Broadway quality shows, light shows, wildlife, 22 hotels on site and restaurants galore, and all themed with an eye for detail that can be expected from the people who make their living creating fantasies.
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The range of facilities is eye watering, and the same goes for the choice of accommodation. If you’ve decided that after paying out for a visit (and it isn’t cheap!), you want to make the most of it, then a hotel on-site might be your best option. You’ll save valuable time getting to and from the resort and there are many savings to be had with package deals. Disney hotel guests also benefit from the extra Magic Hours perk, allowing entry to the four parks either an hour early in the morning or two hours after the park closes. This may not sound much but given the crowds, this could be a godsend and make the whole experience much more enjoyable.
Popular choices to stay include Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Spa, located in the popular Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (breakfast with giraffes below you), or if you’re looking for somewhere further afield, giving you a chance to explore the rest of Orlando, take a look at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. This offers self-catering family villas and is set in a 65-acre resort, possibly providing some respite from the Park (free transport to and from the Resort).
If you can’t bring yourself to visit Walt Disney Resort your kids don’t have to be too downhearted just yet; there are also Disney cruises to consider! You could travel the high seas on a Disney-themed ship, packed to the rafters with on-board kid-friendly entertainment, unlimited snacks and food and deck parties in the evening topped off with firework displays! Whichever option you choose for, you may even end up feeling glad you’ve spent a few days with Mickey!