Millions of vacationers come to Orlando every year to visit the theme parks at Walt Disney World. With more than 400 hotels to choose from, it’s a daunting task to determine what place to stay will work best for your family.
In this article we are going to give you a list of the best hotels for kids near the Walt Disney World Resort. This list consists of non-Disney hotel properties that are mostly located off-site. Additionally, timeshares and vacation club communities have been excluded as our list focused on traditional hotels & resorts.
Part of our process of determining if the hotel was good for families children included evaluating the amenities like the pools & water features, kid friendly dining options and unique theming that appeals to kids of differing ages. The Endless Summer family has visited each of these hotel properties and can say great for kids of all ages.
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Best Hotels for Kids near Walt Disney World (2023)
- Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites – Waterpark
- Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts
- Orlando World Center Marriott
- Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa
- The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando
- JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
- Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
- Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
- Wyndham Grande Bonnet Creek
- Margaritaville Resort Orlando
- Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites – Waterpark
The Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites – Waterpark is located just a mile from the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Formerly the Nickelodeon Suites Resort, this all suite property consists of 777 rooms including one-, two- and three-bedroom family suites.
Amenities and hotel features are extensive include a large lagoon pool with extensive water park, a separate splash pad, a second outdoor pool, complimentary shuttle service to Walt Disney World, a nine-hold miniature golf course, laser room, arcade, movie theater and a large entertainment room that features live shows.
Hotel rates at the Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites – Waterpark vary based on the time of year but typically range from less than $100.00 per night to around $250.00 per night (based on room size).
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts
While the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resorts are located in the Epcot Resorts area and are the only hotel properties on our list situated on-site at Disney World. Surprisingly, these amazing resorts are not owned by the Disney Company but in a partnership between Tishman Realty & MetLife and operated by the Marriott hotel company.
The Dolphin and Swan originally opened in 1990 and in 2017, completed a three-year, $140 million renovation of more than 2,000 rooms as well the lobby, common areas and meeting space. The resorts feature five heated pools including a resort style grotto pool with waterfalls and a water slide, a white sandy beach with entertainment & activities, children playground, paddle boat rentals and a kids club. There are also a number of kid friendly dining options including The Fountain (50’s diner) and Picabu.
Additionally, these two amazing resort hotels feature enjoy a number of the benefits that are offered to guests staying at Disney owned properties. Both are within walking distance to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Hotel rates at the Swan and Dolphin resorts vary based on the time of year but typically range from around $250.00 per night to more than $750.00 per night (based on rooms size and view).
Orlando World Center Marriott
The Marriott Orlando World Center is one of the premier off site hotels near the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. This spectacular property originally opened in 1986 and consists of 2,008 rooms including 121 suites.
This hotel features are immense and include a massive lagoon pool, a separate water park with lazy river, full service spa with private spa pool, extensive conference facilities, kids club and an 18-hotel golf course. There are nine individual food & beverage options at the property which range from grab & go to fine dining.
Hotel rates at the Orlando World Marriott vary based on the time of year but typically range from around $250.00 per night to around $400.00 per night (based on room size & views).
Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa
The Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa is an extended stay condo-hotel property that is a very short distance to the Walt Disney World theme parks.
This 475-room property was originally constructed in 2006 – 2007 with each unit featuring a fully-equipped kitchen and living area. Amenities include two outdoor pools, an 24-hours fitness center with strength training and cardiovascular equipment, Disney parks shuttle, game room, children’s playground and an on-site spa.
Nightly hotel rates at the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa vary based on the time of year but typically range from around $200.00 per night to more than $350.00 per night.
The Grove Resort & Water Park
The Grove Resort & Water Park is located approximately five (5) miles south of Walt Disney World and is perfect for those looking for a place to stay that is larger than a traditional hotel room. The resort features two-and three-bedroom suites that include full kitchens and living areas.
Amenities include a resort pool and the Surfari Water Park. The water park features a zero-entry pool, 695-foot bazy river, multi-story water slide tower, Flowrider® Double Surf Simulator and a water playground area.
Nightly hotel rates at The Grove vary based on the time of year and room size but typically range from around $200.00 per night to more than $400.00 per night
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
The JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in one of the finest luxury hotels in the greater Orlando as we as throughout the state of Florida. This amazing property consists of 1,000 rooms including 64 suites on a 500-acre site that it shares with the Ritz-Carlton Orlando and Marriott’s Grande Vista vacation club property.
Amenities are extensive and include a 24,000 square foot lazy river pool, the all new Grande Lakes Water Park, the AquaCourse 360, Kayak Rentals, Mountain Bike Trail, Sunrise Safari, fishing excursions and Eco-Tours. Guests staying at the JW Marriott also have access to the 40,000 square foot Ritz-Carlton Spa that features 40 individual treatment rooms and a private spa pool.
Nightly hotel rates at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes vary based on the time of year but typically range from around $400.00 per night to more than $650.00 per night.
Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
The Signia by Hilton Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek is part of the Bonnet Creek resort and is one of the finest hotels near the Walt Disney World Resort. Originally opened in 2009 as a traditional Hilton Hotel (not a Signia), this amazing resort hotel consists of 18-floors of 1,001 well-appointed rooms & suites.
The Signia shares amenities, dining facilities, parking and a convention center with the adjacent Waldorf Astoria Orlando which features the Waldorf Astoria Spa and the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club. Additional features include a 3-acres lagoon-style outdoor swimming pool complex with a lazy river, water slide, poolside bar & grill, private cabanas and daily family activities.
Nightly hotel rates at the Signia by Hilton vary based on the time of year but typically range from around $400.00 per night to more than $650.00 per night.
Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
The Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace is one of the best hotels in the Disney Springs Resort area. The hotel features 1,012 rooms & 124 suites in a tower and garden buildings. This amazing hotel is located just across the street from the Disney Springs shopping, dining and entertainment complex.
Amenities are extensive and include a lazy river pool with water features, a separate resort pool and an adult pool. There is also a poolside bar and cabanas. Additional features include a fully equipped fitness center, video arcade, event lawn and complimentary theme park transportation.
Nightly hotel rates at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace typically range from around $200 per night to more than $400 per night depending on the time of year and the room type.
Wyndham Grande Orlando Bonnet Creek
The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek is part of the Bonnet Creek resort development and is one of the finest hotels near the Walt Disney World Resort. Opened in 2011, this amazing resort hotel consists of 400 rooms & suites and is part of the 62-acre Club Wyndham vacation club development.
The amenities at the Wyndham Grand are extensive as guests enjoy use not only the hotels amenities, but those of the entire Club Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort (vacation club). Property features include multiple outdoor swimming pools and lazy rivers, a fully equipped fitness center, mini-golf course and transportation to Walt Disney World.
Nightly hotel rates at the Wyndham Grande Orlando Bonnet Creek typically range from around $250 per night to more than $500 per night depending on the time of year and the room type.
Margaritaville Resort Orlando
The Margaritaville Resort Orlando is a 300-acre high-end resort development that features 184 guest rooms & suites at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando hotel as well as the Margaritaville Cottages which are individually-owned homes that are rented like hotel rooms.
Amenities include three resort pools including the Fins Up Beach Club, the St. Somewhere Spa, numerous organized activities and extensive dining options. Just outside the Margaritaville Resort Orlando is the Island H2O Water Park and the Promenade at Sunset Walk (upscale shopping and dining venue).
Nightly hotel rates at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando typically range from less than $250 per night to around $500 per night depending on the time of year and the room type.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is one of the best Hyatt brand hotels within the State of Florida and is located just outside of the Disney Springs area of the Walt Disney World Resort. This 779-room resort was originally constructed in 1982 and was the area first Five-Star and Five-Diamond resort.
Property features include an 800,000 gallon resort pool that features a grotto (swim-through cave), 12 waterfalls, splash pad and a two-story water slide, a full-service tennis & racquet club, a beach & water sports along Lake Windsong, a 24-hour fitness center, the Marilyn Monroe Spa and access to a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course at the Grand Cypress Golf Club.
Nightly rates at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Grand Cypress vary during the year but typically range from around $250 per night to more than $500 per night depending on the room type.
Best ON-SITE Hotels for Kids at Walt Disney World
There are also a number of great on-site hotels at Walt Disney World that are perfect for families with children. While just about every Disney hotel can make it on a “Best Of” list, following are the Endless Summer favorites.
- Disney Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort