Where to Stay When Visiting Disney World?

By: Janice McSherry

A family vacation at Disney World and the other theme parks of Orlando is for many people a once in a lifetime opportunity, and it is important to plan it properly so that you and your family can enjoy the experience and also do it in a way that will save money. One of the most important decisions that you will have to make is where to stay? Should you stay at a luxury hotel at Disney World or nearby or should you take a vacation home rental?

As someone who is experienced in Orlando vacations, I would wholeheartedly recommend renting a vacation home, condo or villa near Disney World. You can say that I am biased because I am in the business or renting homes in the Orlando area, however if you add up all the advantages of vacation homes you can see for yourself that they are a great value. Let's look at what you will get if you choose to vacation home rental rather than a hotel.

First let's start with the prices. Luxury hotels with the same amenities as rental homes and condos cost much more. Rental homes near Disney usually have everything you could ask for in the way of comforts. These include air conditioning, screened swimming pools, stereo-home entertainment systems including DVD and your own garage. The homes also have complete furnishings, kitchen equipment and bedding materials. You will have a luxury home at your disposal, at a lower price than you will get in a luxury hotel.

But why stop with the price? Consider the location too. You may or may not get a hotel that is near Disney World or other attractions. However, it is possible to book vacation homes that are within minutes from Disney World, Sea World and other attractions. What this means is that you can visit the theme park in the morning, come back and rest and then go out again in the afternoon and evening. It is an ideal set-up and you have a lot of flexibility because you can get up and eat when you like, and return at any time without disturbing anyone.

For me the biggest factor in opting for a vacation home rental is the issue of space. When you are at home you do not try to do everything or fit the whole family in one or two rooms, so why start doing it when you are on vacation and trying to enjoy yourself? If you get a two bedroom condo or home with more bedrooms your children will have their own rooms and will sleep properly and everyone's enjoyment of the vacation experience will be amplified. Plus, consider coming home and relaxing beside your own swimming pool, you just can't think of a better scenario.

You can get a rental home near Disney World and other Orlando-area attractions all year round. If you are planning your vacation during the peak season such as Easter, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year then you should book well in advance so that you get the accommodations of your choice.

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