Orlando Area Hotels
With more than 450 area hotels, there are plenty to choose from. Narrow your choice to one of the theme park hotel districts most convenient to where you want to visit, your budget and whether you have a rental car. Hotels are in all price ranges, from inexpensive chain hotels charging $100 a night to luxury time share rentals and expensive world class properties like the Ritz Carlton. Vacation home rentals could be appealing to those staying for an extended period.
Theme Park Area Hotels
Anyone not staying in a resort on theme park property should find these three locations the most suitable for visiting the attractions. Theme park area hotels are clustered at:
International Drive is a popular hotel strip because it is convenient to most theme parks. Moreover, many hotels offer a free shuttle to the theme parks that allow visitors to avoid theme park traffic and theme park parking fees. International Drive hotels are not as expensive as many theme park resorts. I-Drive also has a wide range of restaurants to satisfy most tastes. Universal Orlando Resort is the closest theme park.
Lake Buena Vista area resorts have the advantage of being near Walt Disney World. They are located off I-4 near the State Road 535 exit. Most are not Disney-owned but affiliated with major hotel chains. Search online for Lake Buena Vista Orlando hotels.
Disney Maingate hotels are not on Disney property or Disney-owned hotels. They are not as convenient as I-Drive or Lake Buena Vista for visiting other theme parks. Disney Maingate properties cover a large territory, including Kissimmee and Celebration. A rental car is a necessity for commuting. Disney Maingate East resorts are located east of I-4 along Route 192 (Irlo Branson Memorial Highway). The “Maingate West ” properties fall on the western side of Interstate 4. A Disney Main Gate online search will bring up numerous properties. Check the locations of those that look good to gauge how far away they are from the Disney theme parks. A longer ride could mean much more traffic.