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Where to Stay in Orlando - Undercover Tourist Blog

by Mommy Frog on June 12, 2014

When planning your theme park vacation, there is no shortage of options for where to stay in Orlando. With more than 400 hotels as well as vacation home rentals and campgrounds, Orlando has enough accommodation options to suit all needs with regard to budget, location and size.

Where to Stay in Orlando - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

There are, of course, tons of considerations for what type of accommodation to pursue. Some of them include which attractions you will be visiting, how long you will be staying, whether you will be renting a car or flying, and the size of your party. There are also personal preferences to consider. Do you want to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort property or are you looking for a budget hotel close by on International Drive? Would a vacation home/villa rental work better for your family or are you driving an RV to Florida and need a campground?

Where to Stay in Orlando - Hard Rock Hotel Pool

For most families, we recommend staying at the resort properties at the Walt Disney World Resort and the Universal Orlando Resort or the partner hotels at the SeaWorld Orlando Resort. Each of them carries its own benefits and perks, which we outline below, including proximity to the theme parks. Some offer free transportation, by monorail, bus or boat. All offer early entry to the theme parks. Larger groups or those who are looking for extended stays may find the most economical options are renting vacation homes or time shares.

Where to Stay in Orlando

We hope you’ve found this guide on where to stay in Orlando helpful as you plan your trip. You’ll find more planning information in our Orlando Planning Guide.

Hoppy planning!
Mommy Frog

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Michelle Jul 8, 2014 at 3:44 p.m.

This is great advice! My family of 6 and I have stayed on site at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and it was AMAZING! Truly great recommendation. However, we've found it got a bit expensive. We started staying at Hawthorn Lake Buena Vista which offers free shuttles to Disney. It's allowed us more opportunities to spend money on more enjoyable family activities. However, it does not have the luxury of staying on site.

Victoria M Feb 12, 2015 at 8:33 p.m.

Thanks so much for your review. We are planning a first trip this coming nov, and your hotel tip (wyndham) is just what needed as another family of 6!

Dalisa Feb 25, 2015 at 12:47 p.m.

HI I was just wondering is there any on-site hotel in orlando that offers a shuttle to both Universal Studios and Disney?

FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.

Hi Dalisa,

No, there are not. While you could take a cab or shuttle, we find that it's easier and even sometimes more economical to rent a car.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Karishma Mar 6, 2015 at 7:20 p.m.

i wanted to visit olando Disney in this nov or dec (suggest which month I should plan)we r 4in family .recommend me where should I stay which should be in my budget n convenient for me n also how many days we need to see properly whole Disney ?pls suggest me so that way I plan my trip .thnakyou

FrogBlog Mar 16, 2015 at 7:35 a.m.

Hi Karishma,

November and December are both good choices during parts of the month if you avoid the holidays. Check out our Crowd Calendar to see the best days. For a first visit, I would suggest at least five days for Disney World. There are many terrific resort hotels at Disney World, but the decision on where to stay is largely based on your budget and which types of amenities you would like. Disney's Art of Animation family suites are an all-round good budget option for a first visit, with terrific theming and pools.

Hoppy planning!

wendy Mar 10, 2015 at 12:23 a.m.

Hi We are flying out of the Sanford airport and are visiting Universal Studios. Which area is a good one to stay in giving us an almost equal drive to each place?


FrogBlog Mar 16, 2015 at 8:18 a.m.

Hi Wendy,

Do you mean equal between Universal and Disney World? We generally recommend staying at one of the resorts (or both) as there definite benefits to staying on-site, but if you are set on staying off-site, I would recommend looking at some of the hotels along International Drive (I-Drive).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Cynthia Mar 16, 2015 at 8:51 p.m.


I'm planning my family's upcoming trip to Disney World and I came across a website for renting a Disney time share. I was curious if you have ever used a website in dealing with this or is it risky business?


FrogBlog Mar 17, 2015 at 8:19 a.m.

Hi Cynthia,

There are some legitimate time share sites. We prefer to stay on-site, but time shares can be an affordable option, especially for a larger group.

Mommy Frog

Stacy Apr 3, 2015 at 1:22 p.m.

Are the shuttles handicap accessible. Our son has CMD and is in a power wheel chair. Trying to decide it we should stay on site or drive each day.

FrogBlog Apr 7, 2015 at 11:20 a.m.

Hi Stacy,

The complimentary shuttles are handicap accessible and accommodates wheelchairs/ECVs. Here is more information:

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Rhonda Nowak Apr 16, 2015 at 4:29 p.m.

Okay, I like a good Disney visit, but my daughter wants to get married at the Grand Floridian Wedding Chapel, with a small reception at Citricos. We are planning on meeting with disney people on August 2. Please tell me why I should be plunking down tons of money and we should stay at one of their resorts. I just need a reminder of why my money will be well spent, and it will be amazing! I know it will be, but I need a good reminder from those of you who just LOVE Disney, please give me a "boost" to take my medicine down easier! haha

FrogBlog Apr 20, 2015 at 8:53 a.m.

Hi Rhonda,

It is a lot of money, but there is no way you or your daughter will regret it! As I am sure you know, Disney's Grand Floridian is absolutely stunning with so many wonderful locations for photos, and the beach and backdrop of Magic Kingdom will be spectacular from the airy wedding chapel that sits on the Seven Seas Lagoon. I can't imagine it being anything but a fairytale come to life!

Mommy Frog

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