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Best Amusement Park Hotel: Hotel Breakers in Sandusky

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Winning hotel offers easy access to Cedar Point amusement park

A day at a theme park is undeniably fun, but it can be exhausting as well. Staying on property means all your favorite park offerings lie practically right outside your front door, and getting back for an afternoon swim in the pool or to crash in the evening is easier than ever.

  • Hotel Breakers
    Sandusky, Ohio

    Located within steps of both Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores, Hotel Breakers was expanded in 2018 to 669 rooms and suites. Guests enjoy waterfront views and a full service beachfront bar, two outdoor pools, an outdoor water playground, fire pits, beach games and an arcade.
    Photo courtesy of Cedar Point

  • Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa
    Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

    Inspired by the pillars of togetherness, storytelling and family, Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa offers park goers a welcoming place to kick back and relax in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee just minutes from the theme park. Amenities include an interactive splash pad, zero-entry pool and door-to-door transportation to the park.
    Photo courtesy of Dollywood

  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
    Orlando

    It’s Orlando but it may feel like Africa because over 200 hoofed animals (zebras, gazelles, giraffes) and birds live across four savannas at the resort. And as if that isn’t enough to wow the kids, the 11,000 square foot pool area complete with water slide, children’s water playground and a wading pool certainly will put Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge at the top of their bucket list.
    Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

  • Disney's Wilderness Lodge
    Orlando

    Inspired by America's Great Northwest, Disney's Wilderness Lodge features natural trails through pine forests, towering totem poles, roaring fireplaces and rocking chairs overlooking a gently flowing creek. Guests can choose between two pools – one with a 67-foot waterslide, as well as bike and boat rentals, an arcade, campfire activities and movies under the stars.
    Photo courtesy of Disney

  • Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
    Orlando

    Originally opened in 1971, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort feels like a South Pacific getaway, complete with tropical palms, tiki cocktails for the grownups and a luau-style dinner show. The resort is a straight shot on the monorail to the Magic Kingdom and a transfer away from Epcot.
    Photo courtesy of David Roark / Walt Disney World

  • Disney's Pop Century Resort
    Orlando

    A stay at Disney's Pop Century Resort is all about nostalgia – a celebration of fads from the 1950s to the 1990s. Keep an eye out for giant yo-yos, Play-Doh, Rubik’s Cubes, and rollerblades. The Hippy Dippy Pool is getting a facelift in 2019, and the resort will soon offer transportation by gondola to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
    Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
    Orlando

    Fashioned after a Victorian-era waterside resort, Disney's Grand Floridian sits just one Monorail stop away from Magic Kingdom Park. Guests enjoy views of nightly fireworks over Cinderella Castle, a live orchestra playing jazz, ragtime and Disney tunes, a beach pool with a waterslide and access to Senses – A Disney Spa.
    Photo courtesy of Kent Phillips / Walt Disney World

  • Disney's Contemporary Resort
    Orlando

    Disney’s Contemporary Resort is easily recognized by its iconic A-frame tower, within walking distance of Magic Kingdom’s main gate. The Monorail breezes right through the hotel, where guests enjoy two resort pools (one with a 17-foot waterslide), two whirlpool spas, a water playground and numerous recreation opportunities.
    Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

  • Disney's BoardWalk Inn
    Orlando

    Walking along the waterfront at Disney's BoardWalk Inn is like walking through turn-of-the-century Atlantic City, thanks to extras like carnival games and Thomas Edison lights strung up along the Coney Island-style boardwalk. The carnival-themed pool includes a waterslide, and guests can easily walk to both Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
    Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

  • Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
    Anaheim

    Reminiscent of the late 19th century Arts and Crafts movement, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa in Anaheim offers a luxe option for a family vacation to Disneyland Resort. In addition to a Mandara Spa, award-winning dining, themed pools and a special entrance to Disney’s California Adventure park, guests are privy to Extra Magic Hour, which allows access to one park an hour early on select days.
    Photo courtesy of Disneyland Resort

The top 10 winners in the category Best Amusement Park Hotel are as follows:

  1. Hotel Breakers - Sandusky, Ohio
  2. Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa - Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  3. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - Orlando
  4. Disney's Wilderness Lodge - Orlando
  5. Disney's Polynesian Village Resort - Orlando
  6. Disney's Pop Century Resort - Orlando
  7. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa - Orlando
  8. Disney's Contemporary Resort - Orlando
  9. Disney's BoardWalk Inn - Orlando
  10. Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa - Anaheim

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning hotels!

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