Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa named Best Amusement Park Hotel

10Best readers chose the Pigeon Forge hotel as best in the U.S.

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.

  • 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

  • Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
    Orlando

    This retro resort feels right out of the 1950s and 60s, complete with mod architecture and even a bowling alley. Guests at the 1,800-room Cabana Bay Beach Resort enjoy zero-entry pools with Universal Orlando's first lazy river.
    Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

  • Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point
    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 Matt Dempsey / Flickr

  • The Hotel Hershey
    Hershey, Penn.

    A member of the Historic Hotels of America, The Hotel Hershey offers 276 guest rooms with benefits like a year round indoor pool, outdoor pool complex, access to three golf courses, admission to the Hershey Gardens and Hershey Story Museum and front gate shuttle service to nearby Hersheypark.
    Photo courtesy of The Hotel Hershey

  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
    Orlando

    Staying at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, you'd swear you were in Italy except for the fact that you're smack in the middle of Universal Orlando Resort. This European-inspired resort features cobblestone streets, Italian cypress trees, a waterside piazza, eight restaurants and lounges, three pools and a waterslide.
    Photo courtesy of Loews Hotels

  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
    Orlando

    It’s Orlando but it may feel like Africa because over 200 hoofed animals (zebras, gazelles, giraffes and more) 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 Preston Mack / Walt Disney World Resort

  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort
    Orlando

    Guests at Loews Royal Pacific Resort enjoy exclusive benefits at Universal Orlando theme parks, as well as tons of sun, sand and palm trees for the perfect tropical vacation. The resort features a white sand beach, tropical cocktail lounge, lagoon-style swimming pool and a 5,000-square-foot fitness center.
    Photo courtesy of Loews Hotels

  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
    Orlando

    The newest Loews hotel on Universal Orlando Resort property, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort features 1,000 guest rooms set amid a tropical paradise. Guests can swim in the resort-style pool surrounded by waterfalls, relax on a white sand beach or hop on a water taxi for quick and convenient access to Universal Orlando's theme parks.
    Photo courtesy of Loews Hotels

  • Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando
    Orlando

    The list of amenities on offer at Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando appeals to both kids and adults alike. The feature-packed pool includes live music and regular events, like ping pong contests or a water balloon toss, while adults enjoy access to the Mandara Spa at neighboring Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.
    Photo courtesy of Loews Hotels

  • Disney's Art of Animation Resort
    Orlando

    At Disney's Art of Animation Resort, story-inspired rooms lead to themed swimming pools (including the largest resort pool in Disney World) and larger-than-life versions of iconic Disney characters from The Lion King, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid and Cars.
    Photo courtesy of Matt Stroshane / Walt Disney World Resort

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

  1. Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa - Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  2. Universal's Cabana Bay Beach ResortOrlando
  3. Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point - Sandusky, Ohio
  4. The Hotel Hershey - Hershey, Penn.
  5. Loews Portofino Bay HotelOrlando
  6. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - Orlando
  7. Loews Royal Pacific ResortOrlando
  8. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort - Orlando
  9. Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando - Orlando
  10. Disney's Art of Animation ResortOrlando

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Robb Alvey (ThemeParkReview.com), Doug Barnes (Season Pass Podcast), Austin Carroll (Fastpass to the Past: The Theme Park History Podcast), Monet Massa-Sena (The Theme Park Princess), Clint Novak (In the Loop), John Stevenson (Coaster101.com) and Josh Young (Theme Park University) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of amusement parks in North America.

Congratulations to all these winning hotels and resorts!

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