S'mores to Splash Parks: Fun Stays at Orlando's Family Friendliest

Spend just 10 minutes at the Happiest Place on Earth and you're likely to see at least one large group, aged infant to elder, wearing matching t-shirts proclaiming this their (insert number here) Family Reunion. Why? Orlando was made for family travel! Of course, this means its family-friendly lodging options abound. Whether you're traveling with a few dozen cousins or a more manageable menagerie, this list of 10 features properties both posh and affordable, places where children and parents can delight in both on-site amenities and park-centric convenience. Those with ample budgets couldn't ask for more than what's on tap at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World, where character dining, a resplendent zero-entry pool and a rambling water park (cannons and inner-tubes and Spanish theming, oh my!) await. Its Kids' Camp, too, offers games, crafts and entertainment so that adults in the party can party a little on their own. Over at Disney's Beach Resort, the spectacular pool complex of Stormalong Bay is so cool, most parents are delighted to opt in on the fun. Over at Universal Orlando Resort, the kitschy charms of Cabana Bay Beach Resort include bowling and classic cars, not to mention a massive pool and refreshing lazy river, all of it within a few minutes' stroll of Universal CityWalk. 



Kids adore this colorful property where water park meets hotel, which means their parents can relax a little in between park visits. The slides and splash zones are the stars at Coco Key, of course, and its reasonable rates allow travelers to...  Read More



Families looking for a reasonable rate and a super convenient location will enjoy the Holiday Inn Orlando - Lake Buena Vista, where the ever-growing dining, shopping and entertainment options of fun and fabulous Disney Springs are a quick stroll...  Read More



Ahoy, mateys! Time to raise the Jolly Roger for Orlando fun at this family-oriented property. Large villa accommodations make for a very comfortable stay and a pirate-themed pool, complete with water slides and water cannons make for a...  Read More



This all-suite resort has room for families to spread out and full kitchens that make mealtimes economical. Those traveling without kids may choose to camp out at the quieter Relaxation Pool, but families delight in the LBV Resort Village's...  Read More



This resort oasis, located in the heart of Disney territory is a business-traveler's haven, a golfer's have and, surprise surprise, a haven for those with families in tow. The property's stunning Falls Pool Oasis boasts multiple water slides and...  Read More



This beautiful hotel's wonderful business-travel convenience belies its many family-centric amenities, which makes it an excellent choice for convention goers looking to extend their Orlando stay to have some fun with the family. Case in point:...  Read More



This colorful, cheery on-site Universal property boasts funky '50s-'60s kitsch. Its expansive pool and fabulous lazy river are alluring and its sleek, mod suites are convenient and stylish. And perhaps most importantly, its moderate price point...  Read More

Disney's Beach Club Villas
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What do you get when you combine resplendent theming, on-site Walt Disney World convenience and one of the most spectacular pools your kids will ever lay their eyes on? It's Disney's Beach Club Resort, a whimsical New England-style property...  Read More

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Families rejoice in the Orlando heat! You can take in the sun or join your kids in the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek's magnificent zero-entry lagoon-style pool. In fact, we'll bet you'll opt for the latter. Fear not, though. The property's cheery...  Read More



The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort may be a mouthful to say, but it's a pleasure to stay, whether you're traveling with family or not! Smack in the middle of Walt Disney World Resort's beautiful Golden Oak community, the...  Read More


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