Planning a trip to Disney World can be a stressful endeavor, especially when you start to consider the cost of theme park passes and a good hotel for what should be a fun family vacation. Luckily, there are tons of hotels outside the gates of Disney World that offer cheaper rates than the official park hotels (many of which include Disney benefits and free shuttles to the parks). Whether you’re looking for a relaxing resort-style hotel or something more unique, there are options for every type of traveler. Note that the starting nightly rates don’t include the resort fees and are likely to be much higher during the busier months of the year, particularly now that travel is kicking off again. Be sure to check with your hotel for any COVID-19 safety regulations, including masks in indoor spaces and flexible booking options on reservations.

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Meliá

1. Meliá Orlando Celebration

Starting rate: $82

Three miles from Disney World, Meliá Orlando Celebration is an all-suite hotel with full kitchens and the option of a pull-out sofa. There’s an outdoor pool, Spanish restaurant, bike rental and gym, and the surrounding village of Celebration has tons of dining and shopping options. While it’s not the most luxurious property in the world, it’s a good choice for families who need more than one room or want a kitchen to use during their vacation. For the best deal, score a family suite, which sleeps up to seven guests. Note that all guests are required to have a temperature check during check-in, and COVID-19 amenity kits, with masks and gloves, are available.

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Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista

2. Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista

Starting rate: $89

Located just a mile away from Disney World, Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista is a great budget option for families. There are scheduled shuttles to all the nearby theme parks (included in the resort fee price), and there’s an on-site Applebee’s where kids eat free (yep). There’s also an arcade, a heated outdoor pool, a splash pad for young visitors and a fitness center, which means you’ll have plenty to do you’re when not at the parks.

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Marriott's Harbour Lake

3. Marriott’s Harbour Lake

Starting rate: $99

The pirate ship waterpark is the main draw for kids at Marriott’s Harbour Lake, which features one- and two-bedroom villas that include kitchens and balconies, as well as regular guest rooms. There’s also on-site dining, a fitness center and a swimming pool complex, with the entire resort tailored to families. Book a two-bedroom villa when traveling with kids, or opt a guest room if traveling as a couple. And most important, Disney World is not even ten miles away and easily accessible with the hotel’s free on-site parking. Face coverings are required in indoor spaces in Marriott Hotels, and this particular hotel is now mostly cashless, so bring a credit card.

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DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando

4. DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Disney Springs Area

Starting rate: $109

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando offers shuttle service to and from all four Disney World parks, as well as ticketing inside the hotel and Extra Magic Hours and Fastpass+ benefits for guests. All rooms are suites with either one or two bedrooms, and the hotel is walkable from Disney Springs, the outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista. There’s a playground, swimming pool and fitness center, as well as tennis courts and walking trails. Book online directly to get breakfast and free Wi-Fi included with the room rate. Some amenities, like valet parking and room service, may be temporarily discontinued during the pandemic.

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Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

5. Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

Starting rate: $116

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa, a Disney Good Neighbor hotel, focuses on what families need (and want) during a vacation. Whether it’s the Pirates Plunge Pool, the staySky Kids’ Club or the extra-large condo-style suites to accommodate everyone, the hotel ensures that both kids and parents can relax in style. There’s also a spa and on-site dining (plus several restaurants nearby), and theme park shuttles are included in the resort fee. Opt for a room with a view of the Disney World fireworks, which can be spotted right out the hotel windows. Note that the complimentary theme park shuttle is paused due to COVID-19, but paid transportation options are available.

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Wyndham Lake Buena Vista

6. Wyndham Lake Buena Vista

Starting rate: $119

Located only a few blocks from Disney World in the Disney Springs area, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista is a solid budget option that will keep the driving to a minimum. The hotel features a Disney character breakfast, an expansive swimming pool and Extra Magic Hours benefits, as well as volleyball and basketball courts. The adjacent Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista is tailored to families and has even more budget-friendly room rates. Face masks are optional for vaccinated guests at the Wyndham, in line with CDC guidelines.

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Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

7. Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs Area

Starting rate: $119

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, situated walking distance from Disney Springs, is all about keeping your family busy and happy. There are seven restaurants, including Disney character breakfasts on Sundays, and several outdoor heated pools, one of which is just for kids. Guests get Disney FastPass+ service and Extra Magic Hours, and the hotel often has booking deals where you can score a free night when staying longer. Opt for a suite when staying with kids to take advantage of the extra space and one- or two-bedroom options.

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Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace

8. Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace Disney Springs

Starting rate: $135

Also walking distance from Disney Springs, the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace has a slightly more upscale edge, with some rooms overlooking Disney World (and the fireworks). There’s a Float Lagoon, a kids’ splash area, two pools, an arcade and a few on-site dining options. The hotel hosts Disney character breakfasts on Sundays, features a shuttle to the theme parks, and Disney FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours benefits come with the stay. Book online directly to score free Wi-Fi and breakfast included.

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B Resort & Spa

9. B Resort & Spa

Starting rate: $139

B Resort & Spa, located in Disney Springs, offers perks including Disney FastPass+ service, Extra Magic Hours and complimentary shuttles to and from the parks. The contemporary rooms have high-end amenities, like Keurig coffee machines, and three restaurants are available for guests. Don’t miss the swimming pool and the Kids Zone, which is open all day and has games and movies for younger guests. Guests of the hotel are asked to maintain social distancing and encouraged to wear face masks indoors.

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Caribe Royale

10. Caribe Royale Orlando

Starting rate: $150

Situated a short drive from Disney World and SeaWorld, Caribe Royale Orlando features suites and hotel rooms, as well as villas that can sleep up to eight guests. There are three outdoor swimming pools, a kid’s pool and waterslide, as well as tennis and basketball courts. Plus, on Fridays and Saturdays the hotel plays movies under the stars for families and couples alike to enjoy. There are shuttles to the Disney parks and to local shopping malls, and you can also rent bikes if you prefer to be eco-friendly. Check the hotel’s website for upcoming special events, like activities for kids and holiday celebrations.

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HYATT HOUSE

11. HYATT HOUSE

Starting rate: $179

Located near Universal Orlando Resort, Hyatt House is a good pick for travelers who like amenities. The hotel features free breakfast, an outdoor pool and a fitness center, and families can book suites with full kitchens. It’s an easy drive to both downtown Orlando and Walt Disney World Resort, making it ideal for those who don’t want to make their entire vacation Disney-centric. Pro tip: Join World of Hyatt to get cheaper room rates.

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HYATT REGENCY GRAND CYPRESS

12. HYATT REGENCY GRAND CYPRESS

Starting rate: $184

Those who like to stay active and enjoy the outdoors should reserve a room or suite at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. It has easy access to Disney World via complimentary shuttles, and there is a massive swimming pool complex with caves and waterslides. The resort is home to the Grand Cypress Tennis & Racquet Club and features rock climbing, water sports and jogging trails throughout the property. Every room has its own balcony, but you can up the ante with a multilevel suite or the three-bedroom President’s House villa, situated directly on the hotel’s private lake.

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PARC SOLEIL BY HILTON GRAND VACATIONS

13. PARC SOLEIL BY HILTON GRAND VACATIONS

Starting rate: $187

Keep things laidback at Parc Soleil, located less than three miles from Disney World, as well as SeaWorld. The resort features an outdoor pool, fitness center, free parking and an onsite restaurant, with a casual feel without being too budget (if you know what we mean). Score a studio room if you prefer to have your own kitchen. Be sure to select a flexible room rate with free cancelation—available at all Hilton Hotels—just in case any pandemic-related issues arise.

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MYSTIC DUNES RESORT & GOLF CLUB

14. MYSTIC DUNES RESORT & GOLF CLUB

Starting rate: $198

The Mystic Dunes Resort, found in Celebration, Florida not far from Disney World, is like an amusement park in itself. The massive resort, which offers condo-style villas with separate kitchens, boasts four heated outdoor pools (one of which has a two-story waterslide) and an activities center for kids. Don’t miss the movie theater, batting cages and bike rentals, or just hop on the free shuttle bus to Disney World. Bonus: The villas come in a variety of sizes, so you can tailor your stay to the size of your family or group.

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

15. Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Starting rate: $199

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is two resorts in one, each with Disney character dining, free shuttles to the theme parks and access to Disney FastPass+. The resort is so close to Disney World, in fact, that guests can take one of the Disney Friendship Boats to Epcot. Each building has numerous levels of rooms and suites, including special family rooms that appeal to parents and kids. Enjoy five (!) outdoor swimming pools, a white sand beach, paddleboat rentals and an on-site spa. There’s also a kids’ club, Camp Dolphin, for when you need a little break. Take advantage of mobile check-in with the Marriott Bonvoy app to help maintain social distancing upon arrival.

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Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

16. Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Starting rate: $199

While Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek does cater to families, offering lots of activities and amenities for kids, adult Disney fans will love the sleek decor and the on-site restaurants and bars, which feature cuisine from around the world. It’s a good pick for couples or groups of friends who want resort facilities, like a pool, lazy river and fitness center, with a more contemporary feel. Guests can also head over to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando to use the spa, go golfing or drop off kids at the WA Kids Club. And, of course, transportation to Disney World is included, as well as FastPass+ access and Extra Magic Hours.

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The Alfond Inn

17. The Alfond Inn

Starting rate: $200

The Alfond Inn is a boutique hotel about 30 minutes away from Disney World that’s a good option for groups of friends or couples without kids. It’s dog-friendly and it features a pool and fitness center, as well as its own restaurant. Located near Rollins College, the hotel has an artsy local vibe, great for travelers who want to visit Disney World without staying in a chain hotel…or being that close to Disney.

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Waldorf Astoria Orlando

18. Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Starting rate: $232

As an official Disney World hotel, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando scores all guests Extra Magic Hours and FastPass+, as well as access to tickets on site at the hotel and views of the fireworks from some of the guest rooms. The upscale rooms are perfect for a relaxing vacation, with or without kids, and the hotel has a pool, spa and, most important, a WA Kids Club to give parents a break. Guests can also stop by the pools and lazy river at the adjacent Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

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Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando

19. Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, Autograph Collection

Starting rate: $244

For something completely different, book the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando in downtown Orlando. The ornate cosmopolitan hotel is perfect for a romantic weekend away (including, of course, a stop at Disney World) or families who don’t fit the traditional mold. There’s an outdoor rooftop pool, a spa and a restaurant, and the location is ideal for those who want to explore Orlando instead of being stuck at a resort. Vaccinated guests are no longer required to wear masks in the hotel, but unvaccinated visitors should continue to don a face covering.

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JW Marriott Orlando

20. JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

Starting rate: $259

Luxury hotel JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes is a massive complex, featuring swimming pools, a lazy river, golfing and high-end dining options. It offers free shuttles to Disney World and Universal, and some of the rooms and suites feature amazing lakefront views. Adults can also enjoy the fitness center and spa, while kids can splash around in the children’s pool. It’s close enough to Disney to feel convenient, but far enough away to give you some respite at the end of the day. Download the Marriott Bonvoy app ahead of your stay to use the mobile check-in option.

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Reunion Resort

21. Reunion Resort

Starting rate: $309 (for a three-bedroom villa)

If a vacation home is more your speed than a hotel, look into Reunion Resort, a collection of villas that are ideal for groups and families. Located on a private golf course, the resort features villas that range from one to three bedrooms, all of which have kitchens and balconies or patios. Guests get full access to all the resort amenities, including a waterpark and a complimentary theme park shuttle. While it’s not the closest option to Disney World, it’s a good pick for families who want to cook their meals, enjoy some privacy and do more in the Orlando area beyond Disney (which exists, believe it or not). The resort has made a few changes to the opening hours and access of the pools and hot tubs, so check online ahead of your visit.

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22. HARD ROCK HOTEL ORLANDO

Starting rate: $364

Sleep like a rock star at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando, which can be found near Universal Orlando Resort (and a quick drive from Disney World). Stays come with theme park benefits—which can be found on the hotel website depending on your time of stay—and there’s a tropical pool and several restaurants onsite. If you like live music, this is your spot: The hotel hosts music acts throughout the year at Hard Rock Live. Families should book into the Future Rock Star Suite, which features a separate bedroom for the kids (whew).

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Ritz-Carlton Orlando

23. Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Starting rate: $539

The resort amenities are strong at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, a luxury hotel with a lazy river pool and a Ritz Kids program to keep young ones occupied while you’re at the spa. The hotel also features a golf course, access to nearby activities like boating and fishing, and numerous restaurants (including a sushi bar). The resort fee includes shuttles to Disney World, as well as SeaWorld and Universal Orlando, so you can get the kids to and from the theme parks without any hassle.

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Four Seasons Resort

24. Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Starting rate: $549

For a truly luxurious experience, stay at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, which is conveniently located inside Walt Disney World Resort. It’s home to the Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando, as well as a family-friendly waterpark called Explorer Island and an upscale spa. Bonus: Some of the rooms even have views of the nightly fireworks. The hotel’s breakfast restaurant features a Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & His Pals on select days, so you don’t have to leave the property to meet some of your favorite Disney characters. Don't miss Capa Steakhouse, the 17th floor rooftop restaurant with perfect sunset views.

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