There can be some good deals to be had at the hotels in Orlando but it's best
to look for locations near Disney or stay on International Drive. The hotels
near Exits 25 or 27 will be good locations for travel to Disney World; they
are within a ten-minute drive. The area near Exit 27 has more upscale
restaurants and hotels. The area near Exit 25 will be less expensive and
probably the cheapest you can get that is close to Disney. International
Drive is the main hub that connects Sea World, Universal Orlando and Wet 'n
Wild and would be a good choice if you plan to visit these other parks.
Recommended Orlando Hotels:
Best Western Orlando West, downtown Orlando. 800-528-1234 or 407 841-8600.
$59-79$. Garden style hotel allows pets, has a restaurant and pool.
Delta Orlando Resort. 407-351-3340, or 800-776-3358. $59-99$. Budget
prices, pools, hot tubs, golf, and playgrounds. Children's activities.
Castle Doubletree Hotel, International Drive 407 345-1511 Price range
Resembles a storybook castle. Restaurants, In-room Sony Play Station, Pool.
Country Hearth Inn, International Drive 800-447-1890 or 407-352-0008.
County décor, pool, patio/balcony. Shuttle to WDW parks- $10, & discounted
Higgins House Bed & Breakfast, North Orlando. 800 584-0014 or 407-324-9238
1894 Victorian inn with gardens, decks, hot tubs and continental breakfast.
Meadow Marsh Bed & Breakfast, North Orlando. 888-656-2046, or 407-656-2064 Three-course breakfast, meadow view with ancient oak trees. $95-199$
Orlando Marriott, International Drive. 800-421-8001 or 407-351-2420.
48 acres, 3 pools, tennis, restaurants, villa suites with full kitchen.
Trams to WDW -8$, discount tickets.
Peabody Orlando, International Drive. 800 732-2639 or 407-352-4000.
$300-360$ Famous for the ducks in its lobby fountain and a favorite of
celebrities. Olympic swimming pool, jogging path, fitness center, golf
privileges. Unlimited shuttle to theme parks- $6 day.
Radisson Twin Towers, International Drive. Restaurants, spa, pool,
children's play area. 800-327-2110 or 407-351-1000. $109-169$
Summerfield Suites, International Drive. 800 830-4964 or 407-352-2400.
Price range $209-319$. Two bedroom suites could sleep up to eight people.
Balconies, full kitchen, continental breakfast, pool, fitness center, video
arcade. Shuttle to WDW - $7.
Wellesley Inn Orlando, International Drive. 800 444-8888 or 407-345-0026
$50-109$. Pool, buffet breakfast, weekend specials, discount tickets.
Disney World TIP: Pin-Trading: My first advice is don't do it...its an expensive and time consuming game! But if you must here are some tips: Before you leave home buy the smallest, least expensive Disney pins you can find. They have to be "Disney", but WDW staff members have to accept any trade offered to them. Trade your cheap pin for the biggest pin they have. Ask staff members which pins are no longer available for purchase, they will usually give you a few to hunt for which is more fun than getting pins you can buy at any souvenir shop. If the hunt for rare is what you are after, try getting a "Trainer" pin. Staff members have to earn this pin and will tell you that you will NEVER get one (that's all my husband needed to hear and it became his goal for the trip!) Perseverance and a little groveling might get you one!