Disney World On Site Hotels

Disney World On Site Hotels

Disney World on site hotels are very convenient and have many advantages but so do Disney World off site hotels. So how do you choose?


Many people may find planning their trip to Disney World very confusing, but planning is the key to making the most of your time and budget.

To start, the first thing to do is to decide when you would like to go to Disney World. Typically, the most crowded period is the summer season along with the major holidays such as the Christmas, New Year, and spring breaks. Basically anytime kids are out of school. The least crowded period of the year is January to February (up till the President’s Day) and September to November.

If you are concerned about the weather, Disney World has a pleasant climate most of the year, but Orlando can be very hot and very humid during summer. The fall is cooler and winter varies from downright cold to good enough for swimming. Spring is warm, and may become hot at times.

Now that you have decided when to go to Disney World, the next thing to decide is if you are going to stay at a Disney World on site hotels or off-site.

Disney World On Site Hotels

he Disney World on site hotels are very convenient and have many advantages. They have also become more affordable, with the addition of the All Star Resorts. Rooms at these resorts are the smallest in the Disney property, but are extremely comfortable and adequately furnished for a family of four. The room rates vary from $79.00 to $99.00, depending on the room location and time of the year.

Other advantages of Disney World on site hotels include:

  • Free parking for your car.
  • Depending on the resort, you can purchase a “resort mug” that will allow you to get free drinks (excluding alcohol) from the resort for the duration of your stay.
  • Anything bought in the parks can be delivered directly to your room for free.
  • Free transportation to all of the Disney. Disney transportation tends to be more frequent and reliable than transportation provided by off-site hotels.
  • Extra Magic Hours – depending on the day – the major theme parks open early for resort guests, or are open later for Disney Resort guests only.
  • Character breakfasts can be booked allowing you to dine with Disney’s most popular characters including Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald etc, not only in theme park restaurants, but also in many of the resort restaurants.

Disney World Off Site Hotels

Off-site resorts, on the other hand, can offer a larger variety of options. You can find some really good deals and save money. Hotels with suites and even house rentals are available in the area and are a great option for large families and families travelling together.

If you do stay off-site at Disney, a car rental is a must. Although most of the hotels provide shuttle facilities, a one-way trip to Disney World may take up to 75 minutes. Moreover, by the time you get into the bus, it may just get too crowded, making the journey too uncomfortable for you. Keep in mind that even if you rent a car, you have to fight the heavy traffic on your way and pay to park at the theme parks.

So how do you decide? Choose five hotels that fall within your budget and list what requirements are important to you. From this list a top choice should emerge. Generally, for families with young children and first timers, I would recommend staying on-site.

For large families, those with older children, or those that plan to do more things in the area other than Disney, there are many off-site properties that would probably meet your needs.

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Top Ten Resorts for Family Reunions (in the WORLD!)

Family Reunion Resorts


What better way to reconnect and bond with your relatives than having to go to resort destinations where you can relax and have the grandest time with the family all at the same time. However, which resorts can offer you the best leisure time?

Well, here are the top ten resorts for family reunions that will surely spell excitement, adventure and a whole lot of fun for the entire family. With many of us having family members living all over the world, one of these might just be the perfect place!

1. Key Lime Cover Indoor Waterpark Resort (Chicago, USA)

Key Lime Cover Indoor Waterpark Resort

Located in the Chicago suburb of Gurnee, Illinois, this tropic-inspired indoor waterpark resort boasts of a kid-friendly hotel with 414 guest rooms and 7 connecting suites. The kids will definitely enjoy the 65,000 square foot water thrills of the indoor Lost Paradise Waterpark where it is always sunshiny even when it’s raining or snowing outside.

Water rides for all ages are available – from the Wild Rides for the adventure seeker, the Takin’ It Easy for the laid-back children, to the play pond of the Lil’ Limers.

Moreover, while the young ones and the young-at-heart enjoy themselves in the water rides, the oldies can have their relaxation time and indulge in the pampering at the Paradise Mist Spa. For sure, this resort is a resort for all-ages.

What’s best in Key Lime Cove is that it’s a completely cashless resort. Adult guests will receive their Smart Band wristband which allows everything to be charged to your rooms with just a swipe of the wrist.

KeyLime Cove
1700 Nations Drive, Gurnee,IL



2. Resorts World Sentosa (Singapore)


Resorts World Sentosa

Resorts World Sentosa is an integrated resort off the island of Sentosa in Singapore. It is home to Singapore’s two casinos – the Marina Bay Sands and Casino Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore and the Marine Life Park. The first Universal Studio in Southeast Asia, Universal Studios Singapore has seven themed zones with a total of 24 attractions which definitely will provide all the fun and excitement for everyone in the family.

For those wanting to explore the depths of the ocean, more than 100,000 marine animals of over 80,000 species can be seen in the Marine Life Park, considered as the world’s largest oceanarium.

Shopping and dining is also a must do activity in Resorts World Sentosa with their large array of luxury shops and global restaurants. A must-see is its nightly musical extravaganza, Lake of Dreams, a wonderful choreographed display of fire, water and light.

Resorts World Sentosa
8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island
Singapore 098269



3. Beaches Resort Village and Spa (Turks and Caicos)

If your idea of a family reunion includes lots of sun and sand, then you may want to head your way to Beaches Resort Villages & Spa in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.

You can never go wrong with this destination since Providenciales was cited as the best beach destination in the world. Beaches Resort is an ideal family vacation destination with its 45,000 square-foot waterpark, Italian, French and Caribbean-inspired villages and a 12 mile beach line will surely captivate and provide fun activities for everyone to enjoy.

Kids will take delight in meeting the Sesame Street characters, playing in the new Xbox 360 Game Garage and teen disco. An array of watersports and land sports is readily available for the sports-minded and athletic family member.

After a fun-filled day at the resort, every family can relax at their Red Lane Spa for that much needed pampering. It is only but fitting that Beaches Resort was voted as the world’s best family resort.

Find out more about Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos.


4. Four Seasons (Nevis, West Indies)


Four Seasons (Nevis, West Indies)

A luxurious five-star resort, Four Seasons is the perfect destination for a family whose idea of bonding is relaxation and exclusivity. The Four Seasons is an ideal eco-education resort as it includes a sea turtle education program for kids. Kids can enjoy and learn at the same time where they can take part in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities which focuses on the conservation of Nevis’ endangered sea turtles.

And kids will be greeted with a plush turtle toy in their rooms. The rest of the family members can lounge in any of the three infinity pools in the resort. And the dads and uncles can tee off in the par 71 golf course while taking a view of the neighboring St. Kitts Island.

The 196 spacious rooms is just a step away from the shimmering waters of the Nevis shore. And if you’re lucky, you might get a room that gives you a spectacular view of the Mt. Nevis.

Four Seasons Resort Nevis West Indies
P.O. Box 565, Pinney’s Beach



5. Nexus Resorts & Spa Karambunai (Malaysia)

Nexus Resorts & Spa Karambunai

Awarded as the 2012 winner for Asia’s Leading Family Resort by the World Travel Awards, the Nexus Resorts & Spa, which lies on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysia, is very accessible from Kuala Lumpur and other major Asian cities via direct flight. The 3,335 acre resort boasts guestrooms backdropped in natural and landscaped surrounding, an 18-hole championship golf course, The Pool Villa and Spa Suites.

Just a few minutes away from the resort on the edge of the Karambunai Peninsula lies a Lagoon Park where water sports enthusiast family members can water ski, jet ski and kayak, among other activities.

Experience the grandness of a million-year-old rainforest and explore the various flora and fauna in the resort’s 75 acre Nature Park. Don’t forget to dine in The Kingfisher and savor the exotic flavors of Malaysian cuisine. It will surely be a feast to every family member’s palette.

Off Jalan Sepangar Bay,
Locked Bag 100, 88993 Kota Kinabalu,
Sabah, Malaysia.



6. El Nido Resorts (Philippines)

El Nido Resorts Philippines

El Nido Resorts in Palawan, Philippines promises “White Sands, Blue water, Green resort”. A four island resort complex, El Nido Resorts is an ideal get-away destination for nature-loving families. Guests can explore the wonders of an exquisite display of ecosystem.

The resort’s Miniloc Island Resort is an ideal place for snorkeling and swim along with different brightly colored tropical fishes. The Lagen Island Resort’s Lagen Trail is a must visit for avid birdwatchers. Adventure seekers can go rappelling the 60 meter high limestone cliff  at the Apulit Island Resort.

The wide stretch of fine, white sand beaches of the Pangalusian Island Resort is an ideal place for sunbathing and sunset viewing. After a day of beach activities, try the traditional Filipino hilotmassage and take all those stress away. And the best thing about El Nido Resorts, they are active in reef and island conservation garnering them Wild Asia’s Responsible Tourism Award.


7. Atlantis Paradise Island (Bahamas)

Atlantis Resort Bahamas

With slides named like The Abyss, The Drop, The Falls and The Surge, adventurous and thrill-seeking families will surely be in for a ride of their lives. And top that with more exhilarating rides of the Mayan Temple’s Leap of Faith, the Challenger Slides, the Serpent Slide, and the Jungle Slide.

More extreme adventures can be experienced in Atlantis’ Shark Adventures where walking in with sharks at the bottom of the Shark Exhibit is made fun while wearing glass helmets or experience feeding Cownose Stingrays and other tropical fishes.

Explore the wonders that beholds under the sea and visit the Marine Habitat and have the chance to swim and interact with dolphins at the Dolphin Cay. For the more timid family members, you can choose from the 11 themed pools to lounge around and enjoy the warm waters of the Caribbean.

Find out more about Atlantis Resort.


8. Moon Palace and Spa Resort (Mexico)

Moon Palace and Spa Resort

The Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort is the ultimate vacation destination for families who are into health and wellness. Its golf club, one of the only two Jack Nicklaus golf courses in Cancun, is the perfect destination for golf enthusiasts.  Golf newbies can also take part in the golf club’s Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf,

Active families can enjoy Moon Palace Resort’s array of sports activities from beach soccer, beach volleyball, pool volleyball, bicycle, tennis, table tennis and billiards.

For those who love to ride the waves, hangten on the Flowrider and show off your surfing skills with your family. Guests may also indulge in spa treatments, yoga, pilates and meditation.

Dolphin lovers will have a time of their life in the resort’s Ultimate Dolphin Swin Experience Program. Forty minutes of dolphin interaction bliss including a very lovable dolphin kiss.



9. The Hotel Hershey (USA)

Hotel Hershey


The Hotel Hershey is a chocolate lovers ultimate heaven. Families with the knack for sweets will take delight in this resort located at the luscious town of Hershey, Pennsylvania where Milton S.

Hershey built the first modern chocolate factory in 1905. Indulge at the Chocolate Spa and experience a luxurious treat of chocolate inspired treatments. Wake up to decadent smell of chocolates and enjoy house baked pastries and their signature Cocoa Chino, of course, at the Cocoa Beanery Coffee Shop and Café.

Kids can have their fun activities at the Cocoa Clubhouse. The Hotel Hershey is also an official resort partner of the Hersheypark. You get to enjoy the scrumptious experience at the Hotel Hershey and excitement at Hersheypark in one fun-filled package.

The Hotel Hershey
100 Hotel Road
Hershey, PA 17033



10. Disneyland Hotel (USA)

Disneyland Hotel

What better place to be for a great family bonding time than to be at the happiest place on Earth – The Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Your time with family will surely awaken the youthful energy of every child and child-at-heart.

Explore the wonders and meet your favorite Disney character at the different themed lands at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure and shop, dine and be entertained in Downtown Disney. There are tons of fun activities and attractions for all ages.

A day pass is not enough to cover the magical experience families can encounter. And to cap your enchanting day at the Disneyland, delight yourselves with the fantastic fireworks display synchronized to the soundtracks of some of the most beloved Disney shows.

If you can’t get enough of the wonder of Disney in Disneyland Hotel, you can go globe-trotting and experience the same magic with your family in the different Disney Resorts in Florida, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Paris.



Going to any  of these top ten resorts for family reunions will surely be a great way to spend quality time with your family members near and far.

Walt Disney World Hotels – On Site or Off Site?

Walt Disney World Hotels Walt Disney World Hotels – The third step to a perfect Disney Vacation is to decide on which type of accommodation you want.

An important consideration in your planning is deciding whether you are going to stay on-site at a Walt Disney World Hotel or off-site at Walt Disney World.

Staying on-site means staying at one the official Walt Disney World Resorts.

The advantages of staying on-site include you are living the Disney experience 24/7, the parks are closer enabling you to get back for rest times, service and quality is usually excellent, special privileges such as central billing, ability to purchase the Ultimate Hopper Pass, and Disney merchandise delivery to your room.

The advantages of an off-site Disney stay include not living the Disney experience 24/7, more choice and variety of accommodations at usually a lower price, more access to non-Disney entertainment and restaurants.

It is really a matter of personal choice and the cost factor. I would recommend that families with very young children do stay on-site because of the ease of transportation and the convenience factor.

Be sure to read TripAdvisor reviews of hotels in Orlando, Florida.

Another option to hotel rooms for Walt Disney World hotels Vacation is an Orlando Vacation Home rental. They can be a large cost savings and are especially useful for families who do not wanting to cram into a hotel room for a week or two. You have an entire house spread out in!

Read more about the Disney On Site vs Off Site debate


Cruising with the Mouse – Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruises

AquaDuck Water Coaster on the Disney Dream

There’s magic in everything that team Disney touches and the Disney cruise line is no exception. Michael Eisner himself commissioned a talented group of ship designers, cruise experts and Disney creators to produce cruise ships that would appeal to adults and children of all ages. The result was two nearly-identical ships, Disney Wonder and Disney Magic.

The ships are distinctively Disney, with the famous mouse silhouette prominently placed on the smokestacks and appearing frequently throughout the ships. That’s not all; a fifteen-foot statue of Goofy is the figurehead on Disney Magic while Donald Duck adorns the front of Disney Wonder.

Of course, cast members masquerade through the ship in costumes of the famous Disney characters. Disney art is featured on the walls and images of Disney characters appear everywhere. Disney excels at promoting everything Disney so expect on-board shops to be full of Disney memorabilia.

Disney Cruise Line offers three, four, seven and ten day cruises that sail from Disney’s own Port Canaveral near Orlando to popular spots in the Caribbean, including St. Maarten, Nassau, Antigua, Cozumel, St. Thomas, Grand Cayman Island, St. Lucia, and Key West. All cruises stop at for a day at Castaway Cay, a private island developed by Disney solely for the enjoyment of Disney Cruise Line passengers.

The cruise can easily be combined with a stay at Walt Disney World; passengers can stay at Disney World for several days before or after a cruise for one price that includes transportation on, what else, a Disney bus to or from Port Canaveral.

Disney Cruise LineAnd with the latest technology, tourists check in only once and the key card issued to them unlocks both their hotel and stateroom doors.

As expected, this Cruise Line caters to children with activities for all age groups all day long. In fact, more than 15,000 square feet of ship’s real estate is devoted to children. Teens have a private area of the ship dedicated to their interests that offers video games, movies, and a place to listen to CD’s. Supervised teen sports are also available.

Disney Cruise Lines provides quality night-time entertainment in a 977-seat theatre each evening with, of course, a family orientation. While other cruise lines mimic Las Vegas entertainment, Disney entertainment is similar to shows at Disney World.

As might be expected, there is no casino on board the Disney ships. However, adults can find evening entertainment in a number of lounges and nightclubs.

A special feature of the Disney cruises is the dining arrangement. Dinners are served at 6:30 and 8:30 pm in one of three family dining areas. Over a three day period, a passenger will have dinner in a different restaurant each night, thus getting to experience the unique ambiance of each one.

For a $10 cover charge, those wishing to avoid family dining can opt to eat at the up-scale adult-only restaurant, but only after gaining sought-after advance reservations.

If you or your children adore everything Disney, you will certainly enjoy this cruise.


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Cruise Review

Disney Cruise Line – Disney Wonder – Kids Loved It! from Susan Stramball, Florida, USA

My family of four just returned from the Disney Wonder in April. My husband and I have cruised once before with Royal Caribbean, but it was the first cruise for my 9 year old daughter and 14 year old son. We are from Florida and we only did the 4 night cruise portion and did not combine it with the Disney World land portion.

The ship is spectacular to see and my kids were really excited once we were checked in on-board. We signed the kids into the Oceaneers Program the first afternoon. We had to fill out a questionnaire, including whether they would be allowed to check themselves in and out, and then we met with one of the counsellors and got our pager.

Our cabin was wonderful; we booked an outside cabin with a veranda. It was a little cramped inside for our family of four, but it was nothing we could not live with. It was nice to have the balcony for great scenic views and fresh air. My husband and I would sit out their at night and watch the ocean after the kids were in bed.

We enjoyed the dining rotation and found the food to be enjoyable. Not the best we have had but definitely decent and no one went hungry. There was enough variety for the kids to choose something they wanted every night including my youngest who is a picky eater. The service was very good in the dining room. We heard some other tables complaining but our staff was excellent.

The shows were all a lot of fun for our whole family, even the kids really got into them. We didn’t do much else in the evenings, we were all pooped!. My 14-year-old enjoyed the teen group at Common Grounds. He did both of the teen-only shore excursions and found friends to hang out with on the ship.

My 9-year-old liked the kids’ program at Oceaneers’ Lab and also found a couple of new friends to lounge with on-board.

I will not go into the shore excursions because there are many you can choose from and comments will vary on what you decide to do. We did enjoy the ones we did although some can be a tad expensive.

We did enjoy Castaway Cay very much. There is tons to do for kids of each age and even a private beach for adults only. We had great weather that day and really enjoyed some R&R on the private island.

My youngest daughter was a little seasick the first few days so we gave her the over the counter medication we had brought with us and she was fine for the rest of the trip.

Overall we really enjoyed it. The kids has a blast and it was nice that there were so many activities for them so we could have some adult time without them also. I would do it again with the kids.

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Disney Family Cruise For Teenagers

Disney Cruise Line Family Cruise

We understand that a Disney family cruise is all about kids and the Disney Cruise Line does not disappoint, the superb part is that they did not take out fun and amusement for adults and teens as well.

Where else could you delight in a uniquely different dining experience every night of your cruise? Discover imaginative children’s programs and separate activity areas for adults, teens and kids? Attend a variety of musical stage shows? Or spend a day lounging on Castaway Cay, Disney’s secret beach in The Bahamas? On a Disney family cruise of course!

On a Disney family cruise vacation, guests ages 13 to 17 possess their very own spot — The Stack on the Disney Magic and Aloft on the Disney Wonder — located in the ship’s faux funnel on deck 11. It’s open all day and even half the night, and is packed with comfy couches, a soda bar serving soft drinks and smoothies, internet access,plasma-screen TVs, MP3 players loaded with favourite music, board games, and other teen chill-out necessities.

And if all this cool stuff inside wasn’t enough, there are counselors who arrange a host of activities, from dance parties, to trivia games, to teen-only excursions on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

Programs for Teens include:

  • Explore the ship on Digihunt, a scavenger hunt using digital cameras. Players will have to decipher Morse code, use international flag codes, unravel Disney trivia, and more to get to the final prize.
  • Or, get wet and wild with the H2O Splashdown, a pool party packed with games and races.
  • Dance the night out at the moonlit Glow Jam, where fashion accessories include glow sticks and bracelets or Flashback ’70s, ’80s and ’90s with retro hits of the past. It’s the perfected way to hang out, let loose up and get to know fellow cruisers.
  • Hollywood, be gone, Shooting Stars just may find a possible film star or director. Teens organize a production team, complete with costumers, camera operators, a director, actors and actresses to put together a movie. The finished product is even given a screening onboard.
  • Teens snorkel, bike and kayak through Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, to solve one of the island’s best kept secrets while The Wild Side is an excursion for open-minded for teens.
  • What do you get when you combine bamboo, rope and a group of determined teenagers? A raft, hopefully! Whatever Floats Your Boat has teams plan, build and race rafts in a lagoon at Castaway Cay. The first one to shore in one piece wins!

Kids of all ages will love a Disney family cruise, even those hard to please teens will cruise with smiles.

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Family Cruise Vacation – Cruising With Your Baby and Toddler

Family Cruise Vacation Toddlers

Are you wondering if a family cruise vacation may be a good option for your next family vacation? If you have kids, of all ages, even babies or toddler, a family cruise vacation may be a great option for you. First you will need to select the best family cruise line and ship to meet your needs.

If you are travelling with babies or toddlers, you may need to work out some details but a family cruise vacation can be a very rewarding way to spend your family vacation!

Selecting the best Cruise Line and Ship for Your Family Cruise Vacation

Minimum age policies vary considerably from one cruise line to another. Most cruise lines will not accept infants age 12 weeks or younger and some will only accept infants six months and older. Carnival’s policy is for example is that they accept infants at four months and older.

On other cruise lines, the minimum age restrictions vary by cruise itinerary. You will need to check with each cruise line to determine their policy on infants.

As for finding kid cruise programs that accept infants, most cruise lines with youth facilities accept children starting at age two or three and ones accepting infants are harder to find. Disney has a fleet-wide nursery for infants and toddlers from 12 weeks to three years old. Cunard also offers fully-equipped nurseries for parents and their infants. Parental presence may be required with some ships.

Selecting Your Cabin

Carnival and Disney ships tend to have some of the largest cabins that are most family friendly, particularly if you need to set up a crib. Cruise Lines where staterooms are not roomy to begin with, can be problematic when adding extra baby stuff to them. Consider upgrading to a family cabin or suite to give you that extra room for your family cruise vacation, sometimes the cost is not that much more.

Another option you may want to consider is a cabin with a balcony. It will give you some privacy and is great for going out to read a book during the day while the baby is napping or enjoying the moonlight as it shimmers off the ocean at night once the little one is asleep.

Also keep in mind that most standard staterooms aboard most cruise lines provide bathrooms with stand up showers and not bathtubs. If you would rather bathe your infant in a bathtub, you will need to upgrade to a stateroom offering this feature.

Will There Be Baby-sitting?

Most cruise lines offer baby-sitting services but rates, availability and other restrictions can vary. Some cruise lines have staff trained in childcare and others may use their regular staff to fill in. Be sure to ask your agent to check the specifics with the cruise line of your choice. It is also a good idea to reserve as soon as you board to avoid any problems on your family cruise vacation.

If you can swing it, travelling with other family members – grandparents, aunts, uncles or even your nanny – is a foolproof way to get some alone time in for you.

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What About Cribs, Strollers, Diapers and Formula?

Two-way baby monitoring devices, cribs, strollers, disposable diapers, baby formula, and other infant needs are often available shipboard and/or through advance notice. You should confirm the availability of cribs aboard the ship of your choice and request the crib ahead of time.

Some of the cruise lines have strollers available, however, it’s best to bring your own lightweight umbrella stroller as it will come in handy at the airport too.

If there’s anything specific your baby needs, make sure you bring plenty of it with you. You may not find the particular diaper or formula you usually use. You will probably find that the restaurant staff will gladly have the chef puree vegetables or fruit for your baby, but it is still good to bring other essentials with you.

Another great option to lugging everything with you is to have it all waiting for you when you arrive with Babies Travel Lite.

What about Shore Excursions?

You will have to decide on these based on the excursion, the age of your baby and what is best for everyone. You always have the choice of exploring on your own and visiting a local beach, the local town or spending the day at a local family-friendly resort. The purser’s office on your family cruise vacation, should have recommendations of local hotels which allow guests to visit for the day.

Find out more about Family Friendly Cruises and find the Best Cruise Programs for Kids.

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