Prices on Orlando Area Hotels
Hey, Dad, how do we find the best prices on Orlando Area Hotels?
I thought you'd never ask. There are over one thousand hotels in the Orlando area. Which means it's pretty easy to find a discount on Orlando hotel prices. Sometimes you can find a really, really good deal.
So, Dad how do we do that?
Well, now, let me tell you how ...
Orlando Hotels - The Peabody (expansion)
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Research Cheap Prices on Orlando Hotels
It's PARTY time. Yes, that's right PARTY time. To find cheap prices on Orlando Area Hotels, you have to do a little research (yes, ladies, I know it's called shopping, but not many guys like to go shopping, but most of us like to do research).
Dad, who is always trying to be helpful, has found for you one of the best research tools for finding discounts on Orlando hotels (for that matter it works for any place in the world).
Orlando Hotel Areas
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Lake Buena Vista Hotels
Lake Buena Vista is the city that borders Walt Disney World. All of the main Disney World exit roads pass through Lake Buena Vista. Buena Vista is a term made famous by Uncle Walt himself. Several of the Disney enterprises have had some form of Buena Vista in their names. Lake Buena Vista is one of the two Florida cities started by Disney.
Hotels in this area are very convenient to Disney and Sea World, but can be a bit of a commute to get to Universal Orlando and the airport.
Kissimmee used to be the nearest place to find a non-Disney hotel. Things have changed through the years. Kissimmee is still a nice place to find a discount hotel for your Orlando vacation. You can almost always find a discount room in Kissimmee. It's about 8 miles from Kissimmee to the front gate and it can be a bit of a commute to the parks.
Kissimmee is a small town in the shadow of Orlando. It does has some small town charm with big city traffic problems.
Orlando has hundreds of hotels to choose from. You'll probably want to look at hotels in one fo the following areas -
Orlando International Airport
If you have a flight that arrives late in the evening, or departs early in the morning, you might want to check out a hotel near Orlando International Airport. You can actually stay in the airport terminal (Hyatt Regency). There is also a wide variety of options just outside the airport. From the airport it's about 45 minutes to Walt Disney World, so you wouldn't want to make this your base if you are planning to go to the parks every day.
It is a lot easier to get to Daytona and the eastern beaches from the Orlando airport.
Sea World Area Hotels
There are some real nice hotels in the Sea World Orlando area. Sea World is between Disney World and Universal Studios. It's closer to Disney World.
Universal Studios - International Drive Area
Universal Studios Orlando (Sorry, Uncle Walt, but we have to talk about it), is the "other" theme park in Orlando. While Disney is much larger, Universal is still a top tourist destination and home to some of the most imaginative rides anywhere. (Including Dad's favorite ride anywhere.)
It's a fairly long drive from the Universal area to Disney World.
Dad's Bottom Line
Finding cheap prices on Orlando Area Hotels can be work, but just think about the rewards. Saving money on your magical vacation makes it more magical.