Staying off-site

Staying off-site

by Allison
(DFW, Texas)

Dear Dad,

Of ALL times for you not to be in "travel agent" mode! I'm needing your help-yet again. We just went to Disney World in November, and we might be returning to the Orlando area the last week of June-my husband would love to be able to see the final shuttle launch. Do you have any suggestions about off-site hotels?

We probably wouldn't do Disney every day since we just went (and I don't want to fight the crowds with a double stroller in the heat), but we might go for just a day or two if we're in the area. What do you recommend?

Any hotels in the Disney area that have great pools for small children, yet are somewhat inexpensive? Anything in the Cocoa Beach area? Trip planning can be so stressful when you're at the mercy of NASA and the weather.

Orlando Resorts - Vistana Resort

Vistana Orlando is an off-site resort
Photo by dbking

Dad's it's just not the same Answer


Over the last couple of years, I've visited Orlando for business and stayed in hotels outside of Disney World. Let me tell you, it's just not the same. There is a magic that comes from staying at one of the Disney Hotels.

The other side of the coin is that staying in a Disney hotel when you aren't doing Disney doesn't make any sense. Disney hotels are outrageously expensive and not close to anything but Disney World.

If you plan to spend your time on the coast, I'd definitely find something over there. It's a 90 mile drive and wouldn't make much sense. I'm not familiar with much in Florida outside Orlando. I do know that Daytona Beach is close and you should be able to find some hotels around there.

Although with the last shuttle launch coming up it could be kinda rough. Good luck.

Dad's Bottom Line

Allison, I'm sorry I can't be of much help. Dad knows Disney, but rarely strays far from the mouse.

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