Home to over a dozen theme parks, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in Orlando with kids. To get the most out of your trip to this city of sunshine, you’ll want to stay overnight. Luckily, the best hotels for kids in Orlando are waiting to spoil the whole family with fun and relaxation.

If you are visiting Orlando theme parks, Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando primarily, pay attention to whether the hotel you’re considering is an official resort hotel that provides extra benefits to hotel guests. Look for the designations below as you read through my list.

Disney Resort Hotels and offsite Official Walt Disney World Hotels offer guests Magic Mornings (entry to a park one hour before the public). Guests also receive the ability to select FastPass+ 60 days in advance, in addition to some other perks, like using MagicBands as key access and for room charges at Disney Resort Hotels.

Official Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotels meet strict Disney standards when it comes to value, service, and amenities. They do not have the same perks as the two aforementioned designations but are trustworthy places for families to stay.

Universal Orlando Resort Hotel benefits include complimentary water taxi service to the theme parks and one-hour early access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and select attractions at Volcano Bay.

In addition, guests of the premium resort hotels (Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Royal Pacific) receive free Universal Express Unlimited ride access which helps you skip-the-lines at Universal Orlando.

Universal Partner Hotel guests receive select dining and shopping discounts at Universal CityWalk and some theme parks in addition to other small perks.

1. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (Top Pick)

Category: Deluxe – Luxury
Official Walt Disney World Hotel: Yes

One of the pools at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, our favorite family-friendly Orlando resort.
The pools are a highlight.

What I like: It is my top pick for Orlando family hotels because you can be on a theme park vacation but not feel like it. Excellent food, service, pool deck rooms — and you can take advantage of Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits through me.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is the top luxury option for families and where we stay when on an Orlando family vacation.

With six on-site restaurants and bars, three boutiques, outdoor athletic courts in addition to a 5-acre water park with pools and lazy river, unwinding is easier than ever before.

You can treat yourself to world-class dining at Capa rooftop steakhouse or round up the kids for Breakfast with Goofy and Pals character dining on select mornings. My daughter is particularly fond of the Hideout Game Room and the water slides.

An onsite Disney concierge helps coordinate park dining reservations and answers all of your itinerary questions since you receive official Walt Disney World hotel benefits. There is also a hotel shuttle to the parks.

You can read my full Four Seasons Orlando review to understand why we love it.

Reservations: I also can give you access to the best way to book in — Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits that include:

  • Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (excluding character breakfast)
  • Spa credit of USD100 once during stay (not applicable to products)
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites, villas, and private residences)
  • Welcome note at check-in acknowledging you and your travel agency and the amenities that are being extended
  • Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms; complimentary premium Internet in all suites

Please send me your dates, and give you some pricing. (This program is how I book my own Four Seasons hotels.)

2. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

Category: Deluxe
Universal Orlando Hotel: Yes

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Italian exterior that look like an Italian village.
It’s like a little Italian village.

What I like: It’s the luxury Universal Orlando Resort hotel option, and everyone in your room will receive a free Universal Express pass to help skip the lines. You also have access to Virtuoso benefits through me.

At Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, you can experience the seaside charm and beauty of Portofino in Florida.

Brimming with outdoor cafes and shops around the piazza harbor, there’s no shortage of fun and exploration at what is considered the luxury resort at Universal Orlando.

Whether you’re joining in a hula hoop contest by the Roman-style Beach Pool or enjoying a complimentary live show at Musica della Notte, you can get a taste of Italian culture here.

Plus, as an overnight guest, you can enjoy Universal Orlando Resort hotel benefits like early access to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, select Volcano Bay attractions, and complimentary entertainment at Universal CityWalk.

It is a busy property and we have stayed here, too, on the Club Level which I would recommend. If you want to immerse in all things Universal Orlando, you can read my full Loews Portofino Bay Hotel review.

Reservations: You can book through me for access to value-added Virtuoso amenities that include:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (up to Deluxe Room Category)
  • Continental breakfast daily served in the restaurant for two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

*The desktop version of Virtuoso.com is where you’ll search rates and book online. To enable the desktop version from a mobile device, after clicking on a Virtuoso hotel link, scroll down to the navy blue section at the bottom of the web page and click “Full Site.” When searching rates, do not input children ages 17 and under as they will be priced as adults. I’m notified when you book and will add them when I contact you about your reservation. You can also use my form to request rates.

3. JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

Category: Deluxe – Luxury
Theme Park Hotel Affiliation: No

The lazy river at JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, an Orlando family resort.
Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

What I like: It’s an excellent option for active families who want to take advantage of outdoor recreation and not feel like they’re on a theme park vacation. Marriott Bonvoy points can be earned and redeemed here — you can also ask me about a Marriott Luminous VIP rate.

If you’d like to enjoy a relaxing Orlando family vacation that isn’t quite so centered on theme parks, the 500-acre JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes is for you.

Recreational activities include an 18-hole Greg Norman golf course, mountain biking trails, and fishing excursions thanks to a location on Grande Lakes. You can also hit the water on guided canoe or kayak tours with a Florida naturalist.

Another highlight is AquaCourse 360 water obstacle course that families can tackle together after floating along the lazy river and swimming in the outdoor pool. Resort guests also have access to the pool and spa at sister property, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes which is next door.

There is even an onsite 7000-square-foot vegetable and fruit garden that supplies the hotel with produce in addition to a nano-brewery.

The hotel offers a shuttle to Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Orlando theme parks.

Reservations: You can book in with Marriott Luminous benefits that include:

  • Daily $50 resort credit
  • A welcome amenity
  • Complimentary WiFi daily
  • Early Check-in/late Check-out, based on availability.
  • VIP status granted
  • Priority for complimentary room upgrade (based on availability upon arrival).
  • Welcome note from General Manager (or Hotel Management)

4. Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Category: Deluxe
Official Walt Disney World Hotel: Yes

A family floats in colorful inner tubes down the lazy river at Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando.
Photo courtesy of Hilton Hotels and Resorts

What I like: You get access to most Waldorf Astoria amenities at a lower price point. Also, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek’s pool has been voted one of the best in the nation.

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is one of the best family hotels in Orlando because of its 3-acre private waterpark with lazy river, water slide, and poolside cabanas.

Between the resort and its adjacent sister property, Waldorf Astoria Orlando, guests can dine at twelve elegant restaurants from signature dining to small bites and late-night bar snacks.

Guests also enjoy the WA Kids’ Club a supervised facility at Waldorf Astoria for ages 5 –12, the Waldorf Astoria spa, and the Waldorf Astoria golf course.

Shuttles offer transport to all four Disney parks and Disney Springs, and some rooms offer views of Magic Kingdom’s fireworks show.

Reservations: Book the discounted Hilton Honors member rate (it’s free to join).

5. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Category: Deluxe
Disney Resort Hotel: Yes

A child plays on the splash pad at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

What I like: Animal-centric programming and wildlife viewing that all ages appreciate. It’s as close to a safari as one might get in the U.S. and comes with Disney Resort Hotel benefits.

Experience the circle of life like never before at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. This resort features a wildlife preserve that is home to select species of exotic animals and indigenous African greenery, which you and your family can learn about through your room’s complimentary Wildlife Field Guide.

Little ones can enjoy fun programs led by Animal Specialists, and all guests are welcome to partake in the Wanyama up-close safari and banquet.

Take a dip in the 11,000-square foot Uzima Springs Pool, roast marshmallows over an open fire at Jambo House, or catch a poolside movie under the stars.

For grown-ups who’d like to slip away for award-winning African dining, supervised playtime at Simba’s Clubhouse and in-room babysitters are available for booking.

Reservations: Ask about a Walt Disney World vacation package.

6. Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Category: Deluxe
Disney Resort Hotel: Yes

Chef Mickey’s all-you-care-to-eat buffet is offered for breakfast and dinner. (Matt Stroshane, photographer/Walt Disney World Resort)

What I like: You can walk to Magic Kingdom and book onsite character dining.

Prepare to be dazzled at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where the gate to the Magic Kingdom is only a short walk from your guest room (you can hop on the Resort Monorail at the resort, too).

A testament to new-school glamour, this stunning resort hosts restaurants like California Grill and The Wave Lounge, and even offers rooftop dining with a view of the Magic Kingdom’s firework show.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is home to two swimming pools with two water slides and some delightful spa treatments.

If you’re hoping to take a tour of Bay Lake or the Seven Seas Lagoon, you can rent a motorboat or join one of the resort’s guided fishing tours.

Reservations: Ask about a Walt Disney World vacation package.

7. Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Category: Deluxe
Official Walt Disney World Hotels: Yes

Photo courtesy of Visit Orlando

What I like: They’re walking distance to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in about 15 minutes. Guests can earn and redeem Marriott points at both.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is actually a combination of two resorts that share the same amenities. Swan is a Westin and Dolphin is a Sheraton so Marriott loyalists will see touches from each brand around the respective resorts.

For families, I would lean toward Dolphin mostly because the supervised Camp Dolphin (ages 4 – 12) is located here (unless you must sleep in a Westin Heavenly Bed).

The resorts have gone through some recent renovations but have always been designed to bring fun and relaxation to all ages. Parents can decompress in the Mandara Spa. The aquatic oasis allows you to make a splash in three acres of glistening pools, waterslides, hot tubs, and more.

Treat yourself to incredible steaks and succulent seafood at Shula’s Steakhouse, or take a quick stroll down to Disney’s BoardWalk for tons of shopping and family fun.

The large Orlando family resort complex has two Disney planning centers onsite and free scheduled transportation to all Walt Disney World parks and resorts.

Reservations: Book the discounted Marriott Bonvoy member rate (it’s free to join) at Swan and Dolphin.

8. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Category: Deluxe
Disney Resort Hotel: Yes

Event chairs set up for a wedding along the lake at Disney's Yacht Club Resort.
Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

What I like: Kids love the 3-acre water park and you can walk to Epcot.

Adventure on the water awaits at the renowned Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Within minutes of Disney World parks, this New England-style yacht club offers a variety of boat rentals from the on-property marina.

Families can make some waves at the enormous Stormalong Bay water park on one of the tallest water slides at the Walt Disney World resort, or enjoy fine dining for all ages at the Yachtsman Steakhouse.

Disney Skyliner gondolas transport guests to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Be sure to bring your furry companions along for a lakeside stroll, as this resort is pet friendly.

For large families or those who want to feel a little closer to home, deluxe villas are available with fully equipped kitchens, laundry units, and spacious bedrooms.

Reservations: Ask about a Walt Disney World vacation package.

9. B Resort & Spa Disney Springs Resort Area

Category: Deluxe
Official Walt Disney World Hotel: Yes

Pool area surrounded by grey lounge chairs with orange pillows at B Resort & Spa in Orlando.
Photo courtesy of Visit Orlando

What I like: This feels more like an upscale boutique hotel that also offers some kid-friendly amenities like bunk beds in some rooms.

Whether you’re looking for excitement at every turn or blissful tranquility, you can find it at the B Resort & Spa Disney Springs Resort Area.

Combining a chic, modern atmosphere with family-friendly fun, this resort features amenities like a massive zero-entry pool, the game-packed Kids Zone, and convenient valet and self-parking services.

Each room is furnished with a handcrafted Blissful Bed, designed to help you relax and recover after a long day of adventure. In fact, the signature Blissful Bed is available for purchase and direct-to-home shipping if you fall in love with it during your stay.

Transportation to the nearby Disney World parks is totally complimentary, and you’re never far from the best shopping and dining in Orlando.

Reservations: Book direct or check prices across top sites.

10. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Category: Deluxe
Disney Resort Hotel: Yes

Night view of Disney's Wilderness Lodge Copper Creek Springs pool with water slide for families in Orlando.
Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

What I like: It’s one of the best Orlando resorts for families because of the onsite Snow White character dinner, Club Level rooms with Disney Signature Services (enhanced vacation planning support).

The magic of the Great American Northwest is captured here at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

This wondrous Disney resort is inspired by the untamed wilderness of American National Parks and nestled in the beauty of towering pine forests, bubbling creeks, and nature trails that guests can explore on foot and by bike or boat rentals.

Guided fishing excursions are heaps of fun for beginners and expert wranglers alike.

The whole family can join Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for a banquet straight out of a fairy tale or splash in one of the two themed pool areas with a water slide and water activity area.

Reservations: Ask about a Walt Disney World vacation package.

11. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Category: Deluxe
Disney Resort Hotel: Yes

The lobby of Disney's Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World Resort, a popular Orlando family hotel.
David Roark / Walt Disney World Resort

What I like: This resort has been around forever and even my husband has fond memories of visiting as a kid. It’s like Hawaii in Orlando and also offers the luxury of Club Level rooms.

Say “aloha” to the ultimate exotic getaway at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. This lush, tropical hotel honors the classic vibrance of island life with amazing fire-dancing shows, family-style luaus, and fun by the fireside at night.

Whether it’s winning a game of volleyball on the sand court, taking a dip in the sparkling Lava Pool, or enjoying live music at Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace, there’s fun for the whole family to be found here.

Enjoy monorail transport to Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. This is one of the best Orlando resorts for families seeking a little traditional island fun, even with a white sandy beach.

Reservations: Ask about a Walt Disney World vacation package.

12. Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

Category: Deluxe
Universal Orlando Hotel: Yes

A purple-toned Future Rockstar Suite at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando is great for families.
A future rockstar suite (Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort)

What I like: Hard Rock hotels typically don’t have a kid-friendly vibe but many families stay in this one.

Immerse yourself in a world of glamour, music, and wild fun at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando. With the electrifying Sound of Your Stay experience, you can rent a Fender guitar to rock out in your room or jam to an iconic collection of vinyl records on your own authentic Crosley turntable.

Whether you rent a private cabana to lounge in the shade or take the kids to play on Hard Rock’s poolside sand beach, you’ll be able to enjoy the latest and greatest music hits all day long.

Going for a dip in the 12,000-square foot swimming pool? The underwater sound system keeps the music flowing so that you never miss a beat.

Or, plunge into the water on the 260-square-foot water slide. Other poolside family activities include a DJ and outdoor games like ping pong.

This best Orlando family hotel even has a supervised kids’ club and a kids’ area to make going out to eat fun in The Kitchen restaurant.

Reservations: Yes, it’s a Hard Rock but you’ll book this one through Loews.com or shop vacation packages.

13. Floridays Resort Orlando

Category: Moderate
Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel: Yes

Photo courtesy of Floridays Resort Orlando

What I like: This is one of the best Orlando resorts for families because it is ALL two-bedroom and three-bedroom suites!

Tired of cramped, uncomfortable hotel rooms? Floridays Resort Orlando offers two- and three-bedroom suites with a minimum floor space of 1,017 feet, almost triple the size of most Orlando hotel rooms.

Each suite houses a full kitchen, a master bath with a walk-in shower and jacuzzi tub, and even a washer and dryer.

The on-site Palm Cafe provides casual yet elegant dining and one-stop shopping. Need groceries but don’t want to leave the comfort of your room? Instacart services can deliver Publix groceries right to your door.

A complimentary shuttle to Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, and Aquatica Orlando theme parks is included with the resort fee. And, look at that fun pool!

Reservations: Book direct or check prices across top sites.

14. Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites — Waterpark

Category: Moderate
Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel: Yes

Aerial view of the colorful and huge Holiday Inn Orlando water park area.
Photo courtesy of Visit Orlando

What I like: This isn’t your typical Holiday Inn. The lure of the large outdoor water park may make it easier to leave the theme parks at the end of the day.

Dedicated to making families feel at home, Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites – Waterpark provides everything you need to stay comfortable and enjoy your vacation.

Every suite comes standard with a separate living room, master bedroom, kitchenette, HDTV, and at least 485 square feet of living space.

It’s the only all-suite Holiday Inn in Orlando and another reason why it’s popular is because of the brand’s Kids Eat Free program. Up to four kids ages 12 and under can eat free from the kids’ menu any time of the day in the onsite restaurant with a paying adult.

Excitement abounds with the outdoor waterpark and Olympic-sized pool, live entertainment, arcade, 4D movie theater, and the Bank Heist Laser Challenge.

This resort also offers convenient laundry valet, free shuttle (included in the resort fee) transport to the four Disney theme parks, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Orlando.

Reservations: Holiday Inn is part of IHG so book using the IHG member discount (free to join).

15. Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

Category: Moderate
Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel: Yes

The fun, colorful kids' splash pad and water play area at Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando.
Photo courtesy of Embassy Suites

What I like: It’s an all-suite kid-friendly Orlando hotel with a splash pad and free breakfast.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista a popular for its two-room suites. This kid-friendly Orlando hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to all four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks (paid shuttle to Universal and SeaWorld).

It’s the only Embassy Suites in Orlando and recently redesigned to include multiple sports courts: volleyball, tennis, and basketball. Guests also enjoy a putting green, splash pad, an indoor and outdoor pool, and fire pits.

Enjoy a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast every morning after waking up in your suite, and unwind with a dive-in movie or a poolside cocktail.

On evenings when you’re not relaxing by the on-site fishing docks or in one of three rejuvenating spa centers, treat yourself to free snacks and drinks at a complimentary Evening Reception for guests only.

Reservations: Book using the Hilton Honors member rate (it’s free to join).

16. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Category: Moderate
Theme Park Hotel Affiliations: No

A family pedals a yellow pedal boat on the lake at Hyatt Regency Grand Cyprus.
Photo courtesy of Hyatt

What I like: It’s a large resort with opportunities to be active in nature — we have stayed here. They offer a complimentary shuttle to all three theme park resort complexes.

At Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, fun and rejuvenation await across 1,500 acres of the lush Florida landscape.

Loaded with outdoor activities for both kids and adults, this resort offers rock climbing, golf, hiking, and swimming in a gorgeous lagoon-style pool.

Camp Hyatt sparks your little ones’ imagination with fun crafts, scavenger hunts, water sports, marshmallow roasting, and so much more.

No matter what you’re craving on your vacation, you can find everything from light bites to upscale fine dining at five unique on-site eateries. You can get your theme park visits in, too, with their free shuttle service.

Reservations: Book direct or shop vacation packages.

17. Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

Category: Moderate
Theme Park Hotel Affiliations: No


What I like: Family bunk beds are always a plus in addition to a robust swimming pool area.

Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort is famous for its incredible spa services and Deep Blu Seafood Grill. Dive into the hotel’s five swimming pools, two lazy rivers, and dual splash pads, or tee off at the private mini-golf course.

The renowned Blue Harmony Spa is ready to pamper you with full-body treatments, massage therapy, manicures, and so much more.

Located on over 500 acres of stunning Florida woodlands, Wyndham Grand Orlando is only a free shuttle ride away from your favorite Walt Disney World theme parks.

Reservations: Book the Wyndham Rewards member rate (free to join) at a discount.

18. Coco Key Hotel and Water Park Resort

Category: Moderate
Universal Partner Hotel: Yes

What I like: A partially covered enormous water park makes this definitely one of the best kid-friendly hotels in Orlando.

Look no further than the Coco Key Hotel and Water Park for an ultra-fun hotel stay.

The unique canopy-covered outdoor water park spans across over 54,000-square feet of the Florida tropics. It is located on International Drive, where many of the best things to do in Orlando await.

Boasting a massive arcade, three restaurants, and a fitness center, Coco Key Hotel is jam-packed with things to do when you’re not out exploring the city.

Convenient shuttle services to Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando make it easy to hit your tourist destinations, and the I-Ride Trolley is available to tour the city’s shops, sights, and nightlife.

Reservations: Book a vacation package with Universal Orlando tickets or check direct prices.

19. Loews Sapphire Falls

Category: Moderate
Universal Orlando Hotel: Yes

A family roasts s'mores on a fire pit outside at Loews Sapphire Falls.
Photo courtesy of Loews Hotels

What I like: Swaying palm trees and waterfalls inspired by the Caribbean add to the tropical vibe.

What Loews Sapphire Falls one of the best family hotels in Orlando is that it’s home to the largest pool of all the Universal Orlando Resort hotels.

Kids love splashing down the water slide surrounded by waterfalls and playing in the sand on one of the two beaches. There is also a children’s water play area, cabana rentals, and a huge hot tub.

The resort also offers an evening kids’ camp should parents want to enjoy dinner alone.

Your stay is meant to feel like you’re on a tropical island getaway and the colorful, yet tasteful room decor in relaxing blue hues reflects this.

Check out the small Kids’ Suite which has a kids’ bedroom with two twin beds that connects to a king bed master suite.

Reservations: Book on direct or shop vacation packages.

20. The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando

Category: Moderate
Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel: Yes

Kids enjoy the small water slide and water play area at The Grove
Photo courtesy of Visit Orlando

What I like: Spacious suites with resort amenities including a water park on a lakeside setting (with a full-service spa).

The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando is meant to be a destination resort where you can come and not really need to leave.

One-, two-, and three-bedroom suites provide the comforts of home though you can also book a standard hotel room size.

Family activities happen throughout the day but the resort highlight is definitely the Surfari water park. Try to hang ten in the FlowRider wave pool where you actually can take surfing lessons.

Otherwise, float along the lazy river, splash down one of the two water slides, swim in the zero-entry pool, or play in the water activity area. You can also try your hand at a variety of games in the arcade.

The resort is located on Lake Austin and guests can embark on water sports and other activities from the resort’s pier. Scheduled transportation to the four Walt Disney World theme parks is available.

Reservations: Book direct or check prices on top sites.

21. Lake Buena Vista Resort Village

Category: Moderate
Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel: Yes

Photo courtesy of Visit Orlando

What I like: Kids love the pirate-themed pool at this all-suite resort with up to four bedrooms.

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village is very popular with large families and for multigenerational travel because the fully-furnished resort condos range from one to four bedrooms.

Take advantage of having a kitchen with the resort’s Publix grocery delivery service. Guests enjoy free shuttle service to Walt Disney World, Universal, and SeaWorld theme parks, included with the resort fee.

Families love the onside Pizza Hut Express in addition to sit-down dining options and an onsite convenience store.

Families spend tons of time at the zero-entry (go ahead and pull a lounger in) Pirate plunge pool with a water slide through the ship and canons, in addition to activities offered by Kids’ Club. Rest assured one may decompress at the Relaxation pool or in the full-service spa.

Reservations: Book direct or check prices on top sites.

22. Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Category: Moderate and Value
Universal Orlando Hotel: Yes

One of the swimming pools and the lazy river at Cabana Bay Beach Resort, an Orlando family hotel.
Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

What I like: It’s fun to immerse in a throw-back resort like this with a bowling alley and arcade. It’s a value option but does offer moderately-priced Poolside Suites with direct exterior pool access.

Inspired by the classic designs of ’50s- and ’60s-era Florida beach resorts, Cabana Bay Beach Resort is full of surprises.

Take a dive in one of two zero-entry huge swimming pools, score a strike in the Galaxy Bowl ten-lane bowling alley, and snap a selfie with the Minions on your way to the Jack LaLanne fitness studio. Kids (and parents) will love the retro arcade that even has skee ball.

Family suites sleep up to six people and some two-bedroom suites have views of the Volcano Bay theme park.

Like the other Universal Orlando Resorts, guests have access to the complimentary water taxi shuttle service and can use amenities at the other hotels.

Reservations: Book a vacation package with Universal Orlando tickets or direct.

23. The Point Hotel & Suites Orlando

Category: Value
Theme Park Hotel Affiliations: No

What I like: It’s a smaller boutique hotel within walking distance of Universal Orlando Resort.

The Point Hotel & Suites Orlando is known for its hospitality and modern, relaxing atmosphere. Multiple room sizes are available, from cozy studios to suites outfitted with full kitchens and balconies. The glistening outdoor pool and great eats from the Cabana Bar and Grille are fun for the whole family.

While it doesn’t boast the long list of amenities that other best hotels for kids in Orlando on this list have, they do have a (usually) reasonably priced two-bedroom suite that sleeps up to 8 people.

Shuttles services provide transport to SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

24. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Category: Value
Disney Resort Hotel: Yes

Walt Disney World / Kent Phillips, photographer

What I like: Disney characters can be seen in art all over the resort, and guests enjoy a huge swimming pool and play area for a value hotel.

Lose yourself in the enchanting landscape of your favorite Disney and Pixar movies at the one and only Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

Built on a legacy of inspiration and creativity, this resort is teeming with hand-drawn artwork, bits of history, and interactive sets from movies like Cars, Finding Nemo, and The Little Mermaid. Family suites here sleep up to six people.

Satisfy all of your cravings at the Landscape of Flavors, where American-inspired classic dishes are always being freshly prepared.

Home to the largest pool of all Disney resorts, the exciting Righteous Reef playground, and your favorite movies under the stars, there’s always magic to be discovered here.

Another feature that makes this one of Orlando’s best hotels for families is that you can take the Disney Skyliner tram to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Reservations: Ask about a Walt Disney World vacation package.

25. Wyndham Disney Springs Resort Area

Category: Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort (Deluxe); Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Resort (Value)
Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel: Yes

What I like: This is a nice way to book a value hotel because the amenities are shared between the two Wyndhams. You can also walk to Disney Springs and book character breakfast onsite.

Wyndham also has a two-resort complex with their Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort and Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista in the Disney Springs Resort Area.

Experience magic and fantasy in a breathtaking lake house setting at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, or choose affordable rooms at Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Resort.

Both share access to the Oasis Aquatic Pool Playground with a splash pad and zero-entry pool area in addition to a large outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. Guests also enjoy Disney character breakfasts.

The kids will have a blast at the game-packed arcade, and you can slip away for a workout at the 24/7 fitness center. The resort runs shuttle services every 30 minutes to all four Disney parks.

Reservations: Book the Wyndham Rewards member rate (free to join) at a discount.

My Favorite Family & Kid-Friendly Hotels in Orlando for All Your Needs

Kid-Friendly Hotels in Orlando with Water Slides

And, this city full of theme parks and sunshine dials up the family fun on their hotel pool decks. In fact, many of the hotels on this list have water slides. Here are a few popular choices.

Four Seasons Orlando is the top pick for luxury hotels on this list because they balance kid-fun with adult comforts well. The pool area doesn’t always feel busy but that’s because there’s a lot to do between multiple swimming pools, a splash pad, water slides, and a lazy river.

Several kid-friendly hotels in Orlando on this list are water parks, too. Find dueling water slides, a wave pool, lazy river, and a zero-entry pool at The Grove Resort and Water Park. If you need to be near Universal Orlando Resort, Coco Key‘s 14 water slides are sure to entertain. The 54,000-square-foot park is mostly under a canopy to protect guests from the sun. Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites — Waterpark offers a water jungle gym, water slides, and loads of family pool activities.

If you’re interested in going big, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort boasts one of the tallest water slides of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels in its 3-acre water park.

A Note About Kid Friendly All-Inclusive Resorts in Orlando, Florida

If you read online lists claiming to feature kid-friendly all-inclusive resorts in Orlando, you’ll find that the resorts and hotels mentioned aren’t truly all-inclusive. All-inclusive means that most food and beverages and many activities are included with your room rate. None of the resorts on this list are all-inclusive but some can include breakfast and other perks.

Best Hotel in Orlando for Toddlers

While toddlers will be just fine at any of the hotels on this list, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge may just blow their minds. The Uwanja Camp water playground has a section with activities for kids ages 4 and under near the zero-entry Samawati Springs Pool. They’ll love the zebras, giraffes, and other animals on the property in addition to being surrounded by Disney magic.

Best Kid-Themed Hotels in Orlando

I receive questions about kid-themed hotels in Orlando this usually means hotels with rooms that are decked out like favorite characters. With so many theme parks nearby, there are some incredible themed rooms in Orlando.

At Loews Portofino Bay, you can book the Despicable Me Kids’ Suite with loads of Minion decor in the kids’ room and a separate king bed room for parents. Disney’s Art of Animation hotel has multiple themed room options including a Little Mermaid Standard room. There are also Lion King, Cars, and Finding Nemo family suites.

What do you think are the best hotels in Orlando for families?

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