It’s time to finally take the family to Walt Disney World, and booking one of the seven value Disney Springs Hotels lets you take advantage of specials for stays almost all year long. [Editor’s Note: Several of the Disney Springs Hotels: Best Western Lake Buena Vista, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista and Holiday Inn Orlando – remain temporarily closed as of June 15 due to the COVID-19 epidemic.]
Bargain watchers take note: These hotels (in the commercial area formerly known as Downtown Disney) are closest to the parks without being Disney managed, offer free shuttles every 30 minutes so you can leave your car parked, and offer several perks like the Extra Magic Hours or early admission, a priceless 60-Day FastPass+ so you can prebook rides 2 months in advance of arrival and military family discounts.
In and around days packed with themepark fun, it’s easy to check out the 130 establishments operating in this big lifestyle mall. You can do a little shopping, get high in a hot air balloon or enjoy a night out.
If you’re traveling with kids, there’s so much window shopping and streetview entertainment — at outdoor cafes and from buskers out in the street — that you can even skip the theme park admission for the day and save that way, too.
Staying at one of the seven properties guarantees an easy place to buy theme park tickets and souvenirs, shuttles to the parks and waterparks every 30 minutes, advance tee times and discounts at all Walt Disney World golf courses, and help with advance booking for all WDW dining and dinner show reservations for all restaurants.
Disney Springs Hotel Specials
Disney Springs has many seasonal specials and Military Family rates all season.
Note their rates often include free kids meals, but may not include the Resort Services Fee or daily parking fee (if applicable), taxes or gratuities. And if you book one of these hotels through the Walt Disney World Travel Service, there are extra perks in store.
The available Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels room rates for stays in summer 2020:
- B Resort & Spa – rates from $109 per room, per night
- Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – rates from $72 per room
- Best Western Lake Buena Vista – CLOSED
- Holiday Inn Orlando – CLOSED
- DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – CLOSED
- Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – CLOSED
- Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – CLOSED
For additional information, visit Disney Springs hotels specials page and check out the active deals for the period you want to visit.
Why Disney? Why Now?
Walt Disney World Resort, comprising four huge theme parks plus two great waterparks, has some amazing festivals going on nearly all year long to complement the rides and shows.
Please check which facilities and attractions will be open after the parks reopen in mid-July 2020.
At Epcot, perhaps the most edutaining of the parks, they include the Epcot International Festival of the Arts — great with older kids and grandparents; the gorgeous Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival where we saw “pizza” growing in the kids garden (tomatoes, basil, mushrooms and wheat); the foodie favorite Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in fall. It’s followed by the delightful Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, where a variety of cultures show off their holiday spirit and decor throughout the festive season.
Other must-see attractions include “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” a whole new land, where you can live your adventure in a galaxy far, far way, now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, “Happily Ever After” — the most spectacular fireworks show in the history of Magic Kingdom Park; “Pandora – The World of Avatar” at Animal Kingdom; and “Toy Story Land” where all ages adore the larger-than life, tall grass setting of Andy’s backyard.
Of course, some of the most popular rides require planning ahead, too, so you’ll have to apply for Fast Passes as soon as you get hotel reservations. Our current favorites are “Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run” at Star Wars Land; “Toy Story Mania!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; “Frozen Ever After” and “Soarin’ Around The World” at Epcot; “Na’vi River Journey” and the nighttime spectacular “Rivers of Light” at Animal Kingdom.
And if you need more reasons to go to Disney now, our What’s New at Disneyworld roundup explains the other great openings.
Why Families Like Disney Springs
At all Disney Spring hotels, there’s plenty of space to be family — or the hot young couple you were #bk. Book yourselves some childcare (with advance notice to the concierge) and you can indulge at a local Spa, hit the fitness center, or go clubbing. Any of these hotels are also a very handy base to explore the many other Orlando family-friendly, non-theme park attractions during your Florida vacation.
In addition to great room rates at participating hotels, guests get a “Disney Springs Deals” booklet which includes several use-anytime discounts, especially for holiday shoppers.
Among the many dining offerings are Wine Bar George — where kids are welcome to sample tapas while over-21s can taste up to 150 different wines. There’s also celebrity Chef Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina, Paddlefish (situated on an iconic paddleboat), renowned Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, Morimoto Asia with a great Asian street food noodle bar, and STK Orlando.
By the way, some of the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels also offer their own seasonal packages or separate discounts for AAA members. Some hotels allow kids 12 and under to dine free with an adult meal purchase, others waive Resort Fees, restrictions and black out dates may apply, so it’s best to check their site while planning.
Don’t stop here — Booking.com always has good deals during busy travel periods.
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