Hotels Near Disney World That Won’t Make You Regret Staying Off-Property

by | Apr 17, 2024 | Walt Disney World Resorts, WDW Blog

When a stay at an on-site Disney hotel doesn’t make sense for your family, these are five alternative hotels near Disney World to consider.

We love a good Walt Disney World Resort hotel. From the theming to the transportation and the early access to theme parks, it’s hard to deny the allure of a Disney hotel. But, sometimes, staying at an official Disney World hotel doesn’t make sense for your trip. Whether it’s due to price or room size, there are plenty of other options available.

With Disney World’s prime location in the world’s theme park capital, you can find tons of different accommodations in Orlando. Whether it’s a vacation rental property or an off-site hotel, there’s the perfect option just waiting for your traveling group. We’re sharing our picks for five of our favorite off-site hotels near Disney World that you can consider for your next trip! Whether near Disney Springs or in the surrounding Orlando area, these are spots where you can thoroughly enjoy your accommodations — even if they aren’t on property!

Holiday Inn Orlando: Disney Springs Area

The first one on our list is actually located across the street from Disney Springs. That’s right; you can actually walk to the Disney Springs area from this resort, where you can enjoy a multitude of dining and shopping experiences. The Holiday Inn Orlando: Disney Springs Area boasts a multitude of amenities. The benefits of staying at the Holiday Inn are numerous, from an outdoor, heated zero-entry pool to a walk-up bar, free W-Fi, and parking. 

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Photo Courtesy of Holiday Inn Orlando

But the benefits don’t stop there. Guests staying at the Holiday Inn Orlando receive free transportation to all four Disney parks and Early Theme Park Entry, where guests can enter the parks up to 30 minutes before opening. All of the parks are only between a ten and 15-minute drive, so you’ll be in the action fast! 

What’s the best part of the Holiday Inn Orlando: Disney Springs Area? Rooms start at around $110 per night! You’ll be steps from Disney Springs and a bus ride away from the parks for a very reasonable rate. 

Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando: Disney Springs Area

Located just a few doors from the Holiday Inn Orlando: Disney Springs lies the Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando: Disney Springs Area. You might be wondering, “Why did you pick another Disney Springs Area resort?” That’s because the Drury, a newly acquired resort in this area, is home to some amazing perks and benefits. 

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Photo Courtesy of Drury Plaza Hotel

Like our previous pick, the Drury is within walking distance of Disney Springs and offers bus transportation to and from the parks, which leaves every half hour. But the perks don’t stop there. Along with Early Theme Park Entry for guests at Disney World, the Drury offers free hot breakfast, a 5:30 PM kickback which includes snacks and cold beverages, free Wi-Fi, a resort-style pool, and an arcade. 

Guests also have access to on-site restaurants, including The Kitchen + Bar and Pizza Hut Express. We love these benefits, especially for the price! For as low as $127 per night, guests can save money and enjoy some nice perks. Don’t forget to enjoy that hot breakfast and 5:30 PM kickback! 

Caribe Royale Orlando

Venturing a bit further down World Drive, you’ll come across a sprawling, gorgeous pink building with fountains and greenery. You might think you’ve been transported to the islands, but instead, you actually are at the Caribe Royale Orlando. This Good Neighbor Resort offers some amazing amenities to guests staying there. From the outdoor swimming pool with a slide to the arcade, seven restaurants, and bars.

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Photo Courtesy of Caribe Royale Orlando

Since the Caribe Royale is a full resort, it does charge a resort fee, which includes transportation to and from the parks and Disney Springs. The Caribe Royal is only 1.5 miles from EPCOT, making it a great place to spread your wings. 

You might be wondering, “These perks sound great, but how much will it cost?” A King Suite at the Caribe Royale starts at between $150 and $200 a night, depending on the time of year. But remember how close you are to the parks and all the great perks of staying. 

Margaritaville Resort Orlando

Located just eleven minutes from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park lies a piece of paradise that offers the best of an island resort and Walt Disney World vacation, the Margaritaville Resort Orlando. There’s something for everyone, whether it’s sun and water you’re after, delicious food, or easy access to the parks. 

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Photo Courtesy of Margaritaville Orlando

The Margaritaville Orlando Resort offers a complimentary shuttle service, which does require advanced reservations made at least a day prior. Shuttles typically leave the resort twice a day and do have a return time. The shuttles drop off at Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom/EPCOT. But the perks don’t end here. Whether you want to try the Fins Up Beach Club, complete with a pool, visit the adjacent water park, or take a walk on the Promenade at Sunset Walk, the options and amenities at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando abound. 

This resort is also home to unique, Margaritaville-themed restaurants such as the Euphoria Fish House and the Salty Rim Bar and Grill. Plus, as we mentioned before, the resort is next to the Promenade at Sunset Walk, home to some amazing restaurants and entertainment. 

What’s the price tag for this relaxing hideaway just outside of Disney World? A classic deluxe run can start at around $200, depending on the view and extras included. 

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Located a little more than a mile away from Disney Springs is a resort that is ranked highly by Conde Nast Traveler, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. From amenities to proximity to the parks, this makes the Hyatt Regency a great alternative to a classic Disney World resort. 

With a lagoon pool with 12 waterfalls, a mini-golf course, waterslides, poolside cabanas, and more, the Hyatt Regency’s outdoor activities will keep you busy. But, if a trip to the theme parks is in the plans, the resort offers a complimentary shuttle service that must be scheduled. This resort is also close to the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, which features a Disney Character Warehouse Outlet. Here you can purchase Disney Parks merchandise for a significantly discounted price. 

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Photo Courtesy of Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

The Hyatt Regency is also home to on-site restaurants such as Four Flamingos, a Richard Blais Florida Kitchen, the Lakehouse Restaurant and Bar, and the Lobby Bar. There is also a Macaroni Grille, Miller’s Ale House, and Denny’s within walking distance. 

With this being a Hyatt Regency, you might wonder how much this resort runs a night. For around $200 per night, guests can enjoy all of these amenities and more. Remember that the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress does charge a $45 Resort Fee per night, which will be added to the cost of your stay. 

These are our picks for five off-site hotels near Disney World to consider the next time you visit the parks. Just because you decide to stay outside of Disney and visit a non-Disney World resort hotel doesn’t mean you won’t experience some amazing perks and complimentary transportation. 

 

Posts by Jenn Marrazzo

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Jennifer Marrazzo is a writer and adjunct professor and knows way too many facts about Disney and cruises. She’s a DVC Member and WDW Annual Passholder and has a vast collection of Disney merchandise from Beauty and the Beast to Baby Yoda. Jennifer has her own blog, The Happiest Travels on Earth, where she offers reviews and tips for Disney and cruises!
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Jenn Marrazzo

Jennifer Marrazzo is a writer and adjunct professor and knows way too many facts about Disney and cruises. She’s a DVC Member and WDW Annual Passholder and has a vast collection of Disney merchandise from Beauty and the Beast to Baby Yoda. Jennifer has her own blog, The Happiest Travels on Earth, where she offers reviews and tips for Disney and cruises!
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