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recommended Floridays Resort OrlandoFloridays is a good alternative to Disney vacation villas for families visiting the area's resorts. When I first heard about this place and how popular it was, I was expecting a Jimmy Buffett-style ... read moreround the clock beach party in a resort with all the trimmings. That is not what this is. Family-focused, all the rooms are either 2-3 bedroom villas with a full kitchen, washer/dryer and free wifi. The pool and bar are decent, but less than spectacular for the area, and the gym and other amenities are below average for what you'd expect from an Orlando resort. Probably the biggest bonus is the location, only 2 miles from SeaWorld with regular trolley service to shopping centers and the theme parks. I'd really only come back and stay here if I was a family with young kids looking to do an extended stay Disney villa-type vacation on a shoestring.Arlo Hemphill
If you find that the Disney properties are a little much for your budget, a budget alternative is the nearby Floridays Resort. This is also a villa property - with multi-bedroom suites, full kitchen, dining room, etc. It's also located an equal distance between the Magic Kingdom and Sea World, so a great spot if the Disney Resorts were not the only thing on your Orlando to-do list!
recommended Disney's Animal Kingdom VillasAll the comforts of home, when you home is in Africa. The beautiful and luxurious villas sit right alongside animal enclosure with buffalo and giraffes. A great place to pamper yourself in the company ... read moreof wild animals!Arlo Hemphill
Another set of villas that I recommend are those at Disney's Animal Kingdom. This property is a little remote for Disney standards - you are close to the Animal Kingdom Park, but a bit of drive away from Epcot, the Magic Kingdom, etc. However, what you lose in location, you more than make up for in Disney magic. The grounds of this resort are literally crawling with African wildlife - you can even get a villa overlooking the giraffe enclosure, and have the lovely mammals graze right by your back porch! The decor here is very African safari-like, which I love - but I understand that may not be everyone's taste. Lovely place though.
recommended Disney's Boardwalk InnThis is one of my favorite Disney resorts, although I slightly prefer the villa side to the Inn. If I could sum this place up in one word, it would be RELAXED. They've done an excellent job of making ... read morethe Inn feel like a stately old New England guest house, and the boardwalk is a flashback into the east coast seaside carnivals of yesteryear. The rooms have a contemporary beach-style that doesn't feel contrived by Disney standards, and the boardwalk just steps away is almost authentic with its carnival performers, funnel cakes and "seaside" shops. There is even a Wyland Galleries - one of my favorite ocean artists! Also, wifi is free and Epcot just a short boat taxi away. This is truly living the fine life under Disney's roof!Arlo Hemphill
Gogobot has loads of vacation homes, just check out the vacation rentals tab! However, for Orlando, I'd recommend looking at one of Disney's villa properties. The villas have all of the comforts and convenience of a private home, but with all of the amenities of a resort property. There are many properties to choose from (each with its own theme and standard of luxury), but one I can strongly recommend are the villas at the Disney Boardwalk. These are sparkling new, contemporary vacation homes, adorned with a lot of pastels and beach-like vibe. The Disney Boardwalk itself is designed to feel like the beach resorts of the northeast and is centrally located, in walking distance to Epcot and very close to the other parks as well.
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