Picture this, a pleasantly landscaped and manicured area with luscious green lawns and spotless payments, sounds lovely doesn’t it? Welcome to Lake Buena Vista, the gateway to the Walt Disney World Resort! The magnificent Downtown Disney entertainment complex is the place to be, with its superb restaurants, great shopping and energetic nightlife, there’s something for everyone! It’s not all about Disney though, Lake Buena Vista has so much more to offer like golf, including minigolf for the pros to be, Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores for great designer shopping and a great choice of hotels, all offering pool areas to simply unwind and relax in the glorious sunshine.
Fun and Games
Lake Buena Vista is so close to Walt Disney World Resort that you could almost touch it, so it goes without saying that the Disney parks are the main attraction. However, that’s not all, how about driving your own race car at Richard Petty’s Driving Experience for the ultimate thrill? Or head down to Fun Spot Action Park which features go-karts, amusement rides and arcades.
There’s something for everyone with family favourites such as TGI Friday’s®, Planet Hollywood®, the Rainforest Café® and Jungle Jim’s. If you fancy some entertainment then there’s themed dining at Baskervilles. If fine dining is more your cup of tea, then make sure you visit the Venetian Rooms or Victoria and Albert’s, both serving up an array of delicious cuisine.
Downtown Disney is the nightlife hub of Lake Buena Vista with its selection of shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment. Why not take in a show, Cirque du Soleil® is an amazing mix of circus, acrobatics and music. Catch a movie at the 24-screen AMC Downtown Disney 24 movie theatre. There’s also DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive theme park with its virtual reality, 3D encounters and classic video games.
Not to be missed
Shop til you drop at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores and save yourself up to 75% in shops like Gap and Old Navy. There is also the Premium Outlets Mall featuring designer brands such as Burberry, Diesel and Lacoste, all at discounted prices. A trip to the world's largest Disney Store at Downtown Disney is a must, just remember to take your credit card!
We understand that even in the land that invented the automobile, not everyone likes to drive, so why not take our convenient FREE transfer coach from the airport to any hotel in the Lake Buena Vista area*.
*We regret our transfer coaches cannot drop off at the Sheraton Vistana Resort.
Please see the individual hotel descriptions for their proximity to restaurants and bars. Many offer free scheduled transport to the parks.
Please see a member of our resort team in Orlando and they can arrange any number of great value transfer vouchers to take you between your hotel and all the attractions you want to visit.
- Great shopping at Downtown Disney
- Amazing restaurants at Downtown Disney such as Planet Hollywood, Gloria Estefan's 'Bongos' with live salsa music, and Rainforest Café
- Stones throw away from Walt Disney World Resort
- Fantastic shopping at the Premium Outlet Mall
- Sporting opportunities galore!
Our Top 5 hotels
The one that’s got everybody talking, the Hilton Orlando at Bonnet Creek is an extraordinary hotel with a cool, hip vibe and superb amenities. For a start, there’s a 3-acre lazy river pool sneaking through the landscape with an exciting waterslide for all ages and zero-entry.
The Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa has fast become a firm favourite with guests, thanks to its supreme location and first-class amenities. Guests can enjoy condominium-style accommodation with all the comforts and conveniences of home. Your private patio or balcony is the perfect place to unwind with a pre-dinner drink, admiring the beautiful sunset in the distance.
This award-winning resort is situated in a fantastic location and just a short stroll from the vibrant Disney's BoardWalk entertainment district. The hotels are perched overlooking the tranquil, landscaped lake and gardens which lead to Disney's amazing Epcot.
The Marriott Village is a wonderful combination of 3 quality hotels in 1 resort, giving you the benefit of facilities at all 3 hotels for 1 great price!...
As well as spacious and well-equipped suites, the Hawthorn Suites offers a whole load of fabulous extras, including complimentary shuttle service to Walt Disney World Resort, a daily hot American breakfast and a 2-hour social reception with complimentary wine, beer and snacks on Monday to Thursday, so you can make friends with your fellow guests!...
Different destinations have different magic touches so make sure to check them out to see what makes your holiday with us so special.
You fly direct non-stop to Orlando international airport from Gatwick, Manchester or Glasgow with award-winning Virgin Atlantic. Easily the best way to get here!
Flight Time - Approx 9 hours
Time Difference - GMT -5 hours
Distance - Approx 20 miles from Orlando International airport.
Driving Times - 20-min drive from airport.
Did You Know?
The largest Disney store in the world can be found at Downtown Disney? It stocks every imaginable souvenir - make sure you take your credit card!