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Orlando: Staying off-site

Orlando is known for it's rollercoaster rides, fabulous water slides, and all round family fun.

Even if you're planning your holiday around a trip to Walt Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando Resort, you don't have to stay on-site at the theme parks to make the most of them. Actually, sometimes it can work out for the better...

Benefits of staying off-site

  • Value for money

    Staying off-site means you've got a wider choice of hotels to pick from to suit your budget. Lots of our off-site hotels have added benefits such as free parking, transport to the parks, or complimentary breakfast!

  • It's still easy to get to the parks

    Lots of the off-site hotels provide shuttle services to both Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort, and sometimes it's even included in your stay - so you'll be at the parks in no time! This is great if you want to stay off-site but don't fancy hiring a car.

  • Larger rooms

    You can often get bigger rooms for families when staying off-site, which is great for keeping the cost down if you're travelling with a larger group. We've even got 11 and 12 bedroom villas!

  • Great location

    There's so much more to Orlando than the theme parks. And staying off-site in the heart of International Drive or Kissimmee old town can put you in a fantastic position to enjoy everything else on offer.

  • Peace and quiet

    Staying away from the heart of the parks can help you to relax on your holiday too - which is definitely important! Days in the parks are full-on, so taking a day to spend around the pool can be needed.

  • More food options

    Whether it's popping to the local Denny's or cooking your own dinners in your villa kitchen, your location and hotel type can provide you with a wider choice of dinner options that can help save you money! 

Where to stay

Lake Buena Vista

Lake Buena Vista

  • Great for families with younger children, as it's close to Walt Disney World Resort
  • Ideal for golf-lovers, with courses at Disney, Four Seasons, Grand Cypress and more
  • Shopaholics will enjoy the Vineyard Premium Outlets with it's designer brands
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  • Great for larger groups, with plenty of gated communities and larger villa and apartment style options in the area
  • Adventure seekers can enjoy Wild Florida, Boggy Creek airboat adventures, and the northern part of the Everglades isn't too far either!
  • Visit the Old Town  for free events, live music, shopping, dining and more rides
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Orlando Eye International Drive

International Drive

  • Ideal for families with older kids, and adults, as it's close to Universal Orlando Resort.
  • Good if you want to be in the centre of the action with attractions, dining, and shopping to enjoy throughout I-Drive
  • Value for money with plenty of hotel options that included added benefits such as free parking and transport to the parks
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Choosing the right hotel

We've got a huge selection of hotels to choose from across International Drive, Kissimmee and Lake Buena Vista. And many of them include added benefits that aren't available on-site, and offer great value for money!

Food in America can be expensive, so picking a self-catering option will allow you to save money by eating in where possible. Pop to Walmart and stock up on breakfast options, snacks, and you could even enjoy dinner together back at your base after a long day!

Carousel of hotel options for self-catering

Orlando Villas

Need a bit more space than a hotel apartment or suite? Fancy enjoying home cooked BBQ's on your patio by your private pool? We've got a huge range of villas to suit all requirements. With great locations to enjoy everything Orlando has to offer, combined with the space and freedom of your own place, a villa is great for familie and groups of all sizes - and the larger the group, the better value for money!

There's more to Orlando

Need help planning your trip?

Organising your trip to Orlando can be a little overwhelming when it comes to fitting everything in. And you can still enjoy the best that Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World Resort have to offer whilst staying off-site.

Here’s our recommended itinerary to enjoy the thrills of the rides coupled with other Orlando attractions, and some important relaxation time too!

Need some more inspiration? Here are some of our favourite things to do when you're not on the coasters...

Getting to and around Orlando

Car Hire


Whilst it's not essential to have a car when staying off-site in Orlando, we'd definitely recommend it - especially with the number of hotels that we've secured free parking with! We’ve partnered with the best of the best car hire companies around the world to ensure your trip (and your car) runs smoothly.

Complimentary shuttles

Lots of our hotels include complimentary shuttle service to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando, and even some of the outlets. Rosen Shingle Creek and Lake Buena Vista Village Resort & Spa are two great examples. 

Uber or Lyft


Both Uber and Lyft are available readily in Orlando, so it's easy to book yourself a trip to wherever you want to go, straight from your phone. You can even get them from the airport to your hotel!

I-Ride Trolley


Covenient and affordable, this is a great way to travel if you're staying on International Drive. From ICON park to the outlets, and all sorts of restaurants, attractions and shops in between, this can take you to plenty of hot spots in Orlando. We offer 1, 3, 5, 7 & 14 day passes to purchase with your Orlando holiday.

View the I-RIDE map here

Did you know?

You can also reach Orlando easily by flying into Tampa, direct with Virgin Atlantic!

Not finding flights to suit your dates or budget? Or do you fancy rounding off your Orlando trip with a few days on the Gulf Coast beaches? Tampa is just 90 minutes drive from Orlando so it's a great alternative to think about.

Speak to our experts and take advantage of our daily flight to Tampa to create the perfect Florida holiday for you and your family today!

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Orlando: Beyond the parks

While Orlando is renowned for its extraordinary theme parks that transport you to another world, your holiday doesn't have to revolve solely around roller coasters and princess encounters. While the theme parks are undeniably incredible, there's a whole world of exciting adventures awaiting you in Orlando, extending far beyond the park gates. 

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Orlando on a budget

A holiday is like a dream come true, and the best part is, it doesn't have to break the bank. By taking advantage of our fantastic hotel offers and a few insider tips, you can fully immerse yourself in your holiday and leave all your worries behind. There's a whole world of experiences waiting for you, catering to different budgets and interests.

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