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Orlando’s premier resort, with prices to match. With its proximity to ‚The Happiest Place on Earth‘, this is firmly in family territory; situated within the confines of Walt Disney World, the hotel is part of the Bonnet Creek complex, the closest resort to all the theme park fun without being a Disney owned property. There are organised poolside activities for children daily, plus the WA Kids Club (for children aged five to 12) and children’s menus in all the restaurants. Families can also take advantage of the three acre lazy river pool at the adjacent Hilton Hotel.

In a quiet corner of Walt Disney World on a 43 acre wildlife reserve, young people will love this safari themed resort, which is a short jaunt to all the fun while feeling continents away. Guests staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge can participate in a Sunrise Safari, and may enjoy Disney’s Extra Magic Hour perk, allowing children to enjoy a particular theme park an hour before park opening or three hours after regular closing. There’s a large pool, and traditional storytelling takes place around the fire to help ease park fatigue.

While this Four Seasons is clearly focused on delivering genuine five star luxury to its upmarket guests, it also successfully conjures a sense of the Walt Disney World, making it a fab choice for children. The Kids For All Seasons programme is a free club (ages four to 12) open from 9am 5pm, and features its own water play area, water slides, activity centre and organised games. Many rooms have private inter connecting doors. There is also a special Disney concierge for all theme park tickets and bookings.

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An extensive twin resort and convention hotel right in the heart of Walt Disney World, in an ideal location for those wanting the full theme park experience, but at a more moderate price than some of Disney’s grander options. There are plenty of children’s facilities,
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Resort hotels don’t get much more child friendly than this, and, with enough onsite activities to fill a week or more, guests may struggle to fit in a trip to the theme parks. As expected, the resort excels at family friendly amenities, from its trademark SLIME Experience to Nickelodeon character meet and greets, to character meals, pool parties, 4 D cinema, an arcade and family karaoke. The massive Lagoon Pool and Oasis Pool water parks are second to none,
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This was the first big name luxury hotel brand to open in the theme park capital of the world, ushering in a new level of resort sophistication. It remains extremely popular with families, which make up more than 50 per cent of visitors at peak periods. It comes as little surprise then that there are extensive children’s facilities and activities as part of the Ritz Kids programme, although it comes at a price: $17/hr (11) per child. The main pool is an absolute delight and the hotel is linked, via the central spa and convention centre, to the JW Marriott, which also offers tennis courts, boutiques and extensive pool areas, including an elaborate lazy river feature.

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Watery fun is the name of the game here, with 14 water slides, separate teen, family and toddler pools,
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Retro themed Cabana Bay is a good choice for families: easy access to the theme parks is the big draw, but the resort has plenty to enjoy as well. The Cabana Courtyard section offers an enormous zero entry pool with water slide and an interactive children’s play area, while Lazy River Courtyard features a pool and a blissful lazy river for tubing. Family Suites sleep up to six people, and children can be given pre arranged charging privileges on their room key. A 10 lane bowling alley and Game O Rama arcade are ideal for the occasional rainy day or an evening in. A complimentary shuttle moves guests between the resort and the Universal parks, and to SeaWorld and Aquatica.

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Photo: 2014 Universal Orlando Resort.

Not the most obvious option for children at first glance, due to its sophisticated, ‚grown up‘ air. However, Rosen Shingle Creek avoids the ‚pretentious‘ trap with a casual elegant ambiance, and it has excellent family facilities. There is tennis, basketball,
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With a gigantic pirate ship as the focal point of the Pirate’s Plunge themed pool, there is no doubt the resort has families in mind. The quieter relaxation pool takes the energy down a notch, especially after a hectic day in the theme parks. There is a games arcade with pool tables, a fitness centre and a convenience store and gift shop. Pampering can be found at Reflections Full Service Salon and Spa, including hair and nail treatments and the child friendly Princess and Pirate makeovers. A scheduled shuttle to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld (reservations required) is included in the daily resort fee.

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