Orlando Staycation Part 1: The Hotel

Recently we became tourists in our own town of Orlando. If you have read some of my previous posts you will notice that 1. We have season passes to Walt Disney World and 2. We recently celebrated not one but TWO aplooza’s.

For Maliapalooza she decided she wanted to do a weekend at Disney. Since it takes a small mortgage to stay on property at Disney, we always stay at a hotel in Lake Buena Vista right across the street from Downtown Disney, called the Buena Vista Palace. Its a nice hotel and close to all the attractions and most importantly very reasonably priced. Our room rate was $119 for a Downtown Disney view. You can pay just $10 more and get what they call a Fireworks View. We have stayed there before and at 9 o’clock on the dot you can see fireworks from Epcot AND the Magic Kingdom. It is really cool. I decided not to get that room this time since one of our objectives was to see the fireworks actually at the park. So I figured we wouldn’t even be in the room at that time, why spend the extra $10.

Our trip was to be for Friday and Saturday night, however, upon research with prices, Buena Vista Palace was offering a summer special. If you stayed 3 consecutive nights you would get the 4th night FREE. I had used a similar program for one of their sister hotels in Sanibel and it was a very reasonable deal. With this special the kids ate free at all the hotel restaurants plus you got 20% off any services at the spa. I will talk more about our dining in Part 2.

I decided this would be a nice little time away from home. So I booked the four night stay. We decided that the girls and I would head out on Wednesday and stay until Friday. On Friday we would trade daddy for Kaili and start Maliapalooza.

Upon arriving at the hotel I decided to do the Valet parking. The hotel area is really big and I knew that the girls and I would be coming back late from the theme parks. I didn’t want us to be walking across the parking lots alone that late so that is why I chose to do the Valet Parking. They were really nice and considerate there. Once we got there I told them that we after we checked in we would be leaving to go to the park, so they said they would keep my car up front. When I came right out the gentleman walked me right to my car and handed me the keys.

***Sidenote- The hotel does offer shuttle service to the theme parks, HOWEVER, the shuttle picks up and drops off at ALL of the Lake Buena Vista hotels causing the trip to be longer than expected. Since we have the season passes we get free parking at the theme parks, so it makes more sense for us to drive than to take the shuttle.

Our room was located on the 21st floor and we could overlook all of Downtown disney and the pool! It was so cool to see Downtown Disney and how small it all really looked.

One of the favorite things that my kids liked was the pool. They had two plus a kiddie pool. At the time of our stay one of the pools was closed, but that didn’t stop us from having a good time. The pool we were in, was so big. It had a waterfall and part of the pool was under cover. The kids thought that was a great feature.

All in all the hotel was great and we had a great time. We will definitely be planning another trip there soon.

Stayed tuned for Part 2 of my Orlando Staycation trip: Eating out.

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