Motels With a Shuttle to Disney World in Florida

Hang out with Disney characters while avoiding the stress of driving.
Hang out with Disney characters while avoiding the stress of driving. (Image: Handout/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Home to eight luxury hotels, four theme parks, two water parks and hundreds of shops, restaurants and souvenir kiosks, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida gives you plenty of chances to spend more than your allotted budget. You can save money, however, by staying at a motel located outside the grounds of the resort, particularly if it provides free shuttle transportation to the theme parks. Many of the shuttles provide service to other area theme parks as well, such as Universal Studios Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando.

Closest to Disney World

Enjoy a luxurious stay at Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista, just five minutes from Walt Disney World. Start the day with a complimentary hot breakfast as you peruse the free newspaper available in the lobby. Retreat to the poolside sundeck or take a plunge down the waterslide as it whisks you through a waterfall. Just down the block from the Holiday Inn, Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista caters to children. Kids can splash about in the water sprayground, swim in the two heated pools, hang out in the 24-hour game room or frolic on the outdoor playground. The motel also has a buffet restaurant where little ones 9 and younger eat free when with a paying adult.

Near Premium Outlets Orlando

Interstate 4 is the only thing separating Quality Suites Lake Buena Vista from Premium Outlets Orlando, an outdoor outlet mall with more than 130 shops and restaurants. After a long day of shopping, return to the all-suite motel and enjoy a night in as you cook dinner from your room’s fully-equipped kitchen. You can also unwind by playing video games in the motel’s small arcade. Just a half-block from Quality Inn, Extended Stay America-Orlando caters to long-term travelers. From the comfort of your room you can prepare meals from a fully-stocked kitchen or watch a movie on your DVD player. You don’t have to leave your furry family members behind either, as the motel allows up to two pets per room.

East of Universal Studios Orlando

Days Inn Orlando Universal Maingate is within walking distance to Universal Studios Orlando, providing you with an array of nearby dining options, including more than 20 sit-down restaurants and fast food eateries at the Universal CityWalk complex. You can also stay put at the motel, dining at the on-site Indian restaurant or grabbing a drink from the poolside tiki bar. Less than a five-minute drive from Universal, Rodeway Inn Universal Studios Area offers a laid-back setting. Start your day with a free continental breakfast or take a dip in the outdoor pool. You can also bring your pets as the motel permits two pets per room, although fees and weight restrictions apply.

South of Universal Studios Orlando

Just five minutes south of Universal Studios Orlando, Howard Johnson Orlando provides the comforts of home. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast each morning or store snacks inside your private in-room refrigerator. You can also take care of daily chores at the on-site laundromat. Just a half-block away, Orlando Metropolitan Express is within walking distance to a host of restaurants, fast food chains and pubs. If you’re looking to store food in your room, you can rent microwaves and refrigerators during your stay. The poolside tiki bar serves free breakfast every morning and cocktails throughout the day. You can also unwind in the bar with a game of darts or pool.

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