Sending Fido to the kennel is often a downside to family getaways. Fortunately, there’s the pet-friendly Woof Cottage at Nantucket’s The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin, where your fur baby can enjoy “doggie turndown” service, a special pet bed, and a welcome bag filled with treats. Take advantage of the hotel’s waterfront location by fishing with the kids (complimentary rods, tackle boxes, and bait are available for day use). Don’t forget to weigh your catches, because a prize goes to the junior angler who nabs the heaviest fish! During the summer, a “Beach Bus” filled with towels, chairs, games, boogie boards, umbrellas—anything a beachgoing family might need or want—conveniently drops guests off at the beach of their choice. Retreat to comfortable guest rooms, decorated in soft blues and whites, with a few options from the property’s DVD library for family movie night.
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“Returned after visiting last year to our now favourite hotel in Naples Refurbishment has freshened up the hotel and is now even better Service is excellent and all staff were friendly and sociable without being…”
“My daughter and I visited Phoenix for a relaxing getaway over Father’s Day weekend. We originally stayed at another resort, where we had a very bad experience. We checked out early and moved to the JW Marriott…”
Such creative offerings helped Aulani earn the title of No. 1 family beach resort, as voted by T+L readers in the annual World’s Best Awards survey. Convenience is also a factor: Aulani has two-seat casabella beach loungers and snorkel rentals at the ready and, back in the rooms, bassinets and baby-proofed balconies. Other winning properties across the U.S., the Caribbean, and Mexico follow suit, catering to families with a mix of the practical and the delightful.
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A 20-acre seaside playground with extensive children’s facilities and enough activities to keep even the most boisterous of kids happy, but there is plenty for mum and dad to enjoy, too. Guests can also take advantage of the many facilities at the tropical-cool Guy Harvey Outpost resort, just “200 flip-flops” away. Read expert review
“Won’t ever stay anyplace else while in Orlando area. Impeccable rooms. Gorgeous views. Beautiful landscapes. Delicious food, high quality, large quantity very affordable. Paid more for mediocre food in Univesal…”
“We had a great time at the Loews Royal Pacific celebrating my son’s birthday at Universal and Islands of Adventure. Rooms are standard, fine for 2 adults and 2 kids. My only gripe is that the pool closes early…”
Disney expanded into attractions at the 1964 New York World’s Fair with It’s a Small World and costumed character appearances. When the characters proved a hit at the 1964 World’s Fair, Walt wanted another outlet for “live” characters; thus, Disneyland put on Disney on Parade, a self-produced live arena show starting in 1969. Small World and its famous song lasted two years at the fair; it was then moved to Disneyland as an expanded major attraction in 1966 and later duplicated in the other Disney theme parks.
Early rumors and speculation about the land purchases assumed possible development by NASA in support of the nearby Kennedy Space Center, as well as references to other famous investors such as Ford, the Rockefellers, and Howard Hughes. An Orlando Sentinel news article published weeks later on May 20, 1965, acknowledged a popular rumor that Disney was building an “East Coast” version of Disneyland. However, the publication denied its accuracy based on an earlier interview with Disney at Kennedy Space Center, in which he claimed a $50 million investment was in the works for Disneyland, and that he had no interest in building a new park. In October 1965, editor Emily Bavar from the Sentinel visited Disneyland during the park’s 10th-anniversary celebration. In an interview with Disney, she asked him if he was behind recent land purchases in Central Florida; Bavar later described that Disney “looked like I had thrown a bucket of water in his face” before denying the story. His reaction, combined with other research obtained during her Anaheim visit, led Bavar to author a story on October 21, 1965, where she predicted that Disney was building a second theme park in Florida. Three days later after gathering more information from various sources, the Sentinel published another article headlined, “We Say: ‘Mystery Industry’ Is Disney”.
Another Family Vacation Critic Favorite in Orlando, the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek has a Breakfast Before the Parks package. Two resort guests receive free breakfast each day of their stay with this offer, while up to two kids ages 12 and under automatically eat breakfast (and dinner!) free. This Florida family vacation package is valid year-round. To learn more about this package, click here.
With so much to see and do, why not take advantage of the Park Hopper Option? Then you can enjoy same-day admission to all 4 of our theme parks—Magic Kingdom park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios—on each day of your ticket.
“We are never disappointed when we stay at the Cypress Grand Hyatt Resort in the Disney area. The food is always good. The rooms are always comfortable and clean. The hotel has outstanding amenities to entertain…”
^ a b c Peltz, James F. (October 2, 1990). “The Wonderful World of Disney’s Other Firm : Entertainment: Walt Disney created a separate company for his family. Retlaw Enterprises Inc. is now worth hundreds of millions”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 19, 2012.
Walt Disney World began operation on October 1, 1971, with the Magic Kingdom park at a cost of $400 million. The Magic Kingdom had six themed lands: Main Street, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, and Tomorrowland.[CDW 7] Additionally, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort campground and two hotels, Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, also opened.[CDW 8]
“Went to Grand Hyatt in Kauai for our honeymoon and it was a great experience. It is a massive resort but it didn’t feel overly crowded or like there were too many children around for our honeymoon. The hotel has…”
On October 18, 2017, it was announced that resort visitors could bring dogs to Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
Playing up the retro charm of a 1950s beach vacation, Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina at Holiday Isle is a stylish, all-encompassing retreat in Islamorada boasting a full service marina, private beach, lagoon-style pool and popular Tiki bar. Read expert review
Two more hotels opened in 1973 at Walt Disney World: the Golf Resort and the Gold Resort;[CDW 9] Disney’s Village Resort hotel opened in 1974. Disney opened the Buena Vista Club golf club in Lake Buena Vista on November 22, 1974.[CDW0 1]:71 Lake Buena Vista Village, the shopping area, opened on March 22, 1975[CDW0 1] and was renamed Walt Disney World Village in 1977.:280 Celebrity Sports Center, Disney World’s training center, was sold on March 29, 1979.
Marvel Publishing with Disney announced in October 2013 that in January 2014 it would release its first comic book title under their joint “Disney Kingdoms” imprint “Seekers of the Weird”, a five-issue miniseries inspired by a never built Disneyland attraction Museum of the Weird. On March 31, 2015, the first novel in The Kingdom Keeper sequel trilogy series was released.
DisneyQuest — an indoor interactive theme park that featured many arcade games and virtual attractions. It opened June 19, 1998 as part of an unsuccessful attempt to launch a chain of similar theme parks. It closed on July 2, 2017 to be replaced by the NBA Experience.
Disney’s Village Resort — Became the Villas at Disney Institute and then Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. The “Tree House” Villas were decommissioned for a time because they were not accessible to disabled guests. Until early 2008, they were used for International Program Cast Member housing. In February 2008, Disney submitted plans to the South Florida Water Management District to replace the 60 existing villas with 60 new villas. The Treehouse Villas opened during the summer of 2009.
Disney Security personnel in Florida have investigated traffic accidents and issued accident reports. The forms used by Disney Security may be confused with official, government forms by some.
In the center of trendy South Beach but set back from the lively street scene, Loews Miami Beach Hotel has an oceanfront lagoon pool, an ice cream parlor and two teen-only hideaways (one’s a poolside cabana), plus free family sushi-making classes on Saturdays. Rates from $299 (loewshotels.com). Farther north, in quieter Sunny Isles Beach, try Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort. Do your own thing or join scheduled activities. Nightly rates from $125 for two-room suites (newportbeachsideresort.com).
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A world of its own in Palm Beach County, the Boca Raton Resort & Club is often dubbed the Pink Palace owing to its Spanish Revival cloister main building. With every amenity under the sun — from an award-winning spa to a par-71 golf course and a separate Boca Beach Club — this sprawling resort is a South Florida icon. Read expert review
Randell Research Center, Pineland. On the site of an important Calusa settlement, the Calusa Heritage Trail crosses an ancient canal dug by the tribe. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, there are interpretative tours of this archaeological site and its mounds.
“Nice place to stay. Villas are comfortable and have the amenities you need. Pools are fun and there is a pool for everyone’s needs. Beach is 150 feet away. So if you want the beach or the pool both are available.”
Magic Your Way Tickets expire on December 31 of the year after they are purchased (or rhe same year they are purchased, if you purchase them very early in the year). If they expire unused, they can still be traded for new tickets. See our comprehensive explanation of Disney World ticket expiration and upgrades for more.
The Florida resort is not within Orlando city limits but is southwest of Downtown Orlando. Much of the resort is in southwestern Orange County, with the remainder in adjacent Osceola County. The property includes the cities of Lake Buena Vista and Bay Lake which are governed by the Reedy Creek Improvement District. The site is accessible from Central Florida’s Interstate 4 via Exits 62B (World Drive), 64B (US 192 West), 65B (Osceola Parkway West), 67B (SR 536 West), and 68 (SR 535 North), and Exit 8 on SR 429, the Western Expressway. At its founding, the resort occupied approximately 30,500 acres (48 sq mi; 123 km2). Portions of the property have since been sold or de-annexed, including land now occupied by the Disney-built community of Celebration. Now the resort occupies nearly 25,000 acres (39 sq mi; 101 km2).
The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden in Winter Park, FL is dedicated to promote the legacy of internationally known Czech-American sculptor, Albin Polasek, and to enrich lives through the power of inspiration conveyed by his STORY, SETTING and ART. It also hosts events like the Winter Park Paint Out and is available for weddings and meeting rentals.