When considering where to stay during your Florida holiday, the three main options which most people consider are:

Of course ‘different strokes for different folks’ applies here, but here are some of the points to consider when making your choice.

Resort hotels tend to be more expensive but usually include theme-park admission and sometimes include dining options which can be very cost effective. For example the Disney Dining Plan is sometimes offered free when booking a Walt Disney World Resort hotel and this can represent a huge saving on your holiday spending money.

Staying at a resort hotel brings other benefits such as Disney’s Extra Magic Hours which allow resort guests on selected dates to visit the theme parks earlier than ‘normal’ visitors, and also enjoy the theme park attractions later in the evening.

Of course, fans of the Walt Disney World experience would say that staying ‘on property’ is the best way to have a truly magical holiday, but there are reasons such as cost why you may wish to consider the other options available.

Universal Orlando Resort hotels offer additional benefits such as early access to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – one hour before the theme park opens.

Resorts hotels may also offer complimentary transportation to and from the theme parks and other central areas.

There is of course a vast array of non-resort hotels and some offering excellent value for money. Transportation is then a consideration and you may wish to look at hiring a car to get around during your holiday.

Villas and condos offer the most freedom and UK visitors can be pleasantly surprised at the size and standard of properties available, often at a very reasonable cost when compared to a hotel. Most villa areas around the main theme park areas will involve a drive of at least 20-minutes so car hire is worth considering for many people.