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50th Anniversary Disney World | The 7 Best Resorts in Orlando

by Corey Piccirillo
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Disney at one of these gorgeous resorts!

With the 50th Anniversary Disney Celebration around the corner, we know that Orlando offers many places to stay.  There are so many great resorts in Orlando – many that I’ve personally visited! With the 50th Anniversary spanning for 18 months, you’ll need to pick the best resort for your family. Your fabulous blogger friend – aka me – is going to make this all easy! Instead of posting the star rating, you’re getting the “real tea 💁‍♀️.” Since visiting and staying at these resorts, I’ll be providing you my honest opinion and telling you if it’s worth the hype! 

These seven resorts are my top pick resorts that are close to Disney and offer lots of amenities! Price, reviews, rooms, services, and hot tubs at the resort – yes, hot tubs 🙌! I may include a few bomb photo locations for you and your family too! These aren’t in any particular order, BUT buckle up because we’re looking at it ALL.

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1. Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa

Who: (407) 345-0000 | Where: 9500 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

This full-service lakefront resort and spa feature a prime location near world-famous theme parks, a wide range of onsite amenities, including a full-size waterpark, seven pools, hot tubs, and plenty of other activities! The resort is in the middle of a beautiful 85-acre spring-fed lake. With an island beach that allows guests to stroll, they can enjoy tropical birds and spectacular views.

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Westgate Lakes is only about a 13-minute drive, 5 minutes from the entrance of Walt Disney World! You’re close to all the 50th Anniversary Disney festivities at Westgate Lakes.

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Westgate Lakes is an excellent resort for families because the resort offers so many activities right on property! It is next to Dr. Phillips, which has restaurant row – some of Orlando’s best eateries are here! I love the area it’s located. I think for the price you pay to stay here you get a great experience. Honestly, you don’t have to leave the property; there is so much to do on-premise!

I like that it’s far enough from Disney that you can experience I-Drive, Universal, or Seaworld. A short 5-mile drive is nothing in terms of getting around Orlando. Bay Hill is around the corner if you enjoy a round of golf, there are multiple outlet malls nearby for shopping, and of course, the 50th Anniversary at Disney is right there too! This location offers something special for everyone.

2. Rosen Shingle Creek

Who: (866) 996-6338 | Where: 9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

The impeccable grounds of the Rosen Shingle Creek resort are inviting and alluring. Explore the 255-acre resort with an 18 hole golf course, rose garden, tennis courts, and four outdoor swimming pools. There are over fifteen dining options at the resort and a 13,000 sq ft spa. This resort is stunning as you pull down the long driveway and is always a treat to visit!

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The distance from Rosen Shingle Creek to the entrance of Walt Disney World is 14 minutes and about a 7.7-mile drive. Certainly not bad but, since your main option getting there is I-4, traffic may add extra time to your commute to the 50th Anniversary at Disney.

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I’ve had the pleasure of staying here a few times and look forward to the next stay! The resort exudes this old classic style matched with the professional and accommodating staff – it’s truly memorable. I love all the activities on the property. I love that they have a lap pool, a more quiet pool, and a pool for families. Multiple hot tubs are always welcomed in my book too! The nature walk is excellent, and you don’t feel like you’re in Orlando.

The rose garden is big and grand. It’s tranquil with the fresh smell of roses and the fountain in the garden. I recommend taking advantage of the rocking chairs that line the garden. I look forward to my next stay-cation at the Rosen Shingle Creek!

3. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Who: (407) 239-1234 | Where: 1 Grand Cypress Blvd, Orlando, FL 32836

The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is a stunning 1500 acre resort only minutes from Walt Disney World. The pool area is massive, complete with private beaches and boat rentals. This resort has it all!

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This resort is 0.8 miles which are equivalent to about a 5-minute drive to the entrance of Walt Disney World. It’s only 2 miles to get to Disney Springs, so you’re right there!

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My friends and I stayed here, and we loved it! The property is literally huge. We loved laying out at the beach that wraps around the lake. The pool area was so expansive it felt like it should have been in Las Vegas! The number of fabulous photo locations for Instagram is endless at this property.

The rooms were nice and spacious. It was spotless when we checked in, which was reassuring. Every room has a sliding glass door that opens to a balcony which is a great addition. I would totally stay here again!

4. Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Who: (407) 586-0000 | Where: 6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Gaylord Palms is built around a 4.6-acre (19,000 m2) glass-covered atrium, divided into four areas, each with its activities and guest rooms. The resort gives you an experience unlike any other, with the atrium and different activities outside your hotel room. The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center spans 68 acres and is 5 minutes from major attractions.

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The Gaylord Palms & Convention Center is only five minutes/2-miles from the Walt Disney World entrance. Perfect for being so close to the 50th Anniversary Disney festivities.

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Is the Gaylord Palms pretty cool? Yes, it is. Is it worth staying there? I think there are better alternatives for the price you pay! I think everyone should visit Gaylord Palms for the sheer fact that it is an atrium! Other than that, you may have just saved some coin and stayed at the other great resorts I mentioned.

For the price, you’re not in the “best location” overall. If you plan just to do Disney for the 50th Anniversary, then it’s okay – even then, it’s not in a super great area – certainly not for $400+ a night. If you want to go to Universal or another attraction, it’s a bit of a drive.

5. Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Who: (407) 313-7777 | Where: 10100 Dream Tree Blvd, Golden Oak, FL 32836

Secluded in 26 acres of Disney property, you’ll find The Four Seasons resort, arguably one of the fanciest hotels in Orlando. The Four Seasons offers so much, from a lazy river to spa treatments to a championship grade 18 hole golf course!

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The good news is that you’re already on Disney property for the amount of money you pay. It is about a 7 minute/ 3-mile drive to the entrance of Magic Kingdom.

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If money is no option, then go for it! If you have to double think about the price, then don’t do it. It’s a gorgeous property with plenty of amenities to enjoy, but the cost is staggering, to say less. Even during the height of quarantine in Florida’s “early days,” the price never dipped under $600 a night. That’s while Disney was closed, mind you – still $600+ per night.

6. Westgate Town Center Resort

Who: (407) 396-2500 | Where: 7700 Westgate Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34747

Westgate Town Center Resort has everything you need for a fun-filled experience. The resort has 14 pools, a waterpark, tennis courts, a soccer field, a baseball diamond, a helipad, and soon will have a wave pool! The resort offers so much, and it is right near Disney!

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Westgate Town Center is about a mile from the West Disney World Entrance. With traffic, it takes about 5 minutes or less!

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The resort offers a lot… like so much that you don’t need to leave the resort necessarily. With 14 pools and a waterpark, the kids will be busy pretty much every day. Many of the rooms are remodeled, and I was able to stay in some of the polished rooms! I felt like I was staying at the W, and it isn’t badly priced either. 

I recommend if you’re looking for a resort with lots to do and you’re looking for a luxurious big room for your vacation. The space feels like your own condo and beats staying in a single-room hotel with no kitchen.

7. Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Who: (407) 597-5500 | Where: 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln, Orlando, FL 32821

Embark on an oasis on Disney property! The Waldorf Astoria is in a peaceful 482-acre nature preserve near the Walt Disney World® Resort. This smoke-free resort features 12 restaurants, two outdoor pools, and a full-service spa. Additionally, a golf course, two poolside bars, and 8 bars/lounges are onsite.

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Good news – you’re already on Disney property! It is a 15-minute drive with traffic to the Magic Kingdom.

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I’ve stayed here, and it was indeed a beautiful stay. Like I mentioned as something I obsessed over – the robes and slippers are so great. I worked that robe all across the lobby to the spa and the pool! The spa was so relaxing, and I liked how some of the features were included with the resort fee.

If you enjoy golf, then look no further than the Waldorf Astoria. The course is in excellent shape, and it is stunning to walk around the greens. This is a perfect resort for adults who want to get away; I wouldn’t say it’s great for kids in particular. I would definitely stay here again but, it is pricey with all the fees, and parking added together.

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Orlando is buzzing with excitement for the 50th Anniversary of Disney World. It’s hard to believe that it has been five decades since Walt Disney opened his first theme park in Florida, but now we have a whole new celebration coming our way! We want you and your family to come to celebrate this milestone at one of these seven resorts so you can experience all the magic firsthand. 

Share this article with someone who might enjoy celebrating the 50th Anniversary over the next few months here in Orlando! Comment down below if you have stayed at any of these resorts! 

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