The Highway 192 area is very popular with Orlando visitors who plan to visit Walt Disney World or the other theme parks. The 192 hotels are literally within minutes of Disney property, and many of them are close to the I-4 expressway, which is the main route to get to Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando.

This month’s spotlight shines on one of the 192 hotels: The Holiday Inn Main Gate East. Holiday Inn is a trusted name in vacation lodging, and this hotel is a good example of why people still flock to the brand. Here are some of the high points of this hotel:

Pools: Sure, most Florida hotels have pools, but the Holiday Inn Main Gate East takes things a step further. Not only is there a main swimming pool, but also one that’s specifically for kids. They can splash and play and have a great time in this special kid-friendly water spot.

Other entertainment: The Holiday Inn Main Gate East has the typical playground and arcade that caters to family fun. However, this hotel takes things a step further, with an on-site movie theater that shows films for the youngsters in your family. It’s a great entertainment option on rainy days or times when you decide to work a “rest day” into your trip.

Accommodations: Wouldn’t the kids love a spot in your hotel room made just for them? You can book a Kid Suite at the Holiday Inn Main Gate East, with a dedicated place for the youngsters. They get their own bunk beds and television set to watch whatever they want. There’s also free wi-fi so they can go online with their iPads or other devices to chat with their friends, play games, and send photos. Depending on your room location, you might even be able to see the fireworks at Walt Disney World right from your own window at night.

Location: Walt Disney World is an easy drive from the Holiday Inn Main Gate East, whether you take your own car or the free shuttle service. You’ll be at the theme parks in a matter of minutes. Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and SeaWorld Orlando are just 15 to 20 minutes away. Better yet, the hotel is on a busy tourist strip that caters to visiting families. It’s literally lined with restaurants, fast food outlets, souvenir shops and attractions, many of which are within walking distance. For example, you’ll see Fun Spot and Old Town right across the street. These two attractions have arcades, go-karts, carnival rides, shops, and even a chocolate factory that you can tour. There’s miniature golf just a little farther down the road, along with helicopter rides, Segway tours, indoor surfing, and dinner shows. You’ll want to schedule a day to take a break from the theme parks and explore all of the Orlando/Kissimmee area’s other fun offerings.

Price: You might think a name-brand hotel in such a good location, with so many family friendly amenities, would be expensive, but that’s not true of the Holiday Inn Maingate East. Go to or call 1-800-641-4008 to see just how in expensive lodging can be at this hotel and how you can save money by booking a package.