Sure, you’d probably love to stay at a hotel right inside the Walt Disney World resort, but you might think it’s too expensive. The Disney-owned hotels can be pricey, but did you know there are other options? The Downtown Disney area has a number of name-brand hotels, including the Best Western inside Walt Disney World. You get all the advantages of being right inside Walt Disney World while paying a lower rate.

The Best Western inside Walt Disney World is in the spotlight this month. It’s a great choice for many reasons, not the least of which is its proximity to Downtown Disney. If you’re not familiar with the area, Downtown Disney is a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex with everything from restaurants like Raglan Road and T-Rex Cafe to stores like World of Disney and the Lego Imagination Center to entertainment options like movies, the La Nouba Cirque du Soleil show, tethered balloon rides, and bowling and billiards at the Splitsville complex. If you want some indoor theme park-style entertainment, head over to DisneyQuest, which offers virtual versions of rides like Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mount, all of which have a unique twist.

You can easily walk to Downtown Disney from this Best Western. You’re also close enough to the theme parks to reach them by car within a few minutes, or hop aboard a free shuttle bus if you prefer. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are the two closest theme parks, but it’s also very easy to reach the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Typhoon Lagoon water park is extremely close to Downtown Disney, and the other Disney water park, Blizzard Beach, is just a bit farther away.

The lobby at the Best Western Inside WDW

Planning to fit other theme parks, like Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, or SeaWorld Orlando, into your vacation? They’re close by, either via the I-4 expressway or convenient back road routes.

Convenience is the main draw for the Best Western inside Walt Disney World, but the hotel can also stand alone on its amenities. Disney draws families with kids, so that’s what the hotel is geared toward. When you bring your youngsters, they’ll head right for the heated pool and arcade. The whole family can get online with the free wireless internet access, and other useful amenities include a fitness center, 37 inch flat screen TVs, satellite channels, a poolside cocktail lounge, and an on-site restaurant if you don’t feel like heading over to Downtown Disney to eat. Many other restaurants are just a stone’s throw away, in the Crossroads and Lake Buena Vista area, and you have outlet mall shopping nearby, too. These options make the Best Western inside Walt Disney World a perfect choice if you want to work a “downtime day” into your vacation where you skip the theme parks and enjoy more laid-back options.

The rooms are all comfy and well appointed, with nice little perks like a coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and in-room safes. All rooms have a furnished balcony if you’d like to step outside for some fresh air or, if you’re on an upper floor, to enjoy the view.

This probably sounds expensive, but the cost is actually amazingly cheap, and specials are often available. To find out the rates and special ticket and package deals, visit www.orlandovacation.com or call 1-800-641-4008.