More and more Orlando vacationers are opting for vacation homes rather than booking hotel rooms. What’s behind this shift? They’re learning that vacation homes have many advantages over standard hotels, including the following:

Room to roam: Hotel rooms cram everyone together into limited space. The kids get cranky and the adults get tired of the lack of privacy. Those issues are eliminated when you book a vacation home because it’s just like a standard house, with a separate living room, kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Everyone has their own space instead of making do in a hotel room that’s not much bigger than a single bedroom.

Comforts of home: Vacation homes offer the same sort of accommodations you enjoy in your own home. For example, you’ll have multiple televisions to eliminate fights over what to watch. The full kitchen lets you enjoy family meals, and the washer and dryer allow you to do some laundry. Your vacation home might even be nicer than your house. Many have their very own private swimming pools, which are a huge draw for the kids. They’ll stay amused for hours splashing around in the pool. At night, everyone gets a good rest in the separate bedrooms to energize themselves for another busy day at the theme parks.

Great locations. You’ll find vacation homes all around the Walt Disney World area in convenient locations just minutes from the theme parks. You can be as close to Disney as a five minute drive or opt for a more private vacation home location up to 15 minutes away. The homes are close to major expressways and highways, which makes them just as convenient for visiting Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando as they are for Disney.

Not only are the vacation homes close Disney World, but they’re also near plenty of dining and shopping options. Depending on which home you choose, you can shop for groceries at Publix or go to Wal-Mart or Target. You’ll also be minutes away from fast food and chain restaurants of just about every variety.

Luxury on a budget: Perhaps the best kept secret about vacation homes is that they’re just as affordable as hotels. They hold more people and are much more spacious and comfortable than a typical hotel room. Break down the per person cost, especially if you have a large family that requires more than one hotel room, and vacation homes come out the clear winner budget-wise. Having a full kitchen, with a stove, oven, microwave, and refrigerator, compounds the savings because it’s much cheaper to eat in than to dine at restaurants throughout your stay.

If you want to splurge, you have plenty of upscale vacation home options. For example, executive vacation homes have pools, spas, big-screen TVs, whirlpools in the bathrooms, and upgraded furniture and appliances to make them feel like your own little mansion.

If you want to find out just how affordable it is to stay in a vacation home, go to or call 800-641-4008. Don’t be surprised if you join the growing number of vacationers who won’t stay in Orlando in any other way.