Lake Buena Vista is a beautiful area where people visit mainly when they want to stay near the various amusement parks in the area, or near Disney World. With lots of lakes, lush green forests, and walking trails, it’s also quite eclectic when it comes to cuisine. There are tons of places to shop and enjoy family time away from the parks in this area, while still being close enough that you can simply walk to Disney World.

Lake Buena Vista

Great Hotels Near Disney

If you aren’t staying at the park, such as at Disney Coronado Springs or the Swan and Dolphin Resort, then you should take a look at nearby hotels that may have some better deals and options. The Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Buena Vista is located just one mile from Walt Disney World and the fun entertainment at the Disney Springs district. When traveling with your family, someone is bound to forget something at home, luckily Hyatt offers the “Hyatt Has It” program. This concierge-level service brings you whatever you might need including toothpaste or a charging cord for your phone. Stay in one of the Hyatt’s spacious guest rooms that feature Hyatt Grand Bed™, state-of-the-art media, 42” TV’s, and their Cozy Corner with a sleep sofa. Hotel guests also get complimentary Wi-Fi, access to the outdoor pool and 24-hour gym.

Best Restaurants on Disney Property

If you are headed to Walt Disney World, then you probably want to check out the attractions, but you shouldn’t forget to make memories while dining at some of the best places to grab a bite with your family. It’s also best to make reservations ahead of time if you can at these locations These are some of our favorite selections:

Via Napoli: located in Italy at Epcot, discover authentic Italian cooking. This family-friendly restaurant lets you take a culinary tour of Southern Italy. Start your meal with risotto balls, for an entrée try the lasagna Napoletana or one of their wood-fired pizzas and for dessert try the chocolate gelato.

Cinderella’s Royal Table: Cinderella’s Royal Table is a special treat where you get to dine at the Cinderella Castle. Meet Cinderella before you ascend down a spiral staircase to the banquet hall. Dine in the storybook setting, surrounded by stone archways, medieval flags and stained glass windows overlooking Fantasyland. You can choose to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner with the Disney Princesses. For breakfast enjoy French toast, for lunch or dinner main courses include options like braised pork rank and vegetable couscous. Make sure to try the signature dessert The Clock Strikes Twelve-dark chocolate mouse with dark chocolate ganache served with raspberry coulis.

Ohana: located in the Disney Polynesian Village Resort, enjoy breakfast with two of your favorite Disney friends, Lilo & Stitch. Or enjoy a Hawaiian-style dinner with storytelling and games.

Must See Attractions

The Lake Buena Vista area of Florida is known for its theme park attractions. There is something for everyone at every attraction from thrill rides to entertainment and meeting your favorite characters.

Walt Disney World Resort: Includes the theme parks; Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and two water parks; Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach. Enjoy fast rides and interactive virtual adventures at one of the theme parks or splash in the water at one of the water parks.

SeaWorld Orlando: theme park and marine zoological experience where the aquatic world comes alive. Fly like a giant stingray on the Manta or relax in a flamingo paddle boat. Check out one of the many animal experiences like Dolphin Cove or the Manatee Rehabilitation Area. Enjoy some family-friendly entertainment like Sea Lion High: The New Class.

Universal Orlando Resort: Includes Universal Studios Orlando, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal City Walk. At Universal Studios Orlando hold on tight as you flee the evil Mummy Imhotep on the Revenge of the Mummy. Head over to Universal’s Island of Adventure for a part roller coaster and part water flume ride. The Dudley Do Right’s Ripsaw Falls combines fun with classic cartoons with an action-packed ride as you go on an adventure that ends with a big splash. At Universal’s Volcano Bay enjoy ocean waves as you ride a five-passenger raft that twists and turns are you pass geysers that erupt from a whale’s blowhole on the Ika Moana of the Honu Ika Moana.

Make sure to plan your trip to Lake Buena Vista in advance. To save and make the most of your vacation, you should always plan a Disney vacation at least six months before you plan on visiting. This is the best way to get tickets at great prices and ensure that your travel package includes everything you want to do during your stay near Disney.