Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration: Places to stay in the Orlando area

Emilee Geist

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Fall is always a great time to visit Walt Disney World, but this year guests can help Mickey and Minnie celebrate the 50th anniversary of the “happiest place on earth.” “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,’’ began Friday and will continue for 18 months, featuring brand-new attractions […]

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Fall is always a great time to visit Walt Disney World, but this year guests can help Mickey and Minnie celebrate the 50th anniversary of the “happiest place on earth.”

“The World’s Most Magical Celebration,’’ began Friday and will continue for 18 months, featuring brand-new attractions in Disney’s four parks, a celebratory theme with dazzling decorations and a brand-new Beacons of Magic fireworks show. Mickey and Minnie Mouse even got makeovers for the occasion.

If you don’t want your family to miss out on any of the newest park additions, you can easily view and book apartments, townhouses, hotels, and expansive homes with private pools for your visit to the Orlando, Fla., area via VRBO and Expedia.

Whether you are traveling with two or 20 guests, VRBO and Expedia make it easy to search and book the perfect accommodations online.

Thrifty travelers can save big by renting a condo, private home or townhome instead of booking an expensive hotel, leaving more cash for Mickey Pops, fine Disney Dining and, of course, that coveted new pair of ears.

VRBO and Expedia offer everything from economical condominiums with community pools to luxurious Disney-themed homes with large, screened patios and hot tubs.

VRBO has the following homes available right now:

Lakefront Resoret with pools, beach, watersports — just two miles from Disney

This lakefront home on VRBO has two bedrooms, 1,092 square feet of living space and can house up to six guests. The master bedroom features a plush king-sized bed alongside a luxurious whirlpool tub, and the guest bedroom contains a pair of cozy twins. Two full baths, a screened patio, two televisions with cable and a DVD player are some of the key features of this beautiful home. It also features a full kitchen, washer and dryer and a queen sleeper sofa.

The resort boasts far more than a five-star location: sports courts, massage services, mini-golf and a putting green, a fully-equipped fitness center and a comprehensive activities program. Little Lake Bryan offers boundless outdoor excitement, with opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, fishing and beach lounging.

Cost: $140 per night

Accommodates: 6

Location: Orlando

Spacious Villa with Private Pool Overlooking a Lake

This Florida Gold vacation home is located in the wonderful community of Hunter’s Creek in Orlando. Conveniently located just minutes from restaurants and shops and I-4, this Disney-area vacation rental home and location can’t be beat

This home has two lounge areas, both with large flat-screen TVs and two areas for dining, four bedrooms, including a master with suite and three additional bedrooms, all of which have twin beds. All bedrooms have TVs.

The kitchen dining area has access to the pool deck and oversized pool.

Cost: $151 per night

Sleeps: 8

Location: Orlando

Spacious Suite + Pirate Themed Pool Experience

This spacious 1,080-square-foot, two-bedroom luxury suite is a full-service retreat for the whole family. It is located minutes from shopping, popular theme parks and offers on-site facilities, including a spa and outdoor pools.

There are two bedrooms, with the master bedroom featuring a luxurious king bed. The second bedroom has two double beds, and there is a double sleeper sofa located in the living room.

There are two baths, and the master bath features a jetted tub. The suite is equipped with towels and toiletries. It features an in-suite washer and dryer.

The living area is complete with a flat-screen TV for quieter evenings. Step out onto a private balcony or patio and breathe the fresh air.

Cook or enjoy takeout in the full kitchen, complete with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, and personalized housekeeping services are available on-site for a fee.

Resort guests enjoy access to a variety of amenities and services at the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa, where this unit is conveniently located, including a fitness center. The children will enjoy Pirates’ Plunge Pool (heated during the winter).

Cost: $134 per night

Sleeps: 8

Location: Orlando

Here are a few more options, featured by Expedia:

Recently renovated, award-winning, brand-new furniture, near Disney:

This beautiful, two-bedroom, two-bath condo is located in the secure and gated Tuscana Resort Orlando, 10 minutes from Disney World and overlooking the world-famous Champions Gate Golf Course. It is equipped with all the amenities to ensure an enjoyable stay — a large swimming pool complex with separate kiddie pool, hot tub, 30-seat cinema, fitness center, snack bar, restaurant, tavern bar, barbecue areas, picnic tables, complimentary Wifi and spa services. There are restaurants and stores located less than a mile away

The condominium unit has been fully renovated with brand-new modern furniture and televisions. The master bedroom boasts a brand-new king size bed with a new 32-inch flat-screen TV. The second bedroom has two brand-new twin size beds with a new 32-inch flat screen TV. The living room is equipped with a new 50-inch TV and a new pullout sofa which sleeps two. The kitchen is fully equipped with appliances, granite counter tops, and new plates and utensils. The unit is completely renovated and sleeps up to six people, with in-suite laundry.

Cost: $106 per night

Accommodates: 6

Location: Kissimmee, Florida

Champions Gate Resort by Shine Villas

This condo is located in Four Corners. Wizardz Magic Theater and Museum of Military History are cultural highlights, and some of the area’s activities can be experienced at Champions Gate Golf Club and Highland Reserve Golf Club. Island H2O Live! and Melt-Away Bay are also worth visiting nearby. The unit is a 19-minute drive to Walt Disney World.

It features five bedrooms, four bedrooms — and sleeps 10. Towels are provided. Guests may enjoy the outdoor pool and fitness center. Free Wifi in public areas is provided, and free self-parking is available.

Cost: $181 per night

Sleeps: 10

Location: Kissimmee, Florida

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