Disney World, Florida, is more than a place – it’s an experience. It’s every kid’s dream to meet their favorite movie characters in person, and Disney provides that experience for families every day. We know that, for parents, convincing the kids to leave the park and head back to the hotel can be tough. That’s why you need to know about these vacation homes just minutes away from Orlando, where you and your kids can keep the magic going right until lights out. No matter what movie characters your kids are into, we’ve got their dream home.
Star Wars at Grand Traverse Villa
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is host to many Star Wars-themed attractions, including Launch Bay and Path of the Jedi. In just a few years, Disney will raise its Star Wars game even higher, opening a Star Wars-themed land being referred to as Star Wars Land, slated to debut in 2019. When the fun ends at the park, the fun begins at your villa. At Grand Traverse, you can sit down in the comfort of your own vacation home for a private viewing of your favorite Star Wars film in a home theater literally built for such a viewing. Settle into your large, leather bucket seat, place your drink in the cup holder, and prepare for an epic movie marathon on a massive flat screen surrounded by stormtrooper-adorned walls.
Avatar at Palmilla Villa
Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time, so it’s no surprise that it has a big presence at Disney World. At Animal Kingdom starting May 27, you’ll be able to experience an attraction that’s literally out of this world. This ‘journey to an all-new land’ takes place in the film’s fictional, magical state: Pandora – The World of Avatar. It will feature a luminous river journey and native Pandoran food and beverage. Back at your Disney home, an Avatar-themed bedroom, with two bunk beds and two trundle beds, can host six kids for a magical stay within the gated Reunion Resort, which includes access to a whole host of amenities with your stay at Palmilla.
Frozen at Muirfield Villa
For the little princess or princesses in your life, Frozen Ever After at Epcot is a dream come true. From an aquatic journey through Arendelle set to familiar music making you feel like you’re in the movie, to a meet and greet and an opportunity for selfies with Anna and Elsa at the Norway Pavilion’s Royal Summerhus, Frozen fans simply won’t be able to let it go. The fun doesn’t end at Disney – just seven miles away, your private villa sleeps 22, four of whom will sleep happy knowing they’re surrounded by images of their favorite characters on the walls of their very own Frozen-themed bedroom with two sets of bunk beds.
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Snow White at Muirfield Villa
Hi ho, Hi ho, it’s off to bed we go! Yes, you might actually be able to get the kids excited to go to bed here at Muirfield. First, it’s a visit to Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland where the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train takes you through the Enchanted Forest and inside the rocky tunnel before you run into the whistling and singing Seven Dwarfs hard at work. If by the end of it all the kids still aren’t tuckered out, they’ll be excited to get to their room. A Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs-themed bedroom sleeps ten and is perfect for a siblings’ or cousins’ sleepover for boys and girls. A twin daybed is designed for two little princesses, while the two bunk beds are made for Sleepy, Sneezy, Doc, and the rest.
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Tangled at Watson Villa
On your visit to Disney World, let down your hair and make a walk over to Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland for a magical meeting with Rapunzel, star of the movie Tangled. If you’re still in the princess state of mind afterwards you can also arrange a meeting with Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. At the end of a long day full of fantasies, the beautifully designed pink and purple bedroom at Watson with two princess-worthy beds will put a big smile on your little girls’ faces. It’s themed around Tangled, complete with a portrait of Rapunzel and her locks on the wall.
Bonus: Drive-In Movie at Loxahatchee Villa
OK so this villa has no Disney tie-in, but we had to throw in one for the adults. Remember summer nights at the old drive-in cinema? Whether a first date or a night out with the family, the drive-in was a staple that has become not much more than nostalgia. Loxahatchee, less than 10 miles from the park, brings that feeling right back with a Drive-In themed home theater room. It’ll make you feel like you’re back in the ‘60s, from the kitsch theater sign to the car-shaped loungers and right down to the faux pickup truck where you can snuggle up with that special someone to watch an old favorite – just make sure it’s a Disney movie.
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