The majority of TripAdvisor’s 2012 “Top 25 Hotels for Families in the U.S.” are right here in Central Florida!

The majority of TripAdvisor’s 2012 “Top 25 Hotels for Families in the U.S.” are right here in Central Florida!

The majority of TripAdvisor’s 2012 “Top 25 Hotels for Families in the U.S.” are right here in Central Florida!

Disney's Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World.
Disney's Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World.

TripAdvisor has announced their Top 25 Large Hotels & Resorts for Families in the United States, and I am happy to say that Orlando and Kissimmee have strong representation. Indeed, 13 of the 25 properties (that’s the majority in my book!) are right here in sunny Central Florida. Disney did well of course, as did the International Drive resort area — but Universal Orlando even got a nod, which isn’t bad considering that UOR only has three hotels on-site.

Here’s the complete list:

1. KeyLime Cove Resort and Water Park – Gurnee, Illinois

2. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort – Highland, New York

3. Hope Lake Lodge & Conference Center – Cortland, New York

4. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Orlando, Florida

5. WorldQuest Orlando Resort – Orlando, Florida

6. Woodloch Pines Resort – Hawley, Pennsylvania

7. Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa – Orlando, Florida

8. Marriott’s Harbour Lake – Orlando, Florida

9. Floridays Resort Orlando – Orlando, Florida

10. Homewood Suites by Hilton Anaheim-Main Gate Area – Garden Grove, California

11. Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel & Water Playground – Anaheim / Disneyland Park – Anaheim, California

12. Diamond Resorts Grand Beach – Orlando, Florida

13. Candy Cane Inn – Anaheim, California

14. Red Jacket Mountain View Resort – North Conway, New Hampshire

15. Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Orlando, Florida

16. Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Orlando, Florida

17. Dunes Village Resort – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

18 Bluegreen Fountains Resort – Orlando, Florida

19. DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Lancaster – Lancaster, Pennsylvania

20. Reunion Resort – Kissimmee, Florida

21. Marriott’s Cypress Harbour – Orlando, Florida

22. Disney’s Vero Beach Resort – Vero Beach, Florida

23. Disney’s BoardWalk Villas – Orlando, Florida

24. Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach – Virginia Beach, Virginia

25 Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando – Orlando, Florida


Not bad, huh? It’s no wonder Orlando is the number 1 family destination in the world! If you’d like to view this list on TripAdvisor’s site along with links to all the reviews, visit this page:

By the way, if you like this post, you’d probably also be interested in this one from last August:

TripAdvisor announces top 10 U.S. water parks: Nods to Typhoon Lagoon and Aquatica

Scenes from Disney’s Fort Wilderness & Wilderness Lodge – HD video

Here’s a fun video I shot last year. Click the play button to start the video. Note: Our videos do not stream in HD by default to ensure fast performance. If you would like to view the video in HD, start the clip and then adjust the bitstream to 720p or 1080p.


Taylor Strickland Taylor Strickland is the Owner & Publisher at Orlando Informer, the internationally awarded independent resource for guests visiting Orlando. In this position, he leads the website's overall direction and day-to-day operations, working with a team of writers, editors, developers, and producers.

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As one of our Facebook fans pointed out, the number is actually 14 if you include Disney’s Vero Beach as part of the “Central Florida” collection!