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Top 10 Kid-Friendly Orlando Hotels

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Kid-friendly Orlando hotels and resorts, catering especially to families with special children's areas, supervised activities, family-friendly room layouts and suites, and fun kid-friendly theming. These are my picks for your best bets in Orlando when traveling with kids.
See also Best Disney World Resorts and Best Orlando Hotels

Marriott Orlando World Center Resort & Convention Center

Swimming Pool at Marriott Orlando World Center in Orlando
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With 2,000 guest rooms, this is the world's largest Marriott. You'll find an abundance of amenities, including six swimming pools and a 106-foot waterslide. A play room off the indoor pool has games, toys, videos and a TV; a video arcade with ping pong and air hockey; two children's pools; a 106-foot water slide; and organized daily fun like pool games, bingo, and craft projects.
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Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes

Splash Pool at Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando
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Not only is there a 40,000-square-foot spa at this ultra luxe resort, there's also an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed championship golf course. The Ritz Kids Club for kids ages 5 to 12 is open every day; Kid's Night Out includes dinner. The hotel has a fly fishing school, Lady Bug Release program, Butterfly Gardens and nature walks, and a Nature Rangers program.
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Nickelodeon Family Suites

Water slide at Nickelodeon Family Suites
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The first Nickelodeon-themed hotel in the world will delight kids with their own separate kid suites decorated with favorite characters like Spongebob Squarepants and Jimmy Neutron. Outside two amazing water parks, character breakfasts, activities and a 3,000 square foot arcade will keep the whole family entertained.
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Waldorf Astoria Bonnet Creek Resort

Swimming pool at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
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This lavish, much-anticipated resort in the midst of Walt Disney World is the first newly built Waldorf Astoria since the historic original was built in New York City. The Waldorf Astoria's own Children's Concierge leads activities like watersports, bike tours, golf lessons, scavenger hunts and games; the program has a Nintendo Wii. Astoria After Dark feeds kids dinner and keeps them entertained in the evenings.
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Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Swizzle Lounge in the Lobby of Cabana Bay Beach Resort
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Universal Orlando's newest resort has cleverly-designed family suites available that add space and mini-kitchens to accommodate families. n addition to being connected to theme parks and the City Walk entertainment area, Cabana Bay has its own fun: a large zero-entry pool with a water slide and lazy river, a bowling alley,and outdoor ping pong and pool tables. 
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Royal Pacific Resort

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One of three Universal luxury hotels, Royal Pacific offers a South Seas theme, Loews quality, and benefits for theme park goers. The Loews Loves Kids program includes games on loan, children's menus with healthy options, welcome gifts and Kidbanas by the pool. Kids can join the Mariner's Club supervised program, and play in the interactive pool playground.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress swimming pool
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The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort is itself a world-class destination, not just a place to spend the night while hopping from theme park to theme park during the day. The 800,000 gallon swimming pool itself covers nearly half an acre and includes 12 waterfalls and two slides Camp Hyatt kids' program; a sprawling pool complex with waterfalls and waterslides; a video arcade in a cave; paddle boats for rent; and wildlife trails and suspension bridges to explore. Some rates include Kids Eat Free.
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Gaylord Palms Resort and Spa

A sailboat in the Key West Atrium of the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando
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Gaylord Palms Resort and Spa, from the same parent company that brought you Nashville's incomparable Opryland Hotel, boasts 1,406 rooms on 63 acres and is adjacent (and very visible) to I-4, just three minutes from Walt Disney World. At 2.1 million square feet, it is one of the biggest resorts and convention facilities in all of Florida. Supervised indoor children's program. An extensive outdoor water play area. Complimentary shuttle service to Disney World.
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Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

Exterior of the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

The watchwords here are sensible luxury and it shows from the casually elegant lobby to diverse recreation options just outside one of the first true destination resorts in Orlando. Has a 850-foot lazy river, a 125-foot corkscrew water slide and a zero-entry family swimming pool; plus complimentary shuttle service to Disney World. Kids' programs include Omni Sensational Kids and Camp Omni Kids Escape.
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Marriott's Harbour Lake

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A whimsical pirate theme creates a family friendly atmosphere at this resort. Pirates are the theme, at the kids' club, the interactive Pirate's Plunge water playground (which includes a water slide), mini-golf, and the interactive pirate ship in the main swimming pool.
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