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Brian Bennett
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Offsite Hotels (near Walt Disney World)

Note: Reviews of Shades of Green, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, and the Downtown Disney Hotels -- all of which are actually located on WDW property --  have been relocated to the WDW Trip Planning Guide!

Lake Buena Vista (SR-535) Area

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The Lake Buena Vista area is at the North end of WDW property.  The Downtown Disney area provides the most convenient entrance to WDW from Lake Buena Vista, as Hotel Plaza Boulevard intersects SR-535 just a block or so West of I-4.

Kissimmee (SR-192) Area

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The Kissimmee area stretches East and West from the central part of WDW.  Usually taking SR-192 right to WDW is the most direct route, although it may make sense to take the Osceola Parkway if you're staying at a resort far to the East.  Animal Kingdom and the Studios are the closest parks from the SR-192 (aka Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway) corridor.  There's a straight shot up World Drive (from SR-192) to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center Drive, also.   Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway is a very busy tourist strip with many hotels and motels, restaurants, minor attractions, and so on.  Traffic is very heavy (especially during the busier times of the year) and local road construction has exacerbated the problem over the last couple of years.  

International Drive Area

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International Drive stretches North from beyond Universal Studios and South to Sea World and below.  In recent years, International Drive has even been extended all the way down to SR-536 which provides a nice avenue into WDW (SR-536 becomes Epcot Center Boulevard when it gets to the WDW border.)  International Drive South of Universal Studios is a very busy tourist strip with many hotels and motels, restaurants, the Orange County Convention Center, shopping malls and strips, and a LOT of traffic.  However, if you plan to visit Universal Studios, Sea World, and other Central Florida attractions during your trip, this central location would be hard to beat.

Orlando International Airport Area

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The airport area (McCoy, thus the acronym "MCO"), is located far to the East of most of the area's attractions (and separated from them by the Bee Line Expressway toll road, SR-528).  For late arrival day nights, though, this might be a nice place to pillow your head before moving to the other areas of central Florida.

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