10 Theme Park Hotels You Must Book Now

Take your theme park experience to the next level with a stay at one of these incredible theme park hotels.

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For LEGO lovers, it’s not enough to explore all that LEGOLAND has to offer, like Miniland USA and Ninjago World. Take the experience to the next level with a stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel (Orlando and Southern California) where every room is a themed room, including Pirate, Kingdom, Adventure and LEGO Friends. Kids will love sleeping in colorful bunk beds, as well as early access to the park.

Disney's Art of Animation Resort

At Disney’s Art of Animation Resort in Orlando, guests can stay in one of three themed family suites, including Finding Nemo, Cars and The Lion King. There are also The Little Mermaid-themed standard rooms. As a bonus, pose for selfies with life-size characters from the movies, like Lighting McQueen and Ursula. Splash in the largest resort pool at Walt Disney World, which even has underwater speakers.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Mini Despicable Me fans will love the Despicable Me Kids Suites at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. Each suite comes with a king bedroom plus two custom-created missile beds, allowing kids to sleep just like Margo, Edith and Agnes in the movie. As a bonus, look for Minion-themed bedding. You’ll feel totally immersed since every wall is wallpapered with Minions.

Disneyland Hotel

Book a stay at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim in one of six Signature Suites, including the Fairy Tale Suite, which boasts a marble foyer, floor-to-ceiling windows and a delightful canopy bed. Perfect for princesses of all ages. Or, request the 1,600-square-foot Mickey Mouse Penthouse, which includes two bedrooms and Mickey Mouse decor throughout the suite, including sketches from the Disney library.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Cheerful and tropical, the brand new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has a decidedly Caribbean feel thanks to waterfalls, lagoons and beachy accents across the property. Look for a massive swimming pool, a waterslide, a sandy beach, a fire pit and a fun children’s play area. Book a stay in one of the Kids’ Suites, which sleep up to five in an island-themed oasis with a king bed, two twin beds and a rollaway bed.

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has been a mainstay at Walt Disney World for many years, but the Bora Bora Bungalows, which sit right on the lake, are a must-book. Each bungalow has its own private deck, plunge pool and one of the best views of the nightly Magic Kingdom fireworks show. Only available to Disney Vacation Club members, this may be a good reason to finally sign up for the timeshare program.

Dollywood's DreamMore Resort

Decorated with guitars and album covers of its owner, Dolly Parton, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort opened last summer at her Great Smoky Mountains theme park in Tennessee. Look for family-style dinners, storytimes and children's play areas. There’s even a family game room with air hockey and video games. Camp DW is a great place for kids to go for nature walks and arts and crafts when the park is closed.

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

Part of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, the Treehouse Villas each have three bedrooms, an open kitchen and two baths, making them perfect for families wanting a bit more space on their vacation. Set 10 feet off the ground, these hideaway treehouses even have flat-screen TVs, private decks and charcoal grills. Definitely no roughing it here. Take the water taxi to Disney Springs or splash around at five on-site pools.

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat

The brand new LEGOLAND Beach Retreat in Florida has everything LEGO fans could want across this village-style resort boasting 83 colorful beach bungalows. Set on Lake Dexter, and adjacent to the theme park, guests have access to a sandy beach for fun in the sun, a daily all-you-can-eat breakfast and a kids’ clubhouse. Look for shaded patios and all kinds of outdoor LEGO-themed play areas.

Disney's Contemporary Resort

Yes, Disney’s Contemporary Resort has been at Walt Disney World for years, and yes, the monorail runs through the hotel, but that’s why it’s such a must-book. The hotel boasts one of the most popular character breakfasts at Chef Mickey’s and now there’s a new Sunday brunch option at California Grill (hello, make-your-own Bloody Mary bar). Watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the rooftop lounge. Incredible.   

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