During the formative years of our photo albums, family camping trips gone awry and endlessly long road trips to visit distant relatives may account for some particularly noteworthy selections, but it's hard to call an album complete without a sunny family portrait at the gates of an amusement park. It's iconic. It's American. And it's the focus of this week's Escape.
Pile the whole family into the minivan and head to the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, an Official Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida, for a two- or three-night amusement-packed vacation for up to four guests. Stay two nights in a Standard Room for $138 or three nights for $207.
Or, splurge for panoramic views of Lake Buena Vista during your stay in a Tower Room ($178 for two nights or $267 for three). All rooms are meticulously manicured, highlighted with leafy shades of jade, deep burgundy, and snow-white linens on two beds, and each includes a 37-inch flat-screen TV, wireless internet, refrigerator, and a safe among other standard amenities.
It's a small world after all, and it'll feel graciously smaller when you're based in the middle of all the action. Located across the street from the shopping, dining, and live entertainment of the Downtown Disney® area, your hotel is conveniently located to all of the parks and offers continuous shuttle services to and from the Magic Kingdom® Theme Park, Disney's Hollywood Studios®, Epcot®, and Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.
Prime your day of riding rollercoasters, navigating Neverland and meeting Mickey Mouse with a breakfast at one of the hotel's four restaurants, including a buffet at the Lakeview Restaurant featuring visits from Disney characters on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.
Of course, you don't have to spend every waking moment inside a Disney park (not that that isn't possible). Beat the afternoon heat and lines and instead take a dip in Wyndham Lake Buena Vista's own Oasis Aquatic Playground, featuring two huge pools and a kid-friendly water playground.
Family vacations don't all have to be perfect; it wouldn't be right if they were. But they can still seem that way in the pictures. (Kids always seem to smile a little wider when the backdrop of the photo is Cinderella Castle.) Just don't let forgetting your camera be what keeps this trip from being magically flawless.
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Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort
A Two-Night ($138) or Three-Night Stay ($207) in a Standard Room, or a Two-Night ($178) or Three-Night Stay ($267) in a Tower Room for Up to Four Guests
- from $138