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Holidays in Lake Buena Vista

Sitting on the eastern edge of Walt Disney World Resort, and just a short drive from Universal Orlando®, is Lake Buena Vista. Beyond the magical parades and thrilling theme parks, this lakeside resort in Florida is also perfect for lazy days by the pool, retail therapy, and energetic activities. Expect rolling golf courses, sumptuous spas and an array of enticing boutiques, restaurants, and bars; they’re the perfect tonic after a day of adventure. Holidays to Buena Vista are ideal for families, and this peaceful spot balances all the vibrancy and fun of the nearby theme parks with a spot of relaxation for some special together-time with the kids.

25 °C

October to May is the most comfortable (and driest) time of year to visit

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9 hours 35 minutes

Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Have the holiday of your lifetime in Lake Buena Vista, where you can meet Disney princesses and ride famous rollercoasters. Book with Thomas Cook today.

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Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Motel-style
  • Close to Walt Disney World Resort
  • Free theme park transport

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 5783 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 23kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • Tasty in-flight meals are included on longer flights. Plus, they're fresh and packed with flavour.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Hotel
  • Walking distance to Disney Springs
  • Theme Park transport

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 6345 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 23kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • Tasty in-flight meals are included on longer flights. Plus, they're fresh and packed with flavour.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Hawthorn Suites Lake Buena Vista

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Hotel
  • Free breakfast
  • Transport to Walt Disney World Resort

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2779 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 23kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • Tasty in-flight meals are included on longer flights. Plus, they're fresh and packed with flavour.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Hotel
  • Close to Disney Springs
  • Choice of bars and restaurants

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 5276 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 23kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • Tasty in-flight meals are included on longer flights. Plus, they're fresh and packed with flavour.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

£1005

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Apartments
  • Free theme park transport
  • Pirate-themed pool with waterslide

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 10070 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 23kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • Tasty in-flight meals are included on longer flights. Plus, they're fresh and packed with flavour.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

£1008

Holidays to Lake Buena Vista aren’t complete without a fairytale trip to Disney’s Magic Kingdom®. Six enchanting lands await, featuring the likes of Cinderella’s Castle and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. You could easily spend your entire holiday having a blast in the parks and shopping in Disney Springs®. But you won’t want to miss the other joys of Central Florida, and a chance to see the ‘real’ USA beyond the theme park gates. Head to the beautiful Everglades national park to enjoy gorgeous scenery and perhaps a thrilling airboat ride, relax on the beaches of the Space Coast, or tee off at a premier golf course.

From kid-friendly rides to white-knuckle rollercoasters, it’s all on your doorstep at Walt Disney World Resort. As well as famous amusements like Space Mountain and Splash Mountain, you can see exotic African wildlife on safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park®. And don’t miss the crazy watercoaster at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park; this place is also home to a splash park for smaller children. For one of the most exhilarating activities of all, jump aboard a NASCAR race car at Walt Disney World Speedway.

Set on the shores of Lake Buena Vista Lagoon, Disney Springs® is split into three zones. You can enjoy spectacular evening shows over on the West Side (including Cirque du Soleil), top restaurants at Pleasure Island (it’s a great place for grown-ups), and an array of souvenirs at the Marketplace. Shops like Lego Imagination Center and World of Disney are open until late. 

Thousands of people choose Lake Buena Vista holidays for the greens. This is a golfer’s paradise, with dozens of courses to choose from, so if you’ve packed your nine-iron, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Disney’s Lake Buena Vista golf course (which has hosted the PGA tour) is a firm favourite, taking you from near the Saratoga Springs Resort, Disney Springs, and the Old Key West Resort. You’ll love the country club vibe here. See if you can avoid the tricky Mickey Mouse bunker at Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course, or play a laid-back round amid the scenic woodlands and pretty lakes of Disney’s Palm Golf Course. A popular family-friendly option is Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, which doubles as a wildlife sanctuary. 

Lake Buena Vista is best for…

Families: Kids will remember their Lake Buena Vista holidays forever; this fantastical place is home to the world’s most famous theme parks and Disney characters.

Thrill-seekers: You’ll love the twists and turns of the rollercoasters and watercoasters, and NASCAR racing at Walt Disney World Speedway. And how about an airboat trip through the Everglades national park? Watch out for the local ‘gators!

Party-goers: From magical Disney parades to chic bars and late-night clubs, there’s always a party happening somewhere.

More about Lake Buena Vista 

Overview, Things To Do, Weather, Currency 


Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Lake Buena Vista is English

Currency: The currency used in Lake Buena Vista is the US Dollar ($)

Local time: Lake Buena Vista is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time

Fly to: Orlando International Airport. Transfers to Lake Buena Vista take 1–1.5 hours.

Flight time from UK: The Lake Buena Vista flight time is 9 hours

Tourist information: Before your Lake Buena Vista holidays, find out more at www.visitflorida.com

Visa & health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa for recommendations and advice on visas and health.


Weather and climate

Temperature: Average annual highs of 22°C, peaking at 33°C in August.

Best time to visit: For the most comfortable climate and driest weather, visit between October and May.

This resort lies at the heart of the Sunshine State, and the weather is glorious (if a little humid during the high summer months). If you’re travelling in the summer, slap on the sun cream and don’t forget your hat as the Florida sun is very strong. Try to take a break during the middle of the day when the sun is at its hottest. It’s worth remembering that hurricane season is from June to November, but full-blown storms aren’t so common.

Weather in Lake Buena Vista

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Getting around

By shuttle bus: If you’re staying at Walt Disney World Resort, make the most of the free shuttle buses to the parks. Lots of other hotels do the same, so check before you book if don’t want to drive. 

By i-Ride Trolley: Home to Universal Orlando®, i-Drive is one of Orlando’s main centres outside Lake Buena Vista. The I-Ride Trolley takes you between all its parks, restaurants, and shops, so it’s super simple to explore. 

By car: Florida’s roads are easy to navigate, whether you want to get to the theme parks or further afield; but it’s worth remembering that it has more toll roads than any other state, so make sure you have a ‘roll of quarters’ for the toll gates. Within half an hour’s drive, you’ll find the east coast beaches, Kennedy Space Center and so much more.


Events

Toast marshmallows: Head to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground for the nightly Chip ‘N Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long, plus gooey smores and a Disney film under the stars. 

Dance the night away: Love hip-hop and R&B? Hit the dancefloor at BET Soundstage Club in Pleasure Island to see top live acts. You could even end up on TV, and BET’s own cable channel broadcasts live from here a few nights a week.

Disney festivals: Magic-filled events take place all year round at Walt Disney World Resort, including enchanting Christmas celebrations. Even grown-ups will love Epcot International Flower & Garden festival (March to May) and Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (September).


Why choose Thomas Cook

With hotels available to suit every person and every budget look no further than Thomas Cook for your getaway this year!

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