Summer Bay Orlando by Exploria is the perfect theme park resort, within close proximity of top tourist spots, and all without the price tag. If you have little kids in your family and are planning a trip, chances are you’ve heard the vacation plea. You know how it goes. It’s some variation of, “Can we go to Disney World?!” repeated several times in quick succession. Heading to Disney World is a big deal (and a big expense) but there are lots of ways to mitigate the cost while having an unforgettable vacation.

One of these money-saving strategies is to stay at a resort that is not located on Disney property. Many of these resorts offer exciting amenities that cater specifically to families. If you’re planning a trip and looking for ways to get out of the Disney bubble while still giving the kids plenty of time to enjoy the land of Mouse, consider vacationing at Summer Bay Orlando by Exploria.

1. It’s a Resort with a Theme Park

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At Summer Bay the kids can have fun even after they’ve visited the famous Disney Parks like Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. The resort itself has a theme park named Buccaneer Bay, which treats vacationers to a huge array of exciting adventures. At the center of the park is a giant boat shaped water park perfect for running and climbing the day away.

The resorts theme park also features a zipline, bumper cars, a huge rock wall and even a slingshot ride. By the marina, have a seat and relax on the umbrella covered beach chairs and enjoy the view of the lake or take a ride on one of the swan boats available.

2. This Orlando Resort Even Has a Water Park (And Mini-Golf. And an Arcade.)

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Unlike other Orlando resorts with “water parks,” we mean it. Summer Bay Orlando by Exploria has a real, actual water park. Take the kids and head to the marina on the lake and let them loose! They’ll enjoy climbing the giant inflatable structures or hopping from one to the next. There is also an onsite arcade chock full of video games, as well as a billiards room and lounge for just hanging out.

In the center of the resort, kids and adults will enjoy Rocky Falls, the on-site mini-golf course. And the best part? It’s complimentary for all guests staying at Summer Bay Orlando. Little matey’s even receive a complimentary eye patch so they can really get into the pirate theme.

3. It’s Close to Disney World, Without the Price Tag

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The Summer Bay by Exploria resort is so close to Disney World, there’s not enough time in the car for the kids to ask “Are we there yet?” The drive from Summer Bay to Walt Disney World is just over ten minutes from start to finish. The area doesn’t see a lot of traffic so those ten minutes are pretty dependable. No need to get the kids up at the crack of dawn to beat the crowds!

4. The Chance to Enjoy Florida’s Great Outdoors

Besides all the great kid-friendly amenities, including an entire theme park inside the resort, Exploria Resorts also made sure to leave plenty of natural spaces on the resort grounds where you and your family can recharge in the great outdoors of Florida. The 64-acre lake is ringed with jet skis, swan boats and water bumper cars. There is also a fitness trail which takes you on a stroll through the gorgeous resort grounds.

5. Kid-Friendly Summer Bay Orlando Restaurants

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Got a picky eater (or 3) in your travelling party? Don’t fret. At Summer Bay Orlando by Exploria you will have lots of dining options without even leaving the resort grounds. There are two on-site restaurants and a coffee bar that’s perfect for the oh-so-necessary parental caffeine fix.

First up is the Big Kahuna Grill and Bar. With reasonable prices and a wide selection of kid-friendly items, the Big Kahuna Grill is a great option for dinner when you don’t want to eat at the parks. Grown-ups can enjoy pub favorites like chicken wings and jalapeno poppers while kids can order hot dogs, chicken fingers or a grilled cheese. What’s for dessert? The all-popular kids favorite: ice cream bars.

Another dinner option is the Italian Pizza Kitchen, which serves up fresh baked pies and oven roasted subs every day. Opt for a plain pepperoni pizza or go big with a rancho veggie blanco which is described as, “just like a fettuccine primavera without the pasta.”

Finally, there’s Hello Coffee Shop, the onsite coffee shop can give you the caffeine boost you need. Hello serves the Starbucks coffee products you know and love like Frappuccinos, macchiatos and espressos in addition to small breakfast and snack items like fruit cups and sandwiches.

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Summer bay orlando by exploria

There’s plenty to love at the Summer Bay Orlando resort. If you’re ready to say, “Yes, we’re going to Disney World!” without breaking the bank, check out these fantastic properties at Exploria’s Summer Bay Orlando resort to buy or rent.

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Mia Reid is a University of Central Florida graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English - Creative Writing. She specializes in writing, editing, search engine optimization, as well as graphic design and digital marketing. Mia's past experience is diverse, with a history of interning at UCF's own literary magazine, blog writing for local nonprofits and making weekly op-ed pieces for The Odyssey. She has lived in Orlando, Florida for 21 years and enjoys hiking, spending time at her local lake and being with her family.

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