The 9 best Airbnbs near Disney World for a magical stay on any budget

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    All our picks feature Disney or Universal theming for an extra special stay.


    If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and are looking for somewhere to stay, don’t rule out renting an Airbnb.

    Airbnbs can be great options for both small and large group trips or family vacations, as they offer flexibility with regard to size, amenities, and cost. Many Airbnbs close to Disney World, including those we list below, are even themed to the popular surrounding theme parks and characters to enhance the overall vacation experience.

    Airbnbs can also be a great choice for quiet and privacy, as hotels can be quite chaotic, especially during peak season. If you value personal space and the ability to make a home-cooked meal in a kitchen (not commonly offered in a standard hotel room) an Airbnb may be a viable option for you. 

    Whether you’re planning a trip in the next couple of weeks, or are looking for possible accommodations for a Disney World trip in the future, there’s no shortage of Disney World Airbnbs to choose from in Orlando and surrounding areas. Plus, all the Airbnbs we recommend below are located within a couple of miles from the magic, so you don’t feel like you’re spending too much time traveling. 

    These are the best Airbnbs near Disney World

    A Haunted Mansion-themed house with pool and hot tub accessEvery room in this Airbnb is decorated in a spooky Haunted Mansion theme, but you’ll still have access to many not-so-scary amenities.


    Book this home on Airbnb

    Typical starting price: $350
    Driving time to Disney: 18 minutes
    Sleeps: 6 guests/3 bedrooms
    Rating: 5.00

    Fans of Disney World’s Haunted Mansion will be delighted by this home, which is themed after the beloved attraction in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square. Located in Kissimmee, just 18 minutes away from Walt Disney World, this one-level property can accommodate six guests.

    Its three bedrooms are themed after the Hatbox Ghost, Master Gracey, and The Black Widow Bride, and the dining room is dimly lit with a candelabra at the center of a gold-clothed table for mealtime. As part of your stay in this charmingly haunted abode, you’ll have access to WiFi, a shared pool and hot tub (within the gated community), and an in-house washer and dryer.


    A luxury townhome in Storey Lake with a Mickey Mouse-themed bedroomThe Mickey-themed bedroom in this Airbnb features two beds: one lofted by two sets of stairs, and another concealed in a Mickey-shaped cutout.


    Book this home on Airbnb

    Typical starting price: $185
    Driving time to Disney: 5-10 minutes
    Sleeps: 8 guests/4 bedrooms
    Rating: 4.84

    Those looking for a luxury townhome to call their own while on their Disney World vacation will appreciate this listing in Storey Lake. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, this family-friendly property is a great option for medium-sized travel groups with up to eight guests. Two of the bedrooms are themed to the Avengers and Mickey Mouse, whereas the other two offer a contemporary look with velvet headrests and gold-accented furniture. When you book this property, you’ll have access to the amenities of Storey Lake, which include a resort-style pool, a kid’s splash pad, a fitness center, and more.

    A massive home with an indoor ball pit and elegant bedroom themingThis home features a huge playroom for kids that includes a ball pit and jungle gym.


    Book this home on Airbnb

    Typical starting price: $457
    Driving time to Disney: 10 minutes
    Sleeps: 14 guests/6 bedrooms
    Rating: 4.93

    This huge Airbnb has plenty of space for your group to spread out and tons of thoughtful touches for those traveling with kids. There are several kid-themed rooms, including an indoor ball pit and jungle gym, and even a dedicated nursery. The adult rooms have subtler theming, but still add thoughtful details that make your stay feel special. 

    You’ll get your own private pool and hot tub but will also have access to all of Solara Resort’s amenities, including a pool with cabanas and food service, a splash pad, a Wave Rider surfing simulator, playgrounds, sports courts, a gym, and a yoga studio. 

    A Kissimmee home with two game rooms and theming in every roomThis home boasts two game rooms: one for video games (shown), and another for shuffleboard, foosball, and air hockey.


    Book this home on Airbnb

    Typical starting price: $330
    Driving time to Disney: 10-15 minutes
    Sleeps: 14 guests/6 bedrooms
    Rating: 5.00

    This home in Kissimmee, Florida, features classic Disney theming in nearly every bedroom (Mickey/Minnie Mouse, Frozen, Star Wars, Princess), except for two that are Universal-themed with Minions and Harry Potter. It’s a great option if you’re equally excited about splitting your time between the two resorts. 

    Its first-floor Guardians of the Galaxy-themed game room contains a shuffleboard and an air hockey table, and its Mario-themed video game loft will ensure there are no dull moments, even during those rainy Florida days. 

    It’s especially a great spot for those who may be working during their stay, as it offers quick WiFi service at 732 Mbps per second. Only 10 minutes away from Disney World, it’s a suitable option if arriving at the theme parks for opening (which can sometimes be as early as 7 a.m. or 8 a.m.) is a priority.

    A seven-bedroom Davenport home with tons of kid-friendly details and a Mickey Mouse waffle barSeveral rooms throughout the house are aimed at keeping kids entertained when weather prevents you from going to the parks.


    Book this home on Airbnb

    Typical starting price: $410
    Driving time to Disney: 15-20 minutes
    Sleeps: 16+ guests/7 bedrooms
    Rating: 4.97

    This seven-bedroom Davenport home features vibrant eye-catching decor for the whole family. Much of the house adheres to an open-concept floor plan, particularly in the living areas. 

    This house is especially ideal for those with a larger group, as it can accommodate more than 16 guests. It even has a game room and movie theater area with stadium seating and a popcorn machine. This home includes several slides for kids and a complimentary waffle and coffee bar (with a Mickey Mouse-shaped waffle press), so you can easily grab a bite to eat before heading to the theme parks.

    A Frozen and Star Wars-themed six-bedroom Kissimmee villaA huge splash pad is just a four-minute walk from this Airbnb.


    Book this home on Airbnb

    Typical starting price: $390
    Driving time to Disney: 8 to 14 minutes
    Sleeps: 16+ guests/6 bedrooms
    Rating: 4.89

    This Frozen and Star Wars-themed villa in Kissimmee has a magical feel. The six-bedroom, six-bathroom house is designed with colors evocative of relaxation and beach days, and it has a private pool. It’s also in a community featuring a water park (a four-minute walk away), which can be fun during the day if you have any rest days built into your vacation schedule. 

    You can even opt for shuttles (at an additional cost) to Disney World, Universal, and SeaWorld if you don’t plan on bringing or renting a car during your stay.

    Beachfront condo in Southern California


    Book this home on Airbnb

    Typical starting price: $105
    Driving time to Disney: 5 minutes
    Sleeps: 5 guests/1 bedroom
    Rating: 4.76

    This condo is a Mickey Mouse lover’s dream. It screams Mickey from the second you walk in and features Mickey wallpaper, pillows, photos, and linens. Just be sure everyone in your group likes the colors red and black before you book — you’ll certainly be seeing a lot of it in this condo designed to resemble the classic character. 

    The best part is that this condo is only five minutes away from Disney World, so it’s great for those days with early starts and when you want to take a quick mid-day nap before the fireworks.

    A colorful Kissimmee home with a private poolIn addition to several Disney-themed rooms, this home also has a Harry Potter bedroom.


    Book this home on Airbnb

    Typical starting price: $179
    Driving time to Disney: 20 minutes
    Sleeps: 10 guests/5 bedrooms
    Rating: 4.92

    This lightly themed home in Kissimmee is situated just three miles away from the magic and features a private pool and hot tub. The house has several subtly themed bedrooms featuring Disney characters, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. Plus, this contemporary house boasts lots of natural light via several windows throughout. There’s also a game room with a foosball table and air hockey that can be used during your stay.

    A three-bedroom ground-floor condo only two miles from DisneyThe decor is simpler in this Airbnb, but still features solid theming to make your stay feel special.


    Book this home on Airbnb

    Typical starting price: $211
    Driving time to Disney: 7 to 15 minutes
    Sleeps: 6 guests/3 bedrooms
    Rating: 4.84

    This Disney-inspired three-bedroom ground-floor condo located in Windsor Hills can accommodate up to six guests for a magical stay only two miles from Disney property. With an open floor plan and fans in every room (in addition to air conditioning and heat), you’ll feel comfortable even in the most punishing of Florida weather. Its kitchen is filled with stainless steel appliances and an oven, microwave, and stove. 

    The three bedrooms are themed according to popular Star Wars and Pixar characters, such as The Incredibles. When you rent this property, you’ll also have access to the Windsor Hills Clubhouse, along with its gym, pools, and water park area, which can be fun for the whole family. 

    FAQs: Airbnbs at Disney World

    Is it better to stay at a Disney hotel, an off-resort hotel, or an Airbnb?

    Whether it’s better to stay at a Disney hotel, an off-resort hotel, or an Airbnb will depend on your vacation style:

    Airbnb: The pros of staying in an Airbnb are that they can often house a larger number of guests (upwards of 15) across multiple bedrooms. Airbnbs also offer more private accommodation where you can relax without having to encounter other guests during your stay, as you would at a hotel. An Airbnb also provides guests with that home-away-from-home feel, which can be comforting when traveling. That said, many Airbnbs often are accompanied by minimum stay requirements and cleaning fees, which you won’t find at a Disney hotel or off-resort hotel. 

    Disney hotels: Disney hotels offer accommodations closer to the theme parks for families with varying budgets across their value, moderate, and deluxe portfolios. Disney hotels also work with professional Imagineers and architects to create immersive themed experiences for guests. However, Disney hotels — especially the value resorts — are often very crowded with guests and may be too loud if you’re looking for a more relaxing vacation. 

    Off-resort hotels: Although off-resort hotels may be cheaper, the theming may not be as well thought out as a Disney hotel or a custom Airbnb. 

    How far in advance should I book accommodations for Disney World?

    As far in advance as possible. Since Disney World is a popular destination for both tourists and locals, accommodations book up quickly, especially during the peak seasons of summer, Easter weekend, New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving weekend, and Christmas week.

    Airbnb allows its hosts to open their booking calendar up to 24 months in advance, whereas Disney resort hotels’ booking calendars vary. I recommend booking your accommodations as soon as you have a vacation timeline solidified. Accommodations will be cheaper and you’ll have more options the further ahead you book. 

    Is it more expensive to stay in a hotel or an Airbnb for Disney World?

    This depends largely on the category of resort, the number of people in your group, and the amenities you’re looking for. If you have a large group that will need multiple hotel rooms, it’s almost always more economical to stay at an Airbnb. For a family that only needs one hotel room, the more economical option is a toss-up. If you opt to stay in an Airbnb that encompasses an entire house, features many amenities, and is particular about theming, the cost can be higher (typically ranging between $180 and $425 per night) than value and moderate Disney World hotels (which average between $180 and $260 per night, depending on the season). However, condo Airbnbs and Airbnbs with fewer bedrooms tend to be accompanied by more modest price tags, some of which can be lower than a hotel. 

    How we selected the best homes near Disney on AirbnbEvery Airbnb listing is for the entire home, condo, or villa All Airbnb are highly-rated listings with a rating of 4.7 or higher.All Airbnbs are located within 20 minutes’ driving distance of Disney World resort parks.The homes offer strong value in terms of price, offerings, amenities, and location and are priced between $105 and $457 per night.Airbnbs are available to book in the coming weeks and months, as of publishing. However, some offerings are quite popular and book fast. Consider booking for a future vacation in a few months or next year.
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