Lake Buena VistaEast Central Florida. It is home to Disney Springs, Typhoon Lagoon, the headquarters of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Reedy Creek Improvement District, and most notably the headquarters of the Walt Disney World Resort. It is one of two Florida municipalities, founded on July 3, 1969, controlled by The Walt Disney Company, the other being Bay Lake. Lake Buena Vista is sited southwest of Orlando, between Orlando and Kissimmee, along the Interstate 4 corridor. Walt Disney's original plan for Lake Buena Vista included at least one futuristic living area, but was never built. This futuristic idea was later used at Epcot.
- Orlando International Airport (MCO). The entry point for most international and domestic flights, is the closest airport (about 20 mi/30 km) to Lake Buena Vista. Be aware that airport security lines can become extremely long (1 hr), especially during the summer tourist season and near holidays. Combined with long check-in lines, it is advisable to arrive 2-3 hours before your scheduled departure. The airport offers transportation, shuttles, taxis, and car rentals while Disney offers its free Magical Express transportation from the airport to Disney World for visitors staying at the Disney World Resorts.
Most visitors will arrive by taking Interstate 4 and then traveling west on exit 68 from I-4.
By public transit
LYNX, the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, offers limited bus service to Lake Buena Vista and Disney World, catering mainly to the workers in the Disney complex. Bus Link 50 connects the Magic Kingdom with Disney Springs. Bus Link 111 connects Disney with the Orlando International Airport.
By private bus
Many hotels on offer complimentary scheduled bus service to and from the Disney theme parks. Check with the hotel for details.
Most convenient for getting around the sprawling theme parks complex. However, parking may be an issue if you do not go early.
- Walt Disney World - the most well renowned theme park in the known universe. If you are in Lake Buena Vista, you are at Walt Disney World... sort of. The mailing address for the resort is Lake Buena Vista, but all of the theme parks are physically within the city of Bay Lake.
Walt Disney World Resort includes
Disney's Magic Kingdom,
Disney's Hollywood Studios,
Disney's Animal Kingdom,
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon,
Disney's Blizzard Beach,
Downtown Disney Area,
- Disney Springs has a large variety of specialty shops, including World of Disney (the largest Disney character store in the world) the Lego Imagination Center and an Harley-Davidson Motorcycles store. Access to Disney Springs does not require park entry fees.
phone: +1 407 238-9301address: 15657 S. Apopka Vineland Rd.Free shopping shuttle from many area hotels (but not most Disney-branded properties), see website for schedule as well as outlet store coupons.
address: 12399 SR-535Very high quality steaks at an affordable price.
address: 8702 Vineland AveReasonably priced Italian food. Good service.
Lodging in Lake Buena Vista is mainly for travelers visiting the Walt Disney World. Other cities and towns nearby offering lodging are: Celebration, Davenport, Kissimmee, and Orlando.
phone: +1 407 828-2424address: 2000 Hotel Plaza Blvd
address: 1900 Buena Vista DrLocated inside The Walt Disney Resort.
address: 8501 Palm Pkwy
address: 8615 Vineland AveAwarded with the 2009 Trip Advisor's Travelers' Choice Award as a Top 10 Family Hotel in the U.S, this Orlando area family hotel is playful and accommodating.
address: 1805 Hotel Plaza Blvd
address: 13351 State Road 535
phone: +1 407 239-1234address: 1 Grand Cypress BlvdThe 18-story, pyramid-shaped Hyatt Regency has three guestroom wings and a 200-foot atrium lobby. The hotel opened in 1984, and the rooms were completely renovated in 2001.
address: 8112 Poinciana BlvdCondominium resort
phone: +1 407 465-0075address: 11450 Marbella Palm CtFeatures include accommodations for extended stay business visitors, or events at the nearby Orange County Convention Center.
address: 12799 Apopka Vineland RdQuality rooms at a decent price. Free internet, although somewhat unstable.
phone: +1 407 828-4444address: 1850 Hotel Plaza BlvdAn official Walt Disney World Resort Hotel offering a character breakfast on Tu, Th and Sa.
phone: +1 407 239-0444address: 12205 S Apopka Vineland Rd
phone: +1 407 938-9001address: 8601 Vineland Avenue
phone: +1 407 778 5500address: 8688 Palm Parkway, 32836