I was invited as media to cover this event. All opinions are my own.
Choosing to take your family to Orlando, Florida can be quite overwhelming. Which parks should you go to? Where should you stay? And if you have a toddler, the most important question is, how easy will it be for me to access the parks from my hotel? (especially if your little one is still taking naps)
The DoubleTree By Hilton Orlando SeaWorld Resort helps simplify your trip by offering a gorgeous, completely renovated property with amenities and services that will make your trip a breeze.
My family had the opportunity to stay here last week and we had an absolute blast. When we checked in, we were given a bungalow-style room that was right next to one of the two pools on the property (which we all know is the best place to be when you have little ones and a bag packed full of pool gear). We were also only a few short steps away from the restaurants and lobby which was also very convenient.
We arrived in Orlando around dinnertime, so we enjoyed a dinner at the Laguna Restaurant, one of the restaurants on the property. The food was delicious and my favorite part was that they had a section of “mocktails” on the menu (perfect for this preggo). After dinner, we headed to the pool which is connected the Barefoot Bar which offers cocktails and food items as well. Bennett had such a great time swimming that he stayed in the pool until the sun went down!
The next day I attended a brunch put on by the hotel that was set up in the pavilion right next to the convention center. The way the brunch was set up, allowed us to see what a wedding or special event might look like and I was completely blown away by the beautiful setup and the outstanding food. After brunch we took a tour of the new renovations and convention center.
The resort recently underwent a massive renovation and meeting space expansion. They elevated the property to accommodate even more business and leisure groups with new, state of the art venue space and services, complemented by welcoming outdoor lawns and complete renovations to public areas, alongside 1,020 refreshed guestrooms. Adding to the the existing footprint, the property branched out with this multi-million dollar transformation, building an additional 40,000 square feet of conference center and event space, bringing the property total meeting space square footage to more than 100,000 square ft. The re-imagined venues provide enhanced, state-of-the-art accommodations for meetings and events with upwards of 2,000 attendees.
After the brunch we took a shuttle from the hotel took us over to Seaworld (which is located right behind the hotel and is within walking distance if you choose to go by foot)
We had lunch with Shamu and then spent the day exploring the park (Bennett loved the kiddie area with all the rides!) When we were finished the hotel had a shuttle that took us back to the hotel. We ended up having dinner at Disney Springs that evening (only about a 10 min ride from the hotel) at Homecomin’ Kitchen and it was probably one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time!
The next morning we woke up and had an amazing brunch from the Laguna Restaurant and a shuttle from the hotel took us over to Seaworld’s water park, Aquatica for the day. We had such a fun day here and actually stayed all day long! (We must have ridden the lazy river around about 20 times at Bennett’s request that day). At 4:30 a shuttle picked us up and took us back to the hotel (which is literally right around the corner)
Another park that is right next to the hotel is Discovery Cove. We didn’t get a chance to visit Discovery Cove, but hope to come back when our kids are older to do some snorkeling and swim with the dolphins! This was our last night at the resort and the hotel put on the most amazing dinner for us up on the Harbor Terrace area. I cannot say enough about the food at the hotel! It was all so good and really gave me an idea of what it would be like to have a catered event there.
We had such a wonderful experience at the DoubleTree Orlando at SeaWorld and were exhausted by time we left! My favorite part about this resort is that its really a relaxing oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but is still conveniently located for easy access to the sights and sounds of Orlando. I am so grateful that we got to have one last trip as a family of three before the baby arrives and am looking forward to our future adventures!