Renting Disney vacation home, villa versus hotel

Luxury Accommodations for all budgets

Accommodation is of paramount importance when you are on a vacation in Florida around the Disney World area. You must two distinctly different choices, i.e., choosing a vacation home or a hotel near Disney World as you plan your next Disney vacation. Some of the factors that influence your decision must include the proximity of your accommodation to attractions, the number of people in your party and your overall budget and personal preferences.

Typical Vacation Home Typical Hotel Room What is your choice?


A typical hotel room is about 300 sq feet. A hotel room is a standard one room unit.

A typical townhome such as our "Mickey's Magic" villa is about 1300 sq ft and has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, living room, kitchen, full laundry room. Our "Emerald Magic" has 6 bedrooms and 5.5 baths, living, formal dining, nook, kitchen, family room and laundry room. That means parents and kids can spread-out into multiple rooms. Can we even compare hotels and villas at this point?

And, did we say that you can unpack ALL your suitcases?

Cost Effective

A hotel suite accommodates a maximum of 2 people. For a family of 8, you need four rooms and for a family of 14, you will need at least seven rooms. That means your family/party will have to spread out into multiple rooms and there is no guarantee that you will even next to each other.

With our prices for the 3 bedroom home starting at $89/night and the 6 bedroom home starting at $199, you will not have to look hard to confirm that you will be saving money by renting a villa.


Have you ever seen a hotel behind a gated/manned entrance? Doesn't exist.

Emerald Island Resort is a Secured Gated Resort. That means you and your family will have the peace of mind that you deserve when you are vacationing in Disney Area.

Free Options

The following are some of the amenities of our homes based on selection of home.

  • BBQ grills
  • Free Local, Long Distance and International Calls
  • Free cribs
  • Free high chairs
  • Free strollers
  • Free baby monitoring system
  • Free movies
  • Free WiFi Internet
  • Free usage of resort facilities such as gym, pools, hot tub, tennis courts and more.

Does any hotel offer anything Free?

Natural Setting

Hotels do not come with any view that you would like to watch. You will be watching the traffic or the rear of another hotel room.

With our townhome, step out of the living room or master suite and enjoy a natural setting of a preservation lake and conservation area with a cup of coffee or your favorite wine. You can even watch some feathered-friends or do fishing right out the door.


With most hotels, you will have to park your car and carry your bags through narrow corridors or elevators. When you book a hotel, you are all in one room all the time. That means, parents cannot watch TV once kids are asleep and if parents are watching their show, kids will be bored.

With our Villas, you can park your car right in front of the villa. You will have separate bedrooms for the kids, and there is no need to make a queue for the bathrooms. Our full-size kitchens allow you to cook a meal, and our proximity to all the restaurants allows you dine-out at your choice. While the kids are watching a DVD (that we provide in our library) or playing on the PlayStation 2 (that we provide along with some games), parents can watch a game or movie on one of the other TVs. You will have your own laundry facility in the villa which means you don't have to make a trip to the Laundromat.


With our convenient location at less than 3 miles from Disney, you can come back to your villa for an afternoon nap and go back for the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom or Fantasia at MGM studios.

  • Disney World 2.7 miles
  • Celebration Golf Club - 5 miles.
  • Sea World - 14.5 miles
  • Discover Cove - 13.3 Miles
  • Universal Studios - 17 miles
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Center - 50 miles
  • Cocoa Beach - 55 miles
  • Close to all shopping centers (Closest one is 1 mile away).


Many of our guests keep coming back for a great Disney area vacation as they know that they are dealing directly with the owner and not with a receptionist at a hotel. By renting this villa from the owner directly, you get all your questions answered quickly and accurately. There are no middlemen.

Also, we have a great property management company that deals with only a few number of villas in Emerald Island Resort who are intimately familiar with our villa, the resort, and the area. They will be pleased to assist you with all your questions during your stay.

Affordable Rates

Not only are our nightly rates affordable, but we also offer great rates for our guests who stay extended periods. In fact the longer you stay, the more you will save. Check our discounts on vacation homes whether you are looking for 3-4 bed townhomes or 4/6/7 bed large luxury vacation homes with private pools.

There are no hotels that reward guests with discounts for staying extended periods. For additional thoughts read our blog post on vacation rentals versus hotels.

Vacation Homes beat hotels in many aspects!

While there are many hotels around Disney World, the choice between selecting a private vacation home or hotel is an easy decision to make. Vacation homes offer a more personalized and relaxed atmosphere with spacious accommodations that meet every budget and family size.

Disney vacations are very popular among travelers of all regions of the world, so the demand for luxury accommodations is high during high and peak travel seasons. That means you must make a booking in advance to get the best possible vacation home that satisfies your requirements. For your next Disney World area vacation in Orlando Florida, explore all our Emerald Island vacation villas.

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Guest Comments

Lovely spacious clean house and pool - Disney Magic
I can recommend Emerald Islands Resort as an ideal location for your Disney/Orlando Experience. The owner provided clear instructions and when we encountered a few minor issues was very quick to resolve them with maintainence services calling shortly after I made him aware. The house "Disney Magic" was a lovely sapcious house with 4 double bedroom and three twin bedded rooms, the pool was a nice size and the jacuzzi was lovely too.
Chris H. (Ravenshead, Nottingham, UK)
Apr 22, 2015
Wonderful stay at Disney Magic!! - Disney Magic
We had a great time staying here from June 14th to June 21st. There were three families that stayed in this house, 6 adults and 7 kids and there was more than enough room for all of us. It is extremely clean and absolutely beautiful. The pool and hot tub on the patio was perfect after hours in the parks which are only minutes away from this property. Everything you could need is within 5-10 minutes from the house, shopping, groceries, restaurants and of course the Disney parks which are ten minu...
Steven (Saint Clair Shores, MI)
Jul 01, 2014