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

This was our second time staying at Emerald Island Resort and the second time was just as great as the first. From the time we arrived we were greeted by friendly staff starting from the security at the gate followed by the friendly and helpful staff at the clubhouse. The house itself was very clean and well maintained. We had zero issues during our stay and really felt safe we will definitely be back to enjoy the resort in the future. I highly recommend Emerald island for anyone vacationing near Disney it's conveniently located near everything and is well maintained.
Catherine Pugliese (Philadelphia, PA)
(Stayed Dec 19, 2020) Dec 27, 2020
This Vacation home had everything we needed [Emerald Magic]
It was such a pleasure staying in the house. Everyone in my family loved it. Everything we needed was at the house. My wife and I forgot to buy a stroller at the airport and was going to buy one later. However, we were glad when we saw an extra stroller in the house. The place was exactly as described on the website and the management responses were quick. I will recommend it to my coworkers. Thanks.
Sam An (Flushing, New York)
Aug 23, 2011