When searching for a resort for our recent family vacation, I will admit that staying in a luxury resort was a little bit intimidating. Valet parking? Chandeliers in the lobby? A bed more expensive than all of the furniture in my home - combined? How in the world would my child fit in here? How in the world would I fit in here? Luckily for me, the staff at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate made me feel right at home. For the past few years, I have kept my daughter from experiencing so many wonderful things simply because I was afraid that children and luxury should not mix. That was my mistake, and one that I will not make again.
The Omni line of hotels are extremely child-friendly, and make a busy (perhaps over-scheduled) family vacation much more enjoyable for everyone involved. From the comfortable beds to quiet rooms and extravagant pool facilities, the Omni is an incredible place to stay when visiting Disney World with children.
The Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is an easy drive to the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, but is far enough removed to make it seem like a peaceful retreat from the crowds and chaos of a typical Disney vacation. The resort offers complimentary shuttle service to and from Disney World, which is great feature for families visiting the area specifically for a Disney vacation experience. That said, this resort is an attraction all on its own, with activities and amenities that children of all ages can enjoy.
Upon check-in, I received a backpack full of hands-on activities for Danger to play with. It included a pack of crayons, an activity booklet, a squishy ball, a frisbee, and a magnifying glass (which she uses to explore everything she can get her hands on!) This backpack is available at all of the Omni Resorts, which is a great bonus for children to feel welcomed at their home away from home.
Our suite at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate was absolutely amazing. I don't believe I've ever had the pleasure of sleeping in a more serene and comfortable environment. Upon entering our room, we were welcomed with relaxing music and images from the television.
The rooms were tastefully appointed. Everything in the room matched, but wasn't too matchy-matchy. The desk had a built-in power outlet, making charging a laptop, smartphone, and DSLR battery a breeze. Our suite also had a mini fridge and coffee maker tucked inside the entertainment cabinet.
The beds were probably the most comfortable I have ever slept in, and were just firm enough to support my Disney-related aches and pains so that I was ready for the next day's festivities. I slept very well, but Danger fell asleep as soon as her head hit the pillow.
The bathroom was stocked with sweet-smelling amenities, including lotion, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, and a shower cap. And let's not even get into how much I enjoyed the shower. If I could have taken a camera inside and captured the experience for you, I would have. It was so amazing.
One extra amenity that came in very handy was the sewing kit. My dad lost a button from his shorts, and my mom was able to sew it back on with the little kit. Wardrobe malfunction diverted!
Water, Water, Everywhere!
The outdoor pool amenities are pretty amazing. The fixtures rival those of a water park, but are cleaner, better maintained, and have less crowds. 850 ft. lazy river? Check! Zero-entry family pool? Check! Water slide? Check! Splash pad? Check! The Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is not lacking with things to do poolside.
Danger and I especially enjoyed floating in the lazy river. She sat on my lap as we floated through a winding path, in between lush green plants and surprise water jets and waterfalls. It was so relaxing. I almost could have spent the entire day floating around and around in the lazy river circle. Almost.
The splash zone was also a favorite area for us. We raced around, getting sprayed by the gentle jets (and splashing each other with the water!) It was a fantastic feature that made this pool area really stand out as a child-friendly zone.
The Omni also offers on-site restaurants and shopping, including this poolside option:
Pretty convenient, right? If you prefer going out to explore the surrounding area, there are lots of great fast food and sit-down options in ChampionsGate. We did stop by McDonald's on our way back to Disney's Epcot Park for a quick snack one evening.
100 Days of Summer
The Omni Resort family is offering a special 102 Days of Summer activity program this summer. From May 24 - September 2, families can participate in resort scavenger hunts, dive-in movies, family golf clinics, and more! To read more about this exciting promotion, check out the full schedule of events here.
Let's Get Social!
Also - I'm adding more family travel related content to the Classic Mommy site. There's just something about getting out of our daily routines, not to mention the educational benefits of traveling with children. This summer, we're heading back up to Maryland, the Carolinas, and more. You can follow the adventures of Team Bradshaw on facebook, twitter, and Google+, too!
Do you have a go-to brand of hotels that you like to stay at when traveling with kids? What's your favorite?
I received a complimentary room at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in exchange for an honest and detailed review. All opinions come from my personal experiences on property, and were not influenced by compensation or other factors.