Trying to find an autism friendly hotel in Orlando near Disney World is really hard to find. It’s ironic, one can find numerous pet friendly hotels, but it is really hard to find one which caters to families with an autistic member.

Why Book With Orlando Vacation Hotels


There are three things we look for when adding a new hotel to the platform. We feel we have a duty to our guests to make sure we are partnering with and representing great properties. Here are the three main things we look for in an autism friendly Orlando hotel:

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We have been helping guests plan their Orlando hotel stays since 1993. We have helped over 800,000 families.

Popular Orlando Hotels

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Aloft By Marriott Near SeaWorld Orlando

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista across from Disney Springs

Hilton Buena Vista Palace Inside Walt Disney World

Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club by Hilton in Orlando near Walt Disney World

Liki Tiki Village in Orlando near Walt Disney World

How We Can Help You Book an Autism Friendly Vacation to Orlando

Back in 2019, Orlando Vacation Hotels inquired about becoming an Autism Certified Travel Company with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Educational Standards or IBCCES. So what does this mean and how does this help you and your family? Great question, 80% of our staff has had to take educational courses and pass an annual test to ensure we, as a company, providing the best advice on how to plan an Orlando vacation when the party has an autistic member in it.

We have also written a great Disney World guide for families with autism members to help assist you in navigating the theme parks in Orlando. Majority of the hotels we represent are not Autism certified; in fact, on a hand full of Orlando hotels have completed this training but we can definitely assist you in planning your vacation and finding the best Orlando hotel or Resort for you and your family.

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Autism Friendly Which one is better Resort, Vacation Home, or Hotel

This is a great question, and the answer is all three type of lodging have their pros and cons when it comes which one is more autism friendly.

Orlando Hotels

The pros are there are many to choose from ranging in price from value to luxury and everything in between. If you are staying for just a few days, a simple hotel room might be just the thing you need. They are typically smaller than full size Orlando resorts so if you do want to go to get to your room quickly Orlando hotels will provide this opportunity to do this.

The cons are there are a lot more people in a smaller space than compared to a resort or vacation home. It is also a little harder to stick to a schedule and a routine because the rooms are typically a little smaller. In addition, the check-in process might take a bit longer.

Orlando Resorts

These resorts such as: Liki Tiki, Mystic Dunes or Fantasy World Resort offer condominium style lodging with all the extra amenities of a 4 and 5 star hotel. These resorts offer waterparks, great pool areas, extra amenities such as: putt-putt golf, games rooms, multiple site restaurants, and so much more. This type of lodging is great from families traveling with family members which are on the spectrum because they offer so much and the units are 2,3 and 4 bedrooms with fully equipped kitchens. This makes it much easier to stick to a daily routine especially when you are in your unit.

The negative about these resorts is that they are massive in terms of overall size. Your room might be a 5-to-10-minute walk from the pool area which can cause a problem. In addition, the pool areas are the major draw to this type of lodging so it is always busy and loud.

Vacation Homes

Our vacation homes offer you the most privacy and most of our vacation homes have their own private pool which makes this a great option. It is typically more quite and more relaxing plus we have homes which range in size from a 3 bedroom to 14 bedrooms. We are sure to find one which is perfect for you and your family. Click here to check out our autism friendly Orlando vacation homes.

The negative is the vacation homes might not be the safest option. Almost all our vacation homes have pools so this can be problematic with children who have autism. In addition, the locks on the doors are more in line with the locks you find in homes so this makes it easier for autistic children to unlock the door and walk out the front door.

Tips for Traveling to Orlando with an Autistic Child

  • Bring a letter from the child’s doctor outlining what their disabilities and their needs. Disney, Universal and SeaWorld are great assisting families so everyone can have a great time. At the entrance to each park is a guest service area you will want to start here.
  • Have a travel bag with your child’s favorite food and games. When traveling you will probably encounter so type of delay or set back, by have this travel bag handy it will make everything go smoother.
  • Checking into the hotel, if you book through us we will do everything we can to make sure your check-in process quick. Some hotels even allow you to check in online which is great. Another option is to have one person check-in while another walks around with your child checking out the hotel or resort.
  • Stick to your daily routine as much as possible. Easier said than done but if you can stick to just the basics it will help such as: going to bed and getting up at the same time, eating at the same time every day and eating the same type of foods seem to help.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What Hotels in Orlando are Autism Friendly?

The Fairfield by Marriott, the Doubletree near SeaWorld, and the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott are all autism certified. This means nearly 80% of their staff have completed and passed a test to assist families with a member that might be on the spectrum.

What is the biggest safety tips when booking an Orlando Autism friendly Hotel?

Call the hotel before your vacation and notify them if you have a family member with autism. If you are traveling with an autistic child, you will want to know what type of locks they have in their rooms and make sure there are locks which only adults can reach. You will also want to ask for a room which does not have a balcony.

Are the Orlando theme parks safe for children with autism?

Yes, Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld go to great measures to make sure all guests have a fun and safe experience at their parks. You might want to go online and check out the designated quiet areas in the parks. These areas are great to go to especially if your child needs to calm down.

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