I live in the Tampa Bay area, and for the past few years Maingate Lakeside Resort has been my family's go-to option when we are looking for an inexpensive hotel room when spending a weekend at Walt Disney World.
It is an older hotel, but well-maintained. The lobby is inviting and the front desk staff is helpful and friendly. One word of warning: when you check in, you will be asked to visit a "hospitality desk" where you are told "free gifts" await. The "gifts" include theme park maps and coupons to local restaurants and attractions (which you may actually find useful), but the catch is that you will find yourself in the middle of a sales pitch for a time share before you know what is happening. Since I'm a local from Tampa, the guys at the desk usually just give me the coupons and send me on my way, knowing that I'm not their customer. This is just something to be aware of. Visiting this hospitality desk is of course completely optional. This may put off some people, but it certainly isn't a deal-breaker for me.
The rooms are fine, but nothing special. They're clean and include a small fridge, coffee maker, and other small conveniences. The beds are comfortable and in the pillows are soft. It seems to be mostly families that stay at the resort, so expect the usual noise from kids, but I've never been kept awake at this resort by excessive noise during the nighttime hours (except maybe late night fireworks from the nearby Disney parks).
There are three pools on property, as well as two kiddie pools. I don't believe the pools are heated. The on-site miniature golf course is free to guests but isn't too fancy. The kiddies will likely not be too impressed.
It's approximately a 15-minute car ride from your room to a parking space on Disney property (perhaps more depending on traffic). There are plenty of dining options all around the hotel. Pretty much any kind of food you're looking for is less than a 5-minute drive in any direction. Dining options on-property include a PIzza Hut Express, a sports bar and grill, a tiki bar, as well as a full service restaurant and a snack bar. Unfortunately there is no complimentary breakfast at the hotel. The full service restaurant does offer a breakfast buffet with many different options, but I've seen other hotels offer similar fare for no additional charge.
There is bus transportation to Disney and Universal available, but I would strongly recommend driving your own car to the parks. The transportation schedule is fairly limited.
If you're looking for a Disney vacation on a budget, you could do much worse than Maingate Lakeside Resort. Trust me, bargain hotel shopping in Kissimmee is a roll of the dice. Before we found Maingate Lakeside, we stayed in some real dumps. This is now our hotel of choice for quick weekend trips.
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