10 Magical Disney Themed Airbnbs Near Orlando

Are you looking for a place to stay on your next trip to Walt Disney World Resort? You don’t have to stay on Disney property to get a fully themed experience. These Disney themed Airbnbs near Orlando are great options if you’re looking to vacation without giving up convenient household amenities. With spaces for kid, adults, and everybody in between, one of these Airbnbs is bound to add some magic to your vacation.

Mickey Mouse retreat with something for fans of all ages…

Mickey Mouse diner eating area with red booth and Mickey and Minnie stuffed animals
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This Airbnb consulted with children to make their clubhouse a magical experience for guests of all ages. The seven bedrooms in this home pay homage to Disney films like “Frozen,” “The Avengers,” and “Aladdin.” Alongside the backyard pool, there’s a “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” cottage for the little ones to play in. And if you’re planning to stop by Universal Orlando Resort, “Harry Potter” and “Jurassic Park” fans will be in for a treat at this vacation stay as well.

Luxury villa complete with Cinderella’s carriage…

Cinderella themed bedroom with carriage bed and movie wallpaper
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Vacation like a Disney princess — literally — during your stay at this luxury Airbnb. The Cinderella castle and carriage beds are in just one of the eight bedrooms of this villa. Furnishings, like a “Star Wars” game room, a podracer bed, and a private pool, are sure to make for a comfortable stay. Furthermore, guests gain access to local resort amenities, like walking trails, on-site restaurants, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Don’t leave your love for Star Wars at Galaxy’s Edge…

Star Wars themed bedroom with space wallpaper and spaceship bed
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Immerse yourself into a galaxy far, far away at this incredibly detailed Airbnb. All nine bedrooms are themed to a location from the “Star Wars” universe, including Hoth, Cloud City, and Endor. You can truly see the thought that went into designing these spaces. Between the hand-painted murals, 3D-molded planets, and handmade beds, the immersion doesn’t have to stop when you leave Galaxy’s Edge when you stay at this vacation home.

You’ll want to “Be Our Guest” at this Airbnb…

Beauty and the Beast bedroom with golden bed, red flowers and character decor
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If you’re traveling with a large pack, this is the Airbnb to pick as your home away from home. This location has four master suites and sleeps up to 22 guests. The “Harry Potter” theater, swimming pool, hot tub and dress up costumes are just some of the amenities that will make your stay luxurious. With bedrooms themed to “Star Wars,” “Moana,” “Frozen,” and “Cinderella,” this stay will please both children and adults alike.

A modernized Mickey Mouse Clubhouse…

Living room with Mickey Mouse carpet, pillows and curtains
Airbnb

Turn this condo into your Mickey Mouse clubhouse for a cozy stay on your vacation. This recently renovated getaway would be a great space to come back to after a long day in the parks. It’s just five minutes away from the Walt Disney World Resort and is fully stocked with the essentials. On top of that, the space also gets guests access to the condominium’s features, including a pool, hot tub, basket ball court, gym, and arcade.

Don’t let the amusement stop at the parks…

Spider-Man and Hulk themed bunk bed with blue slide
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Enjoy the company of up to 16 guests at this customized cottage. Whether you’re slinging webs with Spider-Man in the Avengers bunk beds, or sleeping like royalty in the “Frozen” castle bedroom, everyone will remember this vacation long after returning home. And the fun doesn’t have to stop when you leave Walt Disney World Resort. Back at the villa, you’ll have a “Cars” poolroom and a “Star Wars” theater waiting for you.

A magical stay that’s only minutes away from the parks…

Star Wars themed game room with foosball, slide, spaceship and Darth Vader mannequin
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This Airbnb manages to perfectly balance sophistication and silliness in its design — which is exactly what you should want out of a luxury vacation home near Disney World. In this vacation home, you can play pool with Darth Vader looming over your shoulder, have Jack Skellington serve you popcorn in the theater, or shrink down to the size of a troll in the “Trolls” playroom. With seven bedrooms that can sleep up to 16 guests, this vacation home will cater to everyone’s needs.

A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re in this Airbnb…

Haunted Mansion Madame Leota bedroom with chandelier
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Vacation awaits you and up to 7 guests in this Magic Kingdom-inspired Airbnb. Various classics are represented in this home, including the Haunted Mansion, “Peter Pan,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Cinderella.” Guests have access to a private pool with a view, in addition to a community basketball court, tennis court, volleyball court and community pool. Stocked with the essentials, this Airbnb offers the comfort of a vacation home, combined with the immersion of Disney.

Don’t be mousing around when it’s time to rope drop…

Living room with Mickey Mouse themed pillows, art and decorations
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If location is a priority for your trip, then this Airbnb is the way to go. Just five minutes from the parks, this cozy, top-floor condo is in a prime vacation spot. The recently renovated suite sleeps up to five guests and is close to restaurants, supermarkets, souvenir shops, and highways. Guest gain access the condominium’s pools, hot tub, basketball court, gym, and more.

A proper palace built for royalty…

Frozen themed bedroom with castle bed and mountain mural on the wall featuring Olaf
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No details were spared in the design of this Airbnb. Meticulous details can be found in every bedroom, each paying tribute to a Disney classic. This includes favorites like “Toy Story,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Guest of this eight-bedroom mansion can dine with Anton Ego from “Ratatouille” in the morning, and spend their evenings splashing in the pool, watching a movie in the “Fantasia” theater, or playing around in the “Wreck-It Ralph” game room.

5 Differences Between Disney and Universal’s Spider-Man Rides

Disneyland’s Avengers Campus opened to the public on June 4, 2021, unveiling their newest attraction, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure. While this is Disney’s first Spidey-themed ride, it is not the only one in existence. Across the U.S., Peter Parker makes his home at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This fan favorite attraction has been around since the Orlando park opened in 1999 and was later cloned for Universal Studios Japan.

With both theme park giants constructing rides based on the same source material, naturally the final products will be compared. From web slinging to thrills and pyrotechnics, we broke down the biggest differences between these attractions.

Modern Marvel

Tom Holland dressed as Spider-Man standing in front of a train.
Disney

Now that Disney is a parent company to Marvel, it’s no surprise they want to include this incredibly successful franchise in their parks. Because of this, they feature the most up-to-date iteration of Spider-Man, currently portrayed by Tom Holland in the MCU films. He appears in the queue and speaks throughout the attraction, further bolstering this Disney IP.

On the other hand, Marvel Superhero Island at Universal’s Islands of Adventure opened ten years before The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment. Disney continues to honor the contract with Universal that gives their biggest theme park competitor the right to maintain their Marvel land in perpetuity, or indefinitely, unless Universal closes the land, stops making the contractual payments, or Marvel determines Universal has caused damage to Marvel’s brand.

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man attraction is more generically themed towards the comic books, without tying the character to a specific film portrayal. As riders walk through the queue, they become immersed in scenes from The Daily Bugle, appearing lifted straight from a comic book. Throughout the attraction, riders come face-to-face with a variety of Spider-Man villains, who have not brought to life in film.

Thrill Factor

Riders on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando

People of all ages love Spider-Man, so naturally Universal and Disney want these rides to appeal to all ages. That said, it appears the Universal’s option is the way to go if you’re looking for more thrills.

In The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, riders get the scoop on the latest super villain plot to steal the Statue of Liberty. While the dark ride doesn’t include any actual flips or major drops, they simulate these effects through a combination of 3D projection, physical sets, and both practical and tactile effects.

Over on Web Slingers, experimental Spider-Bots are causing mayhem across Avengers Campus and riders have to help Spider-Man stop them by joining in on the web-slinging. Admittedly, they are less threatening than the batch of Spider-Man villains in Universal’s ride. This dark ride also keeps its movements and speed mundane to give players enough time to take aim at their targets.

Gamification

Concept art for Disneyland's Avengers Campus WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure ride
Disney

Another major difference between these two rides is their levels of interactivity. On The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, you’re ideally going to have the same experience every time you board the ride vehicle. If for some reason you don’t, it’s likely that there was a malfunction of some sort.

But Web Slingers is both a ride and a game — the more Spider-Bots you web up, the more points you get. And the more you ride, the more opportunities you have to beat your high score and beat your friends. Fans have imagined slinging webs like Spider-Man for decades, and this interactive element truly brings this dream to life.

Pay to Play

Web-shooter attachment for WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure
Disney

While park admission is enough to board either of these rides, Web Slingers has an option to upgrade and personalize the experience — for a price. Park-goers can purchase WEB Power Band and add-ons. The band enables a multi-fire mode and the additional add-on customizes the experience even more. This includes shooting electro-dynamic webs or repulsor blasts with the writst piece.

Despite The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, not having an upgraded option, the Universal parks are not strangers to this concept. In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, interactive wands are available for purchase that enable users to perform spells throughout the lands. Super Nintendo World also has a similar concept for their Power-Up Bands that are used to compete and earn points around the land.

Timeless Classic

Spider-Man fist bumping a child in front of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando

Avengers Campus and Web Slingers have only opened recently. As a result, the ride and the land haven’t had a chance to truly establish themselves just yet. Only time will tell if this ride holds up with fans over the years. Disney seems to have big hopes for Avengers Campus, with plans to develop similar lands at Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland. Early reviews tend to be positive.

Meanwhile, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man was a success since it opened in 1999. The ride received much critical acclaim, including winning the Golden Ticket Award for Best Dark Ride for twelve consecutive years. Even ten years on from its last major refurbishment, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is still considered one of the best attractions out there.

8 Essentials You Can’t Forget on Next Universal Studios Trip

There are plenty of factors to consider when planning a trip to any of the Universal theme parks—and you do not want to show up unprepared. Forgetting to pack something or leaving it back in your hotel room can cost time and money, and Universal knows that. You’d be surprised how much even a simple bottle of water can cost. 

To keep you from shelling out more than you planned on your Universal theme park vacation, here are some must-haves that you should make sure don’t get left at home.

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Power Bank

Your cell phone will be your lifeline in the park. Alongside normal communication functions, it gives you easy access to a map that lists wait times for each ride so you can optimize your day. It’s easy to say that complications can arise if your phone dies, which is why you should travel with a power bank. Portable chargers, like this solar-powered one by SOXONO, make charging on the go easy, so you don’t have to stop to find a charging station or head back to your hotel room earlier than expected.

Sunscreen

The Universal parks were built in sunny areas where visitors can travel comfortably throughout the year. Forgetting sunscreen can lead to an uncomfortable sunburn that can put a damper on your trip. Keep sunscreen in your bag and remember to reapply throughout the day. Feel free to choose your brand and SPF of choice, but this 30 SPF sunscreen from Sun Bum should get the job done.

Small Backpack

How did you plan to carry all of these items around with you? A small backpack is the easiest way to transport all of your personal items around the park, and it can also double as a fashion statement. Go with something that can show off your love for your favorite franchise in the park, like this Loungefly Spider-Man backpack. It’s small enough to squeeze in and out of the free lockers with ease, so you can easily and safely store your items when you go to ride your favorite coaster.

Rain Jacket

Who likes to walk around in wet clothes all day? While the parks are generally in hot climates, that doesn’t keep them from experiencing the occasional rainstorm, so be sure to check the forecast beforehand. It helps to have a rain jacket, like this one from Columbia, in your bag, just in case a storm arises. Even if it doesn’t rain, you might be happy you brought it when your party decides it’s time to hop on a water ride.

Water Bottle

When you’re on the go in a theme park, it’s even more important to stay hydrated. The heat and thrills can easily tire anyone out if they don’t have enough water. Save yourself from exorbitantly priced bottles of water by bringing your own into the park. Consider something like this SPECIAL MADE collapsable water bottle so you can maximize space in your bag as you travel throughout the park.

Card Holder

Bulky wallets are a drag to carry around all day. Try swapping out your usual wallet for something light and slim, like this Hershel RFID card holder. That way you can have your ticket and credit card on you, for any park hopping or souvenir purchases that arise, without having to stop to put your wallet in a locker for large rides that don’t allow you to carry on items.

Fandom T-shirt

Show off your love for your favorite fandom by wearing some merch to the park. Whether you wear a vintage Jurassic Park cap or try this Harry Potter-inspired herbology shirt, you want to be confident in your outfit of choice. Merch will not only look great in pictures, but it can also help you find fellow fans in the parks.

Hand Sanitizer

With thousands of people traveling in and out of the parks every day, there’s a chance that someone will be carrying around some sort of cold or virus you could catch. Protect yourself and those around you by using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not readily available. These Purell bottles are great for traveling because they are small and come with a jelly carrier that can attach to a bag for easy access.