10. Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn, Orlando
The Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn offers many opportunities -- interactive teas, breakfasts, and meet-and-greets -- for resort guests to mingle with characters. But that may not be what kids remember most fondly. Two admission-worthy water parks that are free for all guests feature seven slides or flumes, a four-story interactive water tower, and a 400-gallon dump tank. Toddlers will enjoy a sandy area with a slide and a shaded play space with a splash zone. The parks are both staffed by lifeguards, and life jackets, offered at no charge, are required for kids less than 4' tall when using certain water slides.
On 26 acres a mile from Walt Disney World, this all-suite resort has semi-private Nickelodeon-character-themed kids' bedrooms that can only be accessed via the common living room; most of the 777 suites are 485 sq. ft., and all are nonsmoking and equipped with a refrigerator and microwave
Camp for kids 5 to 12 four evenings per week; two swimming pools, one with a shallow entry, both staffed by lifeguards; dive-in movies; playground; free meals for kids 12 and under at certain eateries
Nick@Night Adult Lounge; lap pool; free shuttle buses to area theme parks
- Will host Nick Jr. month in September with activities and characters from TV shows for preschoolers; last year's programming included storytime with Joe and Blue from Blue's Clues and a Dora the Explorer fiesta with arts and crafts
- Offers spa treatments, such as hair-braiding and manicures, for kids as young as 2
- Schedules live shows nightly during which families compete against each other in Nick-style games; if desired -- and most kids are eager -- the child of the winning family gets slimed at the end of the show with much fanfare