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A bowl game, Disney World and New Years all in one trip makes for quite the trifecta. Well, that’s what you’re signing up for when you buy your tickets to the Citrus Bowl. If you’re up for the whirlwind, we’re up for helping you land the ideal accommodation to help cut some of the travel stress. Here are our top picks for where to stay for the Citrus Bowl.

The Downtown Crowne Plaza: The safe bet

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Downtown Orlando is full of chain hotels and many offer a similar stay for a similar price. These are what we call “safe bets”. They’re chains so you have a pretty solid idea of what kind of room you’re getting and what kind of service you will receive from the staff. The Downtown Crowne Plaza stands out among the 3-4 star chains in downtown Orlando for its reviews and excellent rates. It’s just a quick drive from the stadium so you don’t have to worry about hiking to the other side of the city after the game.

La Quinta Universal Studios: The family penny-saver

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We’re thinking of the football-loving families looking to bring the kids to the game and Disney World while not breaking the bank on the accommodations. While not right next door to the stadium (it’s about a fifteen-minute drive), La Quinta does give you great access to the theme parks and all the things the kids will love to check out before or after gameday. It’s a win-win.

The Four Seasons: The pull-out-all-the-stops luxury stay

It’s tough to beat the Four Seasons. This is for vacationers who are looking to enjoy themselves without thinking too hard about the bill. From the waterfalls of the pool area to the outdoor dining area at the top of the hotel (a perfect place to catch the sunset or fireworks from the theme parks), this hotel is about as good as it gets in Orlando. It’s about a 30-minute drive from the stadium, but making the drive on game day is a small sacrifice if you’re planning to stay in Orlando for a few days and cover the theme parks as well.

Resort Condo: The kids’ Christmas present

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This condo near Lake Buena Vista is perfect for families planning a dream vacation for the kids. The condo development features a pool with a massive pirate ship in the middle with waterslides that run from the deck down into the water below. There’s also a mini-golf course for when you get concerned about the amount of chlorine the kids are swallowing after every waterslide run. The full kitchen area and screened balcony are perfect for cooking up a meal (if you get tired of going out) and enjoying it together with the family on the balcony after a long day of theme parks and pool time. 

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