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The best theme park hotels around the world

Whether you’re planning a family holiday the kids will live off for months or looking to relive the exuberance of youth; freefall rides and rollercoasters are sure to get pulses racing. We’ve put together a list of properties that bring you close to the action.

Gardaland Adventure Hotel in Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy

Gardaland Adventure Hotel in Italy

Gardaland Adventure Hotel in Italy

The fun just keeps coming at Gardaland Adventure Hotel. Apart from whisking you to and from nearby Gardaland on free shuttle buses, this property has a massive outdoor pool area with relaxing water jets and rumbling waterfalls. Inside, the rooms really capture the imagination – their quirkily themed décor is inspired by the amusement park itself.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort in Orlando, USA

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort in USA

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort in USA

Florida’s famous for its hot weather – but you’ll hardly break a sweat at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Practically everything is air conditioned: the free buses that zip to and from the neighbouring Universal Studios, the bright modern rooms with their holiday vibes, and the on-site bowling alley. As if that’s not enough, you can also cool down in the outdoor pool and lazy river.

Explorer’s Hotel at Disneyland Paris in Magny le Hongre, France

Explorer’s Hotel at Disneyland Paris in France

Explorer’s Hotel at Disneyland Paris in France

The king of theme parks, Disneyland captures the imagination of visitors young and old. Just 2km from Paris’ version, Explorer’s Hotel lets you experience the thrill of visiting the park while providing a serene escape from its bustle. The free transfers, children’s playground, and indoor pool with waterslide get special mentions from guests.

Hotel am Park in Rust, Germany

Hotel am Park in Germany

Hotel am Park in Germany

Right across the road from Europa-Park, and with entrance tickets sold at reception, Hotel am Park ensures you’ll be first in line for all the best roller coasters. What’s more, the traditional German breakfast spread offers a solid start to your morning, while the play corner keeps younger guests distracted long after the park closes.

Ibis Futuroscope in Chasseneuil du Poitou, France

Ibis Futuroscope in France

Ibis Futuroscope in France

The future is only a five-minute walk from this hotel… well, Futuroscope adventure park is anyway. This playful theme park is all about transporting you to another dimension – think 4D shows and crazy visual effects. And with spacious rooms, pet-friendly facilities, and generous morning and evening buffets provided, Ibis Futuroscope covers all your family’s needs.

La Quinta Inn & Suites in Arlington, USA

La Quinta Inn & Suites in USA

La Quinta Inn & Suites in USA

Talk about an all-American experience. Overlooking the iconic Six Flags Over Texas theme park, La Quinta Inn & Suites sets you up for an epic day out with a waffle-and-coffee breakfast and genuinely smiley staff, from the receptionist to the shuttle driver. And when it comes to relaxation, the bar, lounge, and hot tub are simply the best.

Hotel PortAventura in Salou, Spain

Hotel PortAventura in Spain

Hotel PortAventura in Spain

At Hotel PortAventura, you’ll be in the thick of the action. Located on the grounds of PortAventura World, this property includes free admission to the theme park as well as access to outdoor pools and hot tubs. Families with young kids (and fussy eaters) will appreciate the cartoon-themed rooms and three on-site restaurants.

Hotel Natal in Penha, Brazil

Hotel Natal in Brazil

Hotel Natal in Brazil

A hop, skip, and a jump from the fun of Beto Carrero World (500 metres to be exact), Hotel Natal piles on the Brazilian charm. This extends from the staff’s cheerful vibes to the humdinger of a breakfast, where juices, local fruit, and traditional sweet cakes provide the sugar rush you’ll need for an action-packed day out.