Orlando With Kids: Nickelodeon Suites Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This is a guest post written by Kristen Stewart. Kristen is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Parenting, Parents and AARP: The Magazine, and I feel very lucky to have her writing here. Kristen's kids are 13, 10 and 6.

Here are answers to common questions about the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando Florida. Here are links to my reviews of the Nickelodeon Suites Hotel Amenities and Activities and the Nickelodeon Suites Hotel Rooms

SpongeBob at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort
SpongeBob at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort
What characters are at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort?
It is clear the target age range for the resort is elementary school-age kids and younger. Among others Dora, Diego, The Fairly OddParents' Cosmo and Wanda and of course SpongeBob, Patrick and the gang were all spotted by my kids either in costume walking around or painted on the buildings. There were a few posters around the food areas of some of the tween shows like Victorious but the emphasis was clearly on the younger demographic.

Do I have to reserve a character meal in order to meet the characters?

No. While we found our character breakfast to be a more relaxed setting to interact (including getting autographs), it is possible to meet them out and about. We ran into SpongeBob at the food court the first afternoon. Be sure to pick up a printed schedule of events that tells the who, when and where of all character meet-ups (along with other events and shows).

Can non-registered guests come to the Nickelodeon Suites Resort for the day and pay an entry fee?
No. The Nickelodeon Suites Resort is for guests only.

Should I rent a car if i'm staying at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort?
Strictly speaking no. Nickelodeon Suites Resort has teamed up with other local hotels to offer a shuttle bus to the four main Disney parks (not the water parks) plus Universal, SeaWorld, Aquatica and Wet 'n Wild. At this time there are no shuttle busses from the resort to Legoland.

Be forewarned, however, that the shuttles work on their schedule, not yours. Many days the first shuttle leaves for the Magic Kingdom at 8 am and the next one doesn't depart until 10 am. The departure for SeaWorld and Aquatica is only once a day and not until 10:25 am while Wet 'n Wild's sole departure is at 11:50 am. There is similarly little choice on the return trip with only one shuttle to take you back to the resort late in the afternoon.

Certainly shuttles can work but flexibility is key. Also interesting to note was an employee who said many people arrive thinking they'll use the shuttle only to show up in the lobby the next day asking how they can rent a car (the staff can help with coordinating this request).

Any other tips?
We did have one last interesting experience worth noting. On the morning of our check out (a Sunday) a piece of paper was slipped under our door offering the chance to stay an extra night for $50. For people with airline reservations or firm plans back home this kind of last-minute change wouldn't work but if you have flexibility and want a good deal it might be just the thing. (I suspect it also depends how booked the resort is whether they run this special.)

Related Links
Nickelodeon Suites Resort Amenities and Hotel Grounds
Nickelodeon Suites Resort Review
LEGOLAND Grand Opening Part 1
LEGOLAND Grand Opening Part 2
Orlando With Kids
LEGOLAND California with Kids

Kristen was the invited guest of the Nickelodeon Suites Resort. Neither the resort, nor LEGOLAND required that she express a particular point of view, and the opinions expressed in this article are her own.


Kristen was the invited guest of the Nickelodeon Suites Resort. Neither the resort, nor LEGOLAND required that she express a particular point of view, and the opinions expressed in this article are her own.

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