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ESPN Wide World of Sports Introduction

With 10 world-class sporting venues which can host more than 60 sports, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a 220-acre athletic complex located in the Walt Disney World Resort. Formerly known as Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, the venue was built by Disney in 1997, who spent $100 million transforming the former wetlands. The complex opened with an exhibition baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds. It has since been the home of the Harlem Globetrotters, the NFL Experience, and the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships.

Hotels near ESPN Wide World of Sports

As well as on-site options, there are many hotels near the venue that are aimed at visitors who want to stay near the Walt Disney World Resort. Some of these are straightforward lodgings aimed at the budget end of the market, but many others feature facilities specifically designed for families. You can find hotels with pop themes, water parks, baby alligators, kitschy American diners. food courts, and outdoor cinemas. Most also offer free shuttles to the theme parks. To get a good deal on rooms, simply avoid school holidays, when prices soar.

Where to stay near ESPN Wide World of Sports

You can stay at a hotel on the resort itself, or find off-site accommodation. The resort hotels offer perks such as free airport shuttles and extra time in the theme parks. If you are visiting mostly for the sports facilities at the ESPN Complex, you may find off-site options less expensive. Nearby locations with plenty of hotels include Lake Buena Vista and Kissimmee, with the general rule that hotel prices decrease the further you travel away from the resort. Further afield is the city of Orlando.

Things to see near ESPN Wide World of Sports

Since the sports complex is built on Walt Disney World Resort, the main attractions are all on-site. The resort encompasses almost 30,000 acres with four theme parks, two water parks, several golf courses, and a downtown district. Universal’s Islands of Adventures includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with an imaginative take on J.K. Rowling’s magical London, plus themed rides. SeaWorld Adventure Park Orlando has adrenaline rides, plus popular marine life shows. Or you could try Gatorland, which features swamps filled with alligators and crocodiles, plus snakes, toads, and turtles.

How to get to ESPN Wide World of Sports

The sports complex is located southwest of Orlando, off Interstate 4, west of the Florida Turnpike - follow signs to Walt Disney World Resort. Parking is available at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. General parking is free and valet parking is available on select event dates for a fee. When sporting events are on, there are buses from Disney's All-Star Sports Resort, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney's Pop Century Resort. Most hotels offer shuttles to Walt Disney World Resort. The nearest airport is Orlando International Airport, which is 21.2 miles away.