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Welcome to Florida’s Destination Children’s Hospital

Whether you’re across town or across the globe, Florida Hospital for Children offers you and your child the most advanced and skilled care available. To care for your child, we’ve assembled a world-class team of medical specialists who represent 30 different sub-specialties of medicine. Working in close collaboration, they offer a level of coordinated care that is redefining health care in terms of excellence, compassion and outcomes.

Located in Orlando, one of the premier vacation destinations in the world, our hospital brings the delight of Disney® to life in a hospital setting. In the lobby, you’ll be greeted by some very familiar characters and themes, which translate through our entire hospital. From the interactive lighting in each patient room, to the specially themed floors and delightful play areas, all are expertly designed with children and families in mind.

If you are coming from another hospital or were referred to our hospital by your physician, we’ve made the process easy. We can arrange for your child to be transported via our own ambulances or our helicopter, Florida Flight 1.

If you are travelling on your own, our hospital is only a short drive away from Orlando International Airport (14 miles away) or from Orlando Sanford International Airport (16 miles away). Plus, Orlando is centrally located in Florida – a close travel distance from I-75, I-95, Florida’s Turnpike and I-4.

Families will appreciate the many amenities we have at the hospital, which were designed by our Family Advisory Council – a team of veteran parents who have been in your shoes and consult with our designers to make the hospital experience as comfortable as possible. Our waiting areas feature comfy chairs, refrigerators, computer zones, worktables and TVs. Our pediatric inpatient rooms are built for family stay and include full bathrooms with showers. Plus, all of our pediatric patient rooms have comfortable sleepers so you can stay with your child if you wish.

To make the best use of your time, our Children’s Care Coordinator will be happy to work with you to schedule all of your appointments. This will ensure that your time at the hospital is well spent.

Area Accommodations

If your child’s condition requires a longer stay, you’ll find plenty of choices nearby, 114,000 hotel rooms to be exact. From the Disney® themed hotels at Walt Disney World Resort® to Ronald McDonald House and the Comfort Suites right by the hospital, you’ll easily find accommodations that will meet your family’s needs.

Comfort Suites Downtown

2416 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL
Toll-free: 877.228.4007

Located just across the street from the hospital, the Comfort Suites Downtown is just minutes away from area attractions and the airport. Rooms have coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, microwaves and refrigerators, an outdoor heated pool, hot tub and Internet access for your convenience.

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Ronald McDonald House of Orlando

2201 Alden Road, Orlando, FL (corner of Princeton and Alden)
Phone: 407.898.6127
Fax: 407.896.3562
The Ronald McDonald House of Orlando (RMH) provides a "home-away-from-home" that offers comfort and care to families who have children being treated at local hospitals and medical facilities. RMH is conveniently located within walking distance of Florida Hospital for Children. There is no cost to stay at the Ronald McDonald House but contributions of as little as $20 a night can help sustain our services so that we may help future families in need. No family is ever turned away for their inability to donate. Amenities include private guest room and bath, community kitchen and dining room (meals provided at no cost), playroom, multimedia room, business center, wireless Internet and a library.

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About the Greater Orlando Area

The greater Orlando area offers families seeking treatment a full slate of recreational and entertainment options, from eco tours aboard airboats to the theme parks the area is famous for: Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld and Legoland. Beyond the parks lie many more adventures, including Kennedy Space Center, home of the American space program, Cirque du Soleil and the Orlando Science Center, which is also within walking distance of the hospital.

Orlando also has a rich and vibrant entertainment scene, including art museums, the Orlando Philharmonic, Orlando Ballet, Orlando Opera Company and professional basketball, the Orlando Magic.

Central Florida is truly America’s playground, offering families and patients a chance to relax and enjoy a little downtime during their stay.

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Getting Here

Getting to Orlando is easy. If you’re flying, you’re in good company. More than 34 million passengers fly through Orlando International Airport each year, making it one of the busiest airports in the country. The airport is served by 30 airlines that provide non-stop service to 88 destinations in the U.S. and 24 cities worldwide. It is approximately 16 miles from downtown Orlando and is easily accessible via car, taxi, shuttle or bus.

If you’re traveling by car, here are the estimated drive times and distances to Orlando from major cities in Florida:

  • Cocoa Beach – 1 hour (60 miles)
  • Daytona Beach – 1 hour (55 miles)
  • Gainesville – 2 hours (115 miles)
  • Jacksonville – 2 hours, 10 minutes (140 miles)
  • Key West – 7 hours (398 miles)
  • Miami – 3 hours, 45 minutes (237 miles)
  • Pensacola – 6 hours, 45 minutes (450 miles)
  • Tallahassee – 4 hours, 25 minutes (255 miles)
  • Tampa – 1 hour, 45 minutes (85 miles)

Meeting Your Child’s Special Needs

If you are vacationing in the Orlando area with a special needs child, you can rest assured that we are here for you in the event of an emergency. We have a fully staffed and equipped Emergency Department that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week as well as a network of highly trained and experienced pediatric specialists who can handle any situation. We specialize in helping visitors to the region get well so that they can return home healthy.

Want to know more?

If you are seeking top quality medical attention for your child and want to consider Florida Hospital for Children, please contact our Children’s Care Coordinator by calling 407.303.KIDS.

The skill to heal. The spirit to care.