Emerald Island Resort is located in Kissimmee, south west of the major Orlando urban area, just 3 miles drive from the main entrance gate at Walt Disney World and with easy access to other major attractions such as Sea World and Universal Orlando (Universal Studios). The resort is one of the very closest to the parks and as such is popular all year round. While Disney is 10-15mins drive Sea World and Universal Orlando can be reached in under 30mins along the I4.
Florida's Gulf coast, around 1.5hrs drive directly west, is easily accessible along the I4 and you'll find some of the best beaches in the US around the St Petersburg Clearwater area. To the East, Kennedy Space Centre can be reached in just over an hour and just further north you'll find Florida's stunning Atlantic beaches such as Playalinda Beach.
Both Orlando International airports are easily accessible with Orlando International being closer (23 miles and 30mins by car) and Sanford further north (50miles and 1hr by car). Sanford may look far away on our map but it is actually reasonably convenient to access, sticking to the 417 and avoiding the I4 is best advised.
It is strongly advised that holidaymakers hire a car. Orlando is a large sprawling conurbation and is not in any shape or form a city designed for pedestrians. Travelling to and from the major attractions by car is a relatively straightforward experience in a city with such developed infrastructure. There are obviously tips and tricks that make getting around as easy as possible.