Walt Disney World is a gateway into a magical land of fun, fantasy and dreams coming true, and the theme parks are only half of it. On the grounds of WDW are several world-class resorts that provide guests with an equally magical place to stay while they explore the iconic parks.
The resorts feature a diverse range of themes, amenities and price points, and there’s something for every type of Disney guest. Whether your idea of heaven is a remote cabin in the woods, a lavish beach resort resembling the best of the tropics or zebra strolling past your window, these are the most incredible resorts at Walt Disney World.
10 Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House
Jambo House is the central building of Animal Kingdom Lodge and Kidani Village and is one of the best value for money choices of accommodation in the theme park. Although this resort is a little remote, the blog describes one of its best qualities as the fact that it’s “thematically and culturally authentic.”
Animal Kingdom Lodge boasts a premium art collection for viewing and an array of eateries serving up dishes for every taste. The best part for animal lovers, though, is that live African animals reside on the grounds.
9 Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Known by visitors as The Poly, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a fun celebration of tiki culture. It is one of the most expensive resorts a Walt Disney World, but for good reason. The stunning grounds make visitors feel as if they’ve been transported to a tropical paradise.
The Poly boasts a number of great dining options, and one of the best reasons to stay here is that it’s convenient; it’s just a short ride via monorail to the Magic Kingdom. The Ticket & Transportation Center is also located nearby.
8 Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
The Disney Tourist Blog explains that the Saratoga Springs Resort was constructed with the image of villas in mind, which is evident in its relaxing, no-fuss vibe. Space is no issue at Saratoga Springs since it’s the largest and most spread out of the resorts at Walt Disney World.
Unlike some of the other resorts, the theme here is subtle, making it perfect for those guests who want to leave the theatrics for the parks themselves. The resort is also just a short walk or ferry ride from Disney Springs.
7 Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Built to resemble a real lodge in any US National Park, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is one of the most unique resorts on the premises. It’s compact enough not to be overwhelming to guests, but still has delicious dining options and gorgeous grounds. Visit the Lodge at Christmas for an even greater ambiance.
As far as price goes, the Wilderness Lodge tends to be at a lower price point than other Deluxe resorts in the area. While the resort isn’t connected to the Magic Kingdom via the monorail loop, guests can take the boat service to the park.
6 Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort is another great option for those who are looking for something more low-key than many of the other themed Disney resorts. It’s A-frame design adds to the chic and minimalist feel, and it happens to be one of the most convenient resorts at Walt Disney World.
Not only does the Contemporary have a monorail running through it, giving it a unique and futuristic look, but it’s also within walking distance to the Magic Kingdom. Epcot is only a short ride away, and with the volatile Florida weather, this is definitely a plus!
5 Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort stands out from the rest because it is the primary convention hotel on the grounds. This means that it offers great amenities that would please any professional traveling on business, and is a good choice for those without kids who are looking for a quieter vibe.
The resort doesn’t have a strong theme, but in addition to its high-quality rooms and amenities, it features some amazing eating spots. The Disney Tourist Blog also points out that Coronado Springs is a “Deluxe Resort for the price of a Moderate.”
4 Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside View
One of the best resorts at Walt Disney World for honeymooning couples is Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, thanks to its romantic atmosphere and pretty scenery. Plus, being a Moderate Resort, its prices aren’t too steep. Spacious and spread out, the resort hosts multiple bus stops, giving guests flexibility when it comes to traveling to the parks.
Themed entertainment is on offer at the Port Orleans Resort, which means the magic doesn’t stop when you leave the parks. It also boasts some truly beautiful views, especially if you book a Riverside room.
3 Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Old Key West Resort is the real O.G. The original Disney Vacation Club Resort, Old Key West offers the most room space of any of the Vacation Club resorts, and is superbly themed to Florida itself. The scenery is luscious enough to have guests snapping pictures even before they arrive at the parks.
Though they’re a bit of a walk away from the rooms, there are plenty of restaurants and other eateries on-site at the Old Key West Resort. But the real reason to stay here is the perfectly executed theme that immerses guests in the local culture.
2 Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort And Campground
For something a little different from the lavish feel of some of the other Disney resorts, guests should think about Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Though a theme park stands right across the lake, this resort is quiet, private and peaceful.
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Visitors can enjoy the full experience of real camping at Fort Wilderness, thanks to the variety of outdoor activities on offer. Here you’ll find real campfires, archery, fishing, and boating. Fort Wilderness is an ideal oasis for those looking to recharge after an action-packed day at the parks.
1 Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Though other Disney resorts have their on-site pools, the pool at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is arguably second to none. The Storm-Along Bat pool even has its own lazy river for a truly relaxing aquatic experience that’s perfect for cooling off in the humid summer weather.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort is only a short walk to Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are a quick boat ride away. The upbeat and carefree theme of this sister resort to Disney’s Yacht Club is one of the top reasons that it remains so popular.