Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. And there’s a whole lot of beauty hidden in and around Walt Disney World’s resorts. If you haven’t already, we highly recommend taking a resort day the next time you’re on property to fully appreciate the treasures waiting for you at WDW’s diverse resorts. No matter what your definition of beauty is, we’re sure at least one of these resort sights is bound to take your breath away!
1. Savanna Views at Animal Kingdom Lodge
There are no fewer than 4 savannas that you can glimpse from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, and there’s not a bad view to be had. Gaze out over the extensive grasslands during the day, or use the provided night vision goggles at night – either way, you’ll be mesmerized by the dozens of species of animals you’ll see. Even if you’re not staying at AKL, stop on by for some quality safari time discovering your favorite wildlife – all for free.
2. Monorail Through the Contemporary Resort
It’s not every day you can relax in your hotel lobby with a drink as you watch a monorail whiz by! Stay at Walt Disney’s Contemporary Resort (or just drop by), and this is exactly the view you can enjoy. Aside from the utter convenience of catching the train in your living room, the sight of the monorail sleekly cutting through the building high up on the fifth floor never ceases to impress, no matter how many times you see it.
3. View from Gran Destino Tower
We loved taking in the beautiful views around the lake at Coronado Springs even before the Gran Destino Tower was built. Now, you have even more reason to stop by! Head up to the rooftop restaurant Toledo, where you can relax and enjoy panoramic views of Walt Disney World from virtually anywhere (though if you’re lucky enough to snag a window seat, you’ll enjoy premium views). Guests with eagle eyes may even spot Galaxy’s Edge and Tower of Terror in Hollywood Studios.
4. Lobby of the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Staying at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa will set you back, but you can stop by and soak up one of WDW’s most beautiful sights for free. The Grand Floridian’s lobby is one of the most gorgeous lobbies on property, if not the most gorgeous. Think soaring ceilings, crystal chandeliers, a massive gilded birdcage, grand piano, and potted palm trees. Everything’s on an impossibly grand scale, but it’s just as comfortable as it is beautiful, so grab an armchair and enjoy the view!
5. Sassagoula River at Port Orleans Resort
Nothing says “charm” quite like Walt Disney World’s Sassagoula River. It’s themed after the Mississippi River, and this picturesque river is certainly one of the most beautiful sights on property. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to experience it. Meander along the riverside paths at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort or Port Orleans Riverside Resort, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride for an even more romantic view. Even better: take a ferry to or from Disney Springs to get up close and personal with this stunner of a river.
6. Stormalong Bay (Yacht Club Resort and Beach Club Resort)
Think a pool complex could hardly be considered a beautiful sight? If so, you’ve never seen Stormalong Bay, the colossal and magnificent pool complex shared by Disney’s Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts. Stormalong Bay is so massive that it’s practically a water park – and it’s unequivocally beautiful. The crystal clear water stretches on seemingly forever, weaving around rocky outcroppings and lapping on sandy beach areas, and it’s punctuated by waterfalls, spas, palm trees – oh, and a massive shipwreck complete with waterslide.
7. Christmas Tree at Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort is stunning year-round. But for a special treat, visit during the holiday season, when a towering 60-foot tree decked out with thousands of lights and fitting nature-themed ornaments dominates the already gorgeous lobby. As soon as you step inside, you’ll feel completely transported to the Pacific Northwest, on a snowy winter’s day. Curl up by the massive fireplace, recline on a cosy sofa, or take a spot four floors above – no matter where you choose to relax, you can’t help but enjoy this beautiful sight.
8. The Grounds of the Polynesian Village Resort
You’re sitting on a white sand beach, watching a romantic sunset over the water, surrounded by tropical gardens and South Pacific-style longhouses, while a Luau is performed nearby. Must be Hawaii, right? No, but you’d be forgiven for thinking so. In fact, you can enjoy all of these beautiful sights on the grounds of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. If you’re looking to escape to a tropical paradise, look no further! You can wander the resort’s gardens, relax on the beach and check out the Luau even if you’re not staying here – and it may just be the most relaxing day of your vacation!
9. Fireworks from Bay Lake Tower
If you’re a Disney Vacation Club member, you are eligible to enjoy one of the most stunning sights on Disney property: fireworks from the 16th floor Top of the World lounge and roof-top deck at Bay Lake Tower. This observation deck boasts unparalleled views of WDW, and it’s of course at its most magical during fireworks. Not a DVC member? Try making a reservation at California Grill just before fireworks to enjoy similar views.
10. Disney Skyliner
The eagerly-anticipated Disney Skyliner adds a ton of magic to the skies above Walt Disney World! Connecting Disney’s Epcot and Hollywood Studios to Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach and Riviera Resorts, the Skyliner’s state-of-the-art gondolas open up a whole new world of stunning views from above. They’re also pretty spectacular in and of themselves, especially if you’re lucky enough to ride in a gondola featuring your favorite Disney characters!