5 Walt Disney World Resorts You Simply Must See

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Guests who visit Walt Disney World love staying on property in a Disney Resort and being surrounded by the magic at all times. Staying at a Disney Resort is an amazing experience each time as there are plenty of options to choose from. Guests can pick a resort from three different price categories with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value being the most reasonable, and Moderate falling somewhere in between. By narrowing the list of resort options down thanks to a price range, guests can then choose from several different resorts depending on what their personal preferences in size, theme, and location are. No matter what resort a guest chooses, they are sure to feel right at home throughout their vacation. While enjoying their time in Walt Disney World, guests are free to visit any of the Disney Resorts, and there are some that are particularly worth a visit thanks to their beautiful scenery, themes, and dining options. Here are six Walt Disney World Resorts that guests simply must see.


5. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort –

Nestled on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon directly across from the Magic Kingdom is a tropical oasis that transports guests to the South Seas. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort combines the island feel of French Polynesian with swaying palm trees, pristine beaches, and tiki statues to welcome guests to an amazing place to stay. Guests who visit Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort can enjoy the massive Great Ceremonial House which is home to full service dining locations ‘Ohana and Kona Café and several shopping locations. Guests can also spend time enjoying a drink in Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto where interesting and unique things happen when guests order particular drinks off of the menu. Guests can also spend time exploring the grounds of the resort and basking in the splendid views of Seven Seas Lagoon and Cinderella Castle across the way.

4. Disney’s Boardwalk Resort –

Located near both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Crescent Lake which is home to several Disney Resorts. One of the most popular of the bunch is Disney’s Boardwalk Resort which transports guests back to turn of the century Atlantic City with charming nautical and carnival themed props, décor, and architecture. Guests who visit Disney’s Boardwalk Resort can enjoy walking by the beautiful Luna Park Pool area featuring an old wooden roller coaster with a clown as a water slide, beautiful views of Crescent Lake, bustling nightlife along the boardwalk, and the delicious Flying Fish Café. With so many amazing things to enjoy while visiting Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, guests should definitely make time to stop by.

3. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge –

Guests who are fans of Disney’s Animal Kingdom should definitely take the time to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge which transports them to Africa with sweeping savannah views. Guests who visit can enjoy a massive lobby decorated in dark woods, authentic African art, and a huge glass window looking out to the savannah. While visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, guests should also be sure to dine at Jiko – The Cooking Place, Boma – Flavors of Africa, Sanaa, or The Mara for traditional African cuisine that the whole family can enjoy. With beautiful views, an amazing theme, and wonderful dining options, guests should definitely pay a visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge while in Walt Disney World.

2. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort –

The newest Disney Resort falls in the Value Category and allows guests to step directly into some of their favorite Disney and Pixar animated films. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort brings Cars, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, and the Lion King to life with larger than life statues of characters, decorated rooms, and themed areas made to look like environments from each film. Guests will love checking out the Big Blue Pool which features characters from Finding Nemo enjoying underwater speakers and a splash and play area. Those who are looking to dine while visiting the resort can stop by the Landscape of Flavors food court and try the guest favorite tie dye cheesecake!


1. Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort –

Guests who are fans of New Orleans and the charm of the French Quarter should be sure to stop by Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. Featuring wrought iron atriums, colorful buildings, lush gardens, fountains, and spectacular views of the Sassagoula River, this resort allows guests to feel as though they are enjoying the Big Easy. Guests visiting should also check out Doubloon Lagoon where Scales the dragon forms a massive water slide and alligators play jazz instruments and Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory where they can munch on tasty beignets! From the beautiful design to the festive theme, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is a great resort to visit!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.