7 Things Disney Insiders Love About Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts

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Guests who are visiting Walt Disney World are smart to stay on property at a Walt Disney World Resort. By staying on property, guests are close to the magic at all times and have access to wonderful amenities, beautiful themes and pools, complimentary transportation, and amazing dining options. With over twenty different Disney Resorts on property, they are broken down into three categories with Value having the best deals, Deluxe being the most expensive, and Moderate falling somewhere in between. Guests who stay at a Deluxe Resort are treated to some of the best accommodations at Walt Disney World and can enjoy some amazing experiences and places that can’t be found anywhere else. Here are seven things that Disney insiders love about Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts.


7. The Polynesian’s Lobby –

Guests who stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort are transported to the South Pacific where palm trees sway in the wind, white sand beaches are steps away, and tikis are all around. The resort exudes a sense of relaxation thanks to its beachy feel, and the lobby is very impressive. The lobby of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is called the Great Ceremonial House and is home to several shopping locations, ‘Ohana and Kona Café, the Tambu Lounge, and the front desk and concierge. The lobby features a massive atrium with a glass ceiling making it feel open and relaxing for guests. Fresh flowers and a tiki statue greet guests in the center of the first floor and hanging high above are large glass orbs of different colors which beautifully capture the light.

6. Stormalong Bay –

Guests who stay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort or Disney’s Yacht Club Resort have access to one of the most amazing pools at Walt Disney World. Stormalong Bay is a three acre water paradise complete with a lazy river, zero depth entry pool, sand bottom pool, and several water slides. With so many fun and relaxing elements, guests are sure to love splashing around at Stormalong Bay.

5. View From California Grill –

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is nestled on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon and looks out across the water at the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Atop the massive resort is the popular restaurant California Grill which serves up classic Californian cuisine with a unique twist. The restaurant is very popular for its delicious food, but also for its spectacular view! Guests who dine at California Grill are treated to sweeping aerial views of the Magic Kingdom and nearby resorts as well as one of the best views for Happily Ever After fireworks.

4. View of the Magic Kingdom –

Guests who are staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort find themselves also on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon directly across from the Magic Kingdom. While enjoying the Lava Pool which features a massive volcano and water slide, guests can look out across the lagoon and enjoy beautiful views of the Magic Kingdom including Cinderella Castle and Space Mountain.


3. Being on the Monorail Loop –

Guests who stay near the Magic Kingdom at a Disney Resort are treated to the perk of being located on the monorail loop. The Resort Monorail Loop runs continuously between the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the Transportation and Ticket Center, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Being on the monorail loop allows guests to be just moments from the Magic Kingdom at all times and also only minutes from Epcot. This convenience is great for getting to and from the parks and makes running back to the room an easy task.

2. Savanna Views –

One of the most impressive Deluxe Disney Resorts on property is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge which transports guests into the heart of Africa. Guests who stay in particular rooms at the resort are treated to views of the African savanna which is full of beautiful animals like gazelles and giraffes. Guests who love animals and Disney’s Animal Kingdom should definitely stay in a savanna view room at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

1. Staying on Crescent Lake –

Guests who stay at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, or Disney’s Beach Club Resort are steps away from Crescent Lake. The lake offers beautiful views during the daylight hours and nighttime as well as unique dining experiences and nightlife. Guests who stay in a Deluxe Walt Disney World Resort on Crescent Lake are sure to enjoy the wonderful experiences and opportunities just steps away from their rooms!

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.