8 Facts & Secrets About Walt Disney World Resorts

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We all know that Disney is notorious for all their facts, secrets and details throughout their theme parks, but this also carries over to all of their amazing resorts, too!  Here are 8 facts and secrets about Walt Disney World Resorts that you must check out:


8. You could stay for 68 years and not repeat a guest room.

There are several Walt Disney World Resorts to choose from. Not only that, these resorts are quite large, so they each have hundreds and thousands of guest rooms to accommodate the large amounts of guests that visit Walt Disney World each and every year and choose to stay on property.  So while we know that there are tons and tons of guest rooms, it is still crazy to think that you could stay on property every single night for 68 years and stay in a different guest room every single night.

7. Check out the Ijele mask at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

We all know that Disney’s considers every single detail when they create anything, including their amazing resorts.  They take care to ensure that the themes are perfect and they deliver something that guests can’t experience anywhere else.  The imagineers went and visited areas in Africa to help find inspiration and authenticity as they built the resort.  They even brought back a 16 foot Ijele mask to display in the lobby.  This is the first mask of this kind and size to ever be displayed anywhere other than directly in Nigeria.

6. There is a full-time harpist at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is one of the most luxurious resorts on property.  It boasts the most expensive stays that any guest can have, as well as the most luxurious accommodations.  It is also the only resort to employ a full-time harpist to entertain guests as they dine at Victoria & Albert’s, the most expensive and prestigious restaurant in all of Walt Disney World!

5. Largest sand bottom pool in the world.

If you head on over to Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club, you will find an amazing resort that is the epitome of the theme.  The imagineers made sure that the resort transported guests to the complete feel of being at a yacht and beach club.  Everything is crisp, white and has the air of freshness with nautical touches.  The imagineers wanted to create a sand-bottom effect to the pool at the resort so that it offered something truly unique.  The pool area at the resort is the most desired water area with its own mini waterpark!  The sand bottom pool is the highlight, and is enormous!  The pool, Stormalong Bay holds 750,000 gallons of water, which makes it the largest sand bottom pool in the entire world.

4. “Kukui Nut” tree lives at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Be sure to look at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort for the “Kukui Nut” tree while you are there!  This tree is indigenous to the Polynesian area.  This is the only tree of its kind in the entire state of Florida and was brought in specifically to be a part of the theme and experience for the hotel.  We love how the imagineers work to fully immerse us into the scenes they have in their minds!

3. The guest rooms were installed by cranes for these two resorts…

Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort were the first two resorts that were built at Disney World.  Not only that, they were built in one of the most unique ways.  The frames were built, while the guest rooms where built in a different location.  When the frame was ready, the rooms were lifted by a crane and slid into their perfect snug place so that the outside siding could then be built and constructed.  It was extremely unique and is just another reason why these two resorts are definitely special!


2. Five-legged goat at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Did you know that there is a five-legged goat at Disney’s Contemporary Resort?  If you look closely at the extremely impressive mural at the resort, you will be able to find a five-legged resort that is facing the monorail.  The mural was constructed using over 1,800 tiles that were one square foot in size.  The entire mural took workers 18 months to construct!  Isn’t that crazy?

1. “Oh, when the saints go marching in.”

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort is extremely popular and has a warm, charm to it with the perfect New Orleans feel.  From the moment that you walk into the lobby, you feel like you definitely just walked into a beautiful New Orleans area.  Pay special attention to the music notes that are behind the check-in desk.  If you were to play these notes, you would find that they are the same tune as “When the Saints Go Marching In”.

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!