While enjoying a Walt Disney World vacation, there is no better way to stay close to the magic at all times as by staying on property at a Disney Resort. There are over twenty Disney Resorts for guests to choose from that are broken down into three categories with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value having the best deals, and Moderate falling somewhere in the middle. Regardless of the category, each Disney Resort features a wonderful theme, dining options, shopping, amenities, comfortable guest rooms, beautiful landscaping and views, pools, and complimentary Disney transportation. While guests might feel as though they are very familiar with Disney Resorts, there are plenty of facts and hidden details and secrets that they might not know about! These facts could be small bits of information about the Disney Resort or hidden areas that are the perfect way to wind down after a long day in the parks. Here are seven totally true facts about Walt Disney World Resorts!
7. The Serpent’s Name –
Guests who stay at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort can feel as though they are enjoying New Orleans’ French Quarter complete with wrought iron details, jazz music, and a festive Mardi Gras atmosphere. The pool area of the resort is named Doubloon Lagoon and features a massive serpent who can be spotted winding his way around the pool and being ridden by Poseidon. The serpent’s tongue then forms a water slide for brave guests to plummet down into the waters below. Many guests don’t realize that this fun serpent’s name is Scales!
6. A Beautiful Mural –
Disney’s Contemporary Resort invites guests to celebrate a sleek and modern resort full of interesting architecture and a massive lobby through which the monorail glides. A highlight of the lobby is a soaring mosaic mural comprised by Disney Imagineer Mary Blair. Blair is perhaps most well-known for her whimsical style found on the attraction It’s A Small World and her mural depicts the beauty and harmony of nature.
5. The Largest Pool –
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort invites guests to step directly into classic Disney and Pixar animated films Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. The main pool of the resort is the Big Blue Pool which is themed after the film Finding Nemo and is actually the largest pool in all of Walt Disney World. Featuring underwater speaks, a kiddie pool, a dry play area, and zero depth entry, it is no wonder why guests love relaxing there!
4. Stormalong’s Size –
Guests who stay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort have access to one of the most relaxing and fun pool areas in all of Walt Disney World. Stormalong Bay features a lazy river, sand bottomed pool with zero entry, waterslides, and hot tubs over three acres of aquatic play.
3. Cozy Fireplaces –
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge evokes the spirit of the lodges in the countries’ National parks and is decked out with massive log features and a lobby comprised of a grand atrium with plenty of balconies and overlooks. After a long day in the parks, guests love returning the resort and wandering to one of the upper floors of the lobby to find a cozy corner with plush chairs and warm fireplaces.
2. The Contemporary’s Construction –
Disney’s Contemporary Resort features a unique triangle like shape with the widest portion being located on ground level and narrowing near the top of the resort. Many guests who enjoy staying at the resort might not realize that each guest room was constructed separately and then slid into place via massive cranes to create a modular effect!
1. Authentic Art –
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge invites guests to feel as though they are staying directly on the African savannah with sweeping views of grasslands complete with animals like giraffes and zebras. The lobby of the resort is a massive atrium decked out with dark wood accents and plenty of artwork and décor. All of the artwork and items found throughout the lobby of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge are authentic and were crafted in Africa.