Disney Park Resorts Named Best for Families By Travel + Leisure

Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort
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Travel + Leisure has just released its 15 Best U.S. Resorts for families in 2022. Of the prestigious list of 15, six are Disney owned and operated, including three at the theme Park resorts.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World Resort

Animal Kingdom Resort

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This unique Disney resort hotel often tops the list as one of the best places to stay on property. Home to over 200 animals, the lodge provides a safari-like experience all within the comfort of your private room. The spacious rooms offer sweeping views of a savanna and wildlife. Animal Kingdom Lodge also offers award-winning dining, access to exotic animals such as giraffes and gazelles, and a beautiful 11,000 square foot pool with zero-depth entry points.

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Disney’s Beach Club Resort at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney's Beach Club Resort

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Set between EPCOT theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Beach Club Resort provides a charming escape from the chaos of the Walt Disney World Parks. The New England-inspired retreat is located near the Boardwalk Area and Disney skyliner, allowing Disney hotel Guests to easily get to multiple restaurant and shopping venues. It is conveniently located near EPCOT’s side entrance, allowing on the hotel Guests to easily walk to and from the Park. Families visiting during their Disney vacation also get to enjoy three pools, a lazy river, and a 230-foot-long waterslide. The resort is also home to the legendary “Kitchen Sink” sundae at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, which consists of eight scoops of ice cream smothered in every topping they have in stock.

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Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at Disneyland Resort

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel Exterior

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Over on the West Coast, is Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Located adjacent to Disney California Adventure Park (with its own private entrance for Guests), the resort’s rooms feature spectacular views of the Disney theme Park. Inspired by the Golden State, the Disney hotel has a Craftsman-style lobby (sometimes featuring live music) and access to three separate swimming pools. The Grand Californian is also home to Storytellers Café, where Mickey Mouse and other characters join Guests for a breakfast buffet. While kids are at the pool, adults can take advantage of the hotel’s onsite spa at Tenaya Stone Spa or sample fine wine and meals at the award-winning Napa Rose.

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Other Disney Resorts

Aerial View of Disney's Aulani

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In addition to the Disney Park Resorts listed above, three other Disney properties made the Travel + Leisure list. These unique offerings include Disney’s Aulani Resort, located in Ko Olina, Hawai’i, Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort in South Carolina, and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort hotel located in Vero Beach, Florida.

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)