The best way to enjoy a Walt Disney World vacation is by staying on property at a Disney Resort. Each Disney Resort features a unique theme which is conveyed through details, scenery, architecture, music, and recreation. There are over twenty different Disney Resorts to choose from which are broken down into three price categories with Value being the least expensive, Deluxe being the most expensive, and Moderate falling somewhere in the middle. No matter which Disney Resort a guest stays at, there are pools, amenities, dining locations, shopping opportunities, and recreational activities to enjoy to make each day special. With so many things to enjoy at Disney Resorts, is it no surprise that some hidden secrets and details go overlooked by some guests. Let’s see if you know these five secrets about Walt Disney World Resorts.
5. Cozy Corners
Bay Lake is home to the beautiful Wilderness Lodge. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge evokes the cozy and natural feel of the National Parks with a lobby that features a sweeping atrium full of dark natural colors and wood accents. While many guests love to spend time exploring and enjoying Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, they might never have noticed certain areas which aim to help guests relax and feel comfortable. Tucked into several of the floors adjoining the atrium in the lobby are massive fireplaces with cozy armchairs and rocking chairs for guests to sink into and relax. These areas are quiet places for guests to recuperate after long days in the parks!
4. Piece By Piece
Found right between Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake is yet another Disney Resort which aims to bring guests a modern but inviting feel. Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a modern and minimalistic Disney Resort which features an A shaped frame that supports a massive lobby through which the monorail runs. Guests who stay at the Disney Resort can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding areas and are a short walk away from the Magic Kingdom at all times. Disney’s Contemporary Resort is popular with guests, but many might not realize that the rooms featured in the main building were actually constructed separately and then slid into place on the structure’s frame one by one!
3. Historical Inspiration
The flagship Disney Resort in Walt Disney World is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, also found on Seven Seas Lagoon. The Deluxe Disney Resort aims to bring guests Victorian elegance and beauty through crisp white buildings with red roofs, a huge atrium lobby with gentle music playing, and intricate and lush Victorian details and artwork. Many guests love to visit Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa to enjoy the many different restaurants there. Despite many guests spending lots of time there, many might not realize that the Disney Resort was inspired by the famous Hotel Coronado in California.
2. A Hidden Mickey
While many Disney Resorts feature Hidden Mickeys in their lobbies and guest rooms, one in particular features a Hidden Mickey which perfectly fits the theme of the Resort. Guests who stay at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort can enjoy a lobby full of nautical details, rich wood accents, and a vast inviting feel. Just after entering into the lobby, there is a massive globe which depicts the world in a stylized manner. Guests who are looking closely can spot a Hidden Mickey in the waters off of Madagascar right near a swimming sea serpent.
1. The Biggest Pool
The Art of Animation Disney Resort is home to one of the most popular pools in Walt Disney World! Disney’s Art of Animation Resort aims to bring the movies to life by allowing guests to stay in areas that are themed around Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. The most popular pool at the Disney Resort for guests to enjoy is in the Finding Nemo area and is called the Big Blue Pool. This area features underwater speakers, a zero depth entry, Squirt’s Righteous Reef, the Schoolyard Sprayground, and larger than life statues of characters from the film. While most guests realize that the Big Blue Pool is huge, they might not know that it is the largest in Walt Disney World holding over 300,000 gallons!