Walt Disney World is home to over twenty beautiful resorts each with their own unique theme and setting. The resorts are broken down into three categories, with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value being the least expensive, and Moderate falling in the middle. No matter what price range, each Disney resort features beautiful pools, intricate themes and environments, and world class service and amenities. When choosing a resort, guests should take into account their budget, preferences in theme, and even the mode of transportation available at a given resort. Guests should also remember that no matter what resort they stay at, they are free to travel around Walt Disney World and visit all of the resorts during their vacation! Here are the seven Disney resorts that can’t be missed on a Disney vacation.
7. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort –
This deluxe resort is nestled on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon and offers a beautiful beachfront view of the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Themed to feel as though guests are in the South Pacific, the resort features swaying palm trees, gentle island music, and buildings that evoke Polynesia. Guests can enjoy the open air lobby which houses Kona Café, ‘Ohana, and lush vegetation. The Lava Pool features a massive volcano with a waterfall and waterslide for guests to enjoy. A great perk of the resort is also the easy access to the monorail which transports guests directly to the Magic Kingdom. For guests looking to feel as though they are in the South Pacific on a relaxing tropical vacation, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is the best option.
7. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa –
This is the flagship resort of Walt Disney World and it is also located on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon. Featuring massive grounds with buildings rich in Victorian charm and detail, there is no resort that feels as decadent. Guests can enjoy soft piano music playing in the massive atrium lobby, can dine at Victoria & Albert’s or Narcoossee’s, and can enjoy easy monorail access to the Magic Kingdom.
6. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge –
This sweeping deluxe resort is like no other in all of Walt Disney World. Inspired by Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, the resort features African architecture, details, and artwork combined with views of a private savannah filled with animals like giraffes and zebras. Featuring a massive pool complete with a water slide and zero depth entry, dining options including Boma-Flavors of Africa and Jiko –The Cooking Place, and a massive lobby with floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the savannah, it is no wonder why many guests love staying at or visiting this gorgeous resort.
4. Port Orleans French Quarter Resort –
This moderate resort is the sister of Port Orleans Riverside Resort and can be found on the banks of the Sassagoula River. Featuring the charm of New Orleans’ French Quarter, this resort features buildings with beautiful iron railings and fountains and gardens scattered throughout the grounds. Doubloon Lagoon pool features several alligators playing jazz instruments and a massive slide featuring Poseidon riding a serpent. Guests at Port Orleans French Quarter can also enjoy boat transportation to and from Disney Springs, making getting there a breeze.
3. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort –
This newest value resort in Walt Disney World focuses on several animated films and their characters. Sections of the resort are themed around The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and Cars. One of the highlights of Disney’s Art of Animation is the Big Blue Pool which features the characters from Finding Nemo complete wither several splash areas and underwater speakers to rock out to.
2. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort –
This moderate resort brings the charm and elegance of Spanish colonial Mexico and the southwest through several distinct architectural areas all surrounding a massive and beautiful lake. Guests can enjoy the relaxing Dig Site Pool complete with a Mayan pyramid, waterslide, and nearby hot tub. Guests will love wandering the lush grounds and eating in dining options including The Maya Grill and Cafe Rix while staying at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
1. Disney’s BoardWalk Inn –
This deluxe resort is themed to look and feel like turn of the century Atlantic City. With easy access to the boardwalk and all of its dining options, entertainment, and shopping, guests staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn are in the middle of the action. Guests can enjoy easy boat transportation to both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot and can even walk to the World Showcase entrance of Epcot. One of the highlights of the resort is the Luna Park Pool which features a massive wooden roller coaster with a water slide emerging from it. Guests won’t want to miss the charm of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn!