The Alternative Guest Rooms Available in Walt Disney World

The experiences available to Guests throughout the Walt Disney World Resort are just one reason why they return again and again. No two Disney vacations are ever the same. Of course you will have favorite activities that always feature in your vacation in Lake Buena Vista, but there are always others to enjoy that you didn’t do before.

One way you can keep a Walt Disney World vacation feeling fresh is to stay in a different Resort hotel. The way you decide to do this is quite varied. Some Guests choose to stay based on a location close to a particular Disney theme park; others go with the classification most suited to their budget. The theme is a great way to decide on a Resort, and then of course there’s the Resort with availability if you’re making a last-minute reservation.

But what if you’re looking for a Resort that will offer you the opportunity to stay in something other than a hotel room? Accommodation that only enhances your Disney experience; that gives you the feeling of being elsewhere other than on Disney property? Keep reading to find out about the alternative Guest rooms in Disney World that give you this option. 

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

Classed as a Moderate Resort, Disney’s Fort Wilderness is located in the Magic Kingdom area of Walt Disney World. Split into 2 sections, this Resort is perfect for campers and glampers! If you prefer camping, then you’ll want to stay in the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness; whilst the glampers would prefer to stay in the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness.


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The cabins are spacious and fully furnished, providing enough space for 6 Guests. Each cabin is nestled in the woods and are full of rustic charm. Call it your own hideaway right in the heart of the Disney magic! If you’re wanting to spend time away from the Disney Parks, in a space that makes for a perfect place to play board games, enjoy barbecues, and enjoy the wilderness, then this is the place for you and your family.

Each cabin has a: living room, bedroom, full bathroom, modern fully-equipped kitchen, private patio, and charcoal grill. What’s even better is housekeeping will do your dishes, giving you that true feeling of being on vacation!

Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs

If you’re needing something with a little more room, if your party is a little bigger, then the Treehouse Villas could be the Disney Resort accommodation for you. Part of Disney Vacation Club, the Treehouse Villas are located just a short boat ride up the Sassagoula River from Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Disney Springs.


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Each Treehouse Villa sleeps up to 9 Guests and includes 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living space, and a fully-equipped kitchen. To add to the experience, each Treehouse Villa is elevated 10 feet off the ground, providing an enchanted hideaway amongst the trees. You don’t have to venture too far from your hideaway either to access a pool; the Treehouse Villas have a pool and jacuzzi available for all Guests to use.

Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

If you’d prefer to be a little closer to Magic Kingdom, then choose to stay in the Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Nestled beyond the trees, on the shores of Bay Lake, the Cascade Cabins are truly stunning. Follow winding trails to your Cabin that sleeps up to 8 Guests.


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Inside you’ll find 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a fully-equipped, open-style kitchen, a living area, and even a washer and dryer. Providing you the feeling of staying in a luxurious Cabin in the heart of the wilderness, you’ll also have a double-sided stone-hearth fireplace for cozy evenings, and a wrap-around porch with a built-in hot tub. Sounds like the perfect place to enjoy a hot mug of cocoa after a busy day exploring your favorite Disney Park.

Polynesian Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village

If you’re looking for a Disney Resort that will offer you a view of Cinderella Castle and Disney fireworks every evening of your stay, then you must stay in Disney’s Polynesian Village Bungalows. Located on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon, each Bungalow provides you with the ultimate vacation experience.


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Occupy a luxurious and unique space, large enough for 8 Guests. Not only will you have access to a full kitchen, with living area, dining area, 2 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms, but you will also get to enjoy your very own private deck right across from Magic Kingdom, with a wonderful view of the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort too. And that’s not all; each Bungalow has its very own plunge pool, with speakers that can pipe music through. Imagine relaxing with a glass of fizz, in the plunge pool, whilst watching Disney Enchantment over Cinderella Castle after a day in the Disney theme parks. What a dream?

Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation

For those Guests who are both young, and young-at-heart, the Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are a great place to be surrounded by interiors inspired by your favorite Disney movie. This is a perfect place to stay if you love Finding Nemo (2013), Cars (2006) and The Lion King (1994).


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Although a little less luxurious than the other Disney Resort hotel rooms we have mentioned, staying at Disney’s Art of Animation is a little more affordable. The reason for this is that it is a Disney Value Resort. Despite being a Value Resort, it’s got more to offer than the normal hotel rooms – Guest Suites. Each Suite offers 1 queen bed, 1 double-size table sleeper, and 1 double-size sofa bed, providing enough space for up to 2 adults. Additionally, there is also a living room, 2 bathrooms, and a kitchenette in each Suite.

Star Wars: Galactic StarCruiser

For the Star Wars lovers in your party, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to stay in the newest Disney Resort to have opened. The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser offers Guests a 2-night immersive adventure, where you get to be part of the crew and passengers on the Halcyon starcruiser. Operate the ship’s navigation and defense systems, put your skills to the test using a lightsaber and enjoy unforgettable meals and drinks throughout the galaxy.


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Upgraded Resort Rooms

Of course, a lot of these Guest accommodations come with an extra cost. If they’re a little out of your price range, then why not consider the following options. Think of an upgraded Disney Guest room!

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort offers Guests the chance to stay in a Royal Guest Room, hosted by Princess Tiana. You’ll be surrounded by magical Disney touches, such as, quite literally, a magic carpet, Genie lamp taps, and a footstool like the one in Beauty and the Beast (1991). Not only that but you will be able to sleep under a headboard lit with firework lights. These rooms are exclusive to Port Orleans Riverside Resort, in Magnolia Bend.


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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort off Guests a pirate-themed room instead. It’s perfect if you have any young pirates in your party! You’ll have the chance to sleep in a pirate-ship bed, with plenty of other pirate accents around the room too. This would make a perfect Guest room to stay in ahead of a cruise with Disney Cruise Line.


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We hope you’re feeling inspired to stay in an alternative Disney accommodation during a future Walt Disney World vacation. Why not stay here, whilst celebrating a special birthday or occasion? It’ll make for an extra magical Disney trip!

About Victoria Mills

Victoria is a Disney-loving, tea-drinking, Math teacher from Liverpool, England. Her motto is 'work hard, Disney harder'! Having taken part in the Disney College Program back in 2010, Victoria's love and appreciation for Walt Disney World only grew, and it's the place where she feels most herself - it's home!