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Three Walt Disney World Resorts You Must Check Out If You Haven’t Already

Choosing a place to call home during your Walt Disney World vacation can be one of the most difficult decisions you make when planning a trip.  This could be why many guests stick with the same resort, year after year.  If you’re overwhelmed by all of the hotel options at WDW, check out our suggestions below.  They’re just a few of the resorts we think you should check out, if you haven’t already!  There’s a pick from each level of accommodation at WDW (value, moderate, and deluxe) to suit every budget.  Happy planning!

  

1. Art of Animation

Family Suites: Larger parties visiting Walt Disney World will appreciate the family suites available at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.  They’re designed for up to 6 people, and they include two bathrooms and even a kitchenette.  There’s plenty of space for everyone in your party to hang out, too.  Plus, the themes are just plain fun – you can choose from Lion King, Finding Nemo and Cars.

Skyliner: We’re always up for trying different modes of transportation at Walt Disney World.  As the newest member of the Disney transportation family, the Disney Skyliner is certainly the most dramatic way to get to your destination!  And luckily, it has a station right here at Art of Animation.  So hop on board one of the beautiful aerial gondolas (bonus points if you can snag a character gondola!), and enjoy the ride!

Dog-Friendly Accommodations: If you’ve ever tried to bring a furry friend to Walt Disney World, you’ve probably realized that there are few places on Disney property that are pet-friendly (with the exception of service animals).  In fact, there are currently only 4 hotels in WDW that are dog-friendly, and Art of Animation is one of them!  You’ll pay a cleaning fee per night, and you’ll get a fun welcome kit of items your puppy pal may need during your stay.

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2. Coronado Springs

Colors of Coronado Painting Experience: A lot has changed since we last stayed at Disney’s Coronado Springs, and I can’t wait to return to experience all of the exciting improvements that have recently been made.  Have you ever wanted to take a master class in painting?  Every Monday in the Dahlia Lounge, you can create your own artwork, guided by an expert.  Not convinced of your artistic abilities?  Not to worry, the complimentary drink, snack and stunning view are reason enough to give this art class a try!

Lost City of Cibola: Coronado Springs’ pool complex is one of our favorites in all of Walt Disney World.  After all, where else can you careen down a jaguar waterslide or stand in a waterfall streaming down a towering Mayan pyramid?  It’s all here at the Lost City of Cibola Pool.  Hot tubbing more your style?  You won’t find a bigger one on WDW property.

Views for Days: Even when we last visited years ago, the grounds of Coronado Springs were impossibly picturesque, weaving around the beautiful Lago Dorado.  But now, there are so many other ways to enjoy the view.  Head up to the roof for yummy bites and expansive views at Dahlia Lounge, or get up close and personal with the lake at Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago, where you’ll enjoy the view from the middle of Lago Dorado.  Of course, you can still walk or jog around the lake using the lovely waterside trail.

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3. Yacht and Beach Club

Stormalong Bay: If you’ve never had the thrill of splashing your way through Stormalong Bay, that could be reason enough to book your next WDW stay at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort!  3 acres of fun await at what many guests (including us) refer to as the best pool complex on Disney property.  Three pools, sandy areas, a lazy river, multiple whirlpools and even a gigantic shipwreck make Stormalong Bay a highlight of a stay here.  But you’ll only have access to this fabulous pool area if you’re staying at Yacht and Beach Club, or its sister resort, Beach Club.

Location: When it comes to location, not all Walt Disney World resorts are created equal.  We love Disney’s Yacht Club’s perfect location as an Epcot-area hotel, because it’s so close, you can actually walk from the resort to Epcot’s World Showcase!  A short 15 minute walk is all that separates your resort room from the magic of Epcot (something you’ll appreciate when you don’t have to join the crowds heading to the buses when the park closes!).  Hollywood Studios is also walkable from the resort, or you can take the water taxi to ride home in style.

Eateries: Yacht and Beach Club shares amenities with its sister resort, Beach Club Resort, which also means that there’s an abundance of excellent dining at your fingertips.  In fact, some of the most popular eateries in Walt Disney World are here!  Grab an ice cream cone or shake at the famed Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, and when you need something a little more substantial, check out the nautical atmosphere and delicious bites at Ale & Compass Lounge.

About Stacy Milford

Stacy has lived in 4 countries on 3 continents, and travels whenever humanly possible. Passionate about music theatre, dessert, and adventure in the great wide somewhere, she visits Walt Disney World every year, usually during Halloween! Stacy currently divides her time between writing and teaching English as a second language to children in China, and is pretty sure growing up is over-rated.