By Caitlin Corsello
The best way to make a Disney vacation as magical as possible is by staying on property at a Walt Disney World Resort. With over twenty different options to choose from, Disney Resorts are broken down into three price categories with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value having the best deals, and Moderate falling somewhere in the middle. While all Disney Resorts are amazing, the Deluxe Resorts have a special beauty all their own thanks to amazing themes, recreation, dining, shopping, amenities, complimentary Disney transportation, architecture, and landscape. While guests who regularly stay at a Deluxe Disney Resort or frequently visit them might think that they know all there is to know, there are plenty of amazing experiences that can be missed. From delicious meals and beautiful views to cozy corners and special dinner shows, there are plenty of experiences that Disney pros know to not miss at the Deluxe Disney Resorts. Here are the top eight Disney pro tips for Deluxe Resorts in Walt Disney World.
8. Watch Wishes Nighttime Spectacular From The Beach–
One of the most beloved Deluxe Disney Resorts is Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon. The Disney Resort aims to transport guests to the tropical South Seas through tiki décor, lush landscaping, delicious food, and pristine white sand beaches. Guests who visit Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort should plan on being there during Wishes Nighttime Spectacular in the Magic Kingdom as the Disney Resort is located directly across the water from the park. Disney pros know that there are some amazing views from the white sand beaches of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort making it a great place to enjoy Wishes Nighttime Spectacular. Please heed all signs and barriers as they are in place to keep you and your family safe!
7. Watch Wishes Nighttime Spectacular From California Grill —
Also found on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon is Disney’s Contemporary Resort which features a modern architectural style which guests love. The lobby of the Deluxe Disney Resort features a large open air space that the monorail actually runs through. At the very top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort is California Grill, a full service dining location which is open daily for brunch and dinner. The restaurant features delicious cuisine inspired by California and offers extensive options for guests to enjoy. While the food at California Grill is amazing, it is the view which keeps guests coming back time and time again. Those who enjoy a meal there can gaze out over a beautiful view of the Magic Kingdom as well as a phenomenal view when Wishes Nighttime Spectacular is performed each evening.
6. Enjoy The Savannah View —
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge aims to transport guests directly to the heart of Africa with beautiful authentic art, dark wood paneling, and a massive savannah which is sure to take guests breath away. Those who wander through the Deluxe Disney Resort’s lobby and out to the savannah can enjoy wonderful views of gently grazing animals like giraffes and zebras.
5. Eat At Whispering Canyon Café —
Another amazing dining option that Disney pros love to enjoy in Deluxe Disney Resorts can be found at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Whispering Canyon Café is a full service dining location which serves up hearty meals in an open and cozy setting. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Whispering Canyon Café features delicious menu options like the All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Breakfast Skillet, Slow-Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich, and St. Louis-Style Pork Ribs. While Whispering Canyon Café’s food is amazing, the servers and their unique humor and entertainment are what keep guests returning time and time again.
4. Cozy Up At The Fireplaces —
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is also home to some comfortable nooks which Disney pros love to relax in. The lobby of the Deluxe Disney Resort is themed to feel like one of the lodges in a National Park and features several warm fireplaces burning in front of comfortable arm chairs. These cozy and comfortable corners are a great place to unwind after long days in the parks.
3. Enjoy Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show —
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort features several places to dine including one dinner show which combines delicious food with wonderful entertainment. Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is performed several nights a week in Luau Cove and is hosted by Auntie Wini. Guests can enjoy hula dancers, fire dancers, and traditions from the islands while dining on an all you can eat meal including pulled pork, roasted chicken, and pineapple bread pudding.
2. Eat At Victoria & Albert’s —
The flagship Disney Resort is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and spa on Seven Seas Lagoon near the Magic Kingdom. The Deluxe Disney Resort features a beautiful Victorian theme which includes fine details and charming décor. Guests who visit Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa who are looking for an amazing meal should definitely dine at Victoria & Albert’s. This exclusive location is open for dinner nightly and serves up a seven course meal that is sure to please foodies. With an upscale atmosphere and dress code, Victoria & Albert’s is an amazing meal to enjoy in Walt Disney World.
1. Explore All Of The Deluxe Lobbies —
Disney pros know that one of the best ways to enjoy the Deluxe Disney Resorts is by touring their lobbies. Each Disney Resort features a beautiful lobby filled with wonderful details, décor, and artwork as well as unique touches which tie into the theme. Simply wandering through the lobbies of the Deluxe Disney Resorts is a great way to spend time in Walt Disney World.