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Walt Disney World Resorts from A to Z

There are so many amazing Walt Disney World Resorts.  Each of them offer a variety of great dining, merchandise, amenities and more.  Here is our list of Walt Disney World Resorts from A to Z to help you learn more about what the resorts have to offer:

 

 

1. A – Art of Animation

The Art of Animation Resort is a value resort which offers a variety of different accommodations, including family suites.  There are different themed areas of the resort including: Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, Cars and The Lion King.

2. B – Bungalows

The Bungalows are expensive and popular, but they are amazing!  Guests staying in the bungalows get their own plunge pool on their deck and their bungalows is over the lagoon facing Magic Kingdom Park giving them amazing views of the nightly fireworks show.

3. C – Copper Creek

Copper Creek is the newer addition to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.  There are new villas and family suites, plus amazing cabins that overlook the lake.  These stays are perfect for those that want deluxe accommodations, but a feeling of peace and serenity.

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4. D – Dining

There are so many great dining options at the resorts.  Many guests overlook the resort dining options and focus on staying inside the theme parks, but that would definitely be a mistake.  Some of our favorite dining spots are found at the resorts.

 

5. E – Extra Magic Hours

Guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort receive Extra Magic Hours for free.  Every day there is one park that either opens early or stays open late only for resort guests.

6. F – French Quarter

French Quarter is one of the Port Orleans Resorts, in the moderate resort category.  It is one of the smaller resorts on property, so it is very easy to get around.  It is very popular and tends to book up quickly.

7. G – Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

The Grand is definitely a beautiful resort with amazing views of Magic Kingdom Park.  The resort offers a ton of amenities including fine dining, Senses Spa, a full service salon, shopping locations and more.  Guests at this resort have everything they could need!

8. H – Health & Fitness

Many of the resorts offer facilities for guests who are concerned about health and fitness while on vacation.  There are gyms, yoga classes, pool activities and more.  The offerings vary from resort to resort, but you will definitely want to check out the info at check-in so you don’t miss anything.  There are also bike rentals, walking/jogging trails and more.

9. I – In-Room Dining

If you are tired after a long day and not feeling like leaving the room, you can enjoy in-room dining at the Disney resorts.  Each resort has different in-room dining options, so be sure to check that out and take advantage of this convenient option as needed!

10. J – Jambo House

Jambo House is one of the resort areas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.  The resort is the home to Jiko – The Cooking Place and Boma, which are amazing dining locations.  There are also a variety of resort activities for guests staying there.

11. K – Kidani Village

Kidani Village is the other resort area at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.  The resort is the home to Sanaa, which is a dining location with views of the savanna.  Both Kidani Village and Jambo House are perfectly designed with African influences and unlike any other resort on property.

12. L – Lagoons & Lakes

Many of the resorts are located along the various Disney lagoons and lakes.  Guests may see Lagoon View or Lake View options when booking their resort stays and these rooms would give guests views of the water from their rooms.  These resorts may also offer boat rentals and other water services.

13. M – Meals with a View

There are variety of dining locations at the resorts that offer views of the fireworks.  You can find one of these dining locations at each of the resort on the monorail track.  The newest resort Disney’s Riviera Resort will offer amazing views of Epcot and Hollywood Studios shows, too!

14. N – Nighttime Electric Water Parade

Many guests may not be aware of this amazing water parade that is performed most nights.  The water floats are lit up with bright lights and change to make different animals and scenes as it moves across the water.  It can be seen from the resorts that are located within the Magic Kingdom Resort area.

15. O – Old Key West

Old Key West is one of the original Disney Vacation Club Resorts.  It is quiet and peaceful and is the home to Olivia’s Café.  The resort really does give you the feeling that you are in Key West, Florida with the bright décor.

16. P – Polynesian Village Resort

This is definitely one of our favorite resorts.  There are great dining options, a luau dinner show, hula lessons, a zero-entry pool facing the Magic Kingdom and so much more.  The resort is also home to the Bungalows that we previously mentioned.

17. Q – Quick Transportation

When you are on vacation, it really isn’t much fun to think about the headache of driving and getting around.  Disney takes care of that by offering free transportation at all of the resorts.  The types of transportation offered varies depending on the resort, but will include any of the following: bus, boat, monorail and coming soon the Disney Skyliner gondola.

18. R – Riviera Resort

This is the newest resort to join the Disney resort family at Walt Disney World.  The resort is in the Disney Vacation Club family and is a large tower that will offer amazing finishings, flexible meeting spaces and a restaurant on the top of the tower.

19. S – Spa Services

If you are looking for pampering and relaxation, then you are in luck.  A few of the resorts on property have their own spas on property so you can book your manicures, pedicures, massages, facials and more. They can be booked 180 days in advance, and you don’t have to be staying at a resort with a spa to book an appointment.

20. T – Tours and Extras

Be sure to check the itinerary and info at your resort at check-in. Some of the resorts offer free guided resort tours and info.  There are also other themed extras depending on the resort, like animal encounters, hula lessons, raising the flag on the resort, campfire sing-a-longs and more. There will be so much to do within your resort.

21. U – Unique Stays

Stays at some of these resorts are unlike what you would expect at Walt Disney World.  You could decide to camp at Fort Wilderness Resort, either via tent, cabin or RV.  You could enjoy the bungalows or the cabins overlooking the water.  You could stay in a treehouse over at Saratoga Springs.  There are many stays that are so much more than just the normal resort room you might expect.

 

 

22. V – Villas

Villas are offerings on property that feature additional amenities than the other resort stays.  Most of the deluxe resorts also offer deluxe villas.  The villas offer studio and multi-bedroom stays.  Many of the villas are also equipped with kitchens, laundry facilities, dining tables and more.  These can definitely be your home away from home when at Walt Disney World.

23. W – Wilderness Lodge

This is another fan-favorite resort.  The resort is close to Magic Kingdom Park and offers a ton of great amenities, all while still maintaining a more relaxing feel with the Pacific Northwest theming of the resort.  You feel much more like you are in the middle of nature while still close to all of the action.  There are great dining options, too, so definitely check this one out.

24. X – X-Treme Fun

If you are looking for other fun options that you can do within the resort, consider options like booking a yacht to enjoy around the water.  You can even go parasailing over the lagoon!  You could consider renting a surrey bike or single bikes to go on our own tour of the resort.  There are special kid pirate cruises so that the kiddo can have their own “X-Treme” adventure.

25. Y – Yacht Club

Over close to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll find Disney’s Yacht Club.  It is located next to Disney’s Beach Club and is a perfectly nautical themed resort.  There is a delicious steakhouse and the resort is right across from Disney’s BoardWalk with a variety of other dining options.  The resort is in a great location to be in the heart of the action.

26. Z – Zoo Animals

The Animal Kingdom area is not a “zoo” but there are many animals in the area that you would normally expect to encounter at a zoo.  You have to check out the amazing savanna and animal views when at the Animal Kingdom Lodge resorts.  There are even room accommodations where you have animal views right from your room.

About Christy Caby

I am a long time Disney addict! This love began as a child and stayed with me in my teen years. I completed the Disney College Program, was engaged and honeymooned at Disney, visited WDW while pregnant with each of our two boys, and have brought our boys since they were babies (they are now 5 and 2). We have over 10 Disney World vacations under our belt. Our recent adventure was a big move from St. Louis, MO to Florida! We knew that we needed more Disney magic that just a couple times of year, and we worked hard to make it happen! Now we hit the parks almost every weekend! We are working to dine at every location, experience every attraction and look for every hidden Mickey! We want to be able to say that we have one it all! We are branching into the Cruise Line and are planning a trip to Disneyland in California next year. To say that we are Disney addicts may be an understatement. When I am not at WDW with my family, I am reading Disney blogs and news, crafting (usually Disney décor for our home), planning Disney vacations for others or working on my dissertation for my doctoral program. I am a Project Manager by profession, so I have mastered fitting everything into a tight schedule! We feel we lead an exciting life where we get to spend a lot of time together doing what we love! I love being able to this love and Disney magic with everyone else so that others can make the most of whatever time they get to have at the most magical place on earth!