Disney has a variety of hotels and resorts running from value to luxury – and able to accommodate most anyone’s needs and taste. We’ve outlined options below, along with the perks and unique features associated with staying there.
As you consider your Walt Disney World Resort options, take a look at what each has to offer — where it’s located, what features it offers, and how close it is to Disney’s theme parks.
Benefits Provided By All Disney Resorts
All of the Disney Resort hotels offer guest special privileges, including:
- Transportation is provided free from any Disney resort to all four theme parks and other locations — Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney Springs.
- On select days, guests staying at a Disney Resort Hotel can access the theme parks before or after the general public using Extra Magic Hours. This means shorter lines and more fun.
- At any Disney hotel, guests with disabilities will receive as much customer service as any other guest.
Disney has quite a few value resorts, which allow you to stay on Disney property for a reasonable price. Each features pools, food courts, fun lobbies, and great oversized Disney themes. They don’t have some of the “extras” like multiple restaurants, spas, or detailed themeing.
- Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort near Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Huge icons salute Disney movies
- Disney’s All-Star Music Resort near Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Broadway marquees and all styles of music are bigger than life
- Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort near Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Fun sports themes for athletes and sports fans of all ages
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort near the ESPN Wide World of Sports: Family suites with themes from The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Cars, and Finding Nemo
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort near the ESPN Wide World of Sports: Icons from bowling pins to PCs
- Fort Wilderness near The Magic Kingdom: Great if you like camping or have an RV
Moderate Resorts are an outstanding collection of Disney hotels and accommodations. They feature all the fun of Disney magic, with some luxury touches like restaurants, but at a middle-of-the-road price (at least on the Disney scale).
- The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort near The Magic Kingdom: Private cabins in a quiet and rustic setting.
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort near Epcot: A colorful beach-inspired resort.
- Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort near Disney’s Animal Kingdom: A stylish and romantic Spanish / Mexican Report on a lake.
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Riverside near Disney Springs: Your taste of Louisiana and the French influences in the south.
The most luxurious resort hotels at Disney, the Deluxe resorts include everything you would expect to see in a world-class hotel: great rooms, grand lobbies, fine restaurants, spas, and of course amazing Disney touches that transport you to a different time and place.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge near Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Journey to Africa and enjoy the savanna views of wild African animals right outside your window.
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort near Epcot: The New England beach styled resort is great for kids and adults.
- Disney’s BoardWalk Inn near Epcot: The fun of the Atlantic City boardwalk and the romance of white picket fences.
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort near The Magic Kingdom: Walk to the Magic Kingdom or take the monorail that runs through the grand concourse from this legendary hotel.
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa near The Magic Kingdom: The ultimate in Victorian luxury, enjoy the full band playing in the lobby or world class dining at Victoria and Albert’s. Check out the amazing views of Cinderella Castle.
- Disney’s Polynesian Resort near The Magic Kingdom: The beauty of the South Pacific, waterfalls, and tiki torches are your to explore.
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge near The Magic Kingdom: The beauty of the rustic national parks and the luxury and conveniences of home.
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort near Epcot: The folks at Martha’s Vineyard will be envious of your beautiful seaside digs.
Disney Vacation Club
You’ll see booths all over the parks and different areas with the Disney Vacation Club logo – Disney’s own vacation ownership offering. Don’t worry, they won’t run out and try to get you to sit for a high pressure pitch somewhere. If you look at this concept and decide to investigate it further, Disney staff will pick you up and take you to model units. The “club” is a timeshare which is truly accommodating. You may buy into your home resort, and yes there are yearly maintenance fees. But you get a lot for your money if you visit Disney often. Disney has over 500 places you may stay if you’re a member — some are overseas — and it can be at any time of the year, and for however long you want it to be, if there’s room.
What to Wear at Disney World
For the majority of the year, Florida has a wonderful tropical weather. There are periodic rain storms and showers. If you carry a small umbrella which folds up with you, or poncho for every member in your party, you’ll be okay. It’s always wise to take a spare pair of shoes in case a puddle is unavoidable. You don’t have to carry all of his rain gear around with you either, because all the same parks have lockers available where you can stash it away for the day, and then get it if needed.
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes – you will be doing plenty of walking.
Layering your clothing is best. It can be cool in the early mornings and the late evenings, even when the daytime temperatures are warm. Casual wear is accepted at all but a few locations within the resort. The time that some formal wear is recommended is at a few key restaurants.
Available Treats From Around the World
If you’re staying on the Disney property, then you may elect to purchase a Meal Plan. Depending upon which version of the Meal Plan that you have, you’ll get at least one snack each day of your stay. There are many candy shops and snack areas in the little general stores which most of the parks have, along with carts placed throughout all of the Disney locations. You can get a high-quality ice cream bar, bottles of water, a piece of fudge, candy bars, a bag of nuts, and many other things for your snack credit, or for just general purchase. Disney’s homemade fudge and rice crispy Mickey Mouse bars are excellent. Disney makes most all of their baked goods and candy, as well as their food of course, right in various kitchens around the parks and resorts.
All landscaping and vegetation on Disney property is exquisite. An entire staff is dedicated to maintaining it and planting it, and making sure that it supports the themes and stories that Disney properties tell. Whenever Disney changes over to a different season for vegetation or landscaping, or for a special event, they do it when the parks are closed so that they don’t spoil the magic. This is a massive undertaking – some guests may be surprised when they arrive at the park and it has had a complete makeover with vegetation and landscaping from the previous day.
A Magical Place For Your Vacation Of A Lifetime
Staying on Disney property has great advantages and can help you enjoy wonderful service and world class experiences for every minute of your vacation. Taken together with the wonderful Disney dining and amazing environments, you can enjoy the family vacation of a lifetime.