Walt Disney World Resort Hotels Guide

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One of the first things that you need to decide when you’re planning a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort is where to stay. With close to 30 different resorts to choose from, it may feel a little overwhelming to choose! In this article, we take a closer look at each resort hotel to help you decide. This is your Walt Disney World Resort Hotels guide!

Why Stay at a Disney Resort?

 Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel is still the best way to experience the theme parks and everything that the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer. Guests staying onsite can enjoy earlier access to the theme parks and use Disney transportation to get around the resort.

If you stay in a deluxe or deluxe villa resort, you can also take advantage of Extended Evening Hours, where the park stays open two hours later for guests staying at one of these resorts.

Aside from the convenience, there is still something magical about staying at one of these hotels. You go into the “Disney Bubble” and you don’t have to leave until your vacation ends. There are so many resorts to choose from and there are choices for every budget and taste. Let’s take a closer look!

Deluxe & Deluxe Villa Resorts

The deluxe resort category at the Walt Disney World Resort includes eight different hotels. These resort hotels include more amenities and overall, closer proximity to the parks compared to the moderate and value resorts. Each of these hotels includes amazing pools and delicious restaurants, including signature dining experiences.

The deluxe villa resort category includes eleven different options. These properties are part of the Disney Vacation Club and include studio, 1-, 2-, or 3-bedroom grand villas. Several of these properties are located near a deluxe resort and may share amenities.

Both deluxe and deluxe villas offer at least two methods of transportation to the parks, such as boats, monorail, or resort buses. The only exception to this is the Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Why We Love It:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a unique resort hotel. When you enter the hotel, it’s like visiting an African wildlife reserve. There are a variety of birds and animals, over 200 different species, who make this resort their home. With four different savannas, there are plenty of opportunities to see the animals too with public viewing areas. There are even rooms that offer a savanna view.

This Resort is Great For:

If you are looking to have some downtime during your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort, this is a great choice. Like all the Disney resort hotels, there is always plenty to do. This hotel is also great for anyone who loves animals. It would be a good fit for a honeymoon or an adults-only trip too. Although the resort is farther away from the theme parks compared to some of the other deluxe resorts, the experience, and unique theme make up for that.

Things to Consider:

Bus transportation is the only way to get to the theme parks. This may be a downside if you are traveling with young children or want to be able to walk to the theme parks. The resort may also seem a bit further from most of the theme parks so if being close to the parks is very important, this may not be a good fit.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: Yes

 

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Beach Club

Why We Love It:

At Disney’s Beach Club Resort, you can enjoy a charming atmosphere that will remind you of a New England-style resort hotel. Located along the shores of Crescent Lake, this deluxe resort hotel has so much to offer – from spacious guest rooms to a stellar location and amazing pool! There are great restaurants including the beloved Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, easy access to the theme parks, and the best pool on Disney property! Guests can walk to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios too. The Friendship Boats are also available for transportation to both parks.

This Resort is Great For:

If you want to be close to the theme parks, this is a great choice! It’s easy to head back to this resort during the day for a nap, a snack, or some pool time. It’s a good option if you have small children or if you want a great pool to enjoy. This is also the perfect choice if you love EPCOT since you can walk to the International Gateway!

Things to Consider:

This resort hotel shares many amenities with its sister resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. This means that sometimes there are shared buses as well. Most of the guest rooms here sleep up to 5 guests so if you have a large travel party, you may need two rooms or consider a villa.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: Yes

 

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Why We Love It:

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is another resort hotel located in the EPCOT area. It’s a short walk or boat ride to both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. The theming of this resort is beautiful and the décor during the holiday season is stunning!

This Resort is Great For:

With the proximity to the theme parks, this resort is perfect if you want to come back during the day to rest, swim, etc. It’s a good choice for families too, especially with the fun-themed pool, complete with Mickey and Minnie on the waterslide!

Things to Consider:

Although there are several dining options on Disney’s Boardwalk, there are no restaurants inside the resort. Sometimes, there are shared resort buses, making the commute back from the parks a bit longer. In addition, this resort is preparing for a major refurbishment which is sure to be beautiful when completed.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: No

 

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney's Contemporary Resort

Why We Love It:

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of the original hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort. Known for its iconic architecture, history, and perfect location, this resort is very popular. It’s a short walk to the Magic Kingdom and offers two different transportation options to the parks including the monorail, which goes right through the resort.

This Resort is Great For:

The proximity to the Magic Kingdom makes this a great choice for families with young children. The newly refurbished rooms, with an Incredibles theme, are stunning and sure to be a hit with kids! Since there is a convention center right on-site, this hotel is popular for conferences and meetings as well. It would be great for an adults-only trip too. The dining options are also on point, with choices for the whole family including Chef Mickey’s, Steakhouse 71, and the California Grill.

Things to Consider:

This resort has what some may call a “sterile” theme. It was designed to have a contemporary feel and is filled with Disney history. Although the pool area includes a waterslide and water play area, there are better pools at other Disney hotels.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: Yes

 

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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Why We Love It:

As you approach the Magic Kingdom, you can see Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The hotel is known for its elegant theming and beautiful grounds. Guests can walk, use the monorail, or take a boat to the Magic Kingdom. There are on-site restaurants with top-notch dining experiences and views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks and Electrical Water Pageant.

This Resort is Great For:

With its beautiful grounds and elegant vibe, it’s no surprise that this resort is home to Disney’s Wedding Pavilion. This hotel is a perfect choice for weddings and honeymooners. For those looking for some added luxury, this hotel is the place to be. The proximity to Magic Kingdom also makes this hotel good for families that plan to spend a lot of time there.

Things to Consider:

The grounds are gorgeous and the hotel has wonderful amenities but the rooms may appear dated. This hotel is also not as kid-friendly compared to some other Disney hotels and it is at a higher price point.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: No

 

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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Why We Love It:

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is another of the original hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort. The gorgeous theme and well-known restaurants make this one of the most popular hotels. The recent refurbishment of the guest rooms includes a Moana theme and they are simply gorgeous. Located in the Magic Kingdom resort area, there is easy access via boat or monorail to the Magic Kingdom. The monorail will take you to EPCOT and there is bus transportation to the other two theme parks.

This Resort is Great For:

This hotel is sure to please everyone, with something for guests of all ages! The proximity to the theme parks and the fun pool area is wonderful when traveling with young children. Couples will love the atmosphere and dining options for a romantic vibe and adults will enjoy grabbing a drink or bite to eat at the legendary Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

Things to Consider:

This hotel has several room categories to choose from. Although there are beautiful views, there is some noise from the boats if you opt for a water view. It tends to be one of the highest-priced hotels on property. Sometimes, the buses are shared with other resorts which makes the ride back from the parks a bit longer. This typically happens during slower times of the day.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: Yes

 

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Why We Love It:

At Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, celebrate the beauty of the great outdoors while enjoying deluxe resort amenities. This resort is especially beautiful during the holiday season. It is located close to the Magic Kingdom, with boat transportation to the park. There are delicious dining options here too, including a popular character meal.

This Resort is Great For:

This deluxe resort is a good fit for all ages. The pool and water play area is so much fun for the kids, while the adults will love the whirlpool spa, restaurants, and stunning views with a relaxing vibe. If you want to be close to the parks, this resort is a quick boat ride to the Magic Kingdom and an easy bus ride to the other parks. This makes it easy to take a break during the day if you would like to. The rooms were also refurbished recently and feature cute but subtle Disney touches.

Things to Consider:

If you have more than 4 guests over the age of 3 in your travel party, you will need more than one room at this resort. You may find that a deluxe villa such as Copper Creek Villas & Cabins or Boulder Ridge Villas is a better fit for your vacation. This resort is very close to the Magic Kingdom but is not considered a monorail resort. Boat transportation is available to the Magic Kingdom but buses are available to take guests to the other theme parks.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: Yes

 

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Yacht Club - Water View

Why We Love It:

This resort hotel is the sister property to Disney’s Beach Club Resort and offers a more formal vibe with the same great amenities. The main pool area, Stormalong Bay, is the best on Disney property and the short walk to EPCOT are two of the best parts of this property. There are a few room categories to choose from too, some of which may result in a view of the fireworks at EPCOT!  The dining options and views of Crescent Lake are additional reasons to love the resort. It’s a favorite!

This Resort is Great For:

Like its sister resort, Disney’s Yacht Club is great for all ages. The pool area alone makes this hotel great for families. The central location makes it easy to get back and forth from the theme parks. There are plenty of opportunities for fun nearby too, with Fantasia Gardens and Fairways just a few minutes away, motorized boat rentals, and more available for resort guests. Plus, if you want to bring your furry family member along, this is one of the dog-friendly hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Things to Consider:

Sometimes, the buses are shared with other resort hotels. This may result in a longer ride to and from the theme parks, but this typically happens during slower times of the day.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: Yes

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Why We Love It:

This deluxe villa option is located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and offers spacious accommodations that can fit the whole family. The villas offer more space and those with at least one bedroom include a washer and dryer and a fully-equipped kitchen. Guests have the unique experience of the African Savanna with all the comforts of home.

This Resort is Great For:

If you are looking to have some downtime during your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort, this is a great choice. This hotel is also great for anyone who loves animals. Nothing beats waking up and watching the animals from your balcony!

Things to Consider:

Bus transportation is the only way to get to the theme parks. This may be a downside if you are traveling with young children or want to be able to walk to the theme parks. The resort may also seem a bit further from most of the theme parks so if being close to the parks is very important, this may not be a good fit. Like all the deluxe villas, this property is part of the Disney Vacation Club so there may be limited availability for some room types.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: No

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

Animal Kingdom Kidani

Photo Courtesy Amy Shalley, Key to the World Travel

Why We Love It:

This deluxe villa option is located just a few minutes away from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and shares many amenities between the two properties. The villas offer more space and those with at least one bedroom include a washer and dryer and a fully-equipped kitchen. Guests have the unique experience of the African Savanna with all the comforts of home. There are some delicious dining options here too and another great Disney pool, with a kids’ water play area that includes fun for all ages.

This Resort is Great For:

If you are looking to have some downtime during your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort, this is a great choice. This hotel is also great for anyone who loves animals. Kids will love the pool and water play area, while the grown-ups will enjoy the food options! Can you say bread service at Sanaa?

Things to Consider:

Bus transportation is the only way to get to the theme parks. This may be a downside if you are traveling with young children or want to be able to walk to the theme parks. The resort may also seem a bit further from most of the theme parks so if being close to the parks is very important, this may not be a good fit. Like all the deluxe villas, this property is part of the Disney Vacation Club so there may be limited availability for some room types.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: Yes

 

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resorrt

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Why We Love It:

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is so close to the Magic Kingdom that you can see Cinderella Castle or Space Mountain. The park is just a short walk away. There is also easy access to the other Walt Disney World theme parks, via the monorail or bus. The restaurants at this resort are also amazing, from Chef Mickey’s to the newest addition, Steakhouse 71. There is something sure to please even the pickiest palate and smiles for days at the character meal!

This Resort is Great For: 

For those looking to be close to the Magic Kingdom, this property has it all! Large families or groups will have plenty of space and great views in these villas. Plus, it’s a short walk to the Magic Kingdom.

Things to Consider:

Sometimes, bus transportation is shared with other resorts. This typically happens during slower times of the day. The pool area is not as elaborately themed as some other resorts.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: No

 

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Why We Love It:

With spacious accommodations, the perfect location, and one of the best pools on Disney property, it’s easy to love this resort. The villas offer extra space too, which is great for large families.

This Resort is Great For:

Guests who are looking to be close to the parks will love this resort. It is just a short walk or boat ride to both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There are accommodations for up to 8 guests too, with plenty of room for the whole family. For guests looking to have some pool time, this is the place to be! Kids will love playing in the sand or swimming in the lazy river while the adults can relax in one of the whirlpool spas.

Things to Consider:

Sometimes, the buses are shared with other resorts which may lead to a longer commute to and from the theme parks. This typically only happens during slower times of the day.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: Yes

 

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

Why We Love It:

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas has a great location, close to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with spacious accommodations, a fun pool, and plenty of great dining and entertainment options on Disney’s Boardwalk.

This Resort is Great For:

For guests looking to have easy access to the theme parks and accommodations that feel like home, this property is a good fit. Since this resort is close to EPCOT, it’s definitely a good choice for those wanting to visit one of the EPCOT festivals because it’s a 10-15 minute walk to the International Gateway.

Things to Consider:

There are no restaurants inside this resort. However, there are several delicious options on Disney’s Boardwalk. Sometimes, the buses are shared with other resorts which may lead to a longer commute to and from the theme parks. This typically only happens during slower times of the day.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: No

 

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Boulder Ridge Villas Pool

Photo Courtesy Amanda Powell, Key to the World Travel

Why We Love It:

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge offers a similar theme to the Lodge. The resorts share many amenities including delicious restaurants and beautiful views. Like Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, the resort is absolutely stunning during the holiday season. Since it is in the Magic Kingdom resort area, it’s easy to get to and from the theme parks. Boat transportation is available to the Magic Kingdom.

This Resort is Great For:

With accommodations that sleep up to 8 guests, this resort is a good option for large families looking to stay together. The accommodations are like a home away from home. Plus, villas with at least one bedroom also include a washer and dryer and a fully equipped kitchen for those who want to have meals outside of the parks.

Things to Consider:

Compared to Copper Creek Villas & Cabins or the Lodge, the rooms here may appear dated. Sometimes the buses are shared with other resorts. This typically happens during slower times of the day.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: No

 

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Why We Love It:

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a newer deluxe villa resort at Walt Disney World. The theming and grounds at this resort are beautiful and the amenities are stellar, shared with Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. It’s a short boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom and is a peaceful retreat, despite being close to the theme parks.

This Resort is Great For:

There are accommodations for up to 8 guests so this resort is a good fit for large groups or families looking to stay together. Since it’s close to the Magic Kingdom, it is especially good for those planning to spend a lot of time there. If you are traveling with young children or plan to take a break from the parks during the day, this resort is centrally located so it is easy to come back and forth from the parks.

Things to Consider:

Sometimes the buses are shared with other resorts. This typically happens during slower times of the day.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: Yes

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Why We Love It:

Disney’s Old Key West Resort has a fun theme and great restaurants that the whole family will love. The accommodations are spacious and are the largest villas on Disney property. Each villa with at least one bedroom also includes a fully equipped kitchen and washer and dryer. There are always activities happening at this resort from poolside fun to sports and easy access to the nearby golf courses. Plus, there is a water taxi to Disney Springs, offering additional dining options and shopping.

This Resort is Great For:

Large families or groups will love the accommodations at this resort because the villas are the biggest on Disney property. For those who want a quiet vacation spot, this resort is also a good fit as it is spread out and offers views of Disney’s golf courses. There is also easy access to Disney Springs for those looking for additional dining options and fun.

Things to Consider:

This resort is quite large and there are several bus stops. It may feel like a long ride to and from the parks is long.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: No

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

Why We Love It:

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows are close to the Magic Kingdom and share amenities with Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Enjoy amazing dining options and great theming at this resort celebrating the South Seas.  It is easy to get to and from the theme parks. The resort is located along the monorail, offering easy access to the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. Boat and bus transportation is also available.

This Resort is Great For:

This resort is great for guests of all ages, especially those looking for some added luxury with a great theme and amenities. This is a family-friendly resort but this would also be an incredible option for a Disney honeymoon. There is even a honeymoon suite available! For those looking to spend a lot of time at the Magic Kingdom, this resort is so close that you can see it! You can even watch the fireworks from the beach with the music piped in.

Things to Consider:

Sometimes the buses are shared with other resorts, resulting in a slightly longer commute to and from the parks. This usually happens during slower times of the day. Since this is a Disney Vacation Club property, availability may be extremely limited. In addition, there are preparations being made to expand the resort, which will result in construction until completion.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: Yes

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Disney's Riviera Resort

Why We Love It:

Disney’s Riviera Resort is the newest resort hotel at the Walt Disney World Resort. Inspired by Walt’s European travels, this resort features elegant accommodations with all the Disney touches. With delicious dining options including a rooftop restaurant with fireworks views and convenient access to the Disney Skyliner, it’s easy to love this resort.

This Resort is Great For:

With several different room types, this resort has spacious accommodations and wonderful amenities for all types of guests. If you are traveling with little ones, they are sure to love the character dining experience at Topolino’s Terrace and the great pool area with a fun waterslide. The Disney Skyliner provides easy access to two of the theme parks as well – EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This is a great place for an adults’ trip too because there are subtle Disney touches but an elegant feel throughout the resort.

Things to Consider:

This resort is quite popular. It is also comprised of all villas and is a standalone Disney Vacation Club property. There may be limited availability for some room categories.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: Yes

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Disney Resorts Guide

Why We Love It:

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is comprised of all villas, of different sizes and with either standard or preferred locations. This resort is located right across from Disney Springs, giving guests plenty of dining and shopping options. Plus, villas with at least one bedroom have a fully-equipped kitchen with a living area and a washer and dryer.

This Resort is Great For:

This resort is a good fit for those guests with a large family or travel party. The villas offer spacious accommodations and amenities including a fully equipped kitchen and washer and dryer. For guests who enjoy golf and want to enjoy a day or two on the greens, this resort is close to Disney’s award-winning golf courses.

Things to Consider:

This property is very large and has an internal bus system for guests staying at the Treehouse Villas. If it’s important to be close to the main lobby or to Disney Springs, a preferred room category is the best option.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: No

Moderate Resorts

 The moderate resort category at the Walt Disney World Resort includes five hotels with beautiful grounds, wonderful amenities, and comfortable guest rooms. There are great dining options available at each resort too, including table service restaurants.

Plus, the main pools at each of these resorts include at least one waterslide, whirlpool spas, and fun water play areas for the kids.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Why We Love It:

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has so much to offer its guests and is very popular because it is the hub of the Disney Skyliner, offering quick access to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. The grounds are also beautiful and the pool area is fun, complete with a kids’ water play area with a fun pirates theme! It’s an easy walk over to Disney’s Riviera Resort too, giving guests even more dining options to choose from.

This Resort is Great For:

This resort would be a good fit for guests who want to have access to the Disney Skyliner, as it is the main hub. The rooms also accommodate up to 5 guests, which makes this a good option for families. Since the resort is quite large and spread out, this would also be a good choice if you are looking for a quieter vacation experience.

Things to Consider:

This resort is quite large and has several bus stops. If it is important to be close to the main lobby or pool area, consider choosing a room category that will ensure that. If you are traveling with young children, there are no elevators in the buildings at this resort. Consider requesting a ground-floor room if you do not want to carry the stroller up and down the stairs.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: No

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Disney Resorts Guide

Why We Love It:

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a moderate resort hotel with a deluxe feel. In 2019, the Gran Destino Tower opened, giving this hotel some added luxury and gorgeous new rooms. The dining options here are also delicious, including a rooftop restaurant that offers fireworks views. The grounds are beautiful too and the pool area features the largest hot tub on Disney property.

This Resort is Great For:

Most of the guest rooms at this resort sleep up to 4 guests so this resort is good for smaller families or groups. Since there is a convention center, it’s popular for conferences and events as well. This is a great choice for a honeymoon or romantic getaway because the resort is spread out and the grounds are gorgeous.

Things to Consider:

This resort is very large and has several bus stops. If it is important to be close to the main building and pool, a room in the Tower or a preferred room is recommended.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: Yes

 

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

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Why We Love It:

Although the other moderate resort hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort are quite large and spread out, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is smaller and has a charming vibe. The guest rooms were refurbished recently and have subtle Disney touches throughout. There is a boat to Disney Springs offering even more dining options. Plus, who doesn’t love having a beignet every day?

This Resort is Great For:

The atmosphere of this resort is quaint, but it still has the amenities of a moderate-level hotel. This includes the main pool with a waterslide and hot tub. It is popular for honeymooners and is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway! In addition, this would be a good choice for smaller families, as the guest rooms accommodate up to 4 people.

Things to Consider:

Although it is an easy walk to Riverside, there are no table service restaurants at this resort. The buses are sometimes shared, resulting in slightly longer commutes to and from the theme parks.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: Yes

 

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

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Why We Love It:

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is a gorgeous moderate resort with a water taxi to Disney Springs. The southern-style architecture is charming and the resort grounds are gorgeous! The guest rooms have been refurbished and there are specially themed rooms celebrating all of the Disney Princesses, the Royal Guest Rooms.

This Resort is Great For:

Since some of the guest rooms at this resort sleep have a pull-down bed, it’s a good option for families with younger children.

Things to Consider:

This resort is very large and has several bus stops. If it is important to be close to the main building and pool, a preferred room is recommended. The pull-down beds in the guest rooms are best for younger children, typically under 10 years of age, and are not available in the Royal Guest Rooms.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: Yes

 

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

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Why We Love It:

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is the perfect place to go camping, but still have all the comforts of home. The cabins offer a fully equipped kitchen, living area, and separate bedroom with a bathroom. There is a private patio and charcoal grill with each one as well, allowing guests to enjoy the great outdoors, just minutes from the theme parks! There is also a water taxi that takes guests to the Magic Kingdom. This resort is also home to the beloved show, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.

This Resort is Great For:

If you are looking to camp with style while still experiencing the Walt Disney World theme parks, this is the resort for you! This resort is a good choice for larger families, as the cabins are fully equipped and sleep up to 6 guests. For those looking to have some fun outside of the parks, there is PLENTY to do here! From archery and horseback riding to swimming and kayaking, there is something for everyone and every age!

Things to Consider:

There is an internal bus system to help navigate the resort. It is quite large. In addition, it is highly recommended that guests rent a golf cart for easier access to everything that the resort has to offer.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: No

 

Value Resorts

The value resort category at the Walt Disney World Resort includes five different hotels to choose from. Each one includes a different theme but offers similar amenities including a food court with quick service dining options, the main pool with at least one smaller, quiet pool, and bus transportation to the parks. Two of the value resorts are located on the Disney Skyliner as well.

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

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Why We Love It:

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort celebrates movies and cinema throughout history. There are statues throughout the resort of iconic Disney films, providing many opportunities for vacation photos! This hotel is budget-friendly, making it possible to stay onsite at the Walt Disney World Resort and it was recently refurbished, with two queen beds.

This Resort is Great For:

This resort offers family-friendly accommodations for up to 4 guests. This is a great choice for those who want to stay at a Disney hotel on a budget. Both adults and kids are sure to recognize the larger-than-life movie icons featuring beloved Disney movies throughout the different sections of the resort, leading to great photo opportunities and memories made!

Things to Consider:

This resort is also popular for sporting events such as cheer and dance competitions and may have limited availability at certain times of the year. Sometimes the buses are shared with the other All-Star resorts.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: No

 

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

Why We Love It:

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort is a fun-themed resort hotel that celebrates the music of all genres. Each section of the resort celebrates a different type of music and is themed accordingly. The rooms are refurbished and it is the only All-Star hotel that features family suites.

This Resort is Great For:

This resort offers budget-friendly accommodations while still allowing guests to stay on Disney property. While most guest rooms sleep up to 4 guests, there are family suites here that will accommodate larger families, up to 6 guests.

Things to Consider:

This resort is popular for sporting events such as cheer and dance competitions and may have limited availability at certain times of the year. Sometimes the buses are shared with the other All-Star resorts.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: No

 

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

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Why We Love It:

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort is a good choice for sports fans and those looking to stay at a Disney hotel on a budget. The hotel features fun theming with large sports icons with Disney characters.

This Resort is Great For:

This resort offers family-friendly accommodations for up to 4 guests. This is a great choice for those who want to stay at a Disney hotel on a budget. Kids will love the sports-themed areas featuring beloved Disney friends.

Things to Consider:

The guest rooms at this resort have not yet been refurbished so there are double beds instead of queen beds. This resort is also popular for sporting events such as cheer and dance competitions and may have limited availability at certain times of the year.  Sometimes the buses are shared with the other All-Star resorts.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: No

 

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney's Art of Animation Resort Entrance

Why We Love It:

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is a value resort with themed family suites featuring beloved Disney characters the whole family will love. The resort is located on the Disney Skyliner so it’s a quick ride to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. The food court at this resort is larger and has more options compared to other value resorts.

This Resort is Great For:

This resort is perfect for families, especially larger families because most of the rooms here are family suites that sleep up to 6 guests. Young children will love the larger-than-life characters throughout the resort and adults will love the two bathrooms in each family suite! Since the resort is also located on the Disney Skyliner, it offers convenient access to both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Things to Consider:

This resort is composed mostly of family suites and is spread out. The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms are farthest from the main building.

Theme Park Professor Top Choice: Yes

 

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

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Why We Love It:

The resort is themed for the decades of the 20th century and features beloved Disney characters and icons from different time periods. The guest rooms were recently refurbished and the resort is located on the Disney Skyliner, which is a huge perk! Guests can easily walk over to Disney’s Art of Animation to enjoy more dining options at their food court or to explore and take photos!

This Resort is Great For:

Disney’s Pop Century Resort is great for guests of all ages. It is a family-friendly resort hotel that sleeps up to four guests in each room. This would be a good fit for those on a budget who still want to stay at a Disney hotel to enjoy the perks of doing so.

Things to Consider:

This hotel is popular for groups participating in sporting events such as cheer or dance competitions and may have limited availability at certain times of the year. The resort is also quite spread out so if it is important to be close to the main building, a preferred room is recommended.

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