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So, you’re planning a vacation to Walt Disney World® Resort and you need to decide where to stay. Whether you’re looking for a place for your very first visit or it’s your tenth time and you want to try somewhere new, there’s a whole trove of Disney Resort hotels to choose from. Plus, every location in the Disney Resorts Collection offers proximity to the parks, special touches only Disney can offer and legendary Guest service. With so many enticing options, how do you pick?
This article is here to help. We’ve organized every Resort hotel by the nearest theme park, plus Disney Springs®, so you can narrow things down based on the park where you plan to spend the most time. You’ll see a brief overview of each hotel’s theme, dining, entertainment and top transportation options, so you can quickly and easily get an idea of which one might be right for you. Whatever you’re after—an overwater bungalow, a campsite in the woods, a villa with a view of giraffes—you’re sure to find one that fits your style and budget!
To learn more about a particular Resort hotel, just follow the link to visit its official page, where you can get more info on all it has to offer. And don’t forget to take advantage of the special vacation financing available on select Disney vacation packages when you use your Disney® Visa® Credit Card to book through the Walt Disney Travel Company, online at Disney sites or through other eligible travel agents or sites.1
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: Be transported to the South Pacific with a stay at this exotic escape, where swaying palms and tropical dishes at fan-favorite restaurants will have you dreaming island dreams and the Resort Monorail will whisk you to and from Magic Kingdom® Park in minutes. Choose from a wide range of rooms, or opt for luxurious accommodations at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, such as a deluxe studio or over-the-water bungalow with a private deck and plunge pool.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: This all-time classic pairs Victorian grace with contemporary refinement, providing Guests with sophisticated rooms, a high-tech health club, a reinvigorating spa and delectable dining. It’s also a great choice for those who want to spend as much time at Magic Kingdom® Park as possible, as it’s just one stop away on the complimentary Resort Monorail.
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Villas here are perfect for larger groups, providing separate bedrooms, spacious living areas and fully-equipped kitchens where you can whip up a delicious family meal together. Choose your favorite way to get to the park: via walking path, water taxi or Resort Monorail. Unwind with a dip in Beach Pool or by watching the fireworks burst above Cinderella Castle.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Outdoor lovers will appreciate nature’s grandeur at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, inspired by turn-of-the-century National Park lodges. The grounds feature pine forests, nature trails and a babbling brook—with plenty of options for rooms with stunning views. You can also choose to stay at Boulder Ridge Villas, which recall the rustic railroad hotels of the mid-19th-century American West, or Copper Creek Villas, including deluxe studios and waterfront cabins with wraparound porches. Be sure to check out the delicious restaurants such as Story Book Dining at Artist Point (where you may spot Snow White!) and Geyser Point Bar & Grill. A complimentary water taxi provides direct transportation to Magic Kingdom® Park.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Stunning views, award-winning dining, sleek architecture and design—it’s all here at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The Resort Monorail zooms right through the main tower, and a pair of inviting pools on the shore of Bay Lake provide refined relaxation.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort: This option is perfect for Guests who want to combine their Magic Kingdom® Park visit with the great outdoors. Tucked amid a 750-acre forest that’s home to deer and armadillos, the resort offers cabins and campsites. The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort come complete with private patios, modern kitchens and charcoal grills. And The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort feature picnic tables, electrical hook-ups, cable TV and even high-speed internet. Dive into some all-American outdoor activities like archery, canoeing and horseback riding. From the Cabins, take a short stroll to the lakeside dock for an easy 10-minute boat ride to the park. Campsite stays come with parking for one vehicle, which includes complimentary standard self-parking at the theme parks.
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Luxury and breathtaking views of Bay Lake and Cinderella Castle abound at this resort set just steps from Magic Kingdom® Park. Guests can also take a walk across the convenient Sky Way Bridge and enjoy fine West Coast dining at the nearby California Grill.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: African culture is at the heart of this incredible hotel. Taking inspiration from traditional kraal villages, the horseshoe-shaped lodge offers views of lush savannas and displays one of the country’s largest collections of African art. You may also choose to stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas—Kidani Village, where you can spot wildlife from your windows, or at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas—Jambo House, with one- and two-bedroom villas featuring full kitchens, washers and dryers, and large living areas ideal for families. Savor African and Indian flavors at Sanaa restaurant, wade into Samawati Springs Pool or attend fun programs led by Animal Specialists. When you’re ready to visit the park, just board a complimentary bus for convenient access.
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort: Calling all music lovers! Get into the groove at this hotel that pays tribute to rock, jazz, country and more. Stage dive into a guitar-shaped pool and then take five at the Intermission Food Court. And exploring the park is an easy bus ride away.
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort: You’ll be the star at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, where the legends of Disney films are saluted with spectacular, larger-than-life décor. Guests can snap a pic with enormous statues of Pongo and Perdita from 101 Dalmatians or catch a screening of a Disney film under the stars at The Reel Spot! Find the bus stop in front of Cinema Hall for transportation to Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort: Located on the bus route to the park, it’s game on at this resort, where sports fans can celebrate their love of baseball, basketball, football, surfing and tennis alongside favorite Disney Characters. Tackle your hunger with a burger or pizza at End Zone Food Court or hang ten at the baseball diamond-shaped swimming pool.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: This lakeside oasis is a celebration of Spanish, Mexican and Southwest American cultures, providing Guests with a romantic and relaxing home away from home. Complimentary bus transportation is available at multiple stops. And at the center of it all is Villa del Lago, a gathering place where the amenities have been inspired by artists, dreamers and adventurers.
Disney’s Riviera Resort: This Resort hotel captures the magic of Europe that Walt Disney fell in love with, charming visitors with grand porticos, bubbling fountains and a one-of-a-kind art collection. The resort is just a short walk from the Disney Skyliner gondola, which will ferry you to EPCOT® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, both of which are nearby.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort: Disney’s Beach Club Resort transports you to summer on the New England coast with a casual yet classy vibe, within walking distance of EPCOT®. Sail a mini-powerboat around Crescent Lake, come ashore for fine dining or explore the pools and lagoons of Stormalong Bay. Kids will love the life-size shipwreck and one of Walt Disney World® Resort’s highest hotel waterslides, while adults will relish the chance to unwind in the three quiet pools. Families or groups of friends may want to consider Disney’s Beach Club Villas, which provide all the essentials of home with space for up to eight adults.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort: The formal grace of New England-style yacht clubs fills this resort, where Guests can savor steaks and seafood at Yachtsman Steakhouse, work out in the Ship Shape Health Club and rent watercraft from Bayside Marina. And if Fido is your first mate, you’ll be glad to know that Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is dog-friendly! Plus, it’s an easy walk to get to EPCOT®.
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn: You’ll feel like you’re in turn-of-the-century Atlantic City as you stroll along the boardwalk and watch the lights shimmer on Crescent Lake. Discover energizing nightlife and thrilling carnival games, and feast on sustainable seafood at the contemporary American restaurant Flying Fish. Guests of Disney’s BoardWalk Villas will fall in love with the old-fashioned charm of the candy-colored waterfront cottages, with private courtyards and picture-perfect gardens. And, it’s all just a stroll away from EPCOT® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: If you daydream to the soundtrack of steel drums, consider a stay here, where vibrant colors, swaying hammocks and pristine beaches conjure up an island fantasy. Splash in the pool beneath a Spanish citadel, sip on a tropical drink at the Banana Cabana outdoor bar or ride the Disney Skyliner gondola to the nearby Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and EPCOT® parks.
Disney’s Pop Century Resort: Disney’s Pop Century Resort is a total blast from the past! Experience fads from the far-out ‘50s through the gnarly ‘90s like Play-Doh®, Rubik’s Cube® and rollerblades at this hotel that salutes timeless Americana. You can also get a bird’s-eye view on the Disney Skyliner gondola as you ride over to the parks.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort: For many fans, the heart of Disney is its art, and this hotel celebrates the drawings and stories that have brought favorite Characters to life. Campfire activities, themed family suites with room for parties up to six, and Walt Disney World® Resort’s largest pool make this hotel a great choice for families. Plus, it’s on the Disney Skyliner route for convenient access to the parks.
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: This Victorian-style spot was inspired by Saratoga Springs, a late-19th-century New York retreat famed for its horse racing and spas. Guests are just steps away from beautiful Lake Buena Vista and Disney’s award-winning Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, as well as a complimentary water taxi ride away from Disney Springs®. Choose from stately studios to multi-bedroom villas that can sleep up to 12 adults.
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—Riverside: There’s plenty of Southern hospitality at this resort evoking the gracious charm of Louisiana, from backwoods cottages at Alligator Bayou to the white-columned mansions of Magnolia Bend. Lodging options include dog-friendly accommodations and Royal Guest Rooms featuring some regal Disney touches, with transportation to Disney Springs® via complimentary water taxi.
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—French Quarter: Magnolia blossoms, gas lamps, hints of Mardi Gras—you’ll feel transported to the Big Easy at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—French Quarter. Get the full Nola experience by taking a stroll along the Sassagoula River or enjoying a hurricane in Scat Cat’s Club. Then, board a complimentary water taxi and enjoy a leisurely cruise over to Disney Springs®.
Disney’s Old Key West Resort: Get away from it all at the tranquil community of Conch Flats, an island hamlet where palm trees and sun-kissed waterways will lull you into relaxation. Glide through the water on a boat ride over to Disney Springs® or immerse yourself in the welcoming atmosphere of Olivia’s Café, which serves home-style American cuisine with a Caribbean twist.
Hopefully you’ve now found the Disney Resort hotel that will make your vacation unforgettable. And if you still can’t decide, well, that’s just an excuse to start planning your next visit and a stay at another incredible Disney Resort hotel. Just remember, wherever you choose to stay, delicious meals await you. And as a Cardmember, you can save 10% on dining with your Disney Visa Card at select restaurants most meals, most days around the Disney Resort hotels.23 For the full list of delicious destinations, explore the Disney Rewards Dining Perks Guide.
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