Disney World Resorts List: Everything You Need to Know about Every Disney Resort

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Which Disney World Resort Hotel Is Right for You – a Comprehensive Disney World Resorts List

When it comes to Disney World Resort hotels, there are many options, resulting in a lengthy list of Disney World Resorts. Given the number of options, determining which hotel fits your budget, your group or even the location where you want to stay can be challenging.

Disney has 25 immersive, elaborately themed hotels across the property, each one different from the last. They fall into three different categories: Value, Moderate and Deluxe. And while you can find a number of Disney World resort options across Florida, few compare to the convenience and amenities of an onsite property.

To narrow things down, use our handy online tool below to find the best resort for you. Then keep reading to for detailed information and descriptions of each resort in this complete list of Disney World Resort hotels.

Looking for a Disney World Resort hotel? Take our quick quiz below to find your perfect match. Then, keep reading for all the in-depth details on all Disney World resorts!

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Why Choose a Disney World Resort Hotel?

Theming at Disney World Resorts

While there are plenty of offsite hotel options, we are firm believers that staying onsite is the most convenient, and the best way to stay right in the middle of the magic. When staying offsite, you are forced to leave the Walt Disney World bubble, often experiencing views of backstage areas, having to transport yourself to and from Disney’s property.

Grand Floridian from afar
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Offsite hotels typically lack Disney’s depth of theming as well. Disney World resort hotels feature immersive themes such as a Polynesian island, with leis being handed out at check in and hotel buildings shaped like Polynesian longhouses. Being able to walk through the palm trees and beaches of the Polynesian resort while making your way to the volcano waterslide is the type of essential experience that makes a trip to Disney World so memorable! Better yet, you’ll find a wealth of other theming experiences on the Disney World resorts list.

Complimentary Transportation to and from Disney Theme Parks

Besides the aesthetics of a Walt Disney World resort, convenience is a huge factor when booking onsite. A Disney World resort hotel stay includes transportation of all kinds, starting right with your trip from the airport. Some of you may not know that the journey from Orlando International airport to Walt Disney World typically takes about 30 minutes. There are many shuttle services, as well as the option to use Uber, Lyft, or rent a car.

Bus decorated in a Minnie Mouse theme, part of the Disney World transportation system
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Onsite Disney World resort hotels also offer complimentary park transportation to all 4 main theme parks, the 2 water parks, and Disney Springs. While some offsite hotels offer transportation, and there is always Uber and Lyft, Disney’s transportation is the only one that can drop you off right at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom.  All guests not arriving by Disney transport options, are required to be dropped off at the Transportation Ticket Center, and then take a monorail or boat to the park.

Extra Magic Hours and Fast Passes

Another perk of selecting accommodations from the Disney World resorts list is early theme park entry. Each day, resort guests are admitted up to a half an hour early into any of the four major theme parks. While not as generous as its predecessor, Extra Magic Hours, Early Theme Park Entry does allow you to get on a ride or two with less wait and fewer crowds.

Some Disney Resorts are located right near EPCOT
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Hands down, one of the best reasons to stay onsite at a Walt Disney World resort hotel is the ability to book FastPass+ ahead of time. With an onsite resort reservation, you can book you can take advantage of a 60-day FastPass booking window, allowing you to pre-book up to three FastPasses prior to your scheduled trip. Guests staying at an offsite resort, only have a 30-day advanced booking  window.

Understanding Disney World Resorts List Tiers

When looking for Disney World resorts, Orlando offers many options from the ultra-cheap to the extravagant. You’ll find the same range when staying on Disney World Property.

Disney resorts are offered in three tiers. The value resorts provide basic amenities at a fair cost, upgraded by elaborate theming. Think giant Dalmatians or sports-themed accommodations and you’re on the right track.

Moderate resorts jump up the scale in room size, offering a bit more refined ambiance that may be more suitable to some adults. You’ll find that that your Disney World resort price rises as well, though only moderately.

At the upper end of the scale are Disney’s deluxe resorts and villas. Theming here is casually elegant with added amenities that may include boat rentals and other activities. Prices can be up to five or six times the cost of a room at a value resort.

Stay tuned, now that we have discussed the resort tiers, a complete list of Disney World Resort hotels as well as descriptions is coming up soon.

List of Disney World Resort Hotels. – a Complete Guide

Disney Value Resorts

When looking for Disney World resorts, cheap hotels abound across Orlando, making it easy to meet your budget. Just make sure you aren’t trading low cost for a poor experience.

At the lower end of the cost spectrum in the list of Disney World Resort hotels, Disney’s value resorts offer basic motel-style rooms at a fair price with an added perk. All are elevated through elaborate theming and magical experiences only realized at a Disney resort. Family suites are even available at select resorts, accommodating up to 6 guests in a room.

  • Room Size: the smallest rooms, averaging 260 sq ft with standard room sleeping up to four guests plus a crib. Suite rooms sleep up to 6 (including a crib).
  • Beds: standard rooms have either two queens or one king. Suites, called “Family Suites” have a queen bed, a full-size sleeper sofa, a double pull out table bed. Other suites have a queen bed, full sleeper sofa, twin size sofa, and a twin sleeper ottoman.
  • Bathrooms: one shower, one toilet, and one sink. The shower and toilet are in their own separate room.
  • Onsite Dining: food court and evening pizza room deliveries and bar by the pool.
  • Pools: cartoony themed pools with no water slides, some water play elements.
  • Décor: large cartoony elements or brightly colored theming on exteriors. Rooms are accessed via external doors, check in and main building contain no rooms.
  • Interior décor: minimal theming and basic accommodations, some themed after Disney characters
  • Room views: Overlooking a parking lot, themed elements or swimming pool.
  • Entertainment Options: Playground, pools, poolside games, movie under the stars.
  • Transportation options: Buses to all locations, or the skyliner from select resorts

Disney’s All Star Movies Resort

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort is the first on our list of list of Disney World Resort hotels in the value resort category. All Star Movie’s puts you right in the middle of some of your favorite animated Disney movies. With extra large size decorations of the 101 dalmatians and Andy’s toys from Toy Story, you will be in the movie yourself.

Accommodations at this tier of the Disney World resorts list boast a main Fantasia themed pool, a kiddie pool and a second slightly smaller Mighty Ducks themed Duck Pond pool. The many building clusters have different themes.

Right outside the main building you will find the Fantasia Cluster of rooms, to the right of that are the 101 Dalmatian themed rooms adorned by Giant Pongo and Perdita statues with one puppy watching a large tv. Continuing down this pathway, by the Duck Pond are the Mighty Duck themed rooms with large hockey decorations.

The Art of Animation features the 1010 Dalmatians
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Tracking back to the main building, walking left, you will find the Toy Story cluster of buildings. Woody and Buzz can be found outside the doors to these buildings in a size that will make you feel just like you are toy sized yourself! Walking back towards the Fantasia pool and up past it, are the last cluster of rooms, the Love Bug rooms with a huge love bug Herbie out front.

Many of the rooms in this resort overlook the roadways and parking lots that surround the hotel. Dining is located in the main building and is food court style. Food options range from omelets to pasta and other America classics.

Room layouts for standard rooms are either a king size bed and a queen size table bed, or a queen size bed and a queen-size pull-out table bed. These rooms sleep up to 4 adults. The rooms in All-Star Movies are the smallest of the All Star resorts, specifically the bathrooms. Room configurations vary depending upon their  proximity to the main building, with prices being found here.

All-Star Movies resort is located closest to the Animal Kingdom park, as are all other All-Star resorts.

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

The All-Star Music Resort is another on the Disney World Resorts list with larger than life theming. It is located right next to All-Star movies, and even shares a parking lot.

Disney’s All Star Music Resort immerses you in a world of music. A (water slideless) guitar shaped pool is located directly outside the main building aptly named Melody Hall. Melody Hall contains the food court, check in area, an arcade, and a gift shop.

The room clusters are themed for different genres of music with cartoonish large relevant props outside each building. The music genres featured are: calypso, jazz, rock, country fair, and Broadway.

All-Star Music’s dining is also food court style. Options include burgers, sandwiches, salads, chicken tenders and a plethora of desserts. Meals can be ordered ahead of time on your phone. And as with all value and moderate resorts, pizza can be ordered and delivered directly to your room.

Room configurations for this Disney World resort hotel vary in two ways: standard rooms, and family suites. Standard rooms have two double beds, making room for up to four adults. Family suites sleep up to six adults with one queen size bed (in a separate room,) a double sleeper-sofa, twin sized sleeper chair, and a twin sized sleeper ottoman. The suites also feature a kitchenette. Room rates can be found here.

Transportation to and from the parks is included in your resort booking, utilizing the Disney World bus fleet.

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

When it comes to the list of Disney World Resort hotels, the All Stars are some of the best value. This entry on the Disney World resorts list is in the same complex as the other two All-Star resorts, and within walking distance. Just as the other two resorts put you into the world of music and movies, this resort places you into the world of sports with the same large cartoon style décor and statues.

The building layout is the same as the All-Star Movies Resort, just mirrored, with the theming obviously pertaining to sports. The main building, named Stadium Hall contains the check in area, a gift shop, an arcade and the food court.

All Star Sports Disney World reosrt hotel
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The End Zone food court features American inspired meals such as burgers, pizza and smoothies. TVs in the food court play sporting events and Disney cartoons. Pizza can also be delivered directly to your room.

The room building themes in this resort are: surfs up, the hoops hotel, center court, touchdown, and the homerun hotel. The Surfboard Bay pool is perfectly placed outside of the Surf’s up buildings and right behind Stadium Hall. The pool area does have a kiddie area, but no water slide.

All-Star Sports’ room configurations are identical to the All Star Music standard rooms, with two double beds. All-Star Sports does not have any family suites. Room prices and configurations can be found here.

Transportation to and from the parks is included in your resort booking, utilizing the Disney World bus fleet.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Similar to All-Star Movies, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort also puts you in the middle of an animated movie. This Disney World Resort Hotel focuses on Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. The décor features large and life-sized props and characters from the movies adorning the entrances and walkways outside the different buildings.

The main pool outside the Finding Nemo rooms is called The Big Blue Pool and also features a children’s water play feature. The Big Blue Pool is the largest resort pool out of any resort on the whole property. The resort also features two more smaller quiet pools, one outside the cars themed rooms, and another outside the Little Mermaid Themed rooms.

Disney’s Art of Animation is made up of family suites that sleeps up to 6 with spacious rooms. The rooms are configured to have a separate bedroom offering a queen sized bed, two bathrooms, a kitchenette and a living room. Other beds include a double table bed, and a double sleeper sofa.

The Little Mermaid building is the only building in this resort to hold standard rooms. These rooms consist of two double beds or one king size bed and one bathroom. Room bookings can be found here.

Dining options for this Disney World Resort hotel include a poolside bar, pizza delivery, and a food court called Landscape of Flavors. The food court has five different counter service restaurants with different themes.

Disney’s Art of Animation is also dog-friendly, allowing up to two dogs per room.

This resort is located in the World Wide of Sports area of Walt Disney World, which is not too far from Hollywood Studios. Besides buses, Art of Animation boasts the option of riding on Disney World’s new skyliner.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Disney’s Pop Century Resort is one of the most uniquely themed value resorts on the list of Disney World Resort hotels. Themed after the decades 1950-1990, there are two buildings themed after each decade with the exception of the 90’s which only has one building. The décor and props outside each building are large toys that defined each decade.

The resort has one main pool located in the 60’s, the hippy dippy pool, and a kiddie pool right beside it. Two quiet pools are also in the resort, located by the 50’s and 80’s buildings. The main building holds check in, an arcade, shopping and a food court.

The Far Out food court has 7 different food stations with popular options like pizza, waffles, flatbreads, salads and pasta. If you’d rather eat in your room, pizza delivery is available. Disney’s Pop Century Resort is the second value resort to have the new Skyliner as a transportation option.

Pop Centuries rooms have either one king bed, or one queen bed and a queen table bed. The room options are all based on location and views. Preferred rooms, or rooms that are the closest to the lobby, are most costly. Rooms with pool views also have higher rates than rooms with parking lot views. Find room rates here.

Pop Century is located across the lake from Disney’s Art of Animation. These resorts are both in the World Wide of Sports area of Disney World, not too far from Hollywood Studios.

Disney Moderate Resorts

Bigger rooms and lush grounds differentiate the moderates from value resorts on the Disney World resorts list, giving you a little more space to spread out and stretch your legs.

Main Building in the Disney World Resort Hotel Port Orleans
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  • Room size: averaging 314 square feet with sleeping up to four, with certain resorts sleeping five. As always, cribs are available for all rooms.
  • Beds: standard rooms feature either one king size bed or 2 queen size beds. Some resorts such as Port Orleans and some rooms in the Coronado also have a twin trundle or murphy bed.
  • Bathrooms: One shower/tub, one toilet, and two sinks. The toilet and shower share a room, and the sinks can be divided from the main area with a curtain or door.
  • Onsite Dining: Food court, poolside bar, pizza delivery, one table service restaurant, one (or more) indoor bars or lounges.
  • Pools: Main pools and quiet pools, some resorts have small water slides.
  • Décor: Exterior décor and architecture matches resort theme, with more upscale theming ideas than value resorts. Rooms are accessed via external doors, check in and main building contain no rooms.
  • Interior Décor: Basic theming inside, some rooms are character themed.
  • Room Views: Parking lots, pools, natural waterway, or theming elements.
  • Entertainment options: Pools, movie nights, playground, poolside games, bike rentals or gyms at select moderate resorts. Horse carriage rides at Port Orleans as well as fishing.
  • Transportation options: Buses, possibly boats to Disney Springs, depending on the resort. The new Skyliner now transports from select moderate resorts.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Caribbean Beach Resort, a Moderate Disney World resort hotel on the Disney World resorts list
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This EPCOT area Disney World resort hotel is themed after five different Caribbean islands: Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, Trinidad and Aruba. The airy building exteriors paired with the tropical landscapes offer a relaxing and immersive place to stay.

The Caribbean Beach Resort has comfortable hammocks to enjoy the pristine sand beaches and brightly colored florals. The “port of entry,” Old Port Royale, features check in and Caribbean inspired shops and eateries.

Dining options include two counter service restaurants, the Spyglass Grill and Centertown Market. Spyglass Grill has American food options with a Caribbean twist. The Centertown Market has all the typical food court options you would expect: salads, sandwiches, bakery items and more. Centertown Market also has a grab and go section with premade food items.

The Caribbean Beach Resort does have one table service dining option that will satisfy all your cravings. The surf and turf meals are upscale with Caribbean and Latin twists. The restaurant’s atmosphere is calm, inviting and inspired by the tropics with waterfront views.

Of course, the Caribbean Beach resort would have a phenomenal pool and play area. A Spanish inspired fort surrounds the main zero-entry pool. The fortress contains water canons and two different waterslides. The longest waterslide drops you a whopping 82 feet right through the fort wall!

The main pool also has a hot tub and another pool with a large water feature pirate ship for kids under 48”. The pirate ship water playground includes sprinklers, three smaller water slides, and a giant bucket which sporadically dumps water.

This entry on the Disney World resorts list has a little something extra to keep your mateys happy. Optional Pirate themed rooms in this Disney World Resort hotel add to the Caribbean theming and can make your stay feel more adventurous. Small pirate ships surround each bed and will drift you into peaceful sleep. Non pirate rooms  continue the island vibe throughout the remainder of the resort. In these rooms, tropical bedspreads adorn carved wooden bed frames.

Room configurations are as follows:

  • One king bed
  • Two double beds
  • 2 queen beds
    and children’s size pull down bed
  • 2 queen beds

Prices for rooms vary based on configuration, theming and views. Pirate themed rooms generally go for a premium, as do rooms with the added children’s pull down bed. Other price variations are due to views and location to the lobby. Generally, rooms with better views and closer proximity to the lobby have higher nightly rates. Room rates and availability can be found here.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Disney’s Coronado Springs is the best resort for families and business visitors alike on our list of Disney World Resort hotels. This Spanish, Mexican, and Southwest (American) inspired resort is the only Disney World moderate resort to feature a convention center. The sprawling resort has a traditional hotel tower as well as sprawling walkways that lead to many building clusters featuring the resort rooms.

The plethora of buildings all surround Lago Dorado (Durado Lake), which offers stunning views and gives the feeling of privacy from the other buildings. The building clusters follow three different themes. Besides the Gran Destino Tower, there are the Casitas, themed after colonial cities in Mexico, The Ranchos, which are inspired by the American Southwest, and The Cabanos, which are designed to give the feeling of being in a small Mexican coastal village.

Architecture of the Disney World resort hotel Coronado Springs
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Coronado Springs also boasts a large gym, for all your workout needs, and jogging paths that crisscross the expansive resort. The only downside to this resort is the amount of walking you will have to do to see it all. The pool is on the opposite side of the lake from the main lobby building, but many paths that cross the lakes will get you there.

Also placed perfectly inside the picturesque lake is the Bridges Bar and Grill. This table service lakeview eatery is all about shared plates, sandwiches and a new upscale take on traditional foods such as corndogs and fries.

Toledos- Tapas, Steak and Seafood has, well, tapas. The Spanish inspired menu offers a delicious, themed sit down experience. The food style is a little avant-garde, but don’t let that scare you away.

The Maya Grill, another table service dining option, serves traditional Mexican dishes with a modern take. The dining room is themed to ancient Mexico, and the atmosphere is perfect for enjoying a delicious plate of fajitas. The Maya Grill is only open for dinner.

Counter service and quick food options at Coronado Springs include: Café Rix, El Mercado de Coronado, and four different bars and lounges. All counter service and quick dining options are Spanish or Mexican inspired with many traditional American dishes. A full room service menu is also available.

Rooms at Coronado Springs vary greatly in layout.

Room layouts include:

  • 2 queen beds
  • 1 king bed
  • Casitas bedroom suite has two queen beds and one queen sleeper sofa
  • A king suite has one king bed and one queen sleeper sofa
  • Casitas executive suite 1 king bed and 2 queen beds and 1 queen sleeper sofa
  • A presidential suite has one king bed and two queen beds

Room prices depend on room size, room location, and room views. Obviously, bigger rooms cost more, as do better views, and better locations (closer to the lobby). In addition to regular rooms, the Coronado also has club level rooms. Club rooms allow access to the club room where you can enjoy a light breakfast and light snacks throughout the day.

Disney’s Coronado Springs is an Animal Kingdom area hotel.

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

The Cabins at Fort Wilderness are not to be confused with the Fort Wilderness Resort (read more about Fort Wilderness below.) The cabins provide a private, family-friendly experience in the American frontier. Each family can have their own cabin surrounded by trees and wildlife. Attached to the cabin area is the expansive Fort Wilderness Campground with many spaces for traditional camping, or RV and camper trailer parking. With the massive size of the campground and cabin area, golf carts are available for rental to help you get around with ease.

A short boat ride will take you to the Magic Kingdom, while buses will transport you to all other parks. The only downside is that the bus rides do take a little longer than most as they do need to stop at many stations around the campground.

The cabins have their own waterslide and water play area for cabin guests. The Meadow Swimmin’ Pool has a spa hot tub and a corkscrew water slide. For younger kids, there is a fort themed kids water play area with small slides. In addition, there is also a quiet pool and a quiet hot tub separate from the main pool.

For entertainment and dining during your stay at the cabin, try the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a two-hour frontier styled dinner show. This interactive, hilarious show has songs and skits in between main courses of unlimited fried chicken, barbecue, salad, cornbread, and baked beans all finished off with strawberry shortcake.

Tickets for the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue must be purchased ahead of time and cancellations must be made with sufficient notice or you will be charged. Reservations are hard to come by, so they should be made 180 days in advance. Learn more about the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue here.

Rooms at the Cabins at Fort Wilderness offer plenty of space for the whole family with room for 6. The rustic cabins are more like a hotel suite, with a living room, bedroom, bathroom, patio and full kitchen with fridge, dishwasher, microwave, and 2 stovetop burners.

One of the best things about the cabin is that housekeeping does your dishes for you. In addition to dishes being magically washed, dried and put away, your pantry also magically stocks itself. Before your arrival, simply select your pantry elements from a list of common items, and they will be there waiting upon your arrival. Pantry items do incur an additional fee.

Room configurations for the cabins are one queen bed, one set of bunk beds, and one double sleeper sofa. The separate bedroom houses both the queen bed and the bunk beds. The sleeper sofa can be found in the living room which is attached to the full kitchen. Room rates can be found here.

Pets are allowed in The Cabins at Fort Wilderness. Up to two dogs are allowed per room, with no cats. Due to its proximity to Magic Kingdom, this resort is located in the Magic Kingdom resort area.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside

The next on our list of Disney World Resort hotels is Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside. This resort immerses you right into the bayou of Louisiana. From the large white columns themed after the plantation houses, to the cottages in rural Louisiana, a walk through Port Orleans Riverside is like walking through the real deal. The grounds of this resort are stunning and elaborately themed.

As you walk through the walkways the plant life gives a feel of intimacy and the Sassagoula river offers a picturesque backdrop as well as entertainment. On the river you can fish or rent boats for a fun activity. The river surrounds Ol’ Man Island where you can find the Tom Sawyer themed pool complete with a sawmill slide. Here you will also find the Muddy Rivers pool bar, a hot tub, and a fishing hole where you can fish for real fish!

Exterior of Port Orleans REsort a Disney World resort moderate hotel
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In addition to water activities, Port Orleans Riverside has a playground, bike rentals and jogging paths. In the evenings behind the lobby you can find horse drawn carriage rides for a romantic starlit ride. Also, in the evenings marshmallow roasting can be done on the campfire on de’ Bayou.

Dining options are vast at this Disney World resort hotel. Riverside Mill Food Court has 6 different stations: bakery, grill, pizza and pasta, specialties, salads,  a carving station, and a grab and go section. Boatwright’s Dining Hall is a table service restaurant with a delicious flare of southern Louisiana taste. Port Orleans Riverside also has two bar lounges, as well as in-room pizza delivery.

Rooms at Port Orleans come in three themes, Bayou, Magnolia Bend, or themed to Princess and the Frog with Tiana, her prince and other characters from the movie. Room configurations include:

  • 2 queen beds
  • 2 queen beds and a child pull down bed
  • King bed
  • King bed and a child pull down bed

Prices for rooms vary based on views, themes and location. Rooms located closer to the lobby, better views, and Princess rooms go for a higher price. Pets are allowed in this Walt Disney World resort hotel, but only 2 dogs permitted per room. Port Orleans Riverside is a Disney Springs area resort.

Transportation from this resort is provided via bus or boat. The boats only take you to Disney Springs.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

While Port Orleans Riverside covers more of rural Louisiana, Port Orleans French Quarter is themed to historic New Orleans and Mardi Gras. This is one of the Disney World resorts on the moderate scale, so the lobby is large feels appropriate to the theming – like being in the middle of New Orleans with bright colors, cobblestone streets, and gas lamps.

While Riverside is sprawling with organically laid out pathways, French quarter is condensed with walkways laid out mathematically like a real town. The buildings of French Quarter are colorful and seem to be plucked right of the streets of New Orleans.

The Mardi Gras pool features King Neptune with a giant sea serpent that doubles as the pool’s water slide. A hot tub near the pool offers a place to relax for the guests who aren’t into slip sliding. For the youngest guests, there is a kiddie water feature. For additional entertainment, horse drawn carriages can be taken every evening.

Dining includes the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, a table service restaurant themed to Mardi Gras. Sassagoula Floatworks serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, bakery items, and drinks. Also located in Port Orleans French Quarter are two bars and pizza delivery right to your room. For more dining, you can also take the short walk over to Port Orleans Riverside.

Room configurations for this Disney World resort hotel are either 2 queen beds, or one king bed. Room rates depend on the view from your room. For room rates and more information, click here.

Disney Deluxe Resorts

Disney deluxe resorts have spacious rooms and elegant accommodations. This tier on the Disney World resorts list offers the parks’ flagship selection of hotels.

  • Room size: rooms average 356 sq ft and typically sleep 5 (plus a crib.) Suites at this level of resort can be as big as 1000 sq ft.
  • Beds: One king bed or 2 queen beds, with additional day bed.
  • Bathrooms: Two sinks, one shower/tub, and one toilet. Sinks are always separate from shower and toilet. In some resorts, the toilet is separate as well. Suites at this tier have more than one bathroom.
  • Onsite Dining: No food courts, but typically at least one counter service option, multiple table service options, often one is a buffet. Also, full room service menu, poolside bar, and more than one interior bar/ lounge. Character dining is also usually available.
  • Pools: One main themed pool with upscale amenities and an elaborate water slide. Quiet pools and hot tubs are also available. Also, some sandy areas for building sandcastles and play may also be offered.
  • Décor: Upscale and immersive theming with high-end architecture. Lobbies are elegant and created for gathering. Most rooms have balconies.
  • Interior Décor: Rooms are chic, spacious, and made to immerse you in the hotel’s theme. Rooms are accessed via an interior hallway.
  • Room Views: Overlooking trees, bodies of water, pools, theming, or views of wildlife (animal Kingdom Lodge). At lower rates, rooftop or parking lot views may be provided.
  • Entertainment options: Pools, arcades, spas, gyms, movies, poolside games, bike rentals, jogging paths, gardens, waterslides, sandcastle building, and boat rentals.
  • Transportation options: Buses, boats, monorails, and even walking, depending on your resort and which park you are visiting.

Disney World Animal Kingdom Lodge

Lobby covered in vines with African architecture at the Disney World Resort hotel Animal Kingdom Lodge
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One of the best views on our list of Disney World Resort hotels is the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Savannah views and African animals right in your backyard? The Animal Kingdom Lodge has all that and more. This African inspired hotel on the Disney World resorts list is decorated to the smallest detail, and over 200 hundred animals call the savannas home. It’s proximity to Animal Kingdom means animals are regularly rotated between the park and the resort.

When it comes to Disney World resorts, Animal Kingdom area hotels are some of the most immersive. The resort is U-shaped to give as many rooms as possible views of one of the 4 savannas. The animals brought into each savanna vary greatly, and often rotate. During a stay at the lodge, you can expect to see at least giraffes, zebras, African birds, antelope, and more.

The gift shops feature handmade figurines and gifts made in Africa, or by African artists. The dining in Animal Kingdom is award winning and a must try. Boma- Flavors of Africa is a buffet table service restaurant with an African marketplace theme. The food options are expansive and based on African dishes. Even picky eaters will find more than enough to eat here.

Zebras in the Savanna at the Animal Kingdom Lodge
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Other dining in this Disney World resort hotel include:

  • Jiko- The Cooking Place- a table service restaurant with dishes and wines from the heart of Africa, Jiko does have a dress code. Find it here.
  • Sanaa- African cooking with Indian flavors and views of the African wildlife
  • The Mara- a quick service dining option with dishes like half chickens, African stew and flatbreads. The Mara serves all three meals.
  • Full menu room service
  • Many bars and lounges

The pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a zero-entry, 11,000 sq ft pool themed to an African watering hole. The water slide is an exciting journey of zigzags. Jetted spa tubs flock the pool, as well as a wading pool for kids. A playground is also located nearby for additional fun.

Rooms at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge feature carved African inspired headboards and long curtains with beautiful prints. Room configurations include:

  • 2 queen beds
  • 1 king bed
  • 1 queen bed and one bunk bed
  • 1 bedroom suite- 2 queen beds and one queen sleeper sofa
  • 2 bedroom suite- 1 king bed, 2 queen beds, and one queen sleeper sofa

Room prices can be found here, and vary based on views and size. Obviously, larges rooms bring in a higher price, and rooms with savannah views cost more than those without.

Despite the ultra-immersive theming, Animal Kingdom Lodge was originally designed to provide a lower cost deluxe hotel option on the Disney World resorts list. As such, rooms are not on the same level in some ways as other deluxe resorts on Disney property. Cinder block walls offer a value feel, which is likely realized more keenly in a standard view room. Let’s face it, when you can look out your balcony and see giraffes, you’re probably not noticing much else.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Disney’s Beach club is an EPCOT area hotel on our list of Disney World Resort hotels, themed after the elegant establishments of the New England beach towns from the turn of the 20th century.

This Disney World resort hotel features a full water park, multiple pools, a lagoon, beaches and spas. The pool lineup includes a lazy river, a zero-entry pool, kiddie pools, spa tubs, and 2 water slides exiting right off a pirate ship. The pool area is shared with the Beach Club’s sister hotel, the Yacht Club.

Disney’s Beach Club offers so many dining options, it’s hard to choose (especially if you factor in the restaurants in the Yacht Club.) First there is the Yachtsman Steakhouse, a steakhouse specializing in high end surf and turf. There is a dress code at this restaurant.

Beach Club Resort hotel decor, bright blue walls and white trim
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Cape May Café offers character dining for breakfast and an expansive seafood buffet for dinner. Beaches and Cream is a 50’s style soda shop with a full menu, but the ice cream is the star! As a favorite on the Disney World resorts list, The Beach Club has three different lounges and bars.

Quick service Dining options include:

  • The Market at Ale and Compass serves hot and cold quick service options
  • The Beach Club Marketplace serves hot breakfasts, and pizzas, soups and sandwiches for lunch and dinner.
  • Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill- serves beach side quick service meals to enjoy by the pool

Room options sleep up to 6 people with configurations at the Beach club including:

  • Standard rooms
    • two queen beds
    • Two queen beds and one day bed
    • One queen bed and one day bed
    • One king bed
    • One king bed and one day bed
  • Deluxe room- Two queen beds and one queen sleeper sofa
  • One-bedroom suite- one king bed and one queen sleeper sofa
  • Presidential Suite- one king bed, two double beds, and one day bed

Disney’s Beach Club transportation options are of course buses and boats. Also, due to its proximity to EPCOT, you can walk to the back entrance into the World Showcase in less than five minutes. From the Beach Club, you can walk to EPCOT and board the Skyliner for a slightly roundabout trip to Hollywood Studios. A walkway to Disney Studios also makes for a pleasant 20-minute stroll.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Exterior of the Boardwalk Inn, a Deluxe hotel on the Disney World resorts list
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Across the lagoon from The Beach Club, you will find the next resort on the complete list of Disney World Resort hotels. Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is an EPCOT area resort themed to an Atlantic City waterfront boardwalk hotel. The boardwalk is not just for show or décor, it is a real functioning beachfront boardwalk. As you stroll along, you will find many restaurants, carnival games and places to experience the nightlife.

The pool in this Disney World resort hotel is carnival themed as well, complete with a wooden coaster waterslide. Alongside the pool are elephants spouting waterfalls from their trunks. The pool area also has a kiddie pool and two whirlpool spas for all ages. Here, you will also find a striped circus tent quick service restaurant.

Speaking of dining, The Boardwalk Inn has more than a plentiful amount of dining options. The options range from fish and steak to burgers and pizza as well as ice cream. The restaurants themselves vary from upscale to quick service. The list is so expansive it takes a post in and of itself, but you can find it here. Along with these options, you can also pop over to Beach Club, Yacht Club, or take the quick walk to EPCOT to dine in the World Showcase.

Transportation options from the Boardwalk Resort to Disney parks comes in the form of buses for Magic Kingdom, Disney Springs, and Animal Kingdom. Boats will take you to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, as will a walk. Although the walk to EPCOT is shorter. In addition, you can take the short walk to EPCOT and board the Skyliner to go to Hollywood Studios.

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Rooms for the Boardwalk vary a bit and are not to be confused with the Boardwalk Villas, which you can find below.

Room configurations sleep anywhere from 2 to 6 adults and are:

  • One king bed
  • One king bed and one day bed
  • Two queen beds
  • Two queen beds and a day bed
  • Deluxe rooms- two queen beds and one queen sleeper sofa

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is an EPCOT resort.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Next on the list of Disney World Resort hotels is a Magic Kingdom resort which sits at a sweet spot on the Disney World resorts list. As one of the first hotels to open, it seems to have a cult following.

The Contemporary has earned its name with theming that can be described in one word: modern. Here you won’t find Disney princess rooms or nods to historical trends, but you will find elegance and amazing views.

The Contemporary Resort may not be the most Disney themed resort, but it does bring all the Disney experience and attention to detail. With its A frame shape, and monorail breezing right through it, the Contemporary is architecturally interesting and exciting.

The pool area is large with a big waterslide and views of Bay lake. An additional quiet pool is located right on the shore of the lake. Two whirlpool spa tubs and a kids playground provide fun for those of all ages.

Contemporary lit up at night, the modern DIsney World resort hotel
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Dining at this Disney World resort is award winning and popular. The highlight is the California Grill, which is located on the top floor of the hotel. Three meals a day are served here and are based off of Pacific Coast flavors. While the food is upscale and delicious, be prepared to pay a premium. A dress code is required.

Other dining options are Chef Mickey’s, a character dining buffet experience, and the Contemporary Grounds, a quick service grab and go restaurant. Along with restaurants there are two bar lounges.

Half of the Contemporary’s rooms overlook the pool and pristine landscapes, while the other half give a view of The Magic Kingdom. Rooms hold anywhere from 3-8 people depending on the room you pick.

Room configurations include:

  • Standard rooms
    • One king bed and one day bed
    • Two queen beds and one day bed
    • Deluxe room
      • One king and one queen sleeper sofa
  • Club Level Rooms
    • One bedroom suites- One king bed, one queen sleeper sofa, and one twin sleeper sofa
    • Hospitality suite- one king bed, one queen sleeper sofa, one day bed
    • Hospitality suite 2- two queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa, one day bed
    • Two bedroom suite 1- four queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa
    • Two bedroom suite 2- two queen beds, one king bed, and one queen sleeper sofa

The Contemporary provides many transportation options. First off, you can always take a bus to the Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, or Disney Springs. To get to Magic Kingdom, you can simply hop on the monorail, or walk across the street right up to the entrance. An additional way to get to EPCOT is to ride the Disney monorail to the transportation and Ticket Center and then switch monorails to the EPCOT line.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

The most prestigious and sought-after hotel on the list of Disney World Resort hotels is the Grand Floridian. Themed to a Victorian era Floridian beach resort, this hotel surrounds you in complete elegance. The lobby is multiple stories tall with chandeliers bigger than many cars. Everything about this hotel oozes style and glamor.

The Beach pool features a 181-foot curving and thrilling waterslide. Alongside it, you will find a kiddie waterplay area. In addition, the Grand Floridian has a large quiet pool and two whirlpool spa tubs. If pools aren’t your thing, you can always lounge in a chair on the sandy shores of the peaceful Bay lake.

Lobby of the Disney World resort hotel the Grand Floridian
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Getting to the parks from the Grand Floridian is also elegant with a monorail stop right on the second floor. The monorail will take you to the Magic Kingdom as the next stop. If you’d rather, you can also take a boat to the Magic Kingdom. To get to EPCOT use the monorail system. All other parks can be accessed via bus.

For dining, stop by 1900 Park Fare, a character restaurant inside a carousel-themed dining room. Or try the Mediterranean flavors of Citricos, a fine dining table service restaurant. For coastal seafood cuisine, try yet another fine dining establishment, Narcoossee’s.

Victoria and Albert’s is an elegant American AAA Five Diamond Award winning dining experience. Reservations and big wallets are required, but you will get VIP treatment. If eating in the regular dining area is too mainstream for you, Victoria and Albert’s has a private dining hall available for private parties. If you’d like to see how your food is made, reserve an exciting seat at the Chef’s table.

The Garden View Tea Room is for elegant tea parties. Afternoon tea is served daily, as well as princess themed tea parties and tea parties fit for the queen of England. For more dining options, try the casual dining experience of the Grand Floridian Café or the counter service Gasparilla Island Grill. The grand Floridian also boasts many bars, lounges, poolside snack areas, and a full room service menu.

Rooms in the Grand Floridian come in these configurations:

  • Two queen beds
  • Two queen beds and one day bed
  • One king bed
  • One king bed and one day bed
  • One king bed and one double sleeper sofa
  • One bedroom suite- two queen beds and one double sleeper sofa
  • Two bedroom suite- one king bed, two queen beds, and one double sleeper sofa

Room prices at the Grand Floridian vary based on size and views. Better views and bigger rooms have higher nightly rates. Room rates and details can be found here.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Stay right in the middle of a tropical oasis surrounded by palm trees and white sand beaches at the Polynesian Resort. Here, enjoy village styled buildings, water parades on the lagoon each night, and Dole Whips served right outside the lobby! No trip to Magic Kingdom necessary to find this coveted snack.

Offering both monorail and boat transportation, this entry on the Disney World resorts list is just a short ride from all the fun at both the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT . The monorail is located on the second floor of the lobby and is only one stop away from Cinderella’s Castle. The boat or monorail will also take you to the Transportation and Ticket Center where you can grab a second monorail to EPCOT. An enjoyable bus ride will take you anywhere else you need to go!

Longhouses in Disney's Polynesian resort
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At the Polynesian you can shop for authentic island style merchandise, rent a boat to explore the lagoon, or swim in one of the two pools. The zero-entry main pool seems be coming right out of a volcano. The volcano serves as a large waterslide and snack bar. Near the main pool is a kid’s water area. Located not too far away, you will find the all ages quiet pool with an additional snack bar.

Other entertainment options at the Polynesian include movies under the stars, poolside games, campfires, volleyball games and fishing opportunities. If you are looking for entertainment combined with dinner, book a night at the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. A traditional family style luau is served while you enjoy acts such as hula dancing, fire sword performances and drummers. The food is endless, but the reservations are not. Be sure to book here ahead of time.

For other dining, try Ohana, a restaurant with Polynesian flavors and dishes. For breakfast, Lilo and Stitch join the experience, and for dinner, games are played while continuous skewers of deliciously flavored meat are brought to your table. The Kona café, another table service restaurant, serves American dishes with Asian flair as well as Sushi.

For quick meals, there is Kona Island, Capt Cook’s, poolside bars and many bars and lounges. The most noteworthy drink stop is Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto where each specialty drink brings the bar to life in a different, magical way.

Rooms at the Polynesian come in two options: one king bed and one day bed, or two queen beds and one day bed, and sleep up to five. Room prices vary based on view and whether or not you are on club level. Club level comes with complimentary breakfast, snacks throughout the day, evening appetizers, and a club level concierge who can bring you anything you need.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Inspired by the 1904-era Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge transports you to a different time and place. The grandiose, wood-adorned eight story lobby is made from wood imported from Oregon. Endless wood floors lead your eye directly to the largest fire place you will ever see.

A creek runs through a portion of the lobby and leads outside to tumble over large rocks surrounded by pine trees. Copper Creek cascades into Copper Creek Springs, the main pool with an 87-foot rock waterslide. Beside the pool, are two whirlpool spas and a kid’s waterplay feature. In addition to Copper Creek Springs is The Boulder Ridge Cove quiet pool.

For recreation besides swimming at this Disney World resort hotel, rent bikes, go for a jog through the landscapes, take a fishing charter out, or try one of the delicious dining options. For quick meals head to the Roaring Fork or the waterfront Geyser Point Bar & Grill.

Wilderness Lodge Disney World resort hotel
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For a fun dining experience with as much food as you can enjoy, try Whispering Canyon. Funny waitstaff, interactive games, and a fun game involving ketchup paired with endless BBQ make this restaurant as unforgettable as it is delicious. Fort Wilderness Lodge also a unique character dining experience with Snow White and the dwarfs.  Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White is a magical experience with food fit for royalty.

Standard rooms at Fort Wilderness are similar to other deluxe entries on the Disney World resorts list, offering either one king bed, two queen beds, or one queen bed and one bunk bed. Unlike other deluxe resorts, you won’t find a day bed at Wilderness Lodge. Club level rooms are available in many of these configurations. Room rates can be found here.

Transportation from Fort Wilderness is offered via bus or boat. A boat will take you to Magic Kingdom, while a bus will take you to any other parks or Disney Springs.

While staying at Wilderness Lodge, be sure to catch Fire Rock Geyser, the resort’s answer to Yellowstone’s Old Faithful. Mimicking Old Faithful’s former punctuality, the geyser erupts on the hour, shooting water over one hundred feet into the air.

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Exterior of Yacht Club at night taken over the water
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A sister to Disney’s Beach club, the Yacht Club features the same old world theme dipped with nautical flair. Offering the elegance and posh amenities of a world-class sailing club, this hotel on the Disney World resorts list is no stranger to pampering guests.

The Yacht Club shares a pool and all recreation activities with the Beach Club, and all restaurants in the resort can be easily accessed from the Yacht Club. Read above about the Beach Club to learn about the pools, restaurants and recreation.

The one restaurant the Yacht club does not share directly with the Beach Club is the Ale & Compass Restaurant. Ale & Compass is a table service casual dining place which serves New England Comfort food and of course, seafood. Here you will also find a lounge for delicious drinks.

Transportation options for the Yacht club are identical to the Beach Club. In fact, the resorts share park buses. Buses will take you to all parks besides Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. For those parks, a short boat ride will get you there. You also have the option of a short (five minute) walk to EPCOT. From here, you can also hitch a ride on the Skyliner to Hollywood Studios. A walkway along the water and a short 20 minute walk will also take you there.

Rooms at the Yacht Club come in these configurations:

  • Two queen beds
  • Two queen beds and one day bed
  • One queen bed, one twin sleeper chair and one day bed
  • One king bed
  • One king bed and one day bed
  • Two bedroom suite- two king beds and one queen sleeper sofa

Room rates can be found here.

Disney Deluxe Villas

Deluxe Villas are actually part of Disney’s Vacation Club (DVC) and reserved for owners. They gain a category spot on the list of Disney World Resort hotels because leftover rooms are offered for booking to the general public. Since most DVC resorts are located on the grounds of an existing deluxe hotel, they share amenities and public spaces.

  • Room size: Averages are the same size as the deluxe resorts, with some suites being as large as 2500 sq ft. Average rooms sleep 4. The largest suites can sleep up to 12.
  • Beds: 2 queen beds with a sleeper sofa. Or one queen bed and sleeper sofa. Two bedroom villas offer two queen sized bed and a sleeper sofa (some an additional sleeper chair), or one king bed in place of the two queen beds.
  • Bathrooms: Many standard rooms have the same bathroom arrangements as the deluxe resorts. A few offer two bathrooms, one with toilet sink and shower, the other with only a shower and sink. Suites have more than one bathroom with layouts varying.
  • Onsite Dining: Options vary greatly, from table service, including buffets, to counter service restaurants. With the exception of the newly constructed Riviera Resort, restaurants will be located in the onsite deluxe resort. Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom also offers one table-service restaurant within the hotel.
  • Pools: They vary based on the hotel the villas are in.
  • Décor: Varies based on the resort. Usually mimics the sister deluxe resort.
  • Interior Décor: Varies based on the resort and usually mimics the sister deluxe resort. Rooms are accessed via internal doors.
  • Room Views: Parking lot, trees, waterways, pools, or theming.
  • Entertainment options: Same as the deluxe resorts.
  • Transportation options: bus, boat, monorail, or walking

Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Villas are located in the Kidani Village building as well as the main Jambo House of the resort. Kidani Village is its own separate building located a short drive down the road from Animal Kingdom Lodge, but the amenities and restaurants at the Animal Kingdom Lodge can be used. Read more about the Animal Kingdom Lodge above under Deluxe resorts.

Kidani Village shares Savanna views with the lodge, so you won’t miss out on rooms with a view of animals frolicking. The villas do have their own pool, whirlpool spas, and animal themed kid’s water play area. The pool has a 128 foot waterslide. Sanaa serves delectable slow cooked meats with a view of the savannah.

Rooms in the villas (either Kidani  Village or Jambo House)_range from studios to three-bedroom units.

  • Studio sleeps up to four
    • one queen bed and one queen sleeper sofa
    • kitchenette
  • One bedroom
    villa- sleeps up to five
    • one king bed, one queen sleeper sofa, one twin sleeper chair
    • kitchen
    • two bathrooms
  • Two bedroom villa- sleeps up to nine
    • One king bed, two queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa, one twin sleeper chair
    • Kitchen
    • Three full bathrooms
  • Three bedroom villas- sleeps up to 12
    • Kitchen
    • One king bed, four queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa
    • Four bathrooms
    • Two stories

Room rates and booking without DVC points can be found here. Larger rooms and rooms with savanna views cost more per night.

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

While Bay Lake Tower is attached to The Contemporary via a walkway to the monorail, they are separate resorts. Bay Lake does follow the modern theme of its sister resort, and guests can enjoy all amenities the Contemporary has to offer. Bay Lake is one of only a handful of hotels on the Disney World resorts list that offers theme park views overlooking Cinderella’s castle.

Bay Lake does have an exclusive pool with water slide and one restaurant, the Cove Bar. For all other dining needs, a short walk to the Contemporary is in order. Read about the Contemporary above to learn about the restaurants.

Getting to Magic Kingdom from Bay Lake Tower is a breeze. Just cross the covered skybridge to the Contemporary, where you can hop onto the monorail to the park. You can also walk across the street directly to the park’s entrance. A boat will also bring you to Magic Kingdom across Bay Lake but will be the longer option. From the monorail, you can also switch trains at the Transportation and Ticket Center and head to EPCOT. All other parks can be accessed via bus.

Rooms in Bay Lake Tower sleep anywhere from 4-12 guests. Room rates without points can be found here. Larger rooms and rooms with better views have higher nightly rates.

Room layouts are as follows:

  • Studio sleeps up to four
    • one queen bed and one queen sleeper sofa
    • kitchenette
  • One bedroom villa- sleeps up to five
    • one king bed, one queen sleeper sofa, one twin sleeper chair
    • kitchen
    • two bathrooms
  • Two bedroom villa- sleeps up to nine
    • One king bed, two queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa, one twin sleeper chair
    • Kitchen
    • Three full bathrooms
  • Three bedroom villas- sleeps up to 12
    • Kitchen
    • One king bed, four queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa
    • Four bathrooms
    • Two stories

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Boulder Ridge Villas hit a unique spot on the Disney World resorts list as one of the few hotels to mimic the rustic theming of America’s national park lodges. You’ll find the others located on the same property, including Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and another DVC resort, Copper Creek. Boulder Ridge Villas share all amenities with Wilderness Lodge. This includes pools, shops, restaurants, pathways, and recreational activities. To read about Wilderness Lodge read above under “Deluxe resorts.”

Wilderness Lodge
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Boulder Ridge rooms can fit anywhere from five to eight adults with three different configurations. Rooms with more square footage and amenities, as well as those with better views go for higher nightly prices. For prices, click here.

Room layouts are:

  • Studio- sleeps up to five
    • One queen bed, one double sleeper sofa, and one single pull down bed
    • Kitchenette
    • Located on first floor
  • One bedroom villa- sleeps up to four
    • One king bed and one queen sleeper sofa
    • Full kitchen
    • Washer/dryer
  • Two bedroom villa- sleeps up to eight
    • One king bed, two queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa
    • Two  bathrooms
    • Full kitchen
    • Washer dryer

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Disney’s Beach Club Villas are a part of the Beach Club resort and share common areas, amenities and restaurants with the Beach Club. The Villas do have their own exclusive quiet pool, but share the main pool and water park with the rest of the resort as well as the nearby Yacht Club resort. Transportation and dining options can be found above under Beach Club.

Rooms in the Beach Club Villas sleep between four and eight adults. Three different room configurations exist for the villas in this Disney World resort hotel and prices can be found here.

Room configurations are:

  • Studio- sleeps up to five
    • One queen bed, one double sleeper sofa, and one single pull down bed
    • Kitchenette
    • Located on first floor
  • One bedroom villa- sleeps up to four
    • One king bed and one queen sleeper sofa or one king bed and one double sleeper sofa
    • Full kitchen
  • Two bedroom villa- sleeps up to eight
    • One king bed, two queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa
    • Two bathrooms
    • Full kitchen
    • Washer dryer

Disney’s Boardwalk Villas

The Boardwalk Villas are part of the Boardwalk Inn in Walt Disney World. They share pools, restaurants, recreation and transportation with the Boardwalk Inn, which you can read all about above under Deluxe Resorts.

These Villas on the Disney World resorts list are within walking distance to EPCOT and have their own quiet pool. The Boardwalk itself has enough dining and entertainment options to keep you busy for a full day!

Disney’s Boardwalk Villas have four different room options ranging from room for four to twelve guests. Rooms vary in price depending on the room size and views. Room rates can be found by clicking here.

Room configurations are as follows:

  • Deluxe studio- sleeps up to five
    • One queen bed, one double sleeper sofa, and one single pull down bed
    • Kitchenette
  • One bedroom villa- sleeps up to four
    • One king bed and one queen sleeper sofa
    • Full kitchen
  • Two bedroom villa- sleeps up to nine
    • One king bed, one queen bed, one queen sleeper sofa, one double sleeper sofa, one single pull down bed, and one bunk pull down bed
    • Two bathrooms
    • Full kitchen
    • Separate kitchenette
    • Two separate entrances
  • Three bedroom villa- sleeps up to twelve
    • King bed, four queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa
    • Full kitchen
    • Formal dining room
    • Three bathrooms

Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge contains a second DVC resort in addition to Boulder Ridge. Copper Creek Villas are located in the main building of Wilderness lodge while the Cascade Cabins are located outside along the waterfront of Bay Lake. Both the villas and cabins share all amenities such as restaurants, pools, shopping and transportation with Wilderness Lodge. To learn more about these, find Wilderness Lodge located above under Deluxe Resorts.

Copper Creek Villas come in five different floorplans while the cabins come in one. The cabins may hold and sleep as many people as a two bedroom villa, but they come with privacy, better views, and a hot tub. The rates for cabins and all the villas can be found here.

Layouts for Copper Creek Villas and Cascade Cabins are:

  • Deluxe studio- sleeps up to four
    • One queen bed, one double sleeper sofa
    • Kitchenette
  • Deluxe studio with walk in shower- sleeps up to four
    • One queen bed, one double sleeper sofa
    • Kitchenette
    • Walk in shower
  • One bedroom villa- sleeps up to four
    • One king bed and one queen sleeper sofa
    • Full kitchen
  • Two bedroom villa- sleeps up to eight
    • One king bed, two queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa
    • Two bathrooms
    • Full kitchen
  • Three bedroom villa- sleeps up to twelve
    • King bed, four queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa
    • Full kitchen
    • Three bathrooms
    • Formal dining
      room
  • Cabins- sleep up to eight
    • One king bed, one queen bed, one queen sleeper sofa, single pull down bed, twin sleeper chair
    • Full kitchen
    • Private porch
    • Hot tub
    • Exclusive Bay Lake views

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Hitting the highest price tier on the Disney World resorts list, the Villas at GF offer a private quieter section of the Grand Floridian. While adding to Disney’s flagship resort was no easy task, the Villas at Grand Floridian do mirror the grandiosity of the original resort in many ways. These luxuries include monorail transportation, exquisite dining, and elegant décor. For a list of all restaurants and amenities read the Grand Floridian section above.

The villas are located a short distance from the Beach pool, and right next to the sand beach, with views of the Wedding Pavilion. Villas come in four different configurations. Prices for them can be found here.

Room layouts include:

  • Deluxe studio- sleeps up to five
    • One queen bed, one double sleeper sofa, one pull down single bed
    • Kitchenette
  • One bedroom villa- sleeps up to five
    • One king bed and one queen sleeper sofa, one single pull down bed
    • Full kitchen
  • Two bedroom villa- sleeps up to nine
    • One king bed, one queen beds, two queen sleeper sofas, one single pull down bed
    • Two bathrooms
    • Full kitchen
  • Three bedroom villa- sleeps up to twelve
    • King bed, four queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa
    • Full kitchen
    • Four bathrooms
    • Formal dining room

Room prices vary based on room size and views. Larger rooms and better views command a higher nightly rate.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Old Key West, a Disney Springs Resort, is themed to the romance and serenity of the Florida Keys. This Disney World resort hotel is surrounded by palm trees, water, and a perfectly manicured golf course. Onsite you will also find full size tennis courts, a basketball court and a volleyball court.

For those not into sports, Old Key West has a large main pool with a sandcastle themed waterslide. Due to its proximity to Disney Springs, a boat will take you directly there. For all other transportation, you’ll have to take a bus.

Dining in the Disney World resort hotel is casual and delicious. For counter service meals, there is Good’s Food to Go and Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks. Both serve burgers, pizza, and sandwiches. Pizza can also be delivered directly to your room. For sit down dining, Olivia’s Café serves hearty comfort food.

Rooms in Disney’s Old Key West come in studio, one bedroom suites, two bedroom suites and three bedroom suites.

Interior shot of one-bedroom villa at Old Key West, a vacation villa on the Disney World resorts list
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Room layouts are:

  • Studio- sleeps up to four
    • Two queen beds
    • Kitchenette
  • One bedroom villa- sleeps up to five
    • One king bed, one queen sleeper sofa, one twin sleeper chair
    • Kitchen
    • Washer/dryer
  • Two bedroom villa- sleeps up to nine
    • One king bed, two queen beds, one queen sleeper sofas, one twin sleeper chair
    • Two bathrooms
    • Full kitchen
    • Washer/ dryer
  • Three bedroom villa- sleeps up to twelve
    • King bed, two double beds, two queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa, one twin sleeper chair
    • Full kitchen
    • Four bathrooms
    • Formal dining room
    • Two stories

Room prices vary based on size and views. Room rates can be found here.

Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows

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The Polynesian Villas and Bungalows is one of the few DVC properties on the Disney World resorts list to be constructed inside the original resort. To create this DVC haven, several rooms inside existing longhouses were commandeered to create the studio rooms that were then sold to shareholders. Separate larger villas are located in separate yet private buildings. To match the Polynesian theme, the bungalows even sit on the water of Bay Lake.

As part and parcel of the Polynesian Village resort, the DVC villas share dining, transportation, shopping and pools with the main resort. To learn about the amenities and recreation at Disney’s Polynesian read above under “Deluxe Resorts.”

The Villas come in studios with room for up to five with one queen bed, one queen sleeper sofa, and one pull down bed. The bungalows have their own floor plan which sleeps eight with one king bed, one queen bed, one queen sleeper sofa, and two single pull down beds. Each bungalow also features a full kitchen and a private small pool on each deck. Rooms rates can be found here for the Polynesian bungalows and villas.

Disney’s Riviera Resort

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One of the newest hotels on the Disney World resorts list is the Riviera Resort. The Riviera is themed to the magic of Europe that inspired Walt Disney himself as well as the classic Disney films. The Riviera has quickly become known for its style and flexibility in room accommodations.

While this Disney World resort hotel offers the traditional villa options such as studios and one, two, and three bedroom rooms villas, the Riviera has a new type of studio room. The two-person Tower Studios are efficient with all the amenities from the microwave to the bed being able to fold into the wall. Room prices for all layouts can be found here.

Room configurations are:

  • Tower Studios- sleeps up to two
    • One queen pull down bed
    • Pull down amenities such as microwave
  • Deluxe studio- sleeps up to five
    • One queen bed, one queen pull down bed, one pull down single bed
    • Kitchenette
  • One bedroom villa- sleeps up to five
    • One king bed, one queen pull down bed, one single pull down bed
    • Full kitchen
  • Two bedroom villa- sleeps up to nine
    • One king bed, two queen beds, one queen pull down bed, one single pull down bed
    • Two bathrooms
    • Full kitchen
    • Washer/ dryer
  • Three bedroom villa- sleeps up to twelve
    • King bed, four queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa
    • Full kitchen
    • Three bathrooms
    • Formal dining
      room

Dining options at the riviera are delicious! A character dining experience at Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera serves Italian and French dishes with views from the top of the tower. In the evenings, the classic Disney characters are not found, but you will be able to spot fireworks from the nearby parks: EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.

Le Petit Café is a quick service spot that serves coffee and fresh Paris inspired pastries in the morning and drinks and small plates from the evening to late night. For heartier counter service meals, try Primo Piatto, an upscale yet casual take on traditional favorites such as sandwiches, salads and desserts.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa and Treehouse Villas

A bus arrives to transport guests to Disney Parks from Saratoga Springs, a DVC hotel on the Disney World resorts list
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Themed to the 1800’s era resort and horse racing town in New York, Saratoga Springs resort and Spa is the only entry on the list of Disney World Resort hotels to feature its own golf course. Other amenities include a spa, several pools, a quiet atmosphere and several dining options. Just a short boat ride away is all the fun and fanfare of Disney Springs.

For additional fun in Saratoga Springs, book a spa day for massages, facials, body treatments, nails, or combination packages. For less low-key recreation, take a dip in one of the two main pools, each with their own waterslide and whirlpool spas. Three additional quiet pools are also located in this Disney World resort hotel, all with their own whirlpool spas. If you’re feeling waterlogged, try your hand at a round of golf on the onsite golf course.

Dining in Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort includes The Turf Club Bar and Grill. This grill is set in the racetrack clubhouse with both water and golf course views. American favorites are served here with large portions and specialties such as prime rib and grilled pork loin.

The grab-and-go Artist’s Palette serves sandwiches, salads and pizza as well as breakfast. The poolside Paddock Grill has juicy burgers, sandwiches and salads served counter service style. Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Café is a perfect place to stop after a long day of golfing. Located next to the course, the café is a delectable sandwich shop. In addition, there are three bar/ lounges that serve quick bites and drinks.

Rooms in Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa come in studios as well as one, two and three bedroom suites. In addition to the villas, Saratoga Springs has an attached Treehouse Villas section. The treehouses are individual buildings situated up in the canopy that offer a private, comfortable setting for your whole family. This section of the resort even has its own quiet pool. You can find prices for studios, villas, and treehouse villas by clicking here.

Room layouts are:

  • Deluxe studio- sleeps up to four
    • One queen bed, one double sleeper sofa
    • Kitchenette
  • One bedroom villa- sleeps up to four
    • One king bed and one queen sleeper sofa
    • Full kitchen
  • Two bedroom villa- sleeps up to eight
    • One king bed, two queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa
    • Two bathrooms
    • Full kitchen
    • Washer/ dryer
  • Three bedroom villa- sleeps up to twelve
    • King bed, four queen beds, one queen sleeper sofa
    • Full kitchen
    • four bathrooms
    • two stories
    • Formal dining
      room
  • Treehouse Villas- sleeps up to nine
    • Two queen size beds, one bunk bed, one queen sleeper sofa, one twin sleeper chair
    • Three bedrooms
    • Two bathrooms
    • Full kitchen
    • Elevated off the ground

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

There is a brand new category on the list of Disney World resort hotels, and that is the one of a kind Galactic Starcruiser resort. The Starcruiser is a completely immersive experience, think of it as a themed “cruise,” but on land.

Guests stay inside the hotel for the majority of their 2 day experience, only leaving to experience an exclusive experience on Batuu after a quick transport from the ship.

The concept of the Galactic Starcruiser is to board a Halcyon starcruiser and stay aboard the ship. Here you can interact and even dine with characters from the Star Wars world.

You can take lightsaber training, learn how to run the ship’s bridge, and experience secret missions around the ship.

Room layouts are:

  • Standard Cabin
    • Queen bed, 1 bunk bed (sleeps 2), and one pull down bed.
  • Galaxy Class Suite
    • Queen bed, two pull down beds.
  • Grand Captain Suite
    • 2 queen beds, 1 bunk bed (sleeps 2,) and two pull down beds.

Disney World Resort Deals

When it comes to Disney World resorts, Florida is ripe with options. However, finding Disney World resorts on the cheap may seem like an exercise in futility given current Disney World resort prices. For certain, when looking for affordability in Disney World resorts, All Stars properties offer some of the best value. But what if you could reduce your nightly rate even further or even upgrade to a larger resort room with little cost difference overregular nightly rack rates? You can, if you take advantage of Disney World resort deals.

Disney World resort hotel deals make it possible to shave money off your Disney World budget by booking your onsite resort using a resort or package discount. These are available for booking through Disney World’s website, and we keep a running list of all available offers on our Disney World discounts page. Be sure to bookmark it and check it out for any available discounts before booking your vacation. Discounts are usually offered a few months before a window of travel dates to get rid of excess rooms, so you won’t be able to make your travel plans a year out using a discount.

You can, however, reserve your room from the Disney World resorts list, and if a discount is offered, call Disney and ask them to apply it to your existing reservation. If there is availability at your resort using the current offer, Disney will gladly do this for you.

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