Disney Resorts & Hotels

If you’re planning a Disney trip, finding the perfect hotel is a great place to start. Disney has a range of hotels that allow you to stay on property, and they vary in price and location. So here’s a round-up of all the Disney hotels for your stay!

Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando is the largest Disney property. Therefore it comes as no surprise that there are plenty of Disney resorts to pick from! 

There are certain benefits to staying in a Disney hotel, these include:

  • Complimentary travel to the parks.
  • Early theme park entry.
  • Early access to the Lightning Lane on Genie+.
  • Early access to dining reservations.
  • Staying close to the parks.

There are three types of Disney resorts; value, moderate and deluxe. Each tier comes with a price increase, and the resorts are scattered around different areas of Disney property.

Value Resorts

Disney has five value resorts. As you might have guessed, these are their cheapest hotels. They have smaller rooms, limited dining options, basic pools and fewer transport options than the more expensive Disney resorts.

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort was the first Disney value resort to open! It has five sports-themed areas; baseball, football, basketball, tennis and surfing. It’s a large resort with 1920 rooms, two themed pools and a large food court. The three All-Star Resorts are located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area, and they’re all connected by a walking path. This is pretty handy if you fancy resort hopping or want to dine in a different food court.

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

The theming isn’t subtle at value resorts, and at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, this means guitar and piano-shaped pools, a giant jukebox and The Three Caballeros. Like all other value resorts, it has a single food court that offers quick service meals and a pool bar for poolside drinks. The sections at this resort are Calypso, Jazz Inn, Rock Inn, Broadway Hotel and Country Fair.

Disney Resort Tip: All-Star hotels can sometimes share buses at quieter times. You might not be the first on the bus, or you could have drop-offs at other hotels first. The hotels are close together, so it doesn’t add much time onto your journey, and at peak times, each hotel has its own bus.

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

Disney’s All-Star Movie Resort is home to some of our favourite Disney characters. The resort has five themed areas; Fantasia, The Love Bug, 101 Dalmatians, Mighty Ducks, and Toy Story. The pools here are Fantasia and The Mighty Ducks themed. It’s a fun resort which offers the benefits of staying on Disney property with some of the lowest prices.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Pop Century is near ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex and is part of the Skyliner system. It means that the bus isn’t the only mode of transport, and guests can get to Epcot and Hollywood Studios using the Skyliner! The resort is based on different decades, and the sections include the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. There are three pools to choose from, and you can walk across to Art of Animation for an evening stroll or to use their food court!

Pop Century Resort at Walt Disney World, Florida.
Disney’s Pop Century Resort at Walt Disney World

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation is the most expensive value resort. Theming is based on popular Disney movies, and the sections include The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Cars and Finding Nemo. The resort has three pools, including The Big Blue Pool, the largest hotel swimming pool in a Disney hotel. It also benefits from the Skyliner, so getting to Epcot and Hollywood Studios is a breeze.

Moderate Resorts

Moderate resorts are a step up from value resorts, and this comes with a sizable price increase. For example, Pop Century and Carribbean Beach are Skyliner resorts, but Carribbean Beach costs 32%-40% more. However, they have better pools, more dining options and bigger rooms.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Caribbean Beach is another resort with access to the Skyliner transport system. It has six island-themed villages; Old Port Royale, Aruba, Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica. It’s a colourful resort with six pools, Caribbean dining and a white sand beach. It’s the largest Moderate Resort and uses internal buses to transport guests between each of its villages.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a beautiful lakeside resort with American Southwest and Mexican theming. There are four areas – Ranchos, Cabanas, Casitas, and Gran Destino Tower. It has four pools, including the Dig Site, which features a Mayan ruin, a water slide and Disney’s largest hot tub.

Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter Resort

Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is a small relaxing resort with beautiful theming. Guests can stroll down cobbled streets lined with gas lamps based on New Orleans’ French Quarter. If you fancy a change of scenery, you can also walk along the Sassagoula River to the Riverside Resort. Relaxing pool days can be spent at Doubloon Lagoon, which features Mardi Gras theming and a 51-foot-long sea serpent slide.

Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside Resort

The Riverside resort is much larger than the French Quarter and has two sections, Magnolia Bend and Alligator Bayou. Due to its size, the resort has five pools, three in Alligator Bayou and two in Magnolia Bend. The grounds at this resort are impressive, and the Southern theming offers rooms in beautiful white mansions or charming rustic cottages. There’s also a boat which transports guests to Disney Springs.

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort have a full kitchen, including a dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave. This is handy if you want to save money on dining as you can cook your own meals. There’s a range of outdoor activities you won’t get at other resorts, such as archery, pony rides and kayak rentals. There’s also a swimming pool and multiple dining options if you like eating out. The camp itself is pretty big and uses a bus transport system to help guests get around.

Deluxe Resorts

The Deluxe resorts are the most expensive Disney resorts, and one of the biggest perks is location. They are close to the parks, and some are within walking distance! There also tend to be more transport options, including boats and the monorail. Guests can also find fine dining, better pools and superior amenities.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

The Contemporary Resort is one of the Disney World monorail hotels. One thing that makes this hotel special is that the monorail runs right through the lobby. And if you don’t fancy taking the monorail to Magic Kingdom, you can walk! It has several places to eat, including character dining at the popular Chef Mickey’s and a quick-service restaurant where you can watch the monorail pass by. The Contemporary Resort also has a fitness centre and tennis, volleyball and basketball courts.

The monorail at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is another hotel on the monorail line. The resort is also close to the TTC, where you can get the monorail straight to Epcot. The resort is beautifully themed and has different areas named after Polynesian islands; Rarotonga, Niue, Samoa, Hawaii, Tuvalu, Fiji, Aotearoa, and Tonga. It has great places to eat and drink, such as Trader Sam’s and ‘Ohana, and you can even get Dole Whip at Pineapple Lanai!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge is a unique resort. It’s home to over 200 animals and birds, including giraffes, zebras, gazelles, African crown cranes and flamingos. The hotel has an impressive 11,000-square-foot pool with a slide and hot tubs, and over at the Animal Kingdom Villas, there’s a second pool with a water playground. There are plenty of dining options, including the popular bread service at Sanaa. The only transportation to the parks from Animal Kingdom Lodge is by bus.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Walt Disney World’s flagship hotel, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, is the most expensive hotel on Disney property. It offers fine dining, including the AAA Five Diamond award-winning Victoria & Albert’s and the Mary Poppins Returns inspired Cítricos. There are multiple transport options, including bus, boat and monorail, and if you’d prefer to walk to Magic Kingdom, you can! Younger guests can stop by Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and transform into princesses and knights, while adults can enjoy a relaxing day at the spa.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

One of the great things about Disney’s Beach Club is the location. You can walk to the Skyliner, BoardWalk, Epcot and Hollywood Studios! The hotel also has boat and bus transportation options. The pool at Beach Club is more like a mini water park and is three acres! It features one of the highest hotel slides, a lazy river and a sand-bottomed pool, so it’s a great resort if you love pool days. There are several dining options, from seafood at Cape May Cafe to monster shakes at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop. Cape May Cafe also does a character dining breakfast buffet.

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is next to the Beach Club Resort, and they share restaurants and amenities like the impressive water complex Stormalong Bay. It also means the resort is in a great location, and guests can walk to the Skyliner, the BoardWalk, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Yacht Club has more of a formal feel with its classic marine and nautical theming, and if you plan on relaxing in your room, the rooms above the ground floor have full balconies.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is another resort with walkable access to Epcot, Hollywood Studios and the Skyliner. The resort also has bus and boat transport to the parks. The BoardWalk has plenty of bars, shops and restaurants and is a great place to stay if you enjoy the lively nightlife. There are three pools, including the carnival-themed Luna Park Pool with a 200-foot-long slide.

The BoardWalk at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Yacht Club Resort and BoardWalk Inn are all located close to EPCOT’s International Gateway.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort

An impressive resort inspired by National Park lodges, Disney’s Wilderness Resort celebrates the great outdoors with its pine trees, creek and waterfall. There are two pools for guests to enjoy, including a water play area for kids. The resort has several dining options, including character dining with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Artist Point and waterfront dining at Geyser Point Bar & Grill. As for location, the hotel is in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, and guests can travel to the park by boat. Transport to the other parks is by bus.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

** This hotel will close permanently in September **

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser isn’t really a resort but a two-night experience. Guests go on a Star Wars adventure aboard the Halcyon galactic starcruiser with fully immersive live-action and role-playing. The starcruiser has 100 fully themed cabins and suites to make guests feel like they’re cruising through space. Meals are included with your stay, as is access to Hollywood Studios.

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